Canada and Ontario Invest in New Food Processing Facility
$6 million for New North American Operation Brings Global Investment and 55 Jobs to Kingston
Frulact Canada Inc. has established a new 58,000-square-foot research and development and food processing facility in Kingston's Cataraqui Estates Business Park. This comes at a critical time when Canada is competing with other countries to attract international companies to invest and do business here.
The governments of Canada and Ontario announced a combined investment of up to $6 million to establish this new facility that is serving as the company's North American base, and its first facility in Canada.
The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, is contributing up to $4.5 million from its Investing in Business Growth and Productivity initiative and the Government of Ontario, through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, is investing up to $1.5 million.
Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands announced the federal portion of the funding on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. Cristina Martins, Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Growth, made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister Responsible for Small Business and Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
The FedDev Ontario contribution supported construction and equipment costs, and is helping Frulact Canada Inc. introduce advanced technology and innovation into the food and beverage industry. With support from the provincial government's Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the company is investing in manufacturing equipment, laboratory technology, specialty storage containers and staff training.
Frulact Canada's Kingston facility is instrumental in the company growing its business in North American markets. This facility will add up to 55 new permanent full-time jobs in the Kingston area and is attracting investment now and in the future.
- Established in 1987, the Frulact Group, headquartered in Portugal, is a top-ranked innovative company in the supply of added-value ingredients, mainly custom fruit and vegetable preparations, for the food and beverage industry.
- Frulact is ranked among the world’s top five companies in its sector and has a global presence across three continents, with eight factories in five countries. Frulact Canada Inc. was incorporated in 2015 as the Canadian subsidiary for the Frulact Group.
- The federal and provincial funding is leveraging an additional $36.5 million in private sector investment.
“Frulact Canada Inc. is a welcome addition to the local economy and the company’s presence supports the revitalization of food processing in the region. The new facility also means more business for the company’s supply chain. I am proud our government recognizes the importance of attracting global companies like Frulact and is taking steps to invest in them so they invest in Canada.”
“Making sure that Canada is a top destination for businesses to invest, grow and create jobs and prosperity for Canadians is a priority for our government. Frulact Canada Inc. is a great example of how attracting global investment translates into good-quality jobs for the middle class, and how innovative processes are benefitting our economy now and in the future.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains
“We are delighted that Frulact chose eastern Ontario as the site of its North American operations, making significant investments and creating good jobs in Kingston. Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s ongoing focus on attracting investment to Ontario’s agri-food sector, supporting local farmers and driving economic growth.”
“Frulact is a valued member of the eastern Ontario business community and I’m pleased our government has this opportunity to play a proactive role in helping the company to invest, grow and create jobs for local families.”
“The Kingston facility is an important and exciting milestone in Frulact’s global growth as we expand our presence in North American markets. Between the skilled team we are building in Kingston and the industry-leading technology and production equipment supported by today’s announcement, we have a world-class facility to offer our customers the very best in innovative ingredients for the food and beverage industry.”