Ontario Supporting Food Processing Sector in Brantford
Province Partnering with Ferrero to Create 80 New Jobs
Ontario is partnering with Ferrero Canada Ltd. to expand its facilities and diversify product offerings, which will boost productivity and create 80 new jobs in Brantford, while retaining over 1,000 positions across the province.
Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made the announcement today in Brantford, where Ferrero Canada has started a major expansion project.
With support from Ontario's Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the company will be able to:
- Build a new cocoa bean processing plant
- Increase manufacturing capacity for Nutella & Go
- Implement new processes to manufacture new Tic Tac products
- Install a new wastewater treatment system
Ferrero is a family-owned company and the third-largest chocolate manufacturer in the world. It manufactures four main product lines at its Brantford facility: Nutella, Nutella & Go, Tic Tac and Ferrero Rocher.
Supporting a strong and innovative food processing sector is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario is investing up to $11 million in Ferrero Canada’s $90-million project through its Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund.
- The Jobs and Prosperity Fund is providing $2.7 billion over 10 years to enhance productivity, boost innovation and grow Ontario’s exports. As part of the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the Food and Beverage Growth Fund supports food, beverage and bio-product manufacturing projects that help create and retain jobs, increase domestic and export market access, and enhance innovation and productivity.
- The Jobs and Prosperity Fund helps secure private sector investment in Ontario, allowing the government to partner with businesses that are creating jobs and enhancing productivity, innovation and exports. Every dollar invested through the fund leverages an average of $9 in private sector investments.
- Since 2013 the Jobs and Prosperity Fund invested about $630 million in 30 projects, leveraging over $7.2 billion in total investment, which is helping to create and retain over 35,000 jobs.
- Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 800,000 jobs and contributes more than $37 billion toward the province’s Gross Domestic Product.
- Ontario is home to Canada’s largest food processing sector, employing 94,500 people across the province.
“Our government is committed to helping create and keep good jobs in our rural communities. By partnering with food processing companies like Ferrero Canada, we are not only supporting growth in Ontario’s agri-food sector, we are boosting our economy and creating 80 good jobs in the Brantford community.”
“Congratulations to Ferrero Canada on this significant expansion of its Ontario operations. The investment illustrates exactly why the Jobs and Prosperity Fund was created — to partner with ambitious companies that are innovating, boosting productivity and growing exports in Ontario’s key economic sectors.”
“Thanks to the continuous support of the Ontario government and to the strong commitment of the Ferrero Group, the Brantford production plant is taking another big step in our history. All these investments represent in an excellent way our industrial footprint, based on quality, innovation and efficiency. These projects are enabling us to create new jobs in our facility and also externally through our suppliers and partners within Brantford and the surrounding area. We are very proud to be the first Ferrero plant outside Europe to process raw cocoa beans and to produce the brand new Tic Tac Gum for North America!”