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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For more information contact
613-372-1414 Ext 204
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.
Our FAB Region is pleased to be home to the Hastings County Beer Festival! Coming soon on October 13, your admission ticket will provide you with all the food, beer, wine, cheese, cider and more… …all the samples you can handle! There will also be expert brewing demonstrations and live entertainment from some Juno Award winning musicians. That’s a steal for only $40!!!
It’s held at the Farmtown Park again in Stirling (formerly the Agricultural Museum at the Fairgrounds). Those who attended last year were ecstatic and can’t wait for this year’s rendition.
For those who live in the Belleville area, shuttle buses will be available as per the poster at left (click poster to enlarge).
As always, visit www.hastingsbeerfestival.ca for the latest information and to purchase your tickets online.
The Ontario Government issued a news release today stating that the LCBO is enjoying the most successful year in its history, helping to create jobs through promoting Ontario’s wine and beer industries.
Through campaigns such as I Love Canada and goLOCAL sales of local beer and wine are increasing and customers are engaged by taking pride in supporting local producers. In 2011-12:
- Sales from Ontario Craft Brewers led all product segments with almost 45 per cent growth as more consumers chose to “go local” with Ontario craft beers because of their premium quality and distinctive styles.
- Sales of VQA table wines increased by nine per cent, reaching almost $106 million. Since 2006-07, sales of Ontario VQA wines have more than doubled, thanks to the craftsmanship of Ontario winemakers who produce high-quality, award-winning products.
- Interest in premium wine and spirits continues to grow as VINTAGES releases some 6,000 products a year (120 to 150 new products are released every two weeks).
The message from all of these stats is that local Ontario craft beer and wine sales are increasing. What a great opportunity to invest now and open your brewery or winery in our FAB Region! We can help… contact us today!
The Brewer’s Plate is coming up soon on April 18th! This year it’s taking place at Roy Thomson Hall in downtown Toronto and doors open at 6:30pm. We’ll be there with Barley Days Brewery distributing some of their delicious local brews, and we’re pairing it with Wilton Cheese Curd! Stop by and say hello and learn more about our FAB Region!
Here’s a video featuring last year’s event to wet your appetite!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 2, 2012
BELLEVILLE – Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region was recognized with an award at this week’s Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) annual conference in Toronto. The award recognizes the iPad App “How to start a Cheese Making Business in Eastern Ontario” as an innovative use of technology and social media. The App was created in partnership with the Counties of Lennox & Addington, Hastings, Prince Edward as well as the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.
“We are thrilled to receive this award”, stated Anne Prichard Executive Director of the Frontenac CFDC. “I am also proud of the way that we continue to work with our neighboring counties to pool resources and funding, and brand ourselves as the place to manufacture artisan food and beverages.”
“With sales of small scale and artisan cheese set to grow by $100 million in Ontario over the next decade, we want to position this region to be at the forefront of this growing industry,” stated Stephen Paul Economic Development Manager for Lennox & Addington County. “Our assessment indicates that there is a need for 25 to 50 new artisan cheese makers across the province and helping prospective cheese makers locate here by providing them with a clearinghouse of information ranging from milk supply, equipment, regulations and financing is just smart business,” added Karin Desveaux Economic Development for Prince Edward County.
“The collaboration between the four counties just made sense and those efforts are paying off. We have already had some serious contacts to follow up with as a result of the iPad App being downloaded more than 600 times. Receiving the award is very gratifying and validates for us that we are on the right track”, said Andrew Redden Economic Development Manager for Hastings County.
The iPad App is a how-to guide for starting your own cheese making business in Eastern Ontario. The App contains over 55 pages of interactive content, guidelines and fundamentals for creating a successful cheese making business from start to finish. Topics include an overview of the cheese making business in Ontario, start-up costs, interviews with current cheese makers, types of farms and animals, and much more.
About FAB Region – www.fabregion.ca
Ontario’s FAB Region consists of four municipal economic development offices, namely Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Prince Edward County, and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation. Originally we partnered to market ourselves as Ontario’s Artisan Cheese Region – Invest In Cheese. While we are still keeping that brand, we are now moving forward as Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region. This includes investment marketing for craft brewing, wine making, distilling, artisan breads, charcuterie, mustard, condiments…. The list is endless.
EDCO is Canada’s largest provincial economic development association that offers this program as well as professional development opportunities throughout the year. Membership is close to 600 that come from the private and public sector.
We are Ontario’s Artisan Food & Beverage (FAB) Region! Invest here! Perhaps you have a passion to open a craft brewery, a winery or distillery. Perhaps your passion is prepared meat products, or mustards or artisan breads. No matter which one, we offer free and confidential assistance to you if you wish to locate in our East Central Ontario region.
Our FAB Region encompasses the Counties of Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox & Addington and Prince Edward County. Our economic development offices are here to help.