WINNIPEG — Agribusiness firm Richardson International is investing $30 million into a new innovation centre in downtown Winnipeg, focusing on agri-food research.
The four-storey, 5,800-square-metre facility called the Richardson Innovation Centre will be home to Richardson’s food development team and product development suites, along with an analytical laboratory and a culinary test and demonstration kitchen.
The centre will also have a microbiology lab and quality analysis area as well as office areas, explains a release.
Construction will begin this month and is estimated to be complete by spring 2020.
“The process of product development requires a modern platform for testing solutions, troubleshooting issues and exploring new ideas as they relate to market needs and evolving customer taste profiles. In order to test derivatives of existing products or create entirely new product streams, our team’s technical capabilities must be backed by the right technical facilities,” Richardson president and CEO Curt Vossen said in a statement.
“We anticipate the Innovation Centre will provide them with the technical capacity and resources necessary to meet and exceed customer expectations.”
The centre will be located at the corner of Westbrook Street and Lombard Avenue, near the Richardson head office on Portage and Main.
“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 Richardson technology senior vice-president Chuck Cohen.