April 03, 2014 13:36 ET

CENNATEK and Highline Mushrooms Announce Their Joint Venture to Develop a $1.4 Million Liquid Fertilizer Plant

SARNIA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 3, 2014) - CENNATEK, a Canadian technology development company, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Highline Mushrooms, the largest mushroom growers and marketers in Canada, to establish the first BioLiNE® processing facility. The $1.4 million project will be developed by a joint venture, HB Agri Products Inc., utilizing the BioLiNE process on spent mushroom substrate, a waste product of mushroom farming.

The BioLiNE process will convert this waste stream into liquid mineral fertilizers and other value-added products by extracting valuable minerals from this stream. Spent mushroom substrate is rich in many minerals such as nitrogen, potassium, and calcium. The liquid mineral fertilizer produced is free of particulate matter, has no organic matter and no microbes, making it ideal for foliar spray or drip irrigation on various agricultural products.

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Cennatek on this exciting venture. Their excellence in R&D is a perfect fit with Highline's culture of advanced technology and industry-leading environmental practices. This represents the next logical step towards our vision for sustainable agriculture." - Harry Enns, Shareholder and CFO

Gord Surgeoner, President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies commented, "I have followed the development of the BioLiNE process over the last several years and it is that rare mix of good science, great engineering, and a scalable commercial opportunity. I wish them every success."

"Extracting usable nutrients from our waste Spent Mushroom Substrate (SMS) will dramatically improve our resource utilization rate and carbon footprint. Not only is this a significant step forward for North American mushroom growers, but for all agricultural businesses that produce a waste biomass product." - Glenn Martin, President and CEO

About Highline Mushrooms:

Highline Mushrooms is the largest mushroom farm in Canada. With four farms (Leamington, Kingsville, and Wellington, ON) and a distribution facility (Montréal, QC) Highline provides premier retail and food service clients across Eastern Canada and the Midwestern USA with a complete line of fresh, organic, dried, and exotic mushrooms. Highline employs a diverse group of approximately 1100 Associates and is a supportive member of the communities in which it operates. For more information please visit www.highlinemushrooms.com.


CENNATEK is a technology development company with primary focus on industrial applications for agricultural biomass including biofuels and bio-based specialty chemicals. The company has been in business since 2008, conducting its research and development at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park laboratory facilities. CENNATEK developed the BioLiNE process to produce high value liquid fertilizers from low-cost, easily available agricultural residues at a fraction of the expense of conventional methods. CENNATEK is developing projects to utilize the BioLiNE technology.

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