Thursday, July 29, 2021

Special produce bins coming to Ontario stores

The government of Ontario is investing $867,484 to support Ontario Tender Fruit Growers in a shared-cost program to purchase branded display bins to make it easier for consumers to identify fruits and vegetables grown by Ontario farmers.

This three-year funding extension adds to Ontario’s previous commitment to produce and print 7,000 newly-designed display bins.


“Ontario’s tender fruit growers represent a very important part of our agriculture sector. In any year, they work hard to grow top-quality fruits; in a challenging time like now, it is especially important that we support their efforts to get the most out of each season,” said Ontario Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson at a FreshCo supermarket in Kitchener.

“By choosing to buy local food, Ontarians are helping our farmers to continue providing the good, healthy food that nourishes our families and keeps Ontario’s agri-food supply chain strong,” she said.

The announcement was welcomed by Bill George, president of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and by Phil Tregunno, chairman of the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers who said “these display bins are crucial to our marketing success.We greatly appreciate this funding and our partnership with Foodland Ontario in promoting local fruit to consumers.”