Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner

Vineland Growers Cooperative Ltd.

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Matthew Ecker, Dave Lepp and MPP Jim Bradley

Matthew Ecker, Dave Lepp and MPP Jim Bradley

Ontarians are now able to enjoy more locally-grown pears, thanks to a new blight-resistant pear variety developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Vineland Growers' Cooperative licensed the new pears and adopted state-of-the-art, atmosphere-controlled storage technology to keep the harvest fresh throughout the winter. The new pears feature a firm texture, sweet taste and large size. Half a million of the pears hit the market in fall 2015 and by early January 2016, retailers were sold out. Plans to double production are now underway with sub-licensing agreements helping growers in other parts of Canada.


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