April 15, 2011
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre has announced plans for a new 25,000-sq. ft. centre that will include state-of-the-art research laboratories, a business convergence centre and meeting and conference facilities to support sustainable food and flowers innovations in Canada.

Vineland is hoping for a groundbreaking ceremony on construction ‘sometime’ this summer, and is now working to secure $12.5 million in donor funds, to match the provincial government investment.

The announcement was made at Canada Blooms. Said Donald Ziraldo, chairman of Vineland's board of directors, “In 2007 the provincial and federal governments saw real value in what industry was proposing at Vineland: a new research and innovation mandate for Canadian horticulture that would make us leaders, not laggards, on the world stage. Today, we have the team of researchers and the industry and government partners to make it happen. The timing is right to make the world-class facility Jack Diamond and his colleagues at Diamond + Schmitt Architects designed into a reality.”