Funding announced for a pretty sweet business in Sherwood Park

Jacek Chocolate Couture, can now upgrade its operations and reduce their environmental impact thanks to government funding.

The award winning company, based in Sherwood park, creates artisan and craft chocolate and has received $116,238 in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

“We are very grateful for the support of the local, provincial and federal government over the last 10 years. This support has allowed us to not only grow our business, but it has helped us improve our systems to ensure food safety, access new markets and most recently advance our environmental stewardship goals,” said Jacqueline Jacek, Jacek Chocolate Couture founder/cocoanista.

The business will upgrade its operations, increase exports and create new jobs under the partnership’s Value Added Products Markets program. This funding also allowed them to purchase an install a new flow-wrapper machine, which uses compostable film. This innovation allows the business to bring its operations to a new level while advancing their environmental goals.

“Small businesses are critical to Alberta’s economic growth. Our government is supporting local businesses by helping them reach the global market and remain competitive. We appreciate the confidence and investment by Jacek to produce world-renowned products here in Alberta,” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments over five years. It’s goal is to strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector to ensure continued innovation, growth and prosperity.

In Alberta alone, this partnership has invested $406 million over a five year period towards programs and services.

Photo supplied: Minister Dreeshen celebrates new funding for Jacek Chocolate Couture in Sherwood Park.

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