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The Ontario Food Cluster: a full serving of opportunity for the global agri-food sector

The Ontario Food Cluster welcomes international investment to its thriving cluster of 3,200 food and beverage companies that harvest success from within Canada’s largest pool of agri-food talent, Ontario. Food and beverage processing in the province is expected to grow to a $40 billion industry by end of 2013, and the agriculture and agri-food sector is Ontario’s number one employer.

When Ontario agriculture revenues are added to those of food and beverage processing, these sectors, with $50 billion in revenues, beat automotive sector revenues: it’s food that powers Ontario’s economic engine! The Ontario Food Cluster is the largest food and beverage processing jurisdiction in Canada and among the three largest in North America.

Ontario’s expanding agri-food cluster includes internationally focused companies such as General Mills Canada, H.J. Heinz Company of Canada, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, Kellogg Canada, Saputo, Sleeman Breweries, Dare Foods, Ferrero Canada, Dr. Oetker Canada, McCormick Canada, Cargill Canada, George Weston Ltd. and Unilever. These companies and others in Ontario enjoy access to the growing and lucrative North American market of more than 460 million consumers.

The Ontario Food Cluster benefits from Canada's high R&D and economic profile. Canada is the first G20 member to have made itself a tariff-free zone for manufacturers by eliminating tariffs on inputs, machinery and equipment. Combined federal and provincial credits can return to foreign investors, on average, up to 30% of their R&D investment in Canada - one of the most generous R&D tax incentives in the industrialized world.

Sources for this page: AOFP Economic Impact Analysis: Ontario Food and Beverage Processing Sector, Sept. 2012; Invest in Canada Backgrounder – Canadian Advantage, Jan. 2013; OMAFRA: Global Hub for Food Processing / Agri-food Asset Map

Monday
Oct072013

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.

The province of Ontario invests $88 million annually in U of G innovation, and that investment returns about $1.15 billion in economic impact across the province, much of it enjoyed by the agri-food sector, which has a 130-year tradition of involvement with the University. In addition, agri-food companies from 14 countries have invested $24 million over past five years to take advantage of U of G research capability, with American and German firms in the lead.

Specific examples of food and beverage technologies available now to the global agri-food industry include:

Zero-trans, low-saturate roll-in shortening for healthier croissants and Danishes

University of Guelph research has resulted in a shortening product that eliminates trans fat and reduces saturated fat in roll-in shortenings used to create laminated doughs in the manufacture of products such as croissants and Danishes. The product features a high liquid oil content and ‘beta’ crystal structure, yet has high oil-binding capacity and similar mechanical properties as regular ‘beta-prime’, high solid-fat roll-in shortenings.

Stabilized Water-Oil-Water (WOW) emulsions for the next generation of smarter beverages

Certain desirable water-soluble food ingredients, such as bioactive molecules, salts or color cannot easily be incorporated into foods and beverages either because they impart undesirable taste or are prone to degradation. An improved WOW (Water-Oil-Water) double emulsion system invented at University of Guelph is capable of providing extended protection and improved release characteristics that also enable the formation of stable WOW emulsions without the use of heat. This widens possibilities with regards to what types of ingredients can be incorporated into everything from the next generation of smarter and healthier beverages to a more vividly colored chocolate bar.

Cheese products made from mixed soy and dairy proteins

Soy products are increasingly accepted in western society because of their health benefits and because soy ingredients have good processing functionality. While many companies have made ‘cheese’ from soy products, these products have not been widely adopted because it is difficult to replicate a texture comparable to natural cheese. University of Guelph researchers have developed a method to mingle milk and soy proteins in the cheese-making process to achieve the health benefits and cost savings of soy with the taste and texture of dairy, with the first proof of concept being a soft ripened cheese product.

“The U of G’s Industry Liaison program is the best way for global agri-business companies to access our R&D expertise and resources,” said Sue Bennett, Director, University and Community Relations at the University of Guelph. “Working closely with over 800 researchers and 33 academic departments, our Industry Liaison team will quickly find the most appropriate resource and leverage corporate R&D funds at the same time. In fact, provincial and federal Canadian governments that support industry-sponsored research can leverage industry R&D dollars 2:1 or 3:1 and up to 8:1.”

