Northumberland County Economic Development

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Northumberland County is building a not-for-profit small-batch food processing facility.

Supporting farmers with fruit and vegetable value-adding opportunities to increase farm revenue, helping foodies with recipe development and working with food processing start-ups and expansions in Ontario with research and development, test batch and small batch co-packing capacity.

Located at 116 Industrial Park Road North, Colborne ON K0K 1S0

Objectives:

  • Provide resources to support, facilitate and advance a sustainable regional local food economy
  • Provide  facility to small batch/niche batch processing/packaging of local food  fruits & vegetables only
  • Engage a broader regional rural constituency to create the necessary demand for the service
  • Create the necessary infrastructure and support for value-added production, minimal processing and business services to existing and emerging businesses, organizations and the surrounding community
  • Act in partnership with supporting agencies to enhance and educate individuals regarding food preparation and availability
  • Research and develop in conjunction with established post-secondary institutions product methodologies for chilling/freezing and packaging local food products to extend seasonality
  • Insure sustainability through multiple revenue streams
  • Create new business opportunities resulting in increased revenues and employment
  • Broaden product offerings by increasing the seasonality of locally grown products through new technologies in food processing and packaging
  • Increase production of local food offerings by enhancing demand
  • Re-introduce individuals to food preparation techniques which will create more balanced and healthy diets
  • Encourage investment in local agriculture and support more entrepreneurial endeavours in agriculture and related support industries
  • Create new business opportunities resulting in increased revenues and employment
  • Broaden product offerings by increasing the seasonality of locally grown products through new technologies in food processing and packaging
  • Increase production of local food offerings by enhancing demand
  • Re-introduce individuals to food preparation techniques which will create more balanced and healthy diets
  • Encourage investment in local agriculture and support more entrepreneurial endeavours in agriculture and related support industries

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Create new business opportunities resulting in increased revenues and employment
  • Broaden product offerings by increasing the seasonality of locally grown products through new technologies in food processing and packaging
  • Increase production of local food offerings by enhancing demand
  • Re-introduce individuals to food preparation techniques which will create more balanced and healthy diets
  • Encourage investment in local agriculture and support more entrepreneurial endeavours in agriculture and related support industries

Scope of the Project

The 15,000 sq.ft. facility will be located in the municipally owned Colborne Industrial Park, includes a solar panelled roof and a unique physical presence, adjacent to the 401 allowing for a significant degree of profile. Easily accessed and the preferred site of the local agricultural community as determined by the Business Retention & Expansion project, the facility will provide the following resources: 

  • Rental of cooking, chilling, freezing and packaging/labelling equipment to the agricultural/business community on a cost recovery basis.
  • Cold storage capacity to accommodate both refrigerated and frozen items
  • Designated space to accommodate a private sector food distributer (niche market)
  • Meeting and limited office space
  • Technology access for e-commerce activities/health and safety standards
  • Food processing expertise - on-site support during production/processing periods from food processing programs from various education institutions (Durham and Loyalist)

For more information on the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre please contact Joe Mullin, Operations Manager, by email or Trissia Mellor, Agricultural Manager, by email.