Premier's Leaders in Innovation Award

The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence recognizes the innovative contributions of producers, processors, agri-food organizations and rural communities in Ontario each year.  Vineland Estates Winery Inc. has been honoured with one of three Leaders in Innovation Awards for their grape optical sorter. The first of its kind in Canada, it scans 2,000 grapes per second, gently de-stems the fruit and removes bugs and unwanted plant material. Puffs of air then sort the grapes by colour, size and shape. The optical sorter is six times faster than hand-sorting, lowering costs and raising standards.

Pictured: Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario; Brian Schmidt, Vineland Estates Winery; Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. 
Photo credit: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs