Ontario partners with wineries to create jobs in Niagara

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Province boosting competitiveness of wine sector

Ontario is partnering with Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Limited and Andrew Peller Limited to help the companies create 45 new jobs and retain 133 existing positions in Niagara region.

Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. is one of the largest wine producers in the province. The brands include top-selling VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) Ontario wines such as Lakeview Cellars, 20 Bees and Dan Aykroyd Wines.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company is investing in a 43,300 square feet facility expansion. The expansion will accommodate new fermenters, humidity and temperature-controlled storage and bottling areas, and the company is also investing in state-of-the-art wine canning equipment. It will be one of the few wineries in North America to offer canned still wine to take advantage of a growing trend for single-serve drinks and the market for light-weight packaging for alcoholic drinks.

Andrew Peller Limited is a leading wine producer and seller in Ontario and Canada. The company’s VQA brands include Peller Estates, Trius, Hillebrand and Wayne Gretzky. Andrew Peller also produces whisky, wine-based liqueurs, cocktails and spritzers, as well as premium personal winemaking products.

With support from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, the company has invested in the construction of a Wayne Gretzky Winery and Distillery facility. This new facility will increase tourism revenue in the region and increase the profile of the company’s existing and new distillery products. The project has allowed the company to expand into craft distilling and increase its production capacity with new equipment. The company will also increase barrel and fermentation capacity at the Grimsby winery facility.

Supporting business investment in southwest Ontario is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits project: Ontario is investing $608,100 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, supporting an additional investment of $9,566,900 from the company. The project will create 16 new jobs, help to retain 46 existing positions and is expected to be completed by March 2021.
  • Andrew Peller project: Ontario is investing $527,200 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, supporting an additional investment of $10,544,800 from the company. The project will create 29 new jobs, help to retain 87 existing positions and is expected to be completed by March 2020.
  • Ontario is accepting applications for the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund from qualified businesses that are growing and creating jobs. Sectors eligible for the fund include advanced manufacturing, food processing, life sciences, information and communications technology, tourism and cultural industries.
  • Since 2013, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund has committed support of over $163 million, helping to create and retain around 41,000 jobs and leveraging over $1.92 billion in total investments.

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Quotes

Jeff LealJeff Leal: Minister Responsible for Small Business and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Our partnerships with Diamond Estates and Andrew Peller are just some of the ways we are helping grow the economy in the Niagara region. Our investments through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund are helping these two leading wineries create good jobs, improve their production and grow Ontario’s thriving wine and grape sector.”

Jim BradleyJim Bradley: MPP for St. Catharines

“Strategic investments through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund help spur innovation and strengthen our regional economy. Our support for these major local employers will help bring even more highly-skilled jobs to the region and strengthen Ontario’s economy.”

J. Murray Souter: President and CEO, Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.

“At Diamond Estates, we always strive to produce excellent wines and meet demands of our valued customers. We are pleased to get support from the Ontario government to pursue even higher expectations and encourage greater sales of our wines both for today and into the future.”

Greg Berti: Vice-President, International Sales and Business Development, Andrew Peller Limited

“For almost 60 years, Andrew Peller has been taking pride in offering superior quality wine and beverage to customers in Ontario and beyond. With the latest project of building the Wayne Gretzky Winery and Distillery, we are looking forward to offering even greater value to our customers, attracting visitors, and meeting the growing demand for Ontario’s world-class wines and spirits.”

Source – Government of Ontario press release

 


 

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