Preserving Local Fruit In Niagara-Region - McGuinty Government Supports Agri-Food Industry, Creates Jobs
Ontario is helping support local farmers by ensuring the Niagara Region has additional cold storage space to preserve local fruit before processing.
With support from Ontario's Rural Economic Development Program, St. David's Cold Storage, in partnership with local cherry processor Niagara Harvest will:
A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the province's economy.
"We're proud to support Ontario's fruit processors, who continue
to provide us with fresh and delicious local fruit products that
we enjoy and that keep our families healthy. By giving our farmers
and food processors the tools they need to succeed and grow, we're
strengthening our agri-food industry and growing our economy."
"Our government's support for this project is creating new
jobs in the Niagara greenbelt and growing the market for local farmers.
It's also strengthening our local economy and creating new opportunities
for families and businesses in St. David's and the surrounding area."
"We are pleased to accept this investment from the Ontario
Government for St Davids Cold Storage and Niagara Harvest. This
investment will ensure the viability of this cold storage facility
and expand the cold storage capabilities to include frozen product.
We are now the only "frozen storage" facility in the Niagara
Region, and over the past year have brought many new customers to
our facility because of this. Also, Niagara Harvest will now ensure
food safety and traceability with their new metal detection equipment
and labeler for their tart cherry production line."
"Niagara Harvest is very appreciative to receive financial
assistance to help with the purchase of our new "on-line"
metal detector and automatic labeller. This equipment will allow
our company to maintain our HACCP status and provide assurance of
food safety and traceability for our product. Prior to storing our
product in St. Davids Cold Storage Freezers, we had to transport
the cherries to Brantford or Toronto. This project will save our
company time, energy and money, by storing our cherries locally."
Want to grow your food business? Ontario can help.
For more information:
Melissa Zanette, Minister's Office, 416-326-3071