About the Ontario Food Cluster

The Ontario Food Cluster builds international trade and investment opportunities for its expanding 3,200-company agri-food and beverage sector. Food and beverage processing in the province is expected to grow to a $40 billion industry by end of 2013, and the agriculture and agri-food sector is Ontario’s number one employer. Ontario food exports total $9.91 billion, with 130,000 people working directly in agri-food processing/manufacturing and wholesaling, and another 483,000 in related sectors such as food service, retail and specialty stores. The Ontario Food Cluster cities and regions include City of Brantford, City of Hamilton, City of London, County of Elgin, County of Middlesex, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Guelph, Niagara Region, Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance, Waterloo Region and Windsor-Essex. The Cluster also partners with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Monday
Oct072013

Gesündere Croissants und Blätterteige, bessere WOW-Emulsionen für smarte Drinks und Sojamilch-Käsereitechnik im Angebot der kanadischen University of Guelph für internationale Agri-Unternehmen

Agri-Food-Firmen aus 14 Ländern haben in den letzten 5 Jahren 24 Mio. Dollar investiert, um die Forschungskompetenz der "U of G" zu nutzen - deutsche und US-Firmen an der Spitze

Ob es um die Verbesserung des Kopenhagener Gebäcks, um die Ausweitung der Zutaten in der nächsten Generation smarter Getränke oder um einen neuen, mild-gereiften Käse geht, die durch Sojaprodukte gesünder werden: der Ontario Food Cluster lädt internationale Agri-Food-Firmen ein, sich in Kanadas größter Provinz niederzulassen. Diese Firmen können gemeinsam mit Ontarios 3200 Unternehmen im Agri-Food-Sektor, die 39 Mrd. Dollar umsetzen, von den Forschungsprogrammen der University of Guelph (U of G) profitieren, in denen Partnerschaften und Lizenzmöglichkeiten für Innovationen wie diesen entstehen.

Die Provinz Ontario investiert jährlich 88 Mio. Dollar in Innovationen aus der U of G. Diese Investitionen bringen der Provinz ca. 1,15 Mrd. Dollar an wirtschaftlichem Nutzen. Ein Großteil entfällt dabei auf das Agri-Food-Business mit seiner 130 Jahre langen Tradition in Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität. Darüber hinaus haben Agri-Food-Unternehmen aus 14 Ländern in den letzten 5 Jahren 24 Mio. Dollar investiert, um die Forschungskompetenz der U of G zu nutzen. An der Spitze liegen dabei deutsche und US-Firmen.

Aktuelle Beispiele für Lebensmittel- und Getränketechnik, die dem weltweiten Agri-Food-Sektor zur Verfügung stehen, sind:

Transfettsäurefreies ungehärtetes Pflanzenfett (Shortening) mit reduziertem Gehalt an gesättigten Fettsäuren, das für gesündere Croissants und Blätterteige eingearbeitet wird

Die Forschungsarbeit der University of Guelph hat zur Entwicklung eines ungehärteten Pflanzenfettes geführt, das auf Transfette ganz verzichtet und den Anteil gesättigter Fettsäuren in den Shortenings reduziert, die bei der Herstellung von Blätterteigen für Produkte wie Croissants und Kopenhagener Gebäck verwendet werden. Das Produkt zeichnet sich durch einen hohen Anteil an flüssigem Öl und betakristallinen Fetten aus, besitzt aber noch eine hohe ölbindende Wirkung, bei mechanischen Eigenschaften, die denen von normalen Beta-Prime-Shortenings mit hohem Anteil an gehärtetem Fett ähnlich sind.

