Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), the leading voice of over 3,000 food and beverage processors, brought together budding entrepreneurs, seasoned processor veterans and purchasers from the Ontario Broader Public Sector (BPS) to encourage the development of business partnerships between food providers and food buyers.

Bonduelle, a world leader in processed vegetables with a brand presence in 18 countries, produces quality foods with direct-from-the-field vegetables across the international landscape. In Ontario, fresh vegetables from its own 260 growers are promptly delivered to local plants in Strathroy, Ingersoll and Tecumseh. Using this savvy business approach of purchasing fresh first and locally, Bonduelle guarantees quality vegetables processed at their prime and ready for the dinner plate.

"Tapping into the knowledge and experience of these successful food processors provides vital insight into the details and challenges of preparing food for the BPS," said FBO Executive Director, Steve Peters. "Having their expertise available was a draw for participants who want to access the BPS market."

FBO, which represents processors with over $39 billion in sales annually, brought processors and buyers together at this workshop to encourage collaboration between the two groups. FBO's mandate includes building networks and developing programs that support the food and beverage processing industry, identified as the emerging driver of the economy in Ontario.

For more information:
Isabel Dopta
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