MPP Surveying Food & Beverage Processors to Learn about Challenges Facing Industry

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Author: Jenn Kucharczyk

Posted: November 5, 2012

Categories: economic development / Food in the News / Food Processing / News from Sustain Ontario

Cover of the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors Strategy document, available on the AOFP website.

Ontario Progressive Conservative agriculture critic Ernie Hardeman wants food processors to provide ideas on how the province’s $39 billion processing industry can be strengthened and kept competitive. Food processing is the second largest manufacturing sector in Ontario, with more than 3000 food processors, which includes large manufacturers along with local abattoirs, bakeries, and wineries. The sector employs 120 000 people.

Hardeman, the MPP for Oxford, has launched an online survey aimed at food and beverage processors as well as packagers to ask about government red tape, barriers to recruiting and retaining employees, barriers to using Ontario products, and the best incentives to produce healthier foods.

Ontario food and beverage processors are encouraged to participate in this survey as well as pass it on to colleagues to spread the word.

You can contact MPP Ernie Hardeman directly via email at .