Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2011 Leaders in Innovation Award Winner

Mariposa Dairy Ltd. - Lindsay (Kawartha Lakes County)

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Photo of Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Sharon VandenBerg, Bruce VandenBerg, Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Sharon VandenBerg, Bruce VandenBerg, Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

Separating curds and whey used to be a tough job at Mariposa Dairy Ltd., a producer of soft goat cheese. Workers had to hang bags on a stainless steel tree and flip them every few hours for proper drainage. The whole process was time-consuming and physically challenging until a new innovation was introduced. The dairy worked with community partners to design the "MegaPress," a machine that separates curds and whey so quickly and efficiently that it has reduced the separation time cycle from four days to 24 hours. That makes it a lot easier to produce nearly 18,000 litres of cheese each day to meet market demand. The energy-saving press can also be preset for different moisture content levels, helping the dairy create new varieties to add to their line of award-winning cheeses. The MegaPress has increased production and created new jobs, and is helping introduce Ontario goat cheese into the global market.