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Bonduelle Canada Expands Three Ontario, Plants, with Provincial Incentives

Ontario is partnering with Bonduelle Canada Inc. to support upgrades to three vegetable processing facilities in southwestern part of the province, creating 87 jobs and retaining more than 700 positions in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy, Canada.

Bonduelle Canada Inc. processes Ontario-grown vegetables in frozen and canned formats for Canadian and U.S. markets at its three Ontario processing facilities. The facilities produce 250 million pounds of finished vegetable produce annually.

“Bonduelle, a family business established in 1853, is promoting innovation and a long-term vision with eight facilities in Canada, including three in Ontario. We want to thank the Ontario government for their partnership in order to continue to help Bonduelle to grow in Ontario in both canned and frozen vegetable technologies with the grant agreement for the Jobs and Prosperity Fund,” Daniel Caumartin, Vice President, Business Development, Information Technology and FFG Bonduelle Americas Long Life said.

Ontario is investing up to $8.5 million in Bonduelle’s $79.8-million facility expansion project through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund. Through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund, the province will help Bonduelle adopt new technology to put new frozen vegetable products and packaging formats on the domestic and export markets, increase productivity, enhance food safety and increase exports. It is anticipated that exports to the U.S. will increase by $34 million per year, a 55 per cent increase over current levels.

“Our government’s investment in Bonduelle Canada Inc. will support major upgrades to the province’s vegetable processing sector. These upgrades will have a very positive impact on the supply chain and future sustainability, with increased purchases from 200 Ontario vegetable growers and a significant increase in exports of Ontario-grown and processed vegetables. This strategic investment will also create and retain jobs, boost local economies in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy and support the competitiveness and further growth of Ontario’s agri-food sector,” said Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

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