Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2008 Listowel Regional Award Winner

 

Oakridge Acres Country Meat Store – Waterloo Region

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John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation and MPP for Perth-Wellington; Cindy and Mark Gerber

John Wilkinson, Minister of Research and Innovation and MPP for Perth-Wellington; Cindy and Mark Gerber

Oakridge Acres Country Meat Store is not your typical little country corner shop. Owners Mark and Cindy Gerber started out by setting up a country produce store for 40 area farms. It didn’t take long for their sales to grow exponentially. They sell their Black Angus beef in their new 3,000-square-foot store, as well as a full range of food products from neighbouring farms. An in-store kitchen provides value-added products that feature local farm ingredients. Customers can also shop on-line. These innovators have actively marketed through farm open houses and networking at health and wellness-themed events, building a growing roster of health professionals who endorse the store’s products to clients.  


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