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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 18, 2012 – Flax and hemp producers could soon benefit from a major increase in value per acre. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that Advanced Foods and Materials (AFM) Canada is receiving an important investment to turn by-products of flax and hemp into high-quality fiber.

“This technology will create a new revenue stream for farmers by using what were essentially waste products and getting value for them back at the farm gate,” said Minister Ritz. “Our government strongly supports this kind of innovation, which will keep Canada’s agricultural sector sustainable and our economy strong.”

AFM will use this $500,000 investment to increase production capabilities of the technology developed by Blue Goose Biorefineries.

The development of this technology will substantially increase the value per acre of hemp and flax crops by finding uses for parts of plants that are currently considered waste. The increased production and availability of high-value cellulose products will create jobs in manufacturing, transportation, and research and development, to the benefit of the agricultural sector and Canada’s economy as a whole. The technology also benefits the environment by expanding biorefining capabilities.

“We are pleased to lead the scale-up of this technology and are looking forward to working with Blue Goose, POS Bio-Sciences, and the University of Saskatchewan,” said Perry Lidster, AFM Canada Managing Director. “The project will have a positive impact on the value of Canadian crops and will create new opportunities for innovation and competitiveness with the end products that are produced.”

“The Blue Goose Biorefineries project is a prime example of how collaboration can work synergistically among academia, industry, and government in matching research activities with strategic industrial needs for the betterment of the socio-economic welfare of the agri-food sector in Canada,” added Rickey Yada, AFM Canada Scientific Director.

AFM is a national non-profit organization in the research, development, and commercialization service for innovations in the biomaterials, food, and health sectors. For more information, please visit www.afmcanada.ca.

This project is funded under the Agricultural Innovation Program — a $50-million initiative announced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2011 and part of the Government’s commitment to help Canadian producers benefit from cutting-edge science and technology. The Program boosts the development and commercialization of innovative new products, technologies, and processes for the agricultural sector. For more information about this and other Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada programs, please visit www.agr.gc.ca.

For more information, media may contact:

Media Relations
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ottawa, Ontario

Meagan Murdoch
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

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January 1 – March 31, 2013 Saskatoon, SK


Advanced Foods and Materials Canada, Blue Goose Biorefineries Inc., and partners complete scale-up stage in biorefining development project


SASKATOON, SK – April 11, 2013 – Advanced Foods and Materials (AFM) Canada and Blue Goose Biorefineries Inc. (BGB), are pleased to announce the successful scale up of biorefining technology for the production of high value microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), lignin, and green platform chemicals from flax and hemp straw.

In collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources Bioprocessing Pilot Plant, and POS Bio-Sciences, BGB’s proprietary Renewable Residuals RefiningTM (R3TM) biorefining technology was successfully scaled up to process 100 kg of pulp in a reaction volume of 2500L to produce microcrystalline cellulose and cellulose nanocrystals of high purity, along with lignin and green platform chemicals as by-products. Throughout this process, the technology has shown promising advantages over existing biorefining methods including cost, yield, environmental impact, and flexibility. Necessary process steps demonstrated include biomass preparation, dewatering and washing, reaction mixing and crystalline cellulose washing. The project also successfully demonstrated the spray drying of the cellulose crystals at POS Bio-Sciences.

The technological and economical results generated within this phase will develop parameters for larger reaction volumes and are a significant milestone toward validating the commercial capabilities of the biorefining process.

Investment in this $625,000 development project was partially provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Agriculture Innovation Program — a $50-million initiative announced as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.


About Advanced Foods and Materials Canada – Advanced Foods and Materials (AFM) Canada Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to transforming innovative food, health, and biomaterial research into commercial success. AFM enhances the innovation process by facilitating collaborations of knowledge, expertise, and investment among industry, universities, and governments. By providing a specialized range of services for research and development projects, they successfully contribute to the evolution of commercially viable, valued-added foods, health innovations, and biomaterials.


About Blue Goose Biorefineries – Blue Goose Biorefineries (BGB) Inc. is an early stage technology company in the field of biorefining of lignocellulosic biomass. BGB uses a unique, environmentally benign and patent pending nano-technology procedure for producing high value bioproducts from residual agricultural and forestry biomass resources. The technology is very diverse as it is suitable for a wide range of biomass sources from agriculture and forestry and generates many end products including high value cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose and their degradation products in the form of platform chemicals.


For more information, please contact:

Michael DiPaul

Project Manager and Business Development Officer

Advanced Foods and Materials Canada

Tel: 1-519-822-6253 x56447

Email: m.dipaul@afmcanada.ca


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