FedDev Ontario feeds growth in southern Ontario’s agri-food sector
“Florentina Foods and Terra Cotta Foods are excellent examples of how agri-food manufacturers are scaling up production to expand capacity and meet growing demand. These FedDev Ontario investments support two companies which are strengthening the local supply chain and creating jobs in the Orangeville and Georgetown communities.”
- Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario)
“The wellbeing of all Canadians – physically, socially and economically – begins with a safe food supply. Southern Ontario’s agri-food manufacturers, such as Florentina Foods and Terra Cotta Foods, offer great potential for economic growth and diversification. The FedDev Ontario investments announced today will support business scale-up, productivity improvements and increased supply chain benefits across the region. We will continue to be there to help our vital sectors come back stronger than ever.”
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Florentina Foods has been manufacturing frozen meals for over 20 years and throughout this time has always strived for excellence in every way. We are proud to be able to take this next step in our business and establish our new facility in Orangeville. With the help of FedDev Ontario, we were able to accomplish our goals of expansion, innovation and modernization, which in turn will contribute to the local industry and economy. We would like to thank the team at FedDev for their involvement and invaluable support.”
- Noumi Dvir, Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer, Florentina Foods
“Since 2012, we have grown over 200 percent and it is all due to the hard work of the dedicated team that makes up Terra Cotta Foods Ltd. With strong growth comes the need to innovate in order to increase efficiencies and capacity to keep pace with that growth. Having the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario is a key piece to facilitating our future growth.”
- Jason Brass, President and Owner, Terra Cotta Foods Ltd.
Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 837,000 jobs across the province and contributes more than $47.5 billion each year to the regional economy.
Established in 1997, Florentina Foods manufactures frozen entrée products in single serving trays, bowls, and family size formats for large retailers in Canada and the United States. The company is committed to a diverse workforce—about 60 percent of Florentina Foods’ employees are female.
Established in 1984, Terra Cotta Foods Ltd. has contributed to the Halton Hills community for over 35 years, beginning as a small baking operation serving a strong school customer base out of a 5,000-square-foot facility in Georgetown. The team has since grown from 12 to over 50 long tenured employees and has completed three expansion projects.
In 2019, Canadian Business and Maclean’s listed Terra Cotta Foods Ltd. on the Growth 500: Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies 2019 list.
Since November 2015, FedDev Ontario has invested over $106 million in nearly 50 agri-food projects across southern Ontario. Since May 2020, FedDev Ontario has provided nearly $4.7 million of relief funding to 25 SMEs in the agri-food sector through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
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