Food suppliers in Simcoe and Grey shine
THORNBURY – The counties of Simcoe and Grey partnered to host a unique and highly successful Business to Retail Networking Event Thursday at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.
The purpose of the event was to support growth in the agri-food sector by strengthening connections between producers and retailers and by providing local and out-of-county retailers the opportunity to network with local businesses, sample products and gain a better understanding of the diversity of Simcoe and Grey’s strong agri-food sector.
“The event was a tremendous opportunity for our local agri-food entrepreneurs to generate leads, market themselves and ultimately grow their businesses,” says Warden Gerry Marshall. “I thank Warden Barfoot and Grey County for their continued partnership as we work together as local and regional governments to offer our businesses every opportunity to expand, prosper and ultimately create new jobs.”
Barfoot agrees with the benefit of the showing.
“We are very pleased to have had this opportunity to work together with Simcoe County to host this great event to help our local and regional food producers,” says Barfoot.” “Grey County is working on a local food strategic plan and today’s event is a great example of how we can collaborate at the municipal level to create more opportunities for our agri-food businesses.”
The function hosted 19 local agri-food producers and entrepreneurs participating as vendors showcasing their products and services to more than 50 retailers from the local area and the GTA. Larger retailers included Sanagan’s Meat Locker, which is one of the largest fine food retailers in downtown Toronto.
Simcoe and Grey’s strong and diverse agri-food sector was on display as producers showcased a range of local products including local frozen fruits, cheeses, yogurt, preserves, granola, meat products, sweets, and more.
The event was hosted through a joint partnership between Simcoe and Grey’s Economic Development Offices and supports broader collaborative efforts between the two upper-tier municipalities to promote industries and sectors beyond their collective borders..