NEWS February 16, 2018
The provincial and federal governments are partnering to grow Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector by supporting local businesses to increase productivity, meet consumer demand and create good jobs.
Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale made the announcement at Steeped Fine Loose Teas & Accessories Inc. in Hamilton today, along with Filomena Tassi MP Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas on behalf of Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay. With support provided through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, this artisanal tea and accessory company will recruit at least 1,000 new US sales consultants over the next 12 months to help with market development, increasing productivity and leveraging innovation to grow their business and the local economy.
Steeped Fine Loose Teas & Accessories Inc. is one of over 300 Ontario food processors enhancing their competitiveness, innovating through the introduction of new products and creating new jobs thanks to support through Growing Forward 2.
These investments help achieve the federal government's goal to create good middle class jobs by helping food processors develop products that reflect changing market tastes and seize new market opportunities.
Helping grow the agri-food sector 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.
“By investing in businesses such as Steeped Fine Loose Teas & Accessories Inc. we are helping boost the competitiveness of Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector. For the last five years, Growing Forward 2 has been integral in strengthening Ontario’s agri-food sector and I look forward to building on its success through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.”
— Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
“I’m pleased to be here today to see first-hand the results of our investments, which are helping grow communities like Hamilton. Our province’s broader agri-food sector investments in local businesses such as Steeped Fine Loose Teas & Accessories Inc. reinforces our confidence with the economic growth right here in our community.”
— Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
“By investing in local businesses such as Steeped Tea, our government is supporting the economic growth of the Hamilton community while building up our province’s food and beverage processing sector. I’m pleased to be celebrating the results of our investments, which are helping grow our Hamilton community and our province’s broader agri-food sector.”
— Filomena Tassi, MP Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas
“Steeped Tea is proud of the province’s support to help us achieve our growth strategies. With the help of Growing Forward 2, our business is developing new markets through innovation and productivity. This investment ultimately strengthens our local community and our business abroad. “
Hatem Jahshan, CEO, Steeped Tea
The provincial and federal governments are investing almost $18 million towards more than 300 projects across the province as part of this announcement.
Growing Forward 2 in Ontario
Filomena Tassi MP
Ted McMeekin MPP
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