2018 Mind to Market award

Mind to Market winners

The Mind-to-Market Award is made each year by the Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE), the province’s pre-eminent research-to-commercialization organization. It recognizes the best collaboration between business and OCE-supported researchers, resulting in effective commercialization of leading-edge ideas and solutions. 

 

Collaborative R&D between Moyers Apple Products of Lincoln, Ont. and University of Guelph food microbiologist Prof. Keith Warriner did exactly that. 

 

The research partnership began following a 2014 Listeria outbreak in the caramel apple industry, originating in California. Moyers Apple Products sought a solution to a worldwide problem to ensure safe apple products.

 

Together Moyers and Warriner developed an ozone pre-treatment to inactivate food-borne pathogens (such as Listeria), with the introduction of antimicrobial gas, while reducing condensation on water-sensitive produce. The proof of concept was demonstrated at the University of Guelph; Moyers then had to scale the process up to commercial size.

 

As a Dec. 2017 article in The Grower noted, the American outbreak led to a Canadian invention – which has helped Moyers increase their market share, and moved them to the forefront of safe produce processing.

                                                                

That same year, Moyers Apple Products and Prof. Warriner were recipients of a Leader in Innovation Award at the 2017 Premier’s Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. 

 

Sources: news.uoguelph.ca/2018/10/u-of-g-research-partnership-wins-2018-mind-to-market-award/

oce-ontario.org/news-events/news/2018/10/18/made-in-ontario-innovation-and-job-creation-the-highlights-of-oce-annual-general-meeting-and-showcase

news.uoguelph.ca/2017/12/agri-food-innovation-award/

thegrower.org/sites/default/files/pdf-archives/TheGrower_December2017.pdf

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