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By: Owen Roberts Published: FCC Express, November 15, 2013
Ontario farmers stand to gain more market share as a result of a new strategy unveiled by the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors.
In its report, Ontario’s Food and Beverage Processing Industry Strategy — The New Engine of Ontario’s Economy, the alliance, which provides a single voice for food processors in the province, makes strong recommendations for drawing farmers and industry closer together.
Executive director Steve Peters says processors purchase 65 per cent of Ontario farmers’ raw commodities. Advances in the food processing sector could increase the uptake of Ontario crops and livestock.
“Food and beverage processors in this province are Ontario farmers’ best customers,” says Peters. “The alliance’s action plan is a strategy that will not only retain, but grow Ontario’s food processing capacity, which will lead to new farmer-processor opportunities.”