From May 2nd to 7ththe Ontario Food Cluster was in Sao Paulo for the APAS tradeshow followed by a trip to Ribeirao and Curitiba for a number of business meetings. The initiative was aimed at promoting Ontario as the preferred location for investment for Brazilian food and beverage sector. Strengthening the OFC brand in Brazil, mission participants met with new companies as well as strengthen the relationships with previous business contacts and the Federations of Industries. The OFC has identified the Brazilian market as one with high potential for FDI activities.
Ontario Food Cluster delegations are travelling to international tradeshows in Brazil, the USA and Germany this year to attract international investment to Ontario's thriving cluster of 3,200 food and beverage companies that harvest success from within Canada’s largest pool of agri-food talent.
If you would like to meet with an Ontario Food Cluster representative at any of the following tradeshows, please click here to set up an appointment:
APAS 2015 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – May 4-7
Sweets & Snacks Expo – Chicago, USA – May 19-21
ANUGA 2015 – Cologne, Germany – October 10-14
PLMA Trade Show 2015 – Chicago, USA – November 15-17
The Dollars & Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario's Food System study identifies ways Ontario can make changes to its food system to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, and support healthier lifestyles.
Encompassing the first research of its kind in Canada, the report, produced in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, looks at a number of scenarios. Key findings include:
- Reducing the top 10 fruit and vegetable imports by 10 per cent and expanding local production would help create 3,400 jobs and boost the province’s GDP by nearly a quarter billion dollars.
- Ontarians adopting a healthier diet leads to higher consumer demand for fruits, vegetables, and some grains. For example, if consumers moved to an ideal level of oat consumption in their diets, 241 jobs would be created and the province’s GDP would grow by more than $14.2 million.
- Transitioning 10 per cent of food consumption to organic would improve farm incomes and reduce the environmental impact of food production, but require imports of many products unless local organic production was increased.
Click here to access the study PDF from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
The Canadian agri-food sector’s leading “store brand,” the Ontario Food Cluster, is attending America’s largest private label tradeshow in Chicago this week to encourage international food and beverage buyers and suppliers to follow the lead of Horizon Milling G.P. by investing and becoming part of Ontario’s $39 billion, 3,200-company food and beverage processing sector.
Sparked by private label dollar share hitting a record high of $59.9 billion in 2011, economic development executives from the Ontario Food Cluster, also known as “Canada’s kitchen” are attending the 2012 PLMA Private Label Trade Show to highlight the cluster’s stellar reputation for reliable, sustainable sources of agricultural raw materials, state-of-the-art automated food processing methods, and world-class food safety.
Horizon Milling G.P., a joint venture between Minneapolis, Minn.-based Cargill and Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-based CHS Inc., is planning to build a state-of-the-art flour mill in Guelph, home to the University of Guelph, an agri-food R&D powerhouse for the Ontario Food Cluster. Cargill currently employs more than 1,500 people in Guelph at its Meat Solutions and Case Ready businesses and is one of the city’s leading employers.
Horizon Milling G.P. will also benefit from Ontario’s abundant supply of cereal grains which are an integral part of the province’s cropping system, with Ontario farmers producing over 102 million bushels in 2011. The new flour mill will predominantly source grain from Canadian farmers in both eastern and western Canada, and increase Horizon Milling G.P.’s Canadian production by up to 30 percent. The company produces flour, oats and dry baking mixes for the foodservices, bakery and food processing industries.
“Our new facility will represent the future in flour mills. As a completely new complex, we will incorporate the latest technologies in the industry and design the site to allow farmers easy access for deliveries while taking advantage of Ontario’s efficient rail and truck transportation links,” said Dan Dye, President, Horizon Milling. “We look forward to our expansion in Ontario and hope to be operating in 2014.”
Horizon Milling G.P.’s new flour mill will take advantage of Guelph Junction Railway, a city-owned, 25-mile short-line rail system that is fully integrated with transportation networks throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, and to other shipping transportation systems that serve international markets.
The food processing industry is considered strategic by the Province of Ontario, which has the goal of being North America’s top food processing hub. Already the continent’s second-largest food and beverage processing jurisdiction, agri-food businesses take advantage of Ontario’s excellent proximity to 450 million affluent food consumers through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In turn, these companies can access several targeted programs and tax incentives to expand in Ontario.
“Horizon Milling G.P.’s planned expansion is the latest example of the Ontario Food Cluster’s compelling draw to international food processing firms,” said Barbara Maly, Chair of the Ontario Food Cluster. “The Cluster is at the 2012 PLMA Private Label Trade Show to make more companies aware of Ontario’s excellent agri-food business support and investment opportunities.”
