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The Food and Beverage (FAB) Region partners are pleased to announce a new video series showcasing four craft brewers in their region – 555 Brewing Co., Bancroft Brewing Co., The Napanee Beer Company and Wolfe Island Spring Craft Brewery. The videos may be viewed here. The goal of the video series is to raise awareness of the FAB Region through profiling some emerging craft breweries.
In late 2013, in anticipation of the craft brewery boom,the FAB team developed a downloadable handbook on “How to Start A Craft Brewery” as a way to offer supporting resources to aspiring craft brewers and to generate leads and interest in the region. The videos are yet another tool the team has created to support startups. In their interviews, the brewers provide advice to new brewers, discuss what they would do differently, the most difficult obstacles they faced when starting out and where they see the industry going.
Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region is an investment marketing partnership structured to attract and grow small scale (artisanal) food and beverage businesses. The partners are the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox and Addington. The partners strategically focused on craft brewing in 2013 based on both the region’s agricultural and tourism strengths and growth in the sector. Now today, with over 20 breweries and counting, the economic development offices have proved an excellent resource for new business inquiries and those looking to start a craft brewery. This initiative has been supported by the Frontenac CFDC, the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington and the Community Futures of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin.
For more information contact
Trevor Crowe, Prince Edward County 613.476.2148 ext: 2504 TCrowe@pecounty.on.ca
Stephen Paul, County of Lennox and Addington 613-354-4883 ext 3234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Redden, County of Hastings 613.966.6712 ext. 4011 email@example.com
Anne Prichard, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation 613-372-1414 Ext. 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Township of Stirling-Rawdon is selling their former Public Works Building. The site was also once home to the Township’s police services and administration office.
Perhaps this could be a location for a brewer or some other artisan food and beverage business.
Read a recent news story about fashion model Sandor Johnson’s Hastings County winery in Tweed here.
Another craft brewery has been added to this FAB Region of Ontario. MacKinnon Brothers Brewing is now open and operating on a family heritage farm near Bath, ON.
Entrepreneurs Devin and Leslie Huffman will soon be building what’s considered to be Ontario’s first micro malt house. To be situated in Hastings County, just North of Belleville, the business will be known as Barn Owl Malt.
According to a story by Jerome Lessard printed in the Belleville Intelligencer, the Huffmans say, “We aim to be in production with a one-tonne capacity by the mid, late summer”. The Intelligencer also notes that the business will use a three-step process of steeping (wetting), germinating (sprouting) and kilning (drying) to produce a base grain product used in the production of beer.
This is exciting news for the brewing industry as the Huffman’s will provide brewers with malted grains made right here in Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region.
If you would like to invest in this FAB Region as well, contact us today!
Yes, there is an app for that, but until now, not for this.
Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region in eastern Ontario today officially released a new app that provides a detailed step-by-step guide to launching a craft brewery business – an industry that is exploding worldwide.
The “iCraft Brew” app, available for free for both Apple and Android devices, is geared toward that person who has dreamed of starting a craft brewing business and walks them through the process of how to do so.
The Ontario craft brewers’ market is mirroring the kind of growth experienced in other parts of the world and continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. Current average growth rates for craft beer in Ontario across all retail channels are over 10 per cent per year.
“Craft brewing is exploding around the world and there are tremendous opportunities if you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own, particularly in the Food and Beverage region of eastern Ontario, which has fewer competitors, access to locally grown produce and over 34,000 students attending either Queen’s University, Royal Military College or two local area community colleges,” said Stephen Paul, Director, Community & Development Services, Lennox & Addington County, one of the economic development partners and spokespersons of the FAB Region. “The app will walk you through all the steps necessary for starting and running a successful craft brewery. There are different resources that deal with the mechanics of brewing and beer recipes, but there is a need for something that takes you through the fundamentals of setting up and ultimately running a craft brewery.”
