Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


The Garlic Box

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Photo of MPP Liz Sandals, Jackie and James Rowe

MPP Liz Sandals, Jackie and James Rowe

In the 1990s, less expensive, imported garlic almost wiped out Ontario's commercial garlic production. In 1998, The Garlic Box pushed back. It developed a range of value-added products such as oils, salts, condiments and seasonings, all made with locally grown garlic. The processor also began experimenting with flash-freezing whole peeled cloves. After much trial and error, the Garlic Box now offers convenient packages of frozen cloves that provide customers with Ontario garlic year-round. In the process, the company has transformed a low-value crop into a premium product. It's an innovation that's sure to open the door to new markets for local growers. Who doesn't love a good comeback story?

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