Producer and processor groups are urging candidates in the upcoming Ontario election to debate food and farm issues, grow economy
Cambridge, Ont. – The Alliance of Ontario Food Processors (AOFP) is calling on Ontario’s four party leaders to commit to growing the province’s economy through innovative plans and investments that benefit the food and beverage industry.
“Our processors face a number of challenges, including input costs,” says AOFP executive director Steve Peters. “The food and beverage processing sector is a leader in Ontario’s economy and we want to ensure we continue to grow.”
“Unlike other manufacturing sectors that are facing declines, the food and beverage sector is experiencing healthy growth in a number of categories especially small to mid-size businesses,” adds AOFP chair Norm Beal, president and CEO of Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery. “We are making a commitment to add another 60,000 jobs and generate $70 billion by 2020.”
In its October 2013 report Ontario Food and Beverage Processing Industry Strategy – The New Engine of Ontario’s Economy the AOFP identified a possible course of action to build the Ontario brand and the province’s food and beverage industry.
The AOFP, in co-operation with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, has also invited all four party leaders to debate these and other food processing and farm issues at an event moderated by TVO’s Steve Paikin. There’s no word yet on if any of the leaders have agreed.