agri-food

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

Ontario Food Cluster team arrives at SIAL in Paris touting Ontario’s agri-food industry as a world-class hub for international food processing companies

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.

Healthy chocolate? Ontario Food Cluster tastes trade and investment potential with 150,000 global food industry executives at Anuga 2011 in Cologne

The Ontario Food Cluster team at ANUGA 2011“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.

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.