From Discovery to Profit
Capturing new markets and access to new technologies for the agrifood sector of Ontario.
Established in 1997, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies (OAFT) is a non-profit organization comprised of members from grower associations, universities/colleges, industry and regional governments.
Located in Guelph, Ontario, the organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario producers have access to the latest technologies to compete globally and to develop new market opportunities, many of which are beyond food.
Many recent developments, such as the new technology for genetic manipulation of plants and animals, the emergence of specialty products, increased fossil fuel costs, contract manufacturing and growing, changes in the trade agreements and increased international competitiveness, are now changing the face of agriculture world-wide.
Although Ontario is well-positioned to take advantage of these changes to enhance its agri-food industry, our efforts must be coordinated for the collective economic and social well-being of the province and its citizens. We must move beyond traditional markets of food to new health products, industrial feedstock and fuels.
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Fellow ATCC founding member Bioenterprise Corporation along with partner, Innovation Guelph, celebrated the success of recipients of their first round of seed funding at their Innovation Showcase event on October 10. This funding program has helped in the success of small companies across southern Ontario such as Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc., Local Grown Salads and Roothams…
Congratulations to fellow ATCC founding member Oilseed Innovation Partners (OIP), formerly known as Soy 20/20. The name change reflects its expanding mandate that now includes oilseed crops in addition to soybeans, such as canola, sunflowers, and camelina. Read full news release here: News release – Soy 2020 expands mandate to become Oilseed Innovation Partners – 19…
Food Starter, a not-for-profit corporation funded in part by the City of Toronto and Canada’s premier food business commercialization centre, celebrated its official grand opening on October 12th with a Flavour Safari held at the centre’s 20,000-square foot shared-use production space in Toronto, Ontario. see more: http://foodstarter.ca/2017/10/food-starter-opens-its-doors-to-serve-up-torontos-best-in-up-and-coming-food-businesses/
Canada leapfrogged India to hit seventh place in the rankings, up from eighth the year before. The value of Brand Canada rose by 14 per cent in a year, to an estimated US$2.056 trillion. In other words, that’s what it would cost to buy Canada’s reputation and wordmark if it were available on the open…
Suzanne van Bommel has been appointed chair of the board for the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) for an initial two-year term, with the possibility for reappointment for a maximum of 10 years. Four directors have also been appointed.
Dusty Zamecnik won the title of Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmer for 2017. He is a horticulture farmer from Norfolk County growing strawberry plants for propagation, blueberries and hops. The 27 year-old is the production manager of EZ Grow Farms and Hometown Brew Co He won over three other nominees and received the award during the…
Ontario farmers who are thinking about growing a non-traditional crop have a valuable new tool to assess whether it’s a profitable idea. Making a Case for Growing New Crops is an online learning resource recently developed by the Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) to help farmers engage in business planning before planting. The resource was developed…
Congratulations to Rapid Response client PlantForm Corporation for being named a 2017 DefenseTechConnect Innovation Award winner at the Defense Innovation Summit (DITAC) in Tampa, Florida. The award goes to the top 15 per cent of innovations submitted to the DITAC program committee, with rankings based on the potential positive impact the submitted technology will have…
Quinta Quinoa has been shortlisted for the Bridge2Food Protein Awards 2017, in the Best Plant Based Food category. Bridge2Food works to facilitate connections between food professionals across the world, while the Protein Awards celebrate companies that are driving innovation in the Protein industry by creating new plant-based and high protein foods. We are honoured to be one of three…
- RT @TradeON: Ontario officially launches its Global Trade Strategy to expand the province’s international trade footprint! #ONGTS https://t…yesterday
- RT @AAFC_Canada: What's going on in the lab? Our scientists are using #CdnAg yellow peas to create a gluten-free protein supplement! https:…yesterday
- Such lovely Friday afternoon weather here in Guelph! Hope everyone enjoys the wonderful fall weekend to come #FridayFeelingyesterday
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