By OrganicBiz staff
Oscar winner James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron today announced the formation of Verdient Foods Inc., a new pulse food processing facility in Vanscoy, Sask. Once fully operational, the 160,000 metric-ton facility will become the largest organic pea protein fractionation facility in North America.
The Camerons have entered into a four-year research contract with the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre and its president, Daniel Prefontaine, to develop value-added organic food products that will be produced by Canadian and global companies using ingredients from the Verdient Foods plant.
In addition, Verdient Foods will work with Saskatchewan farmers in a mentorship program to provide a profitable structure to keep younger generations of Canadian farmers engaged in organic farming.
“We are working with Saskatchewan farmers through the Verdient Foods processing facility and the Food Centre to integrate food production with new value-added products,” James Cameron said.
Suzy Amis Cameron added it was the couple’s mission to help the world eat healthy food grown by organic farmers.
“Jim and I are thrilled to work with Saskatchewan experts at the Food Centre, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Whitecap Dakota First Nation; all of whom have long been supporters of the mission to bring healthy food to all,” Suzy Amis Cameron said.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall welcomed the couple to the province and expressed his gratitude for their investment in Verdient Foods and the partnerships it creates.
“Saskatchewan agriculture is feeding the world while creating jobs and opportunity at home. The Camerons’ decision to move forward with this project in Saskatchewan is a tribute to the province’s grain producers, our growing food processing industry, and our world leading research community,” Premier Wall said.