By Tyler Sutherland
Peak of the Market will utilize a new $4 million food processing system to increase efficiently in shipping Manitoba-grown vegetables to consumers.
The provincial and federal government contributed funding to the new equipment, which is expected to increase productivity by 30 percent, reduce vegetable bruising and damage to ensure higher quality produce for consumers, and create a better environment for staff.
“Manitoba’s vegetables are a healthy addition to households here at home and across the country,” said Minister Sharon Blady, on behalf of the agriculture minister. “This investment in advanced equipment and processing systems at Peak of the Market will help ensure our vegetable industry remains competitive, creating good jobs at the company and expanding markets for producers.”
Along with the processing system, Peak of the Market received a renovation and other new equipment, including 12-foot high robots with custom-designed robotic hands capable of filling retail bins.
The project received $336,000 from the Growing Forward 2 — Growing Innovation fund.