“Starting any business can be daunting, particularly one like craft brewing, which can have so many unknown factors beyond the making of the beer,” said Paul. “With this app, we consulted experts, local craft brewers who have been operating successfully for some time, and put together a comprehensive resource that can help eliminate a lot of potential surprises. It’s like having a coach walk you through what you would need to do to fulfill your craft beer dream.”
The benefits of the app have not been lost on established brewmasters. Daniel MacKinnon, who has a masters degree in brewing and distilling from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland and is in the process of launching his own brewery, MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co., on his farm in Bath, ON said the app “raises many critical, but less obvious points even experienced brewers may not think about if they were opening a new venture.”
“For example, the labeling requirements on packaging,” he continued. “You can go out and hire a graphic designer to produce your logo and labels, but if it does not have all the necessary information or meet government requirements, it may need to be reworked or redone at cost to the brewery. The app does an excellent job of pointing out questions you should be asking yourself when you are considering opening a brewery, as well as a good overview of what is required to start a successful operation.”
The iCraft Brew app deals with such fine points of the business, and more – from market analysis, to how-to information on brewing and the industry, guides to navigating through various levels of red-tape, outlines for preparing a business plan for long-term success, incorporating, finding a building, developing partnerships with local growers for produce, and how to sell your beer.
In 2012, 6.7-million hectolitres of beer were sold in Ontario, making the province the largest market for beer in Canada. With continued growth, as well as an increased interest in artisan products, the “100 mile diet” and other “buy-local” movements, Paul said “there is a market opportunity to open a craft brewery within the FAB region. iCraft Brew makes it a lot easier.”
The app is available for free on iTunes, the Google Play store and on-line at www.FabRegion.ca In 2012, the FAB Region was recognized by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario with an Award of Excellence for its first iPad app – How to Start a Cheese Making Business in Eastern Ontario.
Located in eastern Ontario with a population of approximately 350,000,the Food and Beverage (FAB) Region is a unique partnership of of Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Prince Edward County and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation. The FAB Region is an investment marketing partnership structured to attract and grow small scale (artisanal) food and beverage businesses in the region, In 2012, it was recognized by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario with an Award of Excellence for its first iPad App – How to Start a Cheese
Making Business in Eastern Ontario. The FAB region is strategically located in the middle of what many call the golden triangle of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa and is home to renowned wineries, artisanal cheese and other food products. For more information on how you can start your own artisan food or beverage business in the region, or to find a contact in your area visit www.FabRegion.ca
For more information, please contact:
Lennox & Addington County
613-354-4883, ext. 234
If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own craft brewery, or just want to know what it takes to create that perfect pint, one of Canada’s top brewmasters will be sharing his knowledge at the Sydenham Public Library on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Bill White, an award-winning educator and owner of Better With Beer will speak about the “Renaissance of Brewing in the 21st Century” as part of a special evening on the exploding micro-brewing phenomenon.
The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. at the Sydenham Public Library,4418 Wheatley Street, Sydenham. Space is limited and those wanting to attend are asked to register in advance at a cost of $20, available on-line at: http://bit.ly/1c04Q3G. The event is organized by Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) region, a unique economic development partnership between the Counties of Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Prince Edward and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation, with the aim of helping entrepreneurs who want to establish an artisanal food or beverage business in the region.
“Craft brewing is exploding around the world and there are tremendous opportunities if you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own brewery, particularly in the Food and Beverage region of Ontario,” said Anne Prichard, Executive Director, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation. “Bill has a wealth of knowledge about this industry and just how big it can become.”
White will discuss the scope of the craft brewing phenomenon and the continued demand for artisanal beer. In 2012, 6.7-million hectolitres of beer were sold in Ontario, making the province the largest market for beer in Canada. With continued growth, as well as an increased interest in artisan products, the “100 mile diet” and other “buy-local” movements, Prichard said “there certainly is a market opportunity to open a craft brewery within the FAB region.”
To make that step easier for aspiring brewers, FAB will introduce to those in attendance their newly created “iCraft Brew” app on starting a brewery in Eastern Ontario. The app, which is available for both Android and Apple devices at www.FabRegion.ca is an easy-to-follow how-to guide for starting a craft brewery.
