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Factoids

FARMS

  • 83 farms in 2016
  • Farm receipts over $77 million
    • 252 full-time jobs
    • 78 part-time
    • 466 seasonal

GREENHOUSES

  • 22 greenhouses in 2016
  • 17 employed greenhouse automation:
    • seeding
    • transplanting
    • irrigation, etc.

WINERIES

  • 5 wineries within City boundaries
  • Wine Route passes through Downtown, the hub to Niagara's three wine regions

CRAFT BEER

  • 3 craft breweries within city boundaries
  • 35% annual revenue growth in 2015-2016 (Ontario)
  • Synergies with Niagara College Teaching Brewery and Brock University research institutes

SPECIALTY FOODS

  • Fast growing niche market for natural, organic, nutrient dense foods
  • “100 mile” status a growing trend favouring artisan food production

FOOD PROCESSORS

  • Opportunity to target Toronto food processors facing facility constraints and high cost barriers to growth
  • NAFTA/CETA/FTZ location advantages
  • Food Incubator concept

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