A $30 million, four-storey building in Winnipeg’s downtown will fuel agri-food research and product development.
Richardson International is funding the project to complement the company’s food and ingredients division.
“Our goal is that the Richardson Innovation Centre will become a centre for collaboration — as a training facility for our employees and customers and an education centre for food science students and the culinary community,” said Chuck Cohen, Richardson’s senior vice-president, technology.
The 62,000-square-foot facility will house Richardson’s food development team, product development suites, analytical laboratory and a culinary test and demonstration kitchen.
It will also include room for expansion to focus on innovation such as the increased use of robotics and automation in food packaging and processing.
The building will be located at the corner of Westbrook Street and Lombard Avenue, and will be in close proximity to Richardson’s head office at Portage and Main. Construction will begin in April and is targeted for completion by the spring of 2020.