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  • February 22, 2017

Supporting Food and Beverage Businesses in Kingston

Ontario and Canada Boosting Growth in Local Economy

The provincial and federal governments are supporting Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector by helping local businesses expand production, meet consumer demand and create good jobs. 

The province, along with the federal government, have announced funding to support Calico Food Ingredients Ltd., a producer of specialty food ingredients in Kingston, to develop and implement an integrated planning system to help increase production output and operational efficiency. 

Calico Food Ingredients Ltd. is one of 223 Growing Forward 2 recipients across Ontario. The program helps create good jobs and supports food processors to develop products that reflect changing market tastes and new opportunities. 

Supporting jobs and growing local businesses in Ontario’s food and beverage industry is part of the provincial government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.  


“By supporting food and beverage processors in Ontario, we are helping small businesses expand to become more competitive both here at home and abroad. By working together, we will meet the Premier’s Agri-Food Growth Challenge of doubling the sector’s growth and creating 120,000 new jobs by 2020.”
— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  

“By investing in local businesses such as Calico Food Ingredients Ltd., our government is supporting the economic growth of Kingston while building up our province’s food and beverage processing sector. I’m pleased to be celebrating the results of our investments, which are helping grow communities like Kingston and our province’s broader agri-food sector.”
—    Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands

 “The federal government pledged to create opportunities and secure jobs for our middle class, and this investment in Kingston and the Islands is proof of our commitment. Growing production at Calico Food Ingredients Ltd. will benefit our local food producers and agricultural works, and, in turn, help our economy to flourish.”
Mark Gerretsen, MP foR Kingston and the Islands 

 “As a supplier of specialty food ingredients to many of North America’s leading food and beverage producers, Calico Food Ingredients Ltd. is a proud member of Ontario’s agri food business sector.  We are grateful to have the support of both the Federal and Provincial Governments in the implementation of our new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. This investment has allowed Calico to train its team on a leading-edge technology platform and will allow us to work more efficiently with suppliers and enhance customer service.  In addition to being a BRC certified facility, Calico’s new ERP system further demonstrates our commitment to food safety and traceability.”
— David Anderson, Co-President, Calico Food Ingredients Ltd. 


  • The food and beverage processing industry employs 246,000 Canadians – the largest manufacturing employer in Canada.
  • The provincial and federal governments are investing approximately $11.7 million towards 223 Growing Forward 2 projects across the province.
  • Calico Food Ingredients Ltd. received $44,922 to develop and implement an integrated planning system to help increase production output and operational efficiency.
    • Growing Forward 2 was launched in 2013 and is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support Canada's agri-food and agri-based products sector.


Growing Forward 2 in Ontario

Calico Food Ingredients Ltd.

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