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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Alfred

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Celebrating Agri-Food Innovators in Alfred

Ontario Government Recognizes Agri-food Innovation Excellence

Ontario is recognizing local agri-food industry innovators whose new ideas and products are creating jobs, growing local economies and bringing more Ontario food to consumers. 

These innovators were celebrated today at a ceremony in Alfred, where three regional winners of the Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence were honoured for their contributions to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. The winners are:

  • Castor River Farm, Metcalfe
  • Roots and Shoots Farm, Manotick
  • Cassel Brewery Company Ltd., Casselman 

Supporting a strong and innovative agri-food industry is part of the government's three-part economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and help businesses grow and create jobs.

Quick Facts

  • A total of 50 regional agri-food innovation awards are being announced across the province.
  • Since 2007, a total of 325 producers, processors and agri-food organizations have received a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector contributes approximately $34 billion to the province’s economy and supports more than 740,000 jobs across Ontario.

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Grant Crack

“Innovative businesses like these show us just how dynamic our agri-food sector is here and across the province. I want to congratulate all the winners on their achievements.”

Grant Crack

MPP for Glengarry, Prescott, Russell

Kathleen Wynne

“I congratulate all of our award recipients across the province whose innovative ideas and products help advance our agri-food industry and build on our strengths to create more good jobs for the people of this province.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier and Minister of Agriculture and Food

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