Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Ontario Popping Corn Company - Walsingham

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Livia and Blair Townsend

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Livia and Blair Townsend

Livia and Blair Townsend sell their popping corn across Canada and internationally. They also supply a Cambridge (Ontario) company with all of the popping corn that goes into schools across Ontario as healthy snacks. But they had a vision to create something that would add even more pop to their sales. The Townsends developed an innovative cob cleaner that uses automated "fingers" and rotating brushes to clean silk and dust from cobs without removing the kernels. Replacing this time-consuming labour that was previously done by hand has helped to double production. Through trial and error, they refined the machine so that the brushes and rollers adjust to different cob sizes moving along the line. This machine is 100 per cent Canadian, unique and original to the popcorn sector. It has helped the company fill larger orders, gain new customers and increase its revenues.


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