For Immediate Release: Entrepreneurs, start-up companies at the heart of new food and beverage business ideas, innovation and investment in Ontario


November 21, 2017

Entrepreneurs, start-up companies at the heart of new food and beverage business ideas, innovation and investment in Ontario

Food and Beverage Ontario’s new co-packer tool supporting the next generation of food businesses


Guelph, ON – Earlier this year, Food and Beverage Ontario – the food and beverage processing sector’s leadership organization – launched a unique, Ontario-based business development tool. This on-line tool helps new and expanding businesses connect with Ontario food and beverage processors to locate manufacturing capacity.


“A co-packer directory like the tool we have developed has been in demand for some time. There are so many exceptional product ideas, but connecting with the food and beverage community and locating capacity has historically been difficult especially for new companies. With the co-packer tool it is easy to find a manufacturer in Ontario that can assist with product test runs and production,” said Norm Beal, CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario.


An easy to use, drop-down menu guides users through the co-packer system helping to identify the type of product, preferred packaging, and volume and food safety requirements. The system has been successfully keeping pace with multiple queries daily. And as the system is tested it also evolves with new co-packers being added from across Ontario. Co-packing capacity for non-alcoholic beverages and highly specialized products are particularly in demand.


“Rootham Gourmet Preserves was one of the first companies to participate in the co-packer tool offering capacity to new companies. We have had so much success as a company from our early start up days in 1983 through to today and we understand that good ideas need actual manufacturing capacity to test product and to scale up production,” said Will Rootham.


For companies like Rootham Gourmet Preserves willing to offer manufacturing capacity it is easy to get involved by contacting Food and Beverage Ontario. To check out the tool and explore new business opportunities go to


About Food and Beverage Ontario

Food and Beverage Ontario is a not-for-profit, leadership organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Ontario's food and beverage processors. FBO’s focus is on the success, prosperity and growth of the food and beverage processing sector – a $40 billion industry and major contributor to the province’s economy.


For media inquiries contact:

Isabel Dopta

Director of Communications
Food and Beverage Ontario


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