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January 21, 2020

PROVINCE CREATES NEW PROTEIN CONSORTIUM TO FURTHER MANITOBA'S PROTEIN ADVANTAGE STRATEGY



BRANDON—The Manitoba government has created a new committee, the Manitoba Protein Consortium, to provide leadership on projects of strategic importance and encourage stakeholders to continue actions to implement the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced here today.

“We committed to working with industry, academia and government to create value and jobs from growing and processing animal and plant protein,” said Pedersen.  “The consortium brings together members of the plant and animal protein value chains – from producer to processor to retailer, academia and innovator – to provide leadership for a path to position Manitoba as first in class in sustainable protein industry development.”

The Manitoba Protein Consortium will have a focus on three main activities:
•    providing advice to the minister, industry, academia and other stakeholders on implementing the Manitoba Protein Advantage;
•    engaging with stakeholders to define sustainability and create metrics to quantify Manitoba’s sustainability advantage; and
•    ensuring that stakeholders are accountable for specific actions under the Manitoba Protein Advantage.

The Manitoba Protein Consortium supports Manitoba’s Economic Growth Action Plan, which identifies priority areas including the development of targeted sector strategies as a way to foster competitiveness, facilitate growth, identify investment opportunities and address economic barriers in the province.

For more information on the Manitoba Protein Advantage, visit www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/protein/index.html.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED




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Background Information - https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2020/01/BG-Protein_Consortium-ARD.pdf