Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2009 Regional Award Winner


Algoma Orchards Ltd. – Clarington

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Kirk Kemp and MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi

Kirk Kemp and MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi

Apples are fresh and ready for their close-ups at Algoma Orchards. These growers are the first in Canada to refine and tailor a processing system that can sort different apple varieties into 22 distinct quality grades. Imaging equipment categorizes 54 images per apple per second during the sorting process. This helps the facility inspect, handle, naturally preserve and package apples at a rate of 64,000 pounds an hour. Little is wasted since the owners also built a juicing plant capable of pressing 12 million litres of fresh apple juice a year to handle any juice grade apples. Their efficiency extends to the waste water management system which processes and recycles all water after it goes through sorting, packaging and juice lines. This modern facility can store up to 1.2 million apples in controlled environments that naturally minimize the fruit’s aging process.   


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