From a news release
A Toronto-based company that has seen rapid growth in the last two years has received the top Ontario Food Exporter Award.
Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, presented the awards on Monday to recognize companies that have strengthened the province’s economy through increased exports of Ontario manufactured food to new and existing markets.
This year’s top award went to TWI Foods Inc.
The company exports cake-rusks, cookies and frozen foods to markets in the UK, the U.S., Germany and Singapore.
The other two finalists that were recognized are:
Handi Foods, a leading pita bread and snack food manufacturer in Ontario. Handi Foods bakes and distributes a wide range of frozen flatbreads, snacks and related products for customers in Canada, the United States, Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Super-Pufft Snacks Corporation, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of store branded snack foods. Super-Pufft Snacks Corporation sells popcorn, potato chips and canister crisps to more than 30 countries.
Ontario’s first Food Export Road Map to China was also released at the awards presentation. The “how-to” exporting guidebook provides Ontario food and beverage business with practical step-by-step advice to successfully expand into the Chinese market.
In 2014, Ontario agri-food exports were worth more than $12.5 billion, accounting for 22 per cent of Canada’s agri-food exports.
Ontario agri-food businesses export to 168 countries around the world.
The U.S., Asia and Europe are the top destinations for Ontario agri-food exports.
Every $10 million increase in agricultural exports creates 127 new jobs in Ontario.
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