Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Matt and Steve's (1426828 Ontario Inc.)

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Matt and Steve's (1426828 Ontario Inc.)

Steve McVicker, MPP Arthur Potts and Matt Larochelle

Celery, beware. The long-time garnish of choice for Caesar lovers is up against some stiff competition these days, thanks to former bartenders Matt Larochelle and Steve McVicker. The two decided the world of premium drink garnishes needed some spicing up. They started with a unique bean that grows longer, sweeter and crunchier than your average green bean. Then they pickled it with a signature assortment of flavourings. Grocers and restaurants from coast to coast have joined the "Extreme Bean" revolution. In 2013, they snapped up roughly 500,000 pounds of the Ontario-grown, Ontario-processed beans. By creating a product category that simply didn't exist a decade ago, Matt and Steve's pickled powerhouse has opened up a new market for Ontario farmers that shows no signs of slowing down.

Creation Date: November 19, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 19, 2014