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Belleville’s food processing sector gets boost from Ontario government


The Government of Ontario is partnering with Vantage Foods Inc. and Redpath Sugar Ltd., creating 80 new jobs and retaining 291 positions in Belleville’s food processing sector.

Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West, made the announcement today on behalf of Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business.

Vantage Foods Inc. is a leading food processor and distributor of fresh case-ready meat products, which are centrally cut and packaged. The company processes and supplies supermarkets and retailers with safe and efficient delivery, ready for their display cases.

With support from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the company is diversifying its product range by adding a seafood line. Investing in new equipment and facility upgrades will help Vantage improve efficiency and increase production capacity to grow its customer base.

Redpath Sugar Ltd. is a leading refiner of cane sugar and provides a wide range of sugar products to consumers, food service outlets and food manufacturers throughout Canada. The Belleville plant co-manufactures major retail brands and private label products, such as iced tea, hot chocolate, drink crystals, gelatins and milk powder blends.

With support from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the company is upgrading its Belleville location to add innovative new pouch packaging capabilities. By investing in two new customized packaging lines and equipment, Redpath will enhance productivity and competitiveness, increasing exports and revenues.

Supporting business investment in eastern Ontario is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Source: Government of Ontario