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Program will help B.C. food processors expand, increase production

B.C. food-processing companies looking to scale up and feed more people are benefiting from a program that is helping them increase their businesses’ productivity and competitiveness by improving their facilities and equipment.

“B.C. food and beverage companies play a major role in both our province’s economy and food security, which is why we’re helping them invest in the equipment and infrastructure they need to be competitive and successful,” said Pam Alexis, Minister of Agriculture and Food. “By supporting B.C. processors, we are ensuring a sustainable food supply as well as economic growth that will benefit our communities.” 

B.C.’s Food Processing Growth Fund is helping companies, such as T-Brothers in Coquitlam and Better Seafood Supply in Victoria, increase their productivity, strengthen competitiveness and gain new economic opportunities.

Founded in 1994, T-Brothers has been supplying authentic Korean staples to B.C. for almost 30 years. The company pioneered the sale and large-scale manufacturing of kimchi in Canada. Today, the Coquitlam-based manufacturer’s products are found in every corner of the country.

Kimchi, Korea’s national dish, is becoming popular beyond its traditional market. To meet growing consumer demand for their product, the company is investing in new equipment. The Province is supporting T-Brothers to purchase automatic washing and packaging machinery to increase efficiency and product output.

“We’ve been bringing the authentic flavours of Korea to British Columbia since 1994 and we’re glad to see more people enjoying this Korean favourite,” said Jeff Mo, CEO of T-Brothers. “Through support from this fund, we are implementing new ways to increase production of our traditionally made kimchi and meet the increasing demand.”

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