Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Regional Award Winner

 

Full of Beans - Bornholm

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Photo of Fareed Amin, Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Kim and Ben Dietrich

Fareed Amin, Deputy Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Kim and Ben Dietrich

Kim and Ben Dietrich grow coloured beans on their farm and began making gluten-free baking mixes for their family, using Ontario bean flour as the base ingredient. They saw an opportunity to add value to their farm by sharing their products with consumers. While participating in local farmers' markets and food festivals, the couple listened to consumer concerns and needs. This helped them consistently improve their recipe development and packaging. Today, their business "Full of Beans" (http://full-of-beans.ca) offers a product line of 11 different gluten-free baking mixes, six different bean mixes, and seasonal bean salsa. Their products are distributed in more than 50 stores and bakeries - helping more gluten-sensitive people enjoy beans, bread, pancakes and cookies from ingredients that are grown, made and milled here at home in Ontario.


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