Brad Wall is on what’s being called a “Saskatchewan Ingredients Tour” for the next couple of weeks.
The premier began his tour at the CanMar Grain Products plant in Regina Monday, a company that turns the flaxseed grown here into products that are sold around the world.
“There are now more than 300 food companies operating in the province that generate more than $4 billion in revenues and employ about 5,000 people,” Wall said.
“Throughout Saskatchewan, companies are adding value to what we grow, and in the process, creating jobs and opportunity.”
Saskatchewan ingredients are increasingly finding favour with consumers around the world.
Saskatchewan flax is used in the cookies sold at Shanghai Disneyland, while oats grown in the province are a key ingredient in the Cheerios eaten at breakfast tables throughout North America.
“I think it is important in Saskatchewan that we’re continuing to ensure that there are policies in place that are encouraging of this kind of endeavour, that make Saskatchewan the right place to do this,” Wall said.
“We are obviously the right place to grow these crops. We need to make sure we continue to be the right place to add value to these crops.”
Saskatchewan exported $4 billion in agri-food products to the U.S. alone in 2015.