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2015 Regional Award Winner
Brandneu Foods Inc.
Adrian Quinn, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Katelyn Crane, Brooke Murphy and MPP Arthur Potts
Health-conscious snackers can't get enough kale chips these days, so Brandneu Foods has designed a new kind of dehydrator to keep up with demand. Conventional tray-lined drying cabinets take 14 hours to churn out chips. In contrast, the massive machine - dubbed the Kale-O-Matic - can dry 250 kilograms of kale chips in just 60 minutes. The Kale-O-Matic is a natural-gas-fuelled conveyor-belt system, which continuously processes chips 24 hours a day. The $400,000 machine not only lowers production time, it also reduces labour, cuts operating costs and makes more efficient use of washwater. Plans are in place to add five more units, allowing more than six million kilograms of kale to be processed per year. That's great news for Ontario kale growers - and kale chip lovers around the world.