Recipients of the 2016 Ontario Food Exporter Award
Ontario is the leader in food production in Canada. Exports in our food, beverage and agriculture sectors strengthen Ontario's agri-food industry, creating new jobs, new investment, and fostering economic growth in communities across the province.
The Ontario Food Exporter Award recognizes a company's excellence in exporting and successful market expansion, as well as its commitment to long-term export growth.
The 2016 winner of the Ontario Food Exporter Award and the two finalists are:
Conestoga Meat Packers - Kitchener
Conestoga Meat Packers is a food processing company owned and supplied by a co-operative of 170 Southern Ontario family farmers. In 2001, the farmer-owners integrated their operations and bought Conestoga Meat Packers, a pork plant that has been in operation since 1982. These farmers entered the business with a view to supplying the world with the same wholesome pork their own families had enjoyed for generations. With that vision in mind, this company entered the export market, first to the United States and now in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Over the past two years the company has focused its export market strategy to include China, Mexico, the United States and Japan. Conestoga Meat Packers has been able to significantly increase its exports to Japan by enhancing its product's shelf life to meet the quality parameters and requirements of Japanese customers.
The company has grown from a processing operation with 35 employees to 851 today, making it globally competitive. Conestoga Meat Packers remains committed to further market expansion by delivering consistently high-quality premium pork internationally.
Agrocrop Exports Ltd. - Brampton
Founded in 2001, Agrocrop Exports Ltd. has differentiated itself from global competition as a leader in providing quality products to a clientele of global retail chains in North America and abroad. This company is a one-stop-shop for buyers of beans, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and peas, among others. With more than 86 per cent of its business destined for export markets, Agrocrop - recently expanding to new European markets - is committing capital and human resources to support its growth plans. The company plans to continue its expansion, having invested in a new 55,000 square-foot facility that is anticipated to be fully operational in early 2017.
Super-Pufft Snacks Corporation - Mississauga
Super-Pufft Snacks, a private-label manufacturer of popcorn, potato chips, extruded snacks and canister crisps, now exports to more than 30 countries across five continents. Established in 1987, the company continues to launch new products and has recently increased its exports to additional retailers in North America, South America, Algeria, South Korea, and Australia.
The company's international business now represents well over two million cases in sales and represents almost 70 per cent of its 20 million canisters crisps manufactured each year. By early 2017, Super-Pufft is expecting to reach over $75 million in sales, with exports representing more than 50 per cent of its total business.
Super-Pufft was the Award Winner in 2014 and this is the second time that the company has been recognized as a Food Exporter Award finalist.