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Support through Growing Forward 2 Nurtures Continued Progress at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

April 24, 2014
        --  Canadian and Ontario governments invest in Vineland's
            collaborative approach to research and innovation
        --  Investment will support 10 key research programs driving
            innovation across the horticulture sector

VINELAND, ON, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and
Ontario are supporting the province’s horticulture industry through a
$26.5 million investment in Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
(Vineland) as part of their Growing Forward 2 (GF2) program, a
five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

“Horticulture is a key economic driver for our province. This investment
allows us to continue work on 10 key research programs aimed at
horticulture sector priorities,” said Dr. Jim Brandle, Vineland’s CEO.
“We thank our key partners for their support and will continue to drive
results for the industry through research, innovative solutions and
commercialization programs.”

As part of Vineland’s three main research areas – Applied Genomics,
Consumer Insights and Horticultural Production Systems – advances in
the commercialization of products including Pixie grapes, Sundown
pears, World Crops, robotic systems for planting/packaging and an
Appassimento grape drying system are resonating with growers and
consumers.

“We are delighted with the continued confidence shown in Vineland,” said
John F. T. Scott, Vineland’s Board Chair. “Through collaboration with a
wide-range of industry partners, Vineland is working every day to
increase competitiveness for the Canadian horticulture industry with
ground-breaking research and innovation.”

About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a world-class research centre
dedicated to horticultural science and innovation. Located in Canada’s
Niagara Region, Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products
and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture
industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We
are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by
Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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SOURCE Vineland Research and Innovation Centre


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