Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Sweet & Sticky Inc. - Niagara Region

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Steve Murdza and Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Steve Murdza and Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Ice Syrup is a hot new commodity in the gourmet food market, thanks to Steve Murdza. A few years ago, this second-generation grape grower was bringing in a haul of frozen grapes for transformation into ice wine, when he started thinking about other possible uses for the fruit. His idea has resulted in a new product - a rich-flavoured, non-alcoholic syrup that has many potential food applications. The syrup is made through an evaporation process that brings the grape juice to a stable syrup consistency, without boiling or caramelizing. Since its introduction, demand for Sweet & Sticky Inc.'s Ice Syrup has been growing. It has been featured in the largest wine publication in the world, the Wine Spectator, and was presented to royal dignitaries. It now supplies high-end restaurants as well.

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