Canada, China bak­ers boost ties

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By NA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

More than 16 Chi­nese bak­ery-in­dus­try com­pa­nies and their 14 Cana­dian coun­ter­parts dis­cussed food in­no­va­tion and trade re­la­tions between Canada and China re­cently in Toronto.

“We hope to in­tro­duce the Cana­dian in­gre­di­ents into the food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try in China; it will bring in­no­va­tion to the in­dus­try and help the in­dus­try to ex­pand … mar­ket share in China,” said Ja­clyn Zhang, chair­woman of the Canada China Trade In­no­va­tion Al­liance (CCTIA) on April 28. “Mean­while, we en­cour­age Chi­nese agri-food in­dus­tries to in­vest and ex­port to Canada.”

The sem­i­nar and B2B meet­ings hosted by CCTIA aim to study the bak­ing in­dus­try in On­tario and its com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages and dis­cuss food man­u­fac­tur­ing in China in terms of re­tail trends, needs and chal­lenges.

Some of the iconic Cana­dian agri­cul­tural prod­ucts such as Cana­dian wheat, blue­ber­ries and maple syrup have a good rep­u­ta­tion in China. “Our bak­ery food will be im­proved if these agri-food prod­ucts can be adopted into our bak­ery pro­cess­ing as in­gre­di­ents,” said Han Lei, deputy pres­i­dent of the All -China Bak­ery As­so­ci­a­tion.

Some of the Chi­nese del­e­gates also said they would like to ex­port Chi­nese agri-food prod­ucts to Canada.

“Food in­no­va­tion is based on in­no­va­tive in­gre­di­ents. I am look­ing for a way to plant our im­proved breeds, such as wheat in Canada; we can re-im­port the wheat as in­gre­di­ents and in­tro­duce them into our 6,000 lead­ing com­pa­nies,” said Liu Shi­jin, vice-pres­i­dent of China’s Food Safety As­so­caition.

On­tario is a world leader in agri­cul­ture and food pro­cess­ing, one of the top three ju­ris­dic­tions in North Amer­ica. Some 52,000 farms grow more than 200 agri­cul­tural commodities. That gives food man­u­fac­tur­ers fast ac­cess to abun­dant fresh in­gre­di­ents — from ap­ples and grain to food­grade soy­beans and pork, and more.

More than 65 per­cent of wheat grown in On­tario is bought by the prov­ince’s food man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“Peel re­gion has the fastest-grow­ing food pro­cess­ing in­dus­try in On­tario,” said Cale­don Mayor Al­lan Thomp­son, who par­tic­i­pated in the fo­rum from a town in Peel re­gion. “Cale­don has 56 per­cent of the land range mass in Peel. We have a num­ber of foods pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries and we have a huge op­por­tu­nity to grow the mar­ket in our area. We hope to col­lab­o­rate and share with Chi­nese agri­cul­tural in­vestors.”

“China is an im­por­tant mar­ket for On­tario agri-food busi­nesses both in terms of ex­ports and im­ports,” said Randy Jackiw, as­sis­tant deputy min­is­ter of the Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Divi­sion at the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs. “It is On­tario’s sec­ond largest agri-food ex­port mar­ket, and we be­lieve there are op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand trade in On­tario’s agri­cul­tural prod­ucts.”

China is an im­por­tant mar­ket for On­tario agri-food busi­nesses both in terms of ex­ports and im­ports.”

NA LI / CHINA DAILY

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