Alta. protein group closes its doors

Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta says the provincial government decided not to renew funding.


By Doug Ferguson, The Western Producer (CAN)

April 29, 2021


An Alberta group dedicated to finding new products derived from plant proteins has failed to secure funding, prompting one advocate to respond that the province’s value-added capabilities will be damaged.


The provincial government isn’t renewing $250,000 in funding for the Plant Protein Alliance of Alberta. The moved will force it to shut down, said board chair Allison Ammeter.


“Our whole goal has been for these great products that Alberta raises to not just get sent away in rail cars to other countries where they can add value to them. We wanted to add value here at home, and see the jobs and the GDP (gross domestic product) … and all the spin-off benefits that come from that.”


Such economic development is particularly helpful for rural communities, said Ammeter, who farms near Sylvan Lake, Alta.


“A just-released Ernst and Young report estimated this to be a $20 billion annual opportunity for Canada in the next 15 years,” said a statement by the alliance...