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Driving Growth for Ontario's Agri-Food Industry

Premier Challenges Sector to Double Its Growth Rate, Create Jobs

Premier Kathleen Wynne recognized excellence in agri-food innovation today and challenged the sector to double its growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs in Ontario by 2020. 

She issued the challenge as part of a keynote speech at the Premier's Summit on Agri-Food Innovation at Queen's Park, encouraging agri-food industry partners to help Ontario:

  • Become one of the top five places in North America in revenues for food and beverage manufacturing; and
  • Double its agri-food exports.   

The summit also celebrated the contributions of local producers to the overall success of the agri-food sector.

The Premier presented the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence to Monforte Dairy of Stratford, Ontario. Monforte Dairy implemented a Community Shared Agriculture micro-financing model to raise capital to build a new plant.

The Foreign Affair Winery of Vineland, Ontario received the Minister's Award, for re-engineering air flows to their vineyard to apply the Italian "appassimento" method of wine-making to Ontario-grown grapes.

The Premier presented the Leaders in Innovation awards to:

  • Thompson's Maple Products, Hilton Beach, Ontario for developing "Tap Track," a wireless monitoring system that improves quality, efficiency, and reduces costs for maple producers.
  • Y U Ranch, Tillsonburg, Ontario for their hybrid gas/electric freezer delivery mini-van known as the "Farmer's Market Express."

Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government's three-part economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and help businesses grow and create jobs.

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