Potato Operation Expanding Into Flamborough
McGuinty Government Supports Agri-Food Industry, Creates Jobs
Ontario is helping EarthFresh expand to meet increased demand for more locally-grown food, support Ontario farmers and create 44 new jobs.
With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, EarthFresh is building a state-of-the-art, 40,000 square-foot potato washing, packing and distribution plant in Flamborough. The new plant is set to replace the company's existing facility, now too small to respond to the growing demand for its popular potato varieties. Once operational, it will help EarthFresh to:
- nearly triple its processing capacity
- decrease production costs and increase sales by $15 million within two years
- expand into new markets with new product offerings
- create 44 new jobs and retain 70 existing positions
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the province's economy.
- Ontario has invested more than $160 million in 394 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated more than $1.1 billion in new economic activity.
- In June, Ontario had an increase of more than 40,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.7 percent.
“Our support for this project is helping to expand the market for Ontario potatoes, supporting Ontario farmers and strengthening the province's agri-food sector. By investing in quality food processors like Earthfresh, we're stimulating local economies, growing support for local food and creating jobs for our families.”
“The Government of Ontario's investment in this project is adding to the success of our region's agri-food sector and creating new opportunities for area farmers. With dozens of new jobs in the offing, it's great news for local families, too.”
“We are very excited to build our new environmentally friendly home in the Flamborough region. Through new potato variety development, innovation, and a persistent focus on quality, we will make this region a stronger, more viable place to produce fresh vegetables for customers throughout the GTA and abroad. We are grateful that the Rural Economic Development Program has recognized that this is an important initiative for the community and for the Ontario agricultural industry.”