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Canadian International Grains Institute

Contact Information

Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI)
1000-303 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
CANADA R3C 3G7
Phone: (204) 983-5344
Fax: (204) 983-2642
Website: http://www.cigi.ca

Overview

Incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit market development organization, the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) is dedicated to promoting Canada's field crop industries in international and domestic markets through educational programming and technical activities.  CIGI’s technical staff are specialists in a wide range of disciplines, sharing their commercial knowledge and technical expertise through programs, applied research and customer service activities. CIGI’s commodity-based technology facilities provide access to a large variety of processing equipment in one location. Our pilot facilities are designed to optimize the value of Canadian field crops to customers.

Core services

  • Baking Technology is CIGI’s link to international and domestic markets using Canadian-grown grains to produce a wide range of baked products.
  • Feed Technology links international and domestic markets for Canadian feed ingredients. The area coordinates CIGI’s feed ingredient programs and is involved in feed-related studies, trials, and technical missions.
  • Milling Technology provides a comprehensive range of milling services and expertise to assist customer countries, commercial millers, producers and plant breeders in understanding the milling qualities and attributes of all Canadian wheat classes as well as specialty grains.
  • Noodle and Asian Products Technology section evaluates Canadian wheats for their suitability in various Asian noodles and steamed breads. The section also provides assistance to customers, producers and plant breeders in understanding the noodle and steamed bread processing qualities and attributes of Canadian wheats.
  • Pasta Technology includes a state-of-the-art pilot pasta plant, where experienced staff use their expertise to demonstrate to Canadian and international representatives the quality and application of Canadian wheats in pasta and couscous production, with a particular emphasis on Canada Western Amber Durum Wheat.
  • Pulse Processing and Specialty Milling supports the Canadian pulse industry through the testing of peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas to determine their processing and end-use characteristics. Pulses are evaluated on a pilot scale to reflect commercial processes and on a laboratory scale for research purposes.
  • Biofuels Technology offers training and technical support in biofuel production and product utilization.
  • Analytical Services conducts a wide range of analytical and rheological tests on Canadian wheat, flour, semolina, barley, pulses and special crops.
  • Food Quality Testing provides texture and sensory evaluation of end products with an emphasis on pasta, pulses and special crops
  • Education & Training involves over 40 programs delivered per year, focusing on the handling, marketing and commercial application of Canadian grains, oilseeds, pulses, special crops and other field crops in food and feed as well as biofuels. CIGI programs are custom-designed and held at the request of various sponsoring organizations. CIGI also initiates programs on various topics including short technology courses and grain industry overview and marketing programs.

Facilities

  • Pilot flour mill
  • Pulse processing and specialty milling facility
  • Commercial-scale pilot bakery
  • Test bakery
  • Pilot noodle plant
  • Pilot pasta plant
  • Analytical services and food quality testing laboratories
  • A portable biodiesel plant housed in an 8 x 20-foot trailer.
  • Fully equipped seminar rooms and the CGC library

Recognition

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