Stabilisierte WOW-Emulsionen (Wasser-Öl-Wasser-Emulsionen) für die nächste Generation smarter Getränke

Bestimmte erwünschte wasserlösliche Inhaltsstoffe für Lebensmittel, wie z.B. bioaktive Moleküle, Salze oder Farbstoffe, können nicht ohne weiteres in Lebensmittel und Getränke integriert werden, weil sie entweder unerwünschten Geschmack hinzufügen oder zum schnellen Abbau führen. Ein verbessertes, an der University of Guelph erfundenes Wasser-Öl-Wasser (WOW)-Emulsionssystem ist in der Lage, verlängerten Schutz und verbesserte Freisetzungseigenschaften zu schaffen, die außerdem die Bildung von stabilen WOW-Emulsionen ohne den Einsatz von Hitze ermöglichen. Dadurch erweitern sich die möglichen Typen von Inhaltsstoffen, die bestimmten Produkten zugegeben werden können, von zukünftigen intelligenteren und gesünderen Getränken bis zu einem Schokoriegel in knallbunten Farben.

Käseprodukte, die aus einer Mischung aus Soja- und Milchproteinen hergestellt werden

Dank ihrer gesundheitlichen Vorteile werden Sojaprodukte von den Verbrauchern in westlichen Ländern verstärkt angenommen. Außerdem sind Sojazutaten gut zu verarbeiten. Es stellen zwar viele Firmen 'Käse' aus Sojaerzeugnissen her, aber diese Produkte haben bisher keine große Akzeptanz gefunden, weil eine Textur, die natürlichem Käse ähnlich ist, schwer nachzubilden ist. Die Forscher an der University of Guelph haben eine Methode für die Mischung von Milch- und Sojaproteinen im Käsereiverfahren entwickelt, mit der die gesundheitlichen Vorteile und die Kosteneinsparungen durch Soja mit dem Geschmack und der Textur von Milchkäse erreicht werden. Als erster Beweis für die Umsetzbarkeit dient ein mild gereiftes Käseprodukt.

"Das Programm der "U of G" zur Herstellung von Beziehungen mit dieser Branche ist der beste Weg für internationale Agri-Business-Firmen, unsere F+E-Kompetenz und Ressourcen zu nutzen", betonte Sue Bennett, Direktorin an der University of Guelph für die Beziehungen zwischen der Universität und der Bevölkerung/Wirtschaft. "Unser Team für Branchenbeziehungen arbeitet eng mit über 800 Forschern und 33 Universitätsinstituten zusammen. Es findet kurzfristig passende Ressourcen und nutzt gleichzeitig F+E-Budgets von Unternehmen. Es hat sich gezeigt, dass kanadische Provinz- und Bundesbehörden, die von der Industrie gesponserte Forschung unterstützen, jeden F+E-Dollar aus der Industrie im Verhältnis 2:1 oder 3:1 und sogar bis zu 8:1 nutzen können."

Über den Ontario Food Cluster

Der Ontario Food Cluster schafft Gelegenheiten für internationalen Handel und Investitionen für seinen wachsenden, 3200 Unternehmen starken Agri-Food- und Getränke-Sektor. Die Lebensmittel- und Getränkeverarbeitung in der Provinz wird sich laut Prognosen bis Ende 2013 zu einer Branche mit 40 Mrd. Dollar Umsatz entwickeln. Die Lebensmittelexporte Ontarios summieren sich auf 9,91 Mrd. Dollar und 130.000 Menschen arbeiten direkt in den Bereichen Agri-Food-Verarbeitung/-Herstellung und Großhandel. Weitere 483.000 Menschen sind in verwandten Sektoren beschäftigt, z.B. im Food-Service, Einzelhandel und Fachgeschäften. Zu den Städten und Regionen im Ontario Food Cluster gehören Brantford, Hamilton, London, die Bezirke Elgin und Middlesex, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Guelph, Niagara Region, Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance, Waterloo Region und Windsor-Essex. Der Cluster arbeitet außerdem mit Ontarios Ministerium für Landwirtschaft und Lebensmittel sowie mit dem Ministerium für den ländlichen Raum sowie mit Agriculture and Agri-Food-Canada (AAFC) und Kanadas Ministerium für Auswärtiges und internationalen Handel zusammen.

