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U of M grads on Dragon's Den
Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:50 AM

A Manitoba team of entrepreneurs, which includes three University of Manitoba graduates, entered the Dragon’s Den on CBC-TV.

Arborg farmer Scott Sigvaldason (DipAg/89) and his partners Dave Shott (DipAg/89), Uli Gehrer (DipAg/89) and Harold Gehrer are owners of Wedge Farms Nutrition. Among their wide range of innovative flax and oat products, they are marketing “Cavena nuda” or naked oats. This hulless oat variety, which was developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has been turning up in hotels and restaurants all over Winnipeg.

Scott calls Cavena nuda the “Rice of the Prairies”, and pitches this unique and highly nutritious product to the CBC show’s panel of venture capitalists tonight. According to Wedge Farms website, the product “cooks, looks and tastes like rice, yet offers the health benefits of oats.”  Cavena nuda is a high source of fibre and protein, a good source of iron, and is low in saturated fatty acids and sodium.

To learn more about Wedge Farms Nutrition and Cavena nuda, visit their website at http://www.wedgefarms.com/.


For more information, contact:
Crystal Jorgenson
Communications Specialist
Faculty of Agricultural & Food Sciences
Phone: (204) 474-9435