Alliance of Ontario Food Processors report makes the case for Ontario's
new job and prosperity engine
TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Norm Beal, Chair, Alliance of
Ontario Food Processors releases five-year action plan for the Ontario
food and beverage processing industry.
"For too long, the food and beverage processing industry has been
Ontario's best kept secret," said Norm Beal, Alliance Chair and
President & CEO of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery.
"This sector directly employs 125,000 people, generates $39 billion in
revenue annually and produces high quality, safe food for Ontarians.
Unlike other manufacturing sectors which are forecasting declines, we
are making a commitment to add another 60,000 plus jobs to the economy
and generate $70 billion by 2020."
The Alliance of Ontario Food Processors worked directly with small to
large processors across the province in developing the report, Ontario's Food and Beverage Processing Industry Strategy - The New
Engine of Ontario's Economy. This report identifies four major recommendations necessary to
supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate:
Establish a Food and Beverage Innovation Centre - connect capacity and
infrastructure already available in the province and add new
infrastructure where needed to provide processor businesses with market
development and business resources.
Raise the Profile of Ontario Food and Drink - strengthen Ontario's
"brand" to further expand domestic markets and better leverage
opportunities in emerging and developed export markets.
Develop Talent and a Future in Food - raise awareness of the processing
sector as an attractive job destination and support the places and
people necessary to develop talent.
Simplify and Modernize Regulations - better align industry and
government for regulation development and reform.
The Alliance is calling for a government - industry partnership to
refine implementation plans including costing, timelines and delivery
structures for each of the four recommendations by February 2014.
"This industry has the people, the history and the infrastructure to
become Ontario's leading manufacturing sector," added Steve Peters,
Alliance Executive Director. "We heard the challenge from this
government on growing the sector and have responded with four areas for
strategic investment. We now look forward to making it happen."
A copy of the report can be downloaded at www.aofp.ca
Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In
Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation
Council. Funding was also generously provided by Grain Farmers of
The Alliance of Ontario Food Processors is a not-for-profit organization
that speaks on issues and concerns common to Ontario's 3,000 plus food
and beverage processing 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.
SOURCE: Alliance of Ontario Food Processors
For further information:
Isabel Dopta, Director, Communications and Industry Relations
Alliance of Ontario Food Processors
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