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Global Conference Showcases the Golden Horseshoe’s Robust Food Cluster

Monday, November 19, 2018

Last month, the 21st TCI Network Global Conference — an event that moves continents every year — came to Toronto, bringing cluster experts from around the world to the GTA for three days of collaboration. The conference held “Immersion Experiences” focused on 11 clusters: Advanced Manufacturing, Design, Emerging Technology,...read more

Leading Food & Beverage Products to Grocery Store Shelves

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Earlier this year, Niagara and Hamilton’s Economic Development Departments and partners collaborated with Whole Foods to connect food and beverage processors in the area with the tools and knowledge needed to get into grocery stores. More than 100 people attended the event, Raise the Barcode: Get your Product on...read more

An Online Resource for Specialty Crop Growers

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Have you checked out the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) resource for Specialty Crop Growers? Specialty Cropportunities assists growers transitioning to production of new, specialty or non-traditional crops, providing a general overview of production information on a variety of specialty crops. “OMAFRA field staff receive...read more

Niagara College Opens Canada’s First Teaching Distillery as Craft Distilling in Ontario Grows

Monday, October 22, 2018

Niagara College has opened Canada’s first Teaching Distillery at their Niagara-on-the-Lake campus, and the first batch of students have now begun the Artisan Distilling Graduate Certificate Program. The state-of-the-art 2,500 square-foot Teaching Distillery is adjacent to the college’s celebrated Wine Visitor + Education Centre. “The Artisan Distilling program follows...read more

Fair Finance Fund launches online investor survey

Monday, October 22, 2018

As you may know, the Local Food and Farm Co-ops is launching the Fair Finance Fund this year to provide loans to local food and farm enterprises. The Fund is raising capital through the issuance of community bonds, and has launched a retail investor survey to gauge interest on this investment...read more

‘Before the Plate’ screening in Hamilton

Monday, October 22, 2018

As part of the City of Hamilton’s inaugural Food Literacy Month, the Public Health CDP RDs and the Hamilton Food Advisory Committee are hosting a community screening of Before the Plate on Friday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at The Zoetic (526 Concession Street, Hamilton ON). Before the Plate is...read more