Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Puddicombe Cider Company - Stoney Creek

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Brock Puddicombe

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Brock Puddicombe

Farming and innovation have been part of the Puddicombe family for eight generations. They grow a variety of fruit on their Winona farm and operate their own winery. While studying agriculture at the University of Guelph, one of the family's younger members discovered a British cider made from fermented pears. He found it too sweet for his taste, but liked the idea that it was made with pears, which also grow on the family farm. Working with the company's winemaker, they undertook months of research, trials, and samplings to come up with the perfect balance and taste for their pear cider. Others are benefiting from the fruits of their labour too. Last year, the company bought 78,000 kg of pears from local producers who would otherwise not have a market for their fruit.


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