Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

February 12, 2015 10:46 ET

Commercial Baker to Benefit from New-to-Canada Pastry Processing Technology

SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2015) - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced that the Government of Canada will invest $4.9 million to help Tradition Fine Foods Limited become one of the leading laminated and frozen pastry makers in North America. He was joined by Member of Parliament Roxanne James (Scarborough Centre).

This investment will be used to expand the company's existing bakery and for the purchase and installation of new-to-Canada pastry processing technology. The new state-of-the-art equipment, which includes a laminated pastry line (the process of alternating dough and fat - such as butter - when making pastry), overhead cooling tunnel and high speed make-up line, will double manufacturing capacity and improve operating efficiencies. This will allow the firm to respond to incremental market opportunities in North America.

Quick Facts

  • Founded in 1982, Tradition Fine Foods Limited is a second generation family-owned business.
  • The company is one of Canada's leading manufacturers of frozen bakery products serving commercial clients across Canada and the United States.
  • This project will benefit the Canadian agriculture sector by increasing demand for agri-based ingredients including flour, eggs, strawberries, apples and refined sugar.
  • This investment is made through AAFC's AgriInnovation Program, a five-year, up to $698-million initiative under Growing Forward 2.


"The Canadian food processing industry is an important economic driver in Ontario and across Canada. Introducing this new technology will enable Tradition Fine Foods Limited to respond to increasing export opportunities while continuing to deliver products of a consistent high quality that meet the needs of consumers at competitive prices."

  • Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz

"The funding that Tradition has received under the AgriInnovation Program has allowed our Company to both expand our facility by 34,000 sq ft and install a state-of-art pastry line. This has resulted in Tradition being able to pursue and secure sizeable business with best-in-class companies in the US. We are grateful to the AAFC for the financial support that has led to Tradition growing 49.3% in the past 24 months".

  • Catherine Glowczewski, Vice President, Tradition Fine Foods

Associated Links

Growing Forward 2 (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

AgriInnovation Program (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Tradition Fine Foods

Contact Information

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    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz

    Catherine Glowczewski, H. B. Sc., M.B.A
    Vice President
    Tradition Fine Foods Ltd.
    416-444-4777 ext 260
    416-444-7084 (FAX)