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E. Ont. frozen dessert maker’s expansion backed

A Peterborough, Ont. dairy firm known for its ice creams and frozen desserts has picked up provincial funding toward equipment to double its production.

Central Smith Creamery will get $174,801 from the province’s Eastern Ontario Development Fund for “cutting-edge technology” on its production line that’s expected to help the dairy firm create 10 jobs.

“This investment in new technology will strengthen our competitive edge by improving operational efficiencies, expanding our product lines and capitalizing on the growing food processing sector,” company president Ian Scates said in a provincial release Friday.

With the added equipment, Central Smith Creamery expects to “significantly increase its production volumes, improve products and expand its market across Canada,” the province said.

The company’s history dates back to the late 1800s when it made cheese and butter from local dairy farms’ milk.

Starting in 1952, Central Smith’s subsidiary, Fraser Scates, began making ice cream, and more recently, frozen desserts including 40 flavours of ice cream along with sherbets and frozen yogurts.

Another subsidiary, Fraser Scates Equipment Sales, imports commercial freezer equipment such as ice cream cabinets for sale and lease.

Local MPP Jeff Leal hailed the company in Friday’s release as a “major contributor to Peterborough’s economy.”

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