By Manny Paiva
Ontario government recognizes agrifood businesses for growth, leadership.
Ontario is recognizing a number of agri-food industry innovators including a few in our area.The innovators presented new ideas and products that are creating jobs, growing local economies and bringing more Ontario food to consumers.
Full list of winners in Guelph are:
Blue Mountain Village Association - Apple Pie Trail, Town of Blue Mountains
Metzger Meat Products, Hensall
Nott Farms (Ont.) Ltd., Clinton
Schroeders Farms, Exeter
Monforte Dairy, Stratford
Miller's Dairy, Creemore
Sheldon Creek Dairy, Loretto
Foodlink Waterloo Region, St. Jacobs
Martin's Family Fruit Farm, Waterloo
Organic Meadow Cooperative Inc., Guelph
Farmers are still shocked by the decision last week that Heinz is shutting down its tomato operation in Leamington.
Dale Donaldson is the founder and co-owner of two Ontario farms.
He is concerned that the food industry is being controlled by fewer and fewer people -- so decisions like Heinz are being taken out of the community and into the board room.
Donaldson calls it a sad day for food production and business in Canada.
The interim board of directors for the newly formed "Cereals Canada'' is hoping to have the national organization up and running by the end of this year or early 2014.
Cereals Canada follows the Canola Council of Canada's model of bringing together stakeholders from throughout a crop's value chain.
Officials say everyone has a seat around the table and is making decisions that are the best interests of the value chain overall.
Cereals Canada will work with more than one crop -- addressing issues related to wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale.
Cereals Canada hopes all provincial wheat and barley grower organizations will join.