Ontario Food Cluster

The Ontario Food Cluster coming to Brazil, USA and Germany in 2015

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

Healthier croissants and Danishes, better WOW from smarter drinks and soy-dairy cheese tech on offer from University of Guelph to global agri-businesses

Agri-food companies from 14 countries have spent $24 million over past five years to take advantage of U of G research capability, with Americans and Germans in the lead Whether it’s building a better Danish, expanding the types of ingredients that can be used in the next generation of smart beverages or a new soft-ripened cheese made healthier by soy products, the Ontario Food Cluster is inviting global agri-food firms to set up subsidiaries in Canada’s largest province. As part of Ontario’s 3,200-company, $39 billion agri-food sector, these companies can take advantage of University of Guelph (U of G) research programs that produce partnership and licensing opportunities on innovations like these.

Ontario Food Cluster takes team to Chicago to attract fast-growth store brand market to “Canada’s kitchen”

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

Canada's food processors relish the taste of success: Ontario comes out on top for food manufacturing sales

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.

Source: Globe and Mail

Ontario Food Cluster plants processing innovation message to international delegates at Institute of Food Technologists IFT 2011 Annual Meeting & Food Expo

New Orleans, LA – IFT11 – June 13, 2011 The Ontario Food Cluster is bringing its processing innovation message to IFT11 in New Orleans this week as it seeks 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 drive agri-food exports that amount to more than $9 billion annually. They also 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.

Ontario Food Cluster declares increased hunger for international business at SIAL Canada 2011

Most of the Ontario Food Cluster team!

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.