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Ontario Recognizes Food Processor as Exports Surpass $10 Billion

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Ontario Recognizes Food Processor as Exports Surpass $10 Billion

Ontario Government Supporting Success in Agri-Food Sector

Premier Kathleen Wynne presented an award to one of the province's top food exporters at the Canadian Agri-Food Export Gala, after Ontario's food exports surpassed $10 billion for the first time. 

The Ontario government recognized a Niagara-based winery for its help in strengthening the province's agri-food industry. Pillitteri Estates Winery, an Ontario leader, was named the winner of the 2013 Ontario Food Exporter Award for its exports to more than 30 countries, including China, where it operates 25 wine retail stores.

Helping the province's small and large agri-food export businesses succeed in international markets is part of the new Ontario government's plan to create jobs, strengthen the economy and build a fair society for all. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario food exports increased to $10.8 billion in 2012, a jump of more than $900 million compared to 2011.
  • Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, accounting for 3,000 businesses that employ about 100,000 people across the province.
  • Every $10 million increase in agricultural exports creates 127 new jobs in Ontario.
  • Ontario agri-food businesses export to 171 countries around the world.

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“Ontario agri-food products are popular around the world and our government is working hard to support the province’s expanding export market. Pillitteri Estates Winery is an excellent example of how our agri-food sector is helping to drive economic growth and create jobs across the province.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario and Minister of Agriculture and Food

“Since starting our business in 1993, we have grown to become one of the best known international ice wine brands, now available around the globe. It is an honour to be recognized with the Ontario Food Exporter Award, and I want to thank the Ontario government for its support of the province’s agri-food industry.”

Charles Pillitteri

CEO of Pillitteri Estates Winery

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