December 2017 

The Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance is honoured to have been presented with a  Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence  this year for our Asset Mapping Project.

"We were thrilled to be among the other worthy recipients in the Toronto area," shares Janet Horner, Executive Director. "Our thanks go to the many individuals and committee municipal partners who have helped make this award a reality, without whom none of this would be possible."

Read more about the award and project on our blog. For a full list of 2017 Regional Winners of the Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence, visit the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website here. Congratulations to all!
Olymel L.P., one of the country's largest pork and poultry processors and distributors, has invested over $30 million to refurbish one of its existing plants and acquire a new 50,000-sq.-ft. plant, creating more than 100 new jobs.

"We value the contribution Olymel has made to Brampton's business community, and look forward to the impact this new expansion will have on job growth and the economy," shares Amanda Leard, Sector Manager, Food & Beverage Processing, City of Brampton, Economic Development & Culture. "Large companies such as Olymel, continue to put Brampton on the global map as an ideal location for the Food and Beverage industry." Read more here.

Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) has been spurring some excitement among students around the diversity of careers in food and beverage processing through an engaging bursary contest, Taste Your Future.

Angie Ibrahim, a student at McMaster University, won one of this year's prizes for her ICI Water idea, which simulates the feeling of coldness in a bottled water product by infusing it with a compound that activates the mouth's coldness receptors. The result is water that feels cool and refreshing without refrigeration. 

We recently connected with Angie
, and she told us how she came up with her winning idea, while highlighting the value in the contest for young people. Read about it on our blog.

The 8th annual Canada's Food Price Report has just been released, a partnership between the University of Guelph and Dalhousie University.

The University of Guelph summarizes on their website, "Canadians will spend more money than ever before in restaurants and on convenience foods in 2018, and pay higher prices for vegetables and fruits in grocery stores." Learn more.

Do you have a keen passion and interest in food security? Then you might be interested in Ryerson University's Certificate in Food SecurityAn urban agriculture course series has been developed as part of the elective offerings of the  Certificate in Food Security .

The semester starts January 15, with registration open until January 20, 2018. For more information on how to register, you can contact Reg Noble at,  or visit the Ryerson University website here .
Happy Holidays, 
and farewell to another fruitful year!

With our last newsletter of 2017, we'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

From celebrating Canada 150 Farm Families throughout the year to our recent Premier's Award (and everything in between), it's been a busy fruitful year. As always, thank you to the many hard-working people who make all of this possible.

Remember this holiday season, there are a number of ways to support local -- with your trees, decorations, gifts, and of course, food.  If you're looking for some more reading as we approach the new year, check out these top 10 food trends for 2018 ! See you then.
Janet Horner, Executive Director,
Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance