Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner


Niagara Try Dry, Niagara Falls

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Barry Kemp, Cathy Langford and MPP Ted McMeekin

Barry Kemp, Cathy Langford and MPP Ted McMeekin

When the snow starts piling up, cherries and peaches can seem like a distant memory. But Niagara Try Dry is making it easy to enjoy Niagara fruit year-round. In 2009, orchard owner Barry Kemp started drying fruit not suitable for fresh sales and transforming them into healthy, grab-and-go snacks with no added sugars or preservatives. Today, he processes 150 to 250 pounds per day, producing 26 different types of dried fruit and fruit leathers that he sells to bakeries, health food stores, and directly to consumers at farmers' markets. Niagara Try Dry is the province's only small-scale dehydrated fruit processor. Their lineup includes dried fruit such as sour cherries, haskap berries and sea buckthorn, all grown here in Ontario that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

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