About the Ontario Food Cluster
The Ontario Food Cluster builds international trade and investment opportunities for its expanding 3,200-company agri-food sector. These companies have manufacturing revenue of $39 billion, including $9.9 billion of exports, and employ 130,000 people directly in agri-food processing/manufacturing and wholesaling and another nearly 483,000 workers in related sectors. Ontario Food Cluster southern Ontario cities and regions include Chatham-Kent, City of Brantford, City of Hamilton, City of London, County of Middlesex, Greater Toronto Area, City of Guelph, Niagara Region, Sarnia-Lambton, Southwest Economic Alliance, Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance, Waterloo Region and Windsor-Essex. The Cluster also partners with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
About Horizon Milling, G.P.
A leading Canadian flour miller, Horizon Milling G.P. is a joint venture between CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) and Cargill. Horizon Milling combines the expertise of a global food ingredients manufacturer with the supply assurance capabilities of a national, farmer-owned cooperative to provide customers with innovative, flour-related product and service solutions. For more information, visit www.horizonmilling.com
German frozen pizza giant Dr. Oetker selected the Ontario Food Cluster, also known as “Canada’s Kitchen,” for a greenfield new plant construction that will create 120 full-time manufacturing jobs, and contribute an estimated $26 million per year to Ontario’s economy when the plant opens in 2014. This is the first time Dr. Oetker will be making its award-winning frozen pizzas in North America.
Le géant allemand des pizzas surgelées, Dr. Oetker, a choisi l’Ontario Food Cluster, aussi connu sous le nom de « cuisine du Canada », comme lieu de construction de sa toute nouvelle usine qui permettra de créer 120 emplois manufacturiers à temps plein et d’injecter un montant estimé à 26 millions de dollars par année dans l’économie de la province, lorsqu’elle ouvrira ses portes en 2014. C’est la première fois que Dr. Oetker fabriquera ses pizzas surgelées primées en Amérique du Nord.
The Canadian Federal Government plans to create a new class of visa it hopes will attract innovation-driven entrepreneurs to immigrate to the country to start new companies, and the Ontario Food Cluster looks forward to a new generation of agri-food businesses from this initiative.
Here are relevant excerpts on the new visa from a Reuters article published in the Globe and Mail on Sept. 12, 2012:
... A visa that would be issued to people identified by venture capital funds as candidates to create startup firms in Canada. The venture funds would be required to invest in the startups.
... Venture investment funds would choose entrepreneurs to invest in, and the government would try to clear them for entry into Canada within weeks. The idea is to unite Canadian money and foreign brains.
... “This program will link brilliant, job-creating, immigrant entrepreneurs with Canadian investors. We want the world’s best and brightest to come to Canada – to start businesses and to create jobs in Canada.”
... The government will set aside 2,750 visas a year for startup entrepreneurs and their families.
“Healthy chocolate” technology an example of commercialization momentum drawing international companies to Ontario’s knowledge-rich food cluster
A week after Forbes Magazine rated Canada as the world’s top country for business, the Ontario Food Cluster is bringing its business investment and innovation message to Anuga 2011 in Cologne, Germany. This includes news of an exciting “healthy chocolate” technology. The Ontario Food Cluster is seeking to attract more agri-food firms outside Canada to join or expand an existing 2,500 food and beverage companies in the country’s largest province.
Canada's success in food processing was the focus of a Globe and Mail article on July 20th, naming food processing as the number one manufacturing sector in the country – employing more people that both the transportantion and machinery manufacturing sectors.
At the top of the provincial pack was Ontario, celebrating more sales than the second and third place provinces of Quebec and Alberta, combined. From the article:
"Toronto – now the second-largest food producer in North America after Chicago – has developed a comprehensive food plan. In May, Ontario unveiled a food-cluster strategy that aims to attract global investment and promote Canadian products overseas. This fall, the province will open an institute of food-processing technology that will eventually host 500 full-time students. The Conference Board is working on a national framework for the food industry and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute is also working on policy
The full article is here, and well worth a read.
Toronto ON, May 11, 2011 – Choosing SIAL Canada 2011 – an international tradeshow with 200,000 visitors from more than 200 countries – for its launch, the newly formed Ontario Food Cluster is declaring an increased hunger to attract more agri-food firms outside Canada to join or expand an existing 2,500 food and beverage companies in the province. Those companies boast manufacturing revenue approaching $34 billion and help employ 210,000 industry employees, researchers, innovators and collaborators who have built a stellar reputation for reliable, sustainable sources of agricultural raw materials, state-of-the-art automated food processing methods, and world-class food safety standards.