Kingston has become recognized as a strategic development site for multi-national and domestic agri-business and food processing industry and distribution in provincial, national and global markets.

Housed in Kingston are corporations dedicated to research and development of biotechnology (Performance Plants Inc.), equipment manufacturing (Pure Ingenuity Ltd.), food colour and food sensitivities (Sensiet, Calico Food Ingredients), local food production (Frulact, Canada Royal Milk, Limestone Organic Creamery), food and beverage distribution (TDL Distribution, Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd., W.R. McCrae, Findlay Foods, Tony Deodato & Sons Ltd.). Kingston brought in international food processing giants Canada Royal Milk and Frulact, which retains robust manufacturing and R&D sector with global names like Bombardier, INVISTA, and SNC Lavalin.

Performance Plants is an established company that researches gene discovery, trait development technologies and is involved in the commercialization of these capabilities. Their work with Bayer CropScience, RiceTex, DBN, and Biocentury Transgene Mahyco opens up their services for global markets to increase high-yield but ethical farming technology.

Calico Food Ingredients is an application-specific company that formulates, sources, and delivers specialty ingredients that still retain nutrition and aesthetic values. Calico focuses on natural colours in food products, beverages and nutritional supplements. Similarly, Sensiet Technologies is a global manufacturer of food-based colours, flavours and fragrances that sprung out of the Meadow Springs Distillery that originally opened in 1882.

There are many high-quality wholesale food and beverage distribution centers located in Kingston: TDL (Tim Hortons) Distribution, W.R. McCrae, Findlay Foods, Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd., Tony Deodato & Sons Ltd. Each contributes to the growth of jobs and business to business transaction opportunities in this region.

Pure Ingenuity is an engineering-based company that specializes in large and industry-specific equipment for a variety of industries, their largest being the food and beverage industry. Pure Ingenuity’s staff of highly-trained engineers solve manufacturing problems and allow businesses to retain autonomy in the production of their products. Pure Ingenuity specializes in engineering services, precision fabrication, and installation and service for the pharmaceutical industry, food, beverage and dairy industry, cosmetics and fine chemicals, public art and architecture, and brewery solutions.


Food Processing Business Grows in Kingston






Queen’s University, Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU) is a diverse multidisciplinary group, drawing its clinical membership from the Departments of Medicine, Surgery and Pathology, and basic science faculty from the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, and  Physiology.

CCIC has a 20,000 SF facility in Kingston with Chemical and Biological testing equipment. Certificates issued by CCIC Canada are widely accepted by inspection authorities around the world, which facilitates the customs clearance procedure, saving time and costs for clients.