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CAAIN seeks innovative approaches to automating meat processing

March 16, 2022   by Food in Canada staff

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The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) launches the Beef and Pork Primary Processing Automation and Robotics Program, a $5 million initiative designed to foster the development and adoption of innovative technology-based solutions to challenges facing red meat processors.

“Our team is pleased to unveil this opportunity to support the country’s red meat processing sector,” said Kerry Wright, CEO, CAAIN. “The pandemic has exacerbated ongoing difficulties associated with labour shortages, worker safety and productivity, and supply chain disruptions. Plant closures further impact producers whose hogs and cattle must be processed in a timely manner. We have diligently engaged beef and pork industry stakeholders in broad-based consultations and one-on-one discussions to better determine key priorities. The results were unequivocal. We must act now to help advance processors who want to implement emerging technology that will enhance their competitiveness and profitability.”

“The Government of Canada is investing in CAAIN’s platform for innovative solutions to help improve efficiencies in the agriculture sector that support competitiveness and growth. This initiative will provide the red meat industry with cutting-edge, transformative technology that will help beef and pork processors address supply chain and labour issues, while ensuring they can continue to deliver high-quality food across the country,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, agriculture and agri-food minister.

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