Steinback, Manitoba-Based Entrepreneurs Developing a High-Tech Solution to Challenges Associated with Carcass Storage

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, May 14, 2024 – The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) today unveiled the seventh story of an eight-part series highlighting results of the agtech research & innovation projects it has funded through its 2022 Open Competition and its Beef & Pork Primary Processing Automation & Robotics Program.

CAAIN’s mandate from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is to fund technological responses to the most significant opportunities and challenges facing the nation’s agri-food producers and primary processors. That means supporting promising efforts with the potential to provide economic or environmental value. The featured stories demonstrate that CAAIN is doing just that, as does investing in 35 projects with a combined total value of approximately $100M.

“The ability to monitor, manage, and control temperature in food production improves health and safety. In the case of this project, Commercialization of IoT and AI for Carcass Cooling to Improve Meat Profitability, Quality and Food Safety, it also improves quality, leading to a better product, which, in turn, increases profitability,” explained Darrell Petras, CAAIN’s CEO. “That’s a win for farmers, primary processors, and, ultimately, consumers. There’s no question that the $465,311 we are investing out of project lead mode40’s total cost of $1,376,750 is a sound investment that will be returned to taxpayers many times over financially, socially, and environmentally.”

“As our most recent Government of Canada budget demonstrates, artificial intelligence, or AI,” continued Mr. Petras. “Is gaining prominence in just about every field of human endeavour. That includes the agrifood sector, and this project is a prime example of how advanced computing and machine learning will improve our food supply chain, allowing us to be confident that the meat we eat is the best possible quality. This is cutting edge technology taking advantage of the latest advances available to agtech innovators.”

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The Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network (CAAIN) is a not-for-profit company launched in July 2019 with funding of $49.5‑million from the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund, and assistance from Alberta Innovates in the form of significant in-kind contributions. CAAIN drives collaborative agri-food technology research and innovation from coast to coast.   Twitter   LinkedIn


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