Major Growing Forward 2 boost to Vineland research

April 24, 2014
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April 24, 2014, Vineland, Ont. – The governments of Canada and Ontario are supporting the province’s horticulture industry through a $26.5 million investment in Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) as part of their Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

“Horticulture is a key economic driver for our province,” said Vineland CEO Dr. Jim Brandle. “This investment allows us to continue work on 10 key research programs aimed at horticulture sector priorities.
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Taking part in the announcement were (L to R) Vineland CEO Dr. Jim Brandle, MPP Ted McMeekin, MP David Sweet, Lincoln Mayor Bill Hodgson, and Vineland board chair John F. T. Scott.
“We thank our key partners for their support and will continue to drive results for the industry through research, innovative solutions and commercialization programs.”

As part of Vineland’s three main research areas – Applied Genomics, Consumer Insights and Horticultural Production Systems – advances in the commercialization of products including Pixie grapes, Sundown pears, World Crops, robotic systems for planting/packaging, and an Appassimento grape drying system are resonating with growers and consumers.

“We are delighted with the continued confidence shown in Vineland,” said John F. T. Scott, Vineland’s board chair.

“Through collaboration with a wide-range of industry partners, Vineland is working every day to increase competitiveness for the Canadian horticulture industry with ground-breaking research and innovation.”

MP David Sweet said he is impressed with the horticultural and agricultural innovations developed at the Vineland.

“Savvy consumers are increasingly looking for a variety of homegrown produce and these labs give our growers, greenhouse operators and nurseries a distinct competitive edge.”

Vineland has helped to improve the profitability of Ontario’s horticulture sector across the province, said MPP Ted McMeekin, “and has provided more choice to consumers.

"By working together, we can continue to chart a path for a stronger future for Ontario’s horticulture sector.”

ABOUT VINELAND RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTRE

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation.

Located in Canada’s Niagara region, Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda.

It is an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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