Wynne Discussed Local Infant Formula Facility During China Visit

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Premier Kathleen WynneFollowing the Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food in Toronto this week, Premier Kathleen Wynne released a statement regarding her recent business missions to China and Vietnam. This was her third trip to China as Premier and first to Vietnam.

She said that food supply and food security were common topics in discussions with the Premier and the Ontario delegation, which included grower associations, food processors and agri-food innovators.

Wynne spoke about meeting with Feihe International in Beijing to talk about the company’s plans to build an infant formula production facility in Kingston – its first facility outside of China.

The Premiere wrote:

You may know that China has been phasing out its long-standing one-child policy — that means a lot more babies. And Feihe saw a business opportunity here in Ontario. Not just because we are a competitive place to do business. They also chose Ontario because of the exceptional reputation of our dairy industry and the high quality of the milk products produced here.

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So when Feihe opens, it will produce, package and distribute infant formula using Ontario cow and goat milk. Kingston’s mayor called it one of the single largest economic developments in the city’s history. That’s a success story.

The meeting with Feihe International was one of Wynne’s earliest stops in her two week trade mission to “promote Ontario as one of the best, most competitive places in the world to do business & invest.”

Read the full release at Ontario.ca

Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography (cc)