Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2017 Regional Award Winner


Food Starter, Toronto

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MPP Laura Albanese and Sandy Somers

MPP Laura Albanese and Sandy Somers

Food Starter, a not-for-profit organization, offers facilities and services to help new food enterprises get off the ground. The space includes a commercial bakery, several purpose-built kitchens, a packaging area and more. Entrepreneurs can also benefit from a selection of training courses, as well as, mentoring, consulting, bulk buying arrangements and shared marketing. In the past two years, Food Starter has helped entrepreneurs introduce 300 new food products to the market, creating demand for a variety of Ontario products, from cucumbers to crickets to corn.

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