Prairie Berries was founded in 1993 with a simple but ambitious goal: introduce the delicious, high-in-nutrients Saskatoon Berries to the world. We grow, produce and promote healthy, great-tasting ingredients and gourmet products. Each Saskatoon Berry tree is nourished by nature and cared for by environmentally conscious people.
Prairie Berries believes that consistency in quality and food safety of our products is the key to success in both our retail and food ingredient businesses. Prairie Berries owns and operates a primary handling and secondary processing facility that produces safe food in compliance with all regulatory SQF, HACCP and specific CFIA programs. The primary handling plant is capable of grading, cleaning, freezing, and packaging berries. Our secondary processing facility produces delicious, gourmet food retail products, high in fruit content and low in sugar.
Prairie Berries is actively involved in Saskatoon Berry product research and development to introduce new Saskatoon Berry products to the market place. We are committed to provide the best quality products to our customers, by ensuring consistency in our grading standards, on Farm Food Safety programs, and processing protocols.
Our Processing Facility
Prairie Berries Inc.’s primary handling plant is the largest and most up to date Saskatoon berry handling facility in Canada. Technology such as color sorters, IQF tunnels and large cooling capacity ensure quality specifications are maintained throughout the handling process.
Prairie Berries’ establishment is inspected and registered under the authority of the Canada Agricultural Products Act, and the Processed Products Regulations and the Processed Fruit and Vegetable Establishment. Our certificate of registration is #304. We operate a HACCP system audited by SAI Global. Our Food Safety systems ensure the highest standards of safe food handling for the purpose of meeting consumer expectations for safe food. Every product we produce in the facility can be traced back to our grower’s orchard and a production date, offering complete traceability.
Our facility has technology, which allows us to cool, sort, wash, grade, freeze and package Saskatoon berries to export standards. Prairie Berries has implemented a system to assess the quality standards that evaluates physical, chemical and sensory characteristics of the Saskatoon berries.
Prairie Berries Senior Management and our team are fully committed to ensure that our processing plant is always operating with the highest standard of Food Safety Protocol. Through proper monitoring, high quality systems, processes, record keeping and auditing our company can produce safe food in compliance with all regulatory SQF, HACCP and specific CFIA programs.
At Prairie Berries we pride ourselves by taking every measure necessary to ensure food safety protocol is our highest priority and embedded in every level of our company.
At Prairie Berries we are always striving to be innovative and sustainably grow our Saskatoon Berries.
Prairie Berries is committed to managing our energy use. We do this in our processing plant by making sure we are properly using the equipment to it’s full potential and managing our schedules in a way that allows us to use the least amount of power. We focus on smart logistics and made the decision to build our own processing plant right at the farm which means fewer miles driven to between the field and the plant.
Prairie Berries is very committed to our staff and community. We are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all full time and seasonal workers. We have created a culture at prairie berries where all staff can feel comfortable voicing their opinion, respecting other staff members opinions and working as a team to achieve the same end goal. Prairie Berries is able to supply jobs to locals in the area with year round work as well as seasonal jobs.
Prairie Berries is always looking for ways to eliminate waste within our plant, crops and when manufacturing products. Saskatoon Berries that don’t meet our quality for human consumption are spread in our fields and used as fertilizer and for our animal friends to snack on. Did you know? Prairie Berries uses the left over pomace from extracting juice to create our FibreBoost powder! After the juice is extracted from the berries we dry the pomace and grind it into a powder for our FibreBoost product.
We are dedicated to water conservation in our fields and our processing plant. We currently just rely on mother nature to water our bushes oppose to using irrigation. Waste water from cleaning the saskatoon berries in our plant is then used to water plants and landscaping outside.
Saskatoon Berries are native to Saskatchewan and we are working on studies to see which breeds grow best based on weather and soil in our area. Our staff are trained in food safety and are certified to manage pesticides and trained to store them properly.
Sustainably growing 100% of our Saskatoon Berries is something we are constantly striving towards. We continue to do research and follow government requirements to reduce our carbon footprint.
The People That Make It Possible
A company is only as good as it’s staff. Meet the people that make Prairie Berries great!