Ontario Food Exporter Award

Expanding into New Markets

This annual award recognizes an Ontario exporter's successful expansion into new export markets and their commitment to long-term export growth.

It reflects the importance of exporting to Ontario's agri-food industry. A strong industry creates new jobs, new investment, and fosters economic growth in communities across the province. Ontario is Canada's leader in food production and, as such, the Ontario Food Exporter Award recognizes outstanding exporters who contribute to that success.

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Why apply

  • Receive recognition - just for applying - in Award promotional materials that include the Ministry's Exporter newsletter, website, and Award press releases.
  • This Award is the highest recognition for agri-food exporters in Ontario, and contributes to further exporting success.
  • Benefit from increased employee morale through recognition of their contributions.
  • Enhance your profile with customers, investors and suppliers through media coverage.
  • Finalists enjoy increased brand recognition and credibility with international customers through the Ministry's promotion of the Award.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Company's food products must be produced in Ontario
  • Must be a food processing and/or farming business (trading houses and companies in the service and distribution sectors are not eligible)
  • Operating for a minimum of two years
  • Exporting outside of Canada for a minimum of one year
  • Entered a new market/trade channel within the last two years.

Criteria used in evaluating submissions

  • The viability of each company, their product(s) and how successful their company's exports have been in new markets over the past two years.
  • The quality of their export marketing strategy and their level of export sales including export sales growth.
  • Growth in the company's export related employment.
  • The value and contribution of exporting to the company's business expansion and whether the company is appropriately resourced for further export expansion.
  • The food company's commitment to international business.

Detailed business information submitted on your application will only be used for the evaluation of your submission and will not be made public. Export award finalists will be consulted for language to highlight their export success without divulging proprietary information on any subsequent announcements.


About Ontario Food Exporter Award

The Ontario Food Exporter Award recognizes and honours the importance of exporting to the Ontario agri-food industry and the Ontario economy. Exports strengthen Ontario's agri-food industry - creating new jobs, new investment, and fostering economic growth in communities across the province.

Ontario is the leader in food production in Canada and, as such, the Ontario Food Exporter Award recognizes the remarkable Ontario exporters who contribute to that success.

View profiles of previous finalist and winners.


For application or more information contact:
519-826-3767
cheryl.chlebus@ontario.ca



Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 28 February 2011
Last Reviewed: 26 January 2016