Officials celebrate the opening of the Grains Analytical Testing Laboratory with a ribbon cutting. Image courtesy of Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Don Slobodzian, vice president agriculture and food, SGS Canada, speaks at the official opening. Image courtesy of Grain Farmers of Ontario.
Guelph, ON – Grain Farmers of Ontario and SGS Canada have joined forces to open a new analytical testing laboratory for cereal crops. A ribbon cutting was held this week to celebrate the opening of the new facility, called the Grains Analytical Testing Laboratory.
“This grand opening is the first time a producer organization and a private company joined to open a lab of this nature in Canada,” said Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are pleased to work with SGS Canada on this initiative and look forward to the value-added opportunities it will bring Ontario farmers through a better understanding of Ontario cereal crops.”
As the first private commercial grains and analytical testing facility for cereal crops in Canada, the laboratory will assist Canadian farmers in both domestic and export markets. Eventually corn and soybeans will be added to the scope of products tested at the lab. Data gained will be used by Grain Farmers of Ontario to conduct their annual Ontario Wheat Quality scoop, in addition to other market development and research projects.
“This lab is our way to help this industry be more competitive, better informed and more innovative,” said Don Slobodzian, vice president agriculture and food, SGS Canada.
“It’s all about science, it’s all about analytical testing and it’s all about providing trust and confidence in what people eat,” he added. “At every step of the value chain, people want information, they want science and they need to have confidence in the ingredients.”
Located at SGS’s testing facility, the lab offers a full suite of tests including rheological testing, physical dough and bake testing, protein levels and more. The lab will also offer commercial services for Ontario, Canadian and North American millers and processors. In the same facility, SGS’s Agriculture Testing Facility already performs soil and feed testing, as well as greenhouse analytical services. It is one of 70 facilities operated by the company across Canada.