Supporting Local Food and Beverage Businesses
Ontario and Canada Boosting Partners to Grow Ontario’s Food and Beverage Industry
The provincial and federal governments are partnering to grow Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector by supporting local businesses to increase productivity, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre made the announcement at London Brewing Co-Operative in London today, along with Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, the craft brewer will be able to purchase and install upgraded brewing equipment to help improve labour productivity and efficiency, increasing productivity and leveraging innovation to grow their business and the local economy.
London Brewing Co-Operative is one of 33 projects across Southwestern Ontario that is being supported with $2.1 million in funding through the Growing Forward 2 program. Across Ontario, over 300 Ontario food processors are enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through Growing Forward 2.
These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to create good middle class jobs by helping food processors develop products that reflect changing market tastes and seize new market opportunities.
Helping grow the agri-food sector is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“By investing in businesses such as London Brewing Co-Operative we are helping boost the competitiveness of Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector. For the last five years, Growing Forward 2 has been integral in strengthening Ontario’s agri-food sector and I look forward to building on its success through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”
- Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“Food and beverage businesses form the largest employer of all manufacturing industries in Canada, accounting for one out of every eight jobs. Investing in the growth and innovation of these Ontario companies will contribute to our government’s goal of increasing Canada’s agri-food exports to $75-billion by 2025 and supporting the creation of good middle class jobs.”
— Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
“By investing in agri-food businesses in Southwestern Ontario, our government is supporting the economic growth of this region. I’m pleased to be here today to see first-hand the results of our investments, which are helping communities grow.”
— Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre
“The food and beverage sector is incredibly important to London and the region of Southwestern Ontario. Federal and provincial cooperation is helping this vital sector thrive, and I congratulate all businesses receiving funding. We know these investments will boost the local economy in London and help meet our goal of providing good middle class jobs for Londoners.”
— Peter Fragiskatos, MP for London North Centre
"Ontarians are now drinking more local hops and malts in their beer than ever thanks to the Growing Forward 2 funded London Brewing Co-operative expansion."
— Jeff Pastorius, London Brewing Co-Operative
- The provincial and federal governments are investing almost $18 million towards more than 300 projects across the province as part of this announcement.
- London Brewing Co-Operative Inc. in Middlesex County received $92,633 through Growing Forward 2 to support the purchase and installation of upgraded brewing equipment to help improve labour productivity and efficiency, and leverage innovation to grow their business and the local economy.
- Over $2.1 million has been invested in 33 projects across Southwestern Ontario:
- Schinkel's Legacy received $62,132 to purchase and install cleaning equipment, and upgrade refrigeration units for food safety improvement.
- Bayside Brewing Co. received $98,532.36 to purchase and install an automated canning line to help increase labour productivity and improve operational efficiencies.
- Presteve Foods Limited received $1,015 to train employees on the implementation of a new traceability program to remove sales barriers to new markets.
- John O's Foods Inc. received $75,000 to conduct product demonstrations, prepare new packaging designs, attend tradeshows and sampling tours to expand their export market sales in the USA.
- I.P.R. Farm Ltd. received $100,000 to purchase and build a new grading packaging line to help improve labour productivity and operational efficiency.
- Thompsons Limited received $53,845 to purchase and install an automated temperature monitoring system to help increase automation and improve labour productivity.
- Highline Mushrooms (Leamington) will receive up to $100,000 to purchase and install a new weigh system to help increase automation, increase production output, enhance labour productivity, and improve operational efficiency.
- DiCiocco Sonny Farms Incorporated received $100,000 to purchase a water reclamation system to help mitigate risks to surface and ground water by adopting a zero water discharge system.
- Jamestown Mills Inc received $93,864 to purchase and install equipment for a complete new flour milling package to help increase productivity and efficiency.
- Las Chicas del Cafe Inc. (Saint Thomas) received $5,319 to perform marketing activities to access new domestic markets.
- 1855705 Ontario Inc. o/a Dyck Farms received $100,000 to purchase and install a multiscan system, labeller, printer and computer package, conveyors, and to hire a project manager to improve labour productivity in the new tomato processing line.
- Planet Shrimp Inc. received $142,857 to develop and implement a custom Traceability Management System for the shrimp farm to meet market demands for traceability.
- The Heritage Coffee Co. received $39,754 to purchase and implement a new Enterprise Resource Planning software system to help increase production efficiencies.
- Ingredion Canada Corporation will receive up to $100,000 to purchase and install a new DAF wastewater treatment system to reduce phosphorus discharge.
- Sprucewood Shores received $44,019 to purchase and install winery equipment to help increase production capacity, enhance labour productivity, and increase competitiveness and operational efficiency.
- Serenity Lavender Farm Inc. (Harrow) received $14,700 to purchase and install a new oven, and to complete staff training to help increase labour productivity.
- ARRRC International Inc. received $13,750 to develop a business plan to help support business growth.
- Agriculture Technology Inc. will receive up to $27,789 for two projects to purchase and install doors to help manage access and traffic within the operation, technology and equipment upgrades, and automated software tracking system to help increase automation and improve labour productivity.
- Belwood Poultry Limited received $71,518 for two projects to train employees on food safety to help increase knowledge of food safety, food safety risks and prevention and to purchase and install new waste stream management equipment to help reduce the risks to surface and ground water.
- Hollandia Bakeries Limited (Mt Brydges) received $25,185 to purchase an innovative detail icing roller, accountability/production software, and an automated taping machine to help improve productivity and operational efficiency.
- Pier-C Produce Inc. received $92,952 to purchase and install an innovative weighing/bagging process to help increase automation, enhance labour productivity, improve output quality, and increase operational efficiency.
- Black Fly Beverage Company received $250,000 for three projects to purchase and install automated end-of-line packaging equipment, raw materials processing upgrade equipment and a bottle blowing system and a compressor system to help increase labour productivity, improve operational efficiency and drive competiveness.
- Forked River Brewing Corporation received $108,019 for two projects to purchase automated equipment and increase cellaring capabilities and install canning lines (including training) to help enter new market segments and increase labour efficiencies.
- The Original Cakerie received $100,000 to purchase and install an automated case packaging and palletizing system to help increase labour productivity.
- McCormick Canada received $100,000 to purchase and install filler equipment and first-time staff training to help increase labour productivity.
- Walkerville Brewery received $99,264 to purchase and install a fully automated canning system to help enhance productivity, increase operational efficiency, and provide the opportunity to fulfill current demands and further market expansions.
- InnerSEASONINGS International Incorporated received $3,250 to obtain Kosher and Halal certification to expand their domestic and export markets.
- Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada's agri-food and agri-based products sector.
- The provincial and federal governments have committed more than $50 million in cost-shared funding assistance to eligible food and beverage processors towards more than 950 GF2 projects.
- The Canadian Agricultural Partnership will follow Growing Forward 2, launching on April 1, 2018.
Growing Forward 2 in Ontario
London Brewing Co-Operative