From a news release
The federal government has announced an investment of $10 million for Parrish and Heimbecker, Ltd., to build a new wheat flour milling plant in Hamilton that will increase production capacity and expand export markets, while enhancing food safety and traceability of its products.
The Winnipeg-based Parrish and Heimbecker, Canada’s second largest flour miller by milling capacity, expects to buy more wheat from producers – quadrupling its procurement – while adding 16 full-time jobs at the Hamilton facility.
“Parrish & Heimbecker has been part of the Canadian agriculture and food community for over 100 years and we value the partnerships we have developed over that time. This investment through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriInnovation Fund supports P&H Milling Group’s ongoing commitment to food safety, innovation, productivity and quality,” said Derek Jamieson, President and C.O.O., Parrish and Heimbecker Milling Group, in a news release. “This project will also enable P&H Milling Group to continue to grow with our customers and support the sustainable growth of the baking industry in Canada.”
- The grain industry is a major contributor to the Canadian economy with over $20 billion in farmgate revenues and over $20 billion in exports.
- The new state-of-the-art plant will have a built-in traceability feature that will help identify specific product batches in the event of a product recall. It also uses the latest technology in the wheat cleaning process to improve food safety by doing a better job of removing impurities before milling.
- This repayable investment is being made through the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698 million initiative.