Tuesday
Jun252013

$417 million Ontario Growing Forward 2 funding program feeds innovation, competitiveness and market development

Sao Paulo, Brazil – SIAL Brazil 2013 – June 25, 2013 – The Ontario Food Cluster – the largest food and beverage processing jurisdiction in Canada and among the three largest in North America – is inviting global food processing companies to invest and expand in Canada’s largest province. Processors located in Ontario may access the comprehensive new Growing Forward 2 program, backed by $417 million in federal and provincial funding that encourages innovation, collaboration and market driven outcomes by focusing on increased profits, expanded markets, and managing risks.

“The food processing industry is a priority for the Province of Ontario,” said Gerald Pisarzowski, Vice President, Business Development, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Ontario Food Cluster member. “In addition to several targeted tax incentives, Growing Forward 2 gives us a valuable toolset to help attract international, expanding agri-food companies that want to take advantage of Ontario’s excellent proximity to 450 million affluent food consumers through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Companies that locate and invest in Ontario can qualify for the Growing Forward 2 program.”

For new and existing companies operating in Ontario involved in processing, modifying or transforming agriculture commodities, food, beverage, or agricultural based bio-products, funding assistance is available for:

  • Business and Leadership Development
  • Labour Productivity Enhancements
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Market Development
  • Animal and Plant Health
  • Assurance Systems (e.g. food safety, traceability, animal welfare)

In the areas of skills development, training, planning, audit and assessments, new or existing Ontario-based food processing companies can also take advantage of funding for:

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Leadership development
  • Labour productivity
  • Sustainability awareness (wastewater, energy)
  • Marketing plans
  • Succession Planning
  • Food safety planning and assessments

Innovation organizations across the province are also ready to work with Ontario-based agri-food processing companies on applied research and commercialization activities. Two such organizations are the Value Chain Management Centre and the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. 

The Value Chain Management Centre (www.valuechains.ca) is Canada’s only organization dedicated to improving the profitability and competitiveness of agri-food businesses through promoting and enabling the development of closely aligned value chains. The Centre focuses on issues like food traceability, food waste reduction, and organizational innovation.

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (www.vinelandresearch.com) is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation in areas including applied genomics, horticultural production systems, robotics and automation. Located in Canada's Niagara Region, Vineland's mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada's research and commercialization agenda.

Food and beverage processing in Ontario is expected to grow to a $40 billion industry by end of 2013, and the agriculture and agri-food sector is the province’s number one employer.

Information on funding programs and several targeted tax incentive programs are online at www.ontariofoodcluster.com/incentives/.

About the Ontario Food Cluster

The Ontario Food Cluster builds international trade and investment opportunities for its expanding 3,200-company agri-food and beverage sector. Food and beverage processing in the province is expected to grow to a $40 billion industry by end of 2013, and the agriculture and agri-food sector is Ontario’s number one employer. Ontario food exports total $9.91 billion, with 130,000 people working directly in agri-food processing/manufacturing and wholesaling, and another 483,000 in related sectors such as food service, retail and specialty stores. The Ontario Food Cluster cities and regions include City of Brantford, City of Hamilton, City of London, County of Elgin, County of Middlesex, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, Guelph, Niagara Region, Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance, Waterloo Region and Windsor-Essex. The Cluster also partners with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Tuesday
Jun252013

Programa de financiamento ‘Ontario Growing Forward 2’ no montante de $417 milhões incentiva a inovação, a concorrência e o desenvolvimento de mercados

São Paulo, Brasil – SIAL Brasil 2013 – 25 de junho de 2013 – A Ontario Food Cluster – a maior entidade canadense em matéria de processamento de alimentos e bebidas e uma das três maiores da América do Norte – está convidando as empresas mundiais de processamento alimentício a investirem e a expandirem seu negócio na maior província do Canadá. Os fabricantes de tais produtos, situados no Ontário, poderão ter acesso ao novo programa abrangente, ‘Growing Forward 2’, o qual é suportado por $417 milhões de dólares, um financiamento federal e provincial que visa incentivar a inovação, a colaboração e os resultados acionados pelo mercado, concentrando-se no aumento dos lucros, na expansão dos mercados e na gerência dos riscos.

