The Province’s agrifood processing industry is producing quality, great-tasting products for British Columbians made by local processors in communities all over B.C.
The B.C. government’s Buy Local program is supporting 20 companies within the sector with over $773,043 in funding combined to continue producing innovative products to share with consumers throughout the province.
Local cheese company, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, is receiving up to $33,750 in Buy Local funding. Located in Maple Ridge, it’s a family affair at Fraser Valley’s newest artisan cheese processing facility. Operated by two sisters, Jenna and Emma Davison, the facility produces a variety of artisan cheeses, fresh cheddar curds and cultured butter that are carefully hand-crafted from grass-fed Jersey milk from their family’s dairy farm, located right next door.
Another product made in the facility at Golden Ear Cheesecrafters, that not all British Columbians may be familiar with, is quark. Quark is a low fat, high-protein cream cheese that is made with grass-fed skim milk and contains 150% more protein than plain Greek yogurt.
The province’s food and beverage processing industry is made up of nearly 2,500 manufacturers that generated $9.09 billion in sales in 2015. The economic impact from the industry is keeping jobs local, products local and dollars in the local economy.
The Buy Local program has provided over $3.5 million in funding to B.C.’s food and beverage processing industry since 2012 to support food security in B.C. and help local businesses grow and thrive in the competitive agrifood industry.
The B.C. government has committed $14 million to the Buy Local Program since 2012, including $6 million over the next three years announced in Balanced Budget 2017. Approximately 200 B.C. agrifood and seafood companies have expanded their reach and sales in communities throughout B.C. since the program began, with the $8 million of funding accessed to date resulting in $29 million in investments through matching funds.
The B.C. government's Agrifood and Seafood Strategic Growth Plan supports the building of domestic markets and maintaining a secure food supply. The plan is a component of the BC Jobs Plan and the roadmap to leading the agrifoods sector to becoming a $15-billion-a-year industry by 2020.
The provincial government's Buy Local program is administered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia. Applications are available at: http://iafbc.ca/funding-opportunities/buy-local/
Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture –
“The B.C. food and beverage processing industry is on the leading edge of innovation and competitiveness, and with support from the Buy Local program, these products are reaching audiences all over the province.”
Doug Bing, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA –
“It’s great to see local companies such as Golden Ears Cheesecrafters achieve success by creating a product they believe in, while keeping jobs local and supporting the local economy. Fresh and great tasting, B.C.’s food processors are proudly representing our agriculture industry.”
Emma Davison, owner, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters –
“At Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, we believe it's important to educate our customers about the foods they eat and where it comes from. Our family offers our handmade cheeses, hundreds of other locally sourced products and rustic farm dishes served in our bistro.
"The Buy Local program is supporting small food producers like us to make the best of local artisan cheeses and showcase them to the rest of the province. This opportunity enables us to increase education and engage in communities to encourage buying and supporting local products. This program creates a great opportunity for producers and residents to build up our communities and local economies and build up British Columbia for generations to come.”
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