Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery and Fielding Estate Winery have both received funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) to install new technology that will be able to increase their overall productivity. This support coincides with the first annual cider month in the province.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment between the federal and provincial governments to help strengthen the agri-business sector.
Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery received $130,175 to install a new chilling and piping system to help reduce energy usage costs by up to 50 percent. Fielding Estate Winery received $70,661 to install a new robotic press for three new product lines to help increase processing capacity.
The cider industry has grown significantly in the province over the last few years, and it has become a very competitive market. This growth has led the Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA) to name June as the first annual Ontario Cider Month, to recognize local businesses making unique and successful product across the province.
Read more at CBC