The interactive iCraft Brew app is a must-have for any aspiring brewer, providing the research you need to start, all in one place – from market analysis, to how-to information on brewing and the industry, guides to navigating though various levels of red-tape, outlines for preparing a business plan for long-term success, incorporating, finding a building, developing partnerships with local growers for produce, and how to sell your beer.
“Starting any business can be daunting, so this app is like having a coach walk you through what you would need to start a craft brewing business,” said Prichard. “And having a chance to ‘pick Bill’s brain’ at the Renaissance of Brewing event is really a great opportunity for a budding entrepreneur and beer lover.”
Bill White has over 37 years experience in the brewing industry, having obtained multiple accreditations, including his Belgian Service of Beers from the Confederation of Belgian Brewers, and was the first recipient of the Canadian Brewery Awards “Educator of the Year” designation in 2011. With his company “Better With Beer,” Bill develops the palate for beer appreciation. He has been featured on TV shows, including The Thirsty Traveller, and has acted as a judge for various brewing awards, including the Canadian Brewing Awards, the Great American Beer Festival, the Mondial de la Biere, and the World Beer Cup. He has taught brewing at Niagara College and co-authored the MBAA Beer Steward Handbook .
For more information, please contact: Anne Prichard, Executive Director, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation email@example.com 613-372-1414
The cities of Belleville and Quinte West, along with presenting sponsor Scotiabank, are hosting the Beyond the City Lights Rural Tourism Conference on March 20, 2013 at the Maranatha Church in Belleville. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs is a partner.
The theme of the conference is “It’s All About the Local Food”, which will focus on promoting the entire value chain including the producer, processor, supplier and consumer and how they can benefit from current culinary and agri-tourism trends.
According to Quinte West Economic Development Manager Linda Lisle, “The idea stemmed from a Regional Local Foods Business Retention and Expansion Project that was recently completed across nine municipalities surrounding and including the two cities”.
Guest speaker will be Jane Eckert, an agri-tourism expert who has turned her family’s farm into one of St. Louis, Missouri’s most popular entertainment and tourist destinations, attracting 400,000 guests annually. Other session topics will cover industry trends, marketing ideas and strategies, collaboration, customer service, special events and more.
In addition to a great day of networking, delegates will be treated to a lunchtime “Culinary Experience” featuring locally sourced dishes created by local culinary experts and is being sponsored by Regional Tourism Organizations 9 & 8; The Great Waterway and Kawarthas & Northumberland who have joined together to help promote this conference across Eastern Ontario. Other sponsors of the event include the East Central Ontario Training Board, Trenval Business Development Corp., Nestle Canada Inc., Quinte Economic Development Commission, Canadian Blast Freezers, Northumberland County and the Hastings County Cattlemen’s Association.
Visit www.beyondthecitylights.ca for more information and registration details.
Corbyville (just North of Belleville in Hastings County) is infamous for the distillery that once operated there. A few historic structures remain and the new owner is interested in talking to someone who would like to locate a micro-brewery or micro-distillery there.
There are three buildings (see photos below), two of which have an area of about 4,000 sq feet each, while the other stone building is about 2,000 sq feet. What is amazing about these buildings is the character and heritage. They are also situated alongside the Moira River, they are adjacent to the populated urban areas of Belleville and the City of Quinte West, and it takes less than a 5 minute drive to get to the 401 highway.
The interior heights of the buildings are 18 feet. While possibilities are many, it’s been thought that one building may be used for staging product, one for production and another for storage.
To see a slideshow on what once took place in Corbyville, checkout this video on YouTube.
For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Richard Courneyea at 613.968.4440 or at his work email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toronto Star today posted a story about Sophia Pantazi and Peter Stroz who spend their days tending the body, as radiologists in Toronto-area hospitals, and on weekends, they tend the spirit, as creators of boutique vodkas, gins and shochu, the Japanese liquor here in our FAB Region.
Check-out the full story here.
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