The provincial and federal governments are spreading the wealth in the Guelph area by investing $403,000 into 10 businesses within the food-and-beverage sector.
MP Lloyd Longfield and MPP Liz Sandals were both on hand at Royal City Brewing for the announcement on Friday afternoon, along with representatives from many of the businesses that received funding.
“By investing in local businesses such as Royal City Brewing, our government is supporting the economic growth of Guelph and Wellington County while building up our province’s food-and-beverage processing sector,” Sandals said.
Royal City Brewing received $42,000 to purchase packaging equipment, specifically to put their beer in cans.
“I think the market in Ontario has shifted towards cans as the preferred package of choice,” said Royal City Brewing co-owner Cam Fryer. “In the LCBO, our volumes have increased dramatically just based on putting the product in a different package.”
The local brewery applied for the funding last August and said the government agreed to cover 30 per cent of the cost to purchase the packaging equipment.
Other businesses to receive funding include Rootham’s Gourmet Preserves which received $57,000, Woodrill Farms which received $34,000, and Filsinger’s Organic Foods and Orchards which received $69,000.
Almost $18 million has been invested towards more than 300 projects across the province as part of the announcement. Of that, $800,000 has been invested in 18 projects across Wellington, Huron, Bruce and Grey counties.