“A indústria de processamento alimentício constitui uma prioridade para a província de Ontário”, disse o sr. Gerald Pisarzowski, vice-presidente do Setor de Desenvolvimento de Negócios, da organização Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, e membro da Ontario Food Cluster. “Além de diversos incentivos fiscais específicos, o programa ‘Growing Forward 2’ constitui uma preciosa caixa de ferramentas que visa atrair as empresas agroalimentícias internacionais em expansão e que desejam aproveitar a excelente proximidade do Ontário com os 450 milhões de prósperos consumidores de alimentos, através do Acordo de Livre Comércio da América do Norte (ALCAN). As empresas que investem e que estejam situadas em Ontário podem qualificar-se para o programa ‘Growing Forward 2’”.

Para as empresas novas e já existentes que operam no Ontário e que estão envolvidas no processamento, modificação e transformação de produtos agrícolas, alimentos, bebidas ou bioprodutos baseados na agricultura, existe assistência financeira nas seguintes áreas:

    • Desenvolvimento de liderança e de negócios
    • Enriquecimento da produtividade laboral
    • Meio ambiente e mudança climática
    • Desenvolvimento de mercados
    • Saúde dos animais e das plantas
    • Sistemas de garantia (p. ex.: segurança dos alimentos, rastreabilidade, bem-estar dos animais)

Nas áreas de desenvolvimento de competências, formação, planejamento, auditoria e avaliações, as empresas novas ou já existentes de processamento alimentício, sediadas no Ontário, também podem usufruir de financiamento para:

    • Fabricação moderada
    • Desenvolvimento de liderança
    • Produtividade laboral
    • Conscientização para a sustentabilidade (águas residuais, energia)
    • Planos de marketing
    • Planejamento da sucessão
    • Planejamento e avaliações da segurança alimentícia

Duas organizações de inovação existentes na província também estão preparadas para trabalhar com empresas de processamento agroalimentício sediadas no Ontário em atividades de pesquisa aplicada e comercialização. Essas organizações são o Value Chain Management Centre e o Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.

O Value Chain Management Centre (www.valuechains.ca) é a única organização do Canadá dedicada à lucratividade e concorrência das empresas agroalimentícias, promovendo e habilitando o desenvolvimento de cadeias de valor estreitamente ligadas. O centro dedica-se a questões como a rastreabilidade dos alimentos, a redução do resíduos alimentícios e a inovação organizacional.

O Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (www.vinelandresearch.com) é um centro de pesquisa de nível internacional dedicado à ciência horticultural e à inovação em áreas que abrangem a genômica aplicada, os sistemas de produção horticultural, a robótica e a automação. Situada na região canadense de Niagara, a missão do Centro Vineland visa apresentar produtos inovadores e soluções de produção que atendam as necessidades da indústria horticultural e fomentar o programa de pesquisa e comercialização do Canadá.

Estima-se que, até o fim de 2013, a indústria de processamento de alimentos e bebidas no Ontário aumente para 40 bilhões de dólares, sendo o setor agrícola e agroalimentício o principal empregador da província.

As informações sobre os programas de financiamento e outros programas específicos de incentivos fiscais estão disponíveis online em www.ontariofoodcluster.com/incentives.

Sobre a Ontario Food Cluster

A Ontario Food Cluster cria oportunidades de investimento e comércio internacional para seu setor agroalimentício de 3.200 empresas em expansão. Tais empresas têm uma renda de produção de 40 bilhões de dólares, incluindo 9.91 bilhões de dólares em exportações, sendo também responsáveis pelo emprego direto de 130.000 pessoas no setor atacadista e do processamento/fabricação agroalimentícios, havendo cerca de 483.000 trabalhadores em setores relacionados. As cidades e as regiões do sul do Ontário da Ontario Food Cluster englobam: cidade de Brantford, cidade de Hamilton, cidade de Londres, distrito de Elgin, distrito de Middlesex, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance, cidade de Guelph, região de Niagara, Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance, região de Waterloo e Windsor-Essex. A organização também tem parcerias com o Ministério da Agricultura e Alimentação e o Ministério dos Assuntos Rurais do Ontário, o Ministério da Agricultura e Agroalimentação do Canadá e o Ministério das Relações Exteriores e Comércio Internacional do Canadá. Para mais informações, visite www.ontariofoodcluster.com

Monday
Nov122012

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