Greenbelt Microgreens earns innovation award Greenbelt Microgreens earned this year’s Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario’s highest honour for innovative solutions supporting the province’s powerhouse agri-food industry at the annual Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. The Stouffville-based company received the top honour for developing an eco-friendly process to grow organic microgreens year-round. The company’s state-of-the-art facility uses several green features. For example, cisterns collect rainwater used to irrigate the crops, and each evening ceiling curtains automatically close to keep warm air inside while a glass roof opens up to release excess hot air on sunny days. Greenbelt Microgreens grows nutrientdense sunflower sprouts, pea shoots, wheat grass and other microgreens that can be produced on an average 10-day growth cycle, with a shelf life of 13 days. FROM TOMATOES TO CANNABIS Canopy Growth Corporation and Canopy Rivers Corporation has announced a definitive joint venture agreement to form a new company, Les Serres Vert Cannabis Inc., together with Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand Inc., a large-scale tomato greenhouse operator in Mirabel, Quebec. Bertrand currently produces tomatoes and other vegetables under 700,000 square feet of modern greenhouse. The entire greenhouse will be upgraded and retrofitted for cannabis production by April 2018. With the assistance and guidance of Canopy Growth, the application for this site has been submitted; and subject to Health Canada and other standard regulatory approvals, the company anticipates being ready to begin production by May 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, Vert Mirabel will, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions, lease the 700,000 sq. ft. greenhouse facility from Bertrand. Vert Mirabel will also be provided with an option to acquire the property. Vert Mirabel significantly supplements Canopy Growth’s industry leading production portfolio and positions the company well in Quebec. “The joint venture allows us to expand our operational footprint for greenhouse production, and establish a much larger foothold in Quebec,” said Bruce Linton, chairman and chief executive officer with Canopy Growth. “The fusion of Canopy’s cannabis expertise with the greenhouse expertise of Les Serres Stéphane Bertrand is fantastic news for our customers and investors.” Visit the news archives at greenhousecanada.com for more on this project. BY THE NUMBERS 55% OF THOSE BUYING ORGANIC, SAY THEY WERE INFLUENCED BY HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. (COTA) Canada’s total organic market (food and non-food items) is estimated to be $5.4 billion, up from $3.5 billion in 2012. (COTA 83% of millenials purchase ORGANIC food and beverages, the highest of any generation. (COTA) 66% of Canadians were regularly buying organic food items in 2017, up from 56% in 2016. (Canada Organic Trade Association – COTA) 1.6% OF TOTAL PRE-PACKAGED FOOD SALES IN CANADA LAST YEAR WERE ORGANIC
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