Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2015 Regional Award Winner

 

Streef Produce Limited

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Jack Streef and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

Jack Streef and Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and President of the Treasury Board

The traditional way consumers buy green beans is in bulk. But bulk comes with drawbacks like spillage, waste, shrinkage and dehydration, not to mention the challenge of tracing beans back to their farm of origin if a problem occurs. The Streef family figured bagging their beans would solve those problems and create an opportunity to provide nutritional information and recipes on the packaging as well. They commissioned a system that gently separates the beans and fluidly fills the bags, preventing beans from bunching together. And it's highly efficient: while hand-packing can fill 40 cases an hour, the machine can churn out 120 cases per hour. Today, Streef's bagged beans have proved so successful that the company has hired six new full-time employees.

 


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