Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

June 28, 2011 12:33 ET

Economic Action Plan Helps Prince Edward Island's Agri-Processing Sector

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) -

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Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided real results for Canada's food producers and helped them deliver the highest quality food to consumers at home and abroad. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, congratulated Amalgamated Dairies Limited today on improving their business with the support of $300,000 from the federal government. This investment helped the company increase productivity and improve operational efficiency.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is supporting innovative technologies to help Canadian processors increase productivity and reduce their environmental footprint," said Minister Shea. "This investment allows Amalgamated Dairies Limited to install new equipment to access new markets, reduce environmental impact, and broaden overall product development."

The venture was used to purchase and install new equipment and processes that create manufacturing and environmental efficiencies in the production of canned evaporated milk.

"This investment helped reduce chemical, water and energy use," said David McLellan, Plant Manager at ADL's Perfection Plant. "It enabled us to allocate resources for product development and new equipment associated with growing our markets."

This repayable contribution is delivered by the Agricultural Flexibility Fund through the AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year, up to $50-million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the food processing sector in Canada. It provides support to existing companies for projects that involve the adoption of innovative and new-to-company manufacturing technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector's position in today's global marketplace. For more information, visit www.agr.gc.ca/api.

The Next Phase of Canada's Economic Action Plan continues to help farmers with its focus on strengthening the economy and creating jobs. Investments in viable market opportunities will help build an even stronger agriculture industry and Canadian economy. For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
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    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    613-773-1059