Richardson to build world-class innovation centre
08 May 20182 min reading
Richardson International is investing more than $30 million to develop an innovation centre in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, featuring state-of-the-art technology and equipment for research and product development. This world-class facility will complement Richardson's food and ingredients division and will provide an extensive opportunity for industry collaboration. The new centre will facilitate agri-food research and product innovation. "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," says Chuck Cohen, Richardson's Senior Vice-President, Technology.
The four-storey, 5,800 square metre facility will house Richardson's food development team, product development suites, analytical laboratory and a culinary test and demonstration kitchen. To support Richardson's quality assurance and food safety teams, the centre will boast a cutting-edge microbiology lab and an extensive quality analysis area. The building will also include office areas with room for expansion to focus on innovation such as the increased use of robotics and automation in food packaging and processing. The strategic positioning of these core departments within the same multi-level space will optimize research, analytical and educational activities and facilitate the efficient development of truly innovative products. Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of major Canadian-grown grains.
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