Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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Southbrook Vineyards - Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier

Wine pomace is what you call spent grape skins and seeds left over after crushing. In the past, vineyards paid waste companies to dispose of the pomace, but Southbrook Vineyards has found a novel use for it. Recognizing that dried and crushed red grape skins contain very high levels of antioxidants; they collect pomace from Ontario's organic vineyards and process it to produce a functional food product called "Bioflavia." Health Canada has approved it for use as a naturopathic product and it's now one of the highest antioxidant powders available on the market. Bioflavia powder can be added to drinks, sauces and baking - and has been featured on the Canadian television show, Dragon's Den. This pomace-based product packs a nutritional punch.


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