Ontario Invests to Expand Province's Local Table Grape Market

Published on April 29, 2021

Vineland - The Ontario govenment is investing over $115,000 to help increase consumer demand for locally grown fresh grapes and to launch a new table grape variety to diversify the market and support sector growth.

Funding will be provided to the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers' Marketing Board to increase marketing activities during local grape season and keep Ontarians informed about when the local produce hits grocery stores.

"While Niagara is known for our famous wine grapes and fresh peaches, our region is also a key producer of table grapes," said Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

"This new funding will help diversify production at local vineyards and highlight the innovative spirit of growers in Niagara. Whether producing wine, juice or table grapes, our tender fruit farmers grow some of the best produce in the world."

"Grape growers are passionate about their work and are constantly doing research to bring to market new table grape varieties to increase consumer demand," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"Now more than ever, I encourage you to support our farmers and their families by choosing to buy local, including local grapes in your shopping cart and enjoying all the good things that grow in Ontario."

"This funding helps us with developing and marketing locally-grown fresh grapes," said David Hipple, Chair of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers' Marketing Board.

"Local growers currently supply only one percent of fresh table grapes available in Canadian grocery stores. This funding will help us expand our production and provide consumers in the province with more local options."

Ontario's table grapes production is concentrated in the Niagara Peninsula. Consumers can get inspired on how to use Ontario table grapes in your meal planning by following Foodland Ontario on Instagram or Facebook.