ICYMI: Canada’s wine sector support program, Ontario’s new cricket plant, and more

Here are five stories you might have missed this week

It’s been a big week for London, Ontario after both the long-awaited opening of the world's largest cricket processing plant and the announcement that a new Odd Burger manufacturing facility will soon be coming to town. 

The news week hasn’t been so kind to some Torontonians thanks to a surprise nightclub that recently popped up in a Toronto condominium, but Canadian winemakers finally received some good news with the launch of Agriculture Canada’s new wine sector support program. 

Catch up on these stories and more in this week’s ICYMI.

Agriculture Canada launches wine sector support program

After the Federal the temporary excise duty exemption on Canadian wines last week, Agriculture Canada launched a new support program to provide short-term financial subsidy for wineries that struggle to pay the reinstated taxation. 

The program is being launched in two phases over two years with a total of $166.2 million available in funding. 

Head to CBC News for more information.

World's largest cricket processing plant is now up and running

Ontario’s new superfood processing plant, which was announced in the summer of 2020, officially came online this week. Once at full capacity, the London processing plant expects to produce upwards of 13 million kilograms of cricket protein annually.  

Visit CBC News for a detailed breakdown.

Surprise nightclub opens in Toronto condominium

An alleged nightclub recently opened up at the base of a Toronto condominium without any notice to its tenants. According to reports, the venue has been on the receiving end of complaints since it popped up in June and is currently under an active investigation from the City of Toronto. 

Head to CTV News for the full report.

SJW Robotics to launch fully automated kitchen

We’re firm believers that there’s nothing quite like a home cooked meal, but the advancements automated foodservice has taken over the past few years has been nothing short of remarkable. 

The latest technological development to pique our interest is a 100-square-foot autonomous robotic restaurant that, according to SJW Robotics, will be able to cook more than 60 made-to-order meals.

Find out more about RoWok from Restobiz

Odd Burger manufacturing facility en route to Ontario

Fast food franchise Odd Burger recently received the green light to develop a new 50,000-square-foot food manufacturing facility in London, Ontario. The company’s co-founders, who also grew up in London, plan to use the new facility to produce Odd Burger’s plant-based proteins and dairy-free sauces. 

Visit Global News for more.