World Grain - May 2018 - 50
FUTURE IN FOOD PROCESSING
AGT's Al-Katib says industry lacks
investment in processing
infrastructure but has system to
move food products.
by Susan Reidy
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Food and Ingredients, Inc.
Al-Katib addressed the issue of building Canada's
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"In 10 years, we will be serving a different consumer
base than Canadian agriculture is serving today," he
Canada has the opportunity to play in the new markets and growth drivers, Al-Katib said, including
health, nutrition, sustainability and middle-class consumer spending. It won't just be about meeting the demand but meeting the right demand.
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position our sector using digitization and technology
to serve that consumer base that is different than the
consumer base we serve today?"
processes 50% of its agriculture inputs.
"We lack investment in processing infrastructure,"
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investing where there is market failure and not investing where we are attempting to boost our productivity
and enhance technology."
CANADA'S ADVANTAGES, CHALLENGES
Canada already has many of the components needed
for a successful food processing industry, including
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Canada have changed favorably as a result of the fact
imports are coming in from Asia and we are part of the
backhaul back into the world market," Al-Katib said.
"Containers, as we move more into the case for food
processing, are going to be a very important mode."
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joining of research, innovation and then the building of
domestic crush capacity has transformed Canada from being a canola seed exporter to an exporter of meal and oil.
"We think the same thing can happen in wheat and
we think the same thing can happen in pulses," AlKatib said.
Food processing is the second largest industry in
terms of the value of production and it represents 2%
global exports, he said. If that can double by 2027, the
industry could see a $19 billion gain.
Canada's other advantages in growing its agriculture
industry include natural resources, a strong network of
research and development facilities and a diverse consumer base that stimulates product development, AlKatib said.
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