A new Fraser Valley “food hub” in Abbotsford celebrated its official opening on Friday (April 8).
Several government dignitaries and other guests – including B.C. Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham – attended the event at 2570 Cyril St. in the former site of the Abbotsford District Teachers’ Association.
The province announced in February 2021 that it was providing up to $750,000 to purchase food-processing equipment and to cover other startup costs in partnership with the City of Mission and the Mission Community Skills Centre (MCSC) Society, which developed the hub.
Another $999,450 in provincial funding was to go towards retrofitting and upgrading the building.
The Fraser Valley Artisans’ Food Hub includes a shared-use kitchen, a food prep area, private tasting, a beverage-processing facility, a mix of entrepreneurial training programs and fee-for-service offerings.
The hub also offers ag-food business planning, financing resources, marketing, costing/pricing and more.
The types of businesses the hub will support include food services, restaurants, retail, catering, manufacturing and processing.
To date, there are 12 foods hubs operating, or under development, across B.C.
A total of $5.6 million through StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan was earmarked last year for the expansion of the BC Food Hub Network.
Visit fraservalleyartisansfoodhub.com for more information.