Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Golden Beef Producers Co-operative - Districts of Temiskaming and Cochrane

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David Ramsey, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane and Jason Desrochers

David Ramsey, MPP Timiskaming-Cochrane and Jason Desrochers

The seven producers who make up the Golden Beef Producers Co-operative have successfully created a sustainable and diversified market for local beef in Northeastern Ontario. The management and feeding protocols adopted by the co-operative result in a tender product that can also be classified as a functional food, with increased levels of Omega 3, vitamin B12 and conjugated linoleic acid. The co-operative has worked hard to build relationships with local resorts and restaurants, as well as culinary professors and students at Canadore College. They host dinners across the region to drive demand for their product and offer consumers alternative retail options, such as buying clubs. A local food distribution system supports these ongoing marketing efforts and an on-line store under development.

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