Bryan May, Member of Parliament for Cambridge, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of nearly $1.2 million in National Pasta Corp. (National Pasta) to accelerate its growth plans to strengthen its position in the Canadian market and compete for new opportunities in foreign markets. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario.
National Pasta’s growth plan include the addition of a new product line for health-conscious consumers to be made and packaged in-house. This new product line will consist of foods that are made from non-genetically modified organisms (non-GMO), and are organic, vegan, peanut-free, high-protein, high-fibre, and gluten-free, to meet rising demand from markets across Canada, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates.
FedDev Ontario’s investment will allow National Pasta to triple its production capacity through the adoption of advanced manufacturing and packaging equipment. The new technologies will cut down production time, improve food quality, reduce waste by five percent, and significantly increase the shelf life of fresh pasta. Additionally, the company will source most ingredients locally, strengthening southern Ontario’s supply chain and supporting local farmers and businesses. National Pasta also expects to create five full-time skilled jobs in Cambridge as a result of this investment.
This project aligns with the Government’s Economic Strategy Table on Agri-Food, as it supports innovation that is helping to uphold Canada’s reputation as a reliable supplier of safe, sustainable, high-quality agri-food products.