Derks Elevator Inc.
2015 Regional Recipient of the
Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence
The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes the innovative contributions of producers, processors, agri-food organizations and rural communities in Ontario. Their innovations improve existing products, create new jobs and grow Ontario's economy.50 award recipients will be recognized, including the top Premier's Award, Minister's Award, and three Leaders in Innovation award winners.
The Derks family for decades,ran a successful soybean processing business. In 2014, however, a fire destroyed their soybean roaster and oil expeller. Out of the ashes, something even better emerged. The company invested in a new roaster and designed a better steeping process. The result: better soybean meal. While standard soybean meal is 44 per cent soluble protein, the Derks have achieved 49 per cent. Not only that, the new system uses less water and eliminates the need for solvents to extract oil. Finally, it can handle multiple streams of soybeans, which allows Derks to process identity-preserved beans - organic beans, for example, or high oleic acid beans. As a result, the Derks have found new markets, boosted their revenue and added two full-time jobs.