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Rhodiola rosea processing plant opens


November 17, 2009
By Marg Land


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rhodiolaroseaNovember 16, 2009,
Thorsby, Alta – Alberta has the world’s first Rhodiola rosea processing
facility.

November 16, 2009,
Thorsby, Alta – Alberta has the world’s first Rhodiola rosea processing
facility.

Rhodiola rosea is the
de-stress herb that has found a market thanks to the diligent work of Alberta
producers and the support they received from the Alberta government.

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Alberta Rhodiola Rosea
Growers Organization (ARRGO)
organized the grand opening of the ARRGO primary
processing facility for Rhodiola rosea in Thorsby on October 30, 2009.

Research for the growth and
commercialization of Rhodiola rosea was done in-province, and ARRGO has worked
very hard to establish a market for their product.

“It took a team of over 75
professionals, working on everything from learning to cultivate the crop all
the way through to designing the product that would be in consumers' medicine
cabinets, to help ARRGO achieve the results we see today,” said Dr. Susan Lutz,
senior development officer with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development’s
Functional Foods and Natural Health Products branch and the Alberta Agriculture
project lead for the Rhodiola rosea project.

This new facility
represents growth in rural Alberta and will help growers process this new crop,
and it also represents growth in agriculture employment in the province.

For further information on
Rhodiola rosea, contact ARRGO at 780-789-3301 or e-mail info@arrgo.ca.