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Learn the Facts About Modern Farmers

Posted by OAFVC on Mar 6, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Forget any stereotype you believed about modern farmers and farming in general. Next time you pass a farmer’s field see past the pastures and grazing cows and consider that in 2016, the agriculture and agri-food system generated $111.9 billion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and contributed 6.7% of Canada’s total GDP. These staggering numbers mean farmers are contributing to more than just a meal on a table but to the growth of Canada as a nation.

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Topics: Northumberland County

Learn About Food Business Grants in Ontario

Posted by OAFVC on Mar 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Navigating the business grants available to you can leave a small business owner with more questions than answers. Let us provide some options and clarity. Learn what financial resources are available for businesses like yours in the Northumberland County: there are many categories that you can apply under and get the funding you need.

Here are three business grant that can apply to your business.

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Topics: Food Business

How to Keep Food Processing Costs Low In the Agri-Food Business

Posted by OAFVC on Mar 1, 2019 9:00:00 AM

There are five factors that affect your food processing costs during a growing season, including:

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Topics: Food Processing

What Canadians Eat, Want to Eat, and Why

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Our lives as Canadians are busier than ever and that influences what we eat. Because we are so busy, and simply spend less time in the kitchen preparing food than we used to, we want food that is quick to make, but also good quality and affordable. That’s why it’s important that Canadian food production businesses provide us with alternatives that are fresh, healthful, and convenient.

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Topics: Food Business

Crop Diversity Creates New Opportunities For Food Entrepreneurs

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Crop diversity in Canada is being influenced by the changing face of Canadians. An increasingly diverse population within Canada is altering the overall Canadian palate growing the demand for non-traditional food items. For example, Canada’s growing Asian population has led to an increased demand for and consumption of seafood, fruits, seeds, and nuts.

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Topics: Food Business

What Is Agri Food in Northumberland County?

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

When you hear the term agri-food you might immediately think of farming. And you’d be right! The agri-food sector does include farming, but it also includes the entire journey your food takes from farms, like those in our Northumberland County community, to your table. Agri-food combines the words agriculture and food representing a holistic view of the activities involved in quality-controlled food production.

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Topics: Northumberland County

Debunking More Food Processing Myths

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

We have already talked about the myths involved in packaging materials but there still remains some clouded and inaccurate views about food processing industry. If you’re looking to start your own food business you will want to know the facts and truths, and not get caught up in silly food processing myths that could affect your business strategies.

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Topics: Food Processing

What’s Inside the OAFVC: Food Product Development, and More

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

You may not have used a commercial kitchen facility like the Ontario Agri-Food Centre (OAFVC) before. To give you an idea of what the food production cycle looks like at a commercial kitchen, here are the 9 on-site products OAFVC offers local agricultural and food entrepreneurs, such as yourself:

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Topics: Food Processing

What We Love About Agri-Food in Northumberland County

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM

February is the month love comes to our minds. So we wanted to share with you what we love about agri-food in Northumberland County. There’s so much happening in the agri-food sector in our county, and we chose 5 parts of the agri-food chain we thought you’d love to know more about.

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Topics: Northumberland County

Get Some Valentine’s Day Food Packaging Ideas

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

It’s the season of romance again and you should be prepared for the usual red, white, and pink hearts for your Valentine’s Day food packaging. Sure, you can argue that the regular themes are a bit overused but they set the tone of the day and someone, somewhere once decided they should be associated with romance and going against that grain could be tricky. 

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Topics: Food Packaging

What's Inside the OAFVC: The Food Processing Room

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

A food processing room has everything your agri-food business needs to safely and efficiently get your products flying off the shelf this year.  Using a commercial kitchen’s food processing room is a great way to support local businesses while expanding your own.  

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Topics: Food Processing

What's Inside the OAFVC: Inside a Commercial Kitchen

Posted by OAFVC on Feb 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Curious about how your business can grow with the help of a commercial kitchen? Northumberland County’s Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) is where your food business can leverage modern appliances to see the growth and increased profits you are striving for.  If there’s some mystery about what goes on inside the OAFVC, let’s shine some light on what a commercial kitchen can do.

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Topics: Commercial Kitchen