Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

August 29, 2011 16:09 ET

Government of Canada Invests in New Technology for Canadian Wine

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 29, 2011) - Andrew Peller Limited will be able to purchase and install new packaging equipment allowing it to increase its competitiveness and reduce production costs with a new investment from the Government of Canada. Member of Parliament Ron Cannan (Kelowna – Lake Country) announced the investment of over $1 million on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

"Through this investment, Andrew Peller Limited now has the capacity to capture new market opportunities and increase its operational efficiency while cutting down on expenses," said MP Cannan. "The new process will also increase sustainability by offering environmental benefits such as reducing the company's carbon footprint."

Andrew Peller Limited will use this investment to purchase and install fully automated bag in box packaging assemblies at their winery operations in Grimsby, Ontario and Kelowna, British Columbia. The new equipment will upgrade the bag in box lines to today's technological standard resulting in improved efficiency, less packaging material waste and longer product shelf life.

This investment will help the wine industry thrive in the marketplace and will bolster the economy through increased demand for primary agricultural products and increased production and sales, creating more opportunities for producers to get their product to market.

"Andrew Peller Limited is thrilled to partner with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, whose continued commitment to the growth of the Canadian wine industry is demonstrated by this investment", said Brendan Wall, Executive Vice President Andrew Peller Limited. "It strengthens the competitive position of our plants located throughout Canada, allowing us to successfully compete in the global and domestic marketplaces."

This repayable contribution is being delivered by the AgriFlexibility fund through the AgriProcessing Initiative, a five-year, up to $50 million initiative designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-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 on this program visit

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan (EAP), the Government of Canada is helping farmers find new markets, adapt to current economic challenges and make their businesses more efficient and environmentally sustainable. The Next Phase of the EAP will remain focused on strengthening the economy, while working towards returning to balanced budgets and securing Canada's economic future. For more information on Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz