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British Columbia food makers receive $2.3 million to develop innovative products

January 27, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture

Cauli Crumble by Big Mountain Foods, a family-owned British Columbia food processing business, is one of 36 new projects receiving more than $2.3 million in funding going towards a range of innovative projects in British Columbia’s agri-food sector.

Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan, on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and British Columbia Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk, on behalf of British Columbia Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, made the announcement today while visiting the Big Mountain Foods warehouse in South Vancouver.

Big Mountain Foods’ Cauli Crumble project is receiving up to $49,250 in funding through the cost-shared Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation Program under Growing Forward 2, with a goal of developing innovative, great tasting and healthy food.

Cauli Crumble is an innovative vegetable ground product that consists of fresh cauliflower, sunflower seeds, fresh red peppers and Manitoba yellow split peas. A meat-free alternative to soy and gluten, Cauli Crumble can be used in many different dishes including pasta, pizza, tacos, salads and casseroles.

This investment helps achieve the federal government’s goal to create good jobs and grow the middle class, by supporting food processors to develop products that reflect changing market tastes and new opportunities.

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Other projects and funding include:

  • $45,205 to Heilu for a pilot project to develop sustainable products from locally farmed insects.
  • $38,400 to HOOH Organic Hop Co. Ltd for a hop pelletizing project.
  • $76,010 to Quejos Ancient Foods Inc. to develop a functional, vegetable-based dough.
  • $50,525 to ZUUN Nutrition to pilot and demonstrate an innovative and therapeutic meal replacement drink mix that improves the quality of life for people with diabetes.

Growing Forward 2 is a five-year agreement that provides a $3-billion, federal-provincial-territorial government investment in innovation, competitiveness and market development.

The Canada-British Columbia Agri-Innovation program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia.


"Our government is proud to support investments that foster innovation in agri-food companies. These new opportunities benefit farmers, help to grow the sector, and give Canadian consumers greater choice while growing local economies like Big Mountain Foods has done here in Vancouver South."

- Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

"The British Columbia government supports strategic investments to accelerate the pace of agrifoods innovation in British Columbia. Tech is driving a competitive advantage throughout B.C. Congratulations to all of our recipients as they test new technology for the benefit of the entire sector."

- Amrik Virk, British Columbia Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services

"We are proud to be a mother-daughter duo that is providing consumers a trend setting meat-free alternative product that can be part of a plant-based diet. The funding has helped us launch this innovative product and we look forward to competing with global brands and introducing consumers to Cauli Crumble."

- Kimberly and Jasmine Chamberland, owners, Big Mountain Foods

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