CAMBRIDGE, ON, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's food and beverage
processors' major contribution to the economy has resulted in millions
of dollars now available to the sector for new initiatives.
Yesterday, the provincial and federal governments announced they are
investing a combined $417 million in Ontario's strategic initiatives
under Growing Forward 2 for the agriculture and food industry.
This means unprecedented funding is available for food and beverage
processors, says Norm Beal, president of the Alliance of Ontario Food
"The alliance has been working long and hard to make sure governments
understand the value of processors to the Ontario economy," he says.
"Funding through Growing Forward 2 is a positive signal for our
Starting today, funding is available that will aid Ontario processor
businesses in identifying strategic priorities for growing profits,
expanding markets and managing risks.
In September, a second program will provide the investment needed to
take action on those priorities.
"All processors in this province should be considering their options
under Growing Forward 2," says alliance executive director Steve
Peters. "This is exactly what's needed for food and beverage processors
to push ahead on innovative projects, new product development, skills
and workforce training and productivity advances."
Alliance member Doug Alexander of Wing's Food Products says the support
will help the small-to-medium sized processors such as his that
comprise more than 90 per cent of the 3,000 processor businesses in
"This is a powerful group of innovators, entrepreneurs and employers who
will benefit directly from available programs," he says. "Here is our
opportunity to become the leading food cluster in North America."
Members are urged to visit www.omafra.gov.on.ca and follow the links to Growing Forward 2, to start the enrollment
The Alliance of Ontario Food Processors speaks on issues and concerns
common to Ontario's food and beverage industry. Our focus is on the
success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing
sector. We work collaboratively with our colleagues and partners across
the agriculture and food sector. www.aofp.ca
SOURCE: Alliance of Ontario Food Processors
For further information:
Isabel Dopta, Director, Communications and Industry Relations, Alliance of Ontario Food Processors, 519.993.1192 firstname.lastname@example.org