Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre opens its doors to small to medium sized agri-food producers in the Fraser Valley
Plenty & Grace Co Ltd is excited to announce the opening of its brand new 5,000-square-foot processing facility, the Plenty & Grace Food Hub & Innovation Centre (FHIC). Located at 101-18977 32nd Ave in South Surrey, Plenty & Grace officially opened its doors on Friday, July 17, 2020.
The Plenty & Grace FHIC is designed to create opportunities for Fraser Valley’s small to medium producers to reach their full food processing potential, increase their capacity and meet and exceed food safety standards required by new markets. It has been designed to do all of this while still maintaining the unique artisanal quality of value-added, British Columbia-grown products. The P&G FHIC is a HACCP-certified, shared use, food processing facility. This certification is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety.
The P&G FHIC was realized by an investment of Lee Murphy, owner of The Preservatory, and funding from the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. It is part of the B.C. Food Hub Network, which aims to foster growth and innovation in the processing sector through improved industry access to facilities, equipment, technology, technical services and business support.
“We are thrilled today to ‘virtually’ cut the ribbon on the Plenty & Grace Food Hub and Innovation Centre after a long road from bare walls to fully operational,” says Plenty & Grace Founder, Lee Murphy. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, and their belief in B.C.’s specialty food producers and growers, we look forward to welcoming new makers and farmers into the space.”
In addition to the processing facility, the Plenty & Grace FHIC will be offering services including co-packing, food business consulting, lab services, B.C. ingredient sourcing as well as supply exchange, a distribution service and a new home delivery platform. This cooperative community model has been designed to create a collaborative and supportive environment for learning and development for all of the producers who use the space. The shared use facility and custom-built workstations have been designed for shared workflow and lean manufacturing practices. With capacity for up to 36 clients, Plenty & Grace is currently accepting applications for full and part time producers as well as seasonal users.
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