Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

S. Eric Richter - London

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Photo of Dave Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Eric Richter

Dave Hope, Assistant Deputy Minister, Food Safety and Environment Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Eric Richter

Ontario's export soybeans are known around the world for their superior quality. Now there's another variety to add to that market and reputation. After thirteen years of development, Ontario has now bred the Black Pearl, Canada's first locally adapted black soybean line. This soybean is unique because of the antioxidant properties found within its seed coat, making it highly desirable as a functional food. It can be used in powdered form as a food additive or in the production of soy-based food products, such as soy sauce and soy milk. Although most of the world's black soybeans are currently exported from China, global companies are looking to diversify their supply sources and secure higher quality product whenever possible. Ontario's Black Pearl is poised to meet that demand. These "pearls" have the potential to add an additional $20 million in export market value for the province's soybean industry.


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