- Award Recognizes LCBO, Wine Council of Ontario, and Grape Growers of
Ontario for Contributions to the Greenbelt -
TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Friends of the Greenbelt
Foundation announced the 2012 winners of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award. Recognizing the significant economic contributions the Ontario wine
industry brings to the Greenbelt, this year's award was shared among
three organizations: the Wine Council of Ontario, the Grape Growers of
Ontario and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).
"The economic benefits of the Greenbelt are vast and Ontario's wine
industry is a significant contributor," said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "This year we want to recognize
the growers, vintners and major retailer that together have
significantly increased the amount of Ontario wine sold in and outside
of the province."
According to a recent KPMG report, the Ontario VQA wine industry has
experienced significant gains in the recent years. The LCBO sells more
Ontario wine than any other region and VQA wine has the fastest growing
sales. In fact, VQA wine sales at the LCBO have more than doubled over
the past five years to over $110 million annually and now make up about
40 per cent of total Ontario wine sales.
The gains and successes can be attributed to three major players in the
Ontario wine industry - the LCBO, Grape Growers of Ontario and Wine
Council of Ontario. The VQA wine industry contributes significantly to
the economy of Ontario and has created over 1,300 additional jobs in
the last four years.
"The Greenbelt is fortunate to have a unique climate that provides
farmers with the opportunity to grow grapes," said Mausberg. "With the
province's leadership, we can continue to foster the growth of
Ontario's flourishing wine industry."
Since 2006, recipients of the Friend of the Greenbelt Award have included Sarah Harmer, The Hon. Bill Davis and Plan B Organic
Farm. Recipients have all contributed to the success, protection and
growth of Ontario's Greenbelt.
About Ontario's Greenbelt and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Ontario's Greenbelt is over 1.8 million acres of green space, farmland,
vibrant communities, forests, wetlands, and watersheds - all
permanently protected by world-leading legislation. In return the
Greenbelt gives back $9.1 billion in economic benefits and $2.6 billion
in ecosystem services annually to Ontario.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is working to help farmers in
the Greenbelt be more successful; to protect and enhance natural
features; and to strengthen local economies. To learn more about the
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, please visit www.greenbelt.ca.
SOURCE Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
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