Bill George receives 2017 NPF&VGA Award of Merit

March 8, 2017 - Vineland, ON

The Grape Growers of Ontario are honoured to announce that Bill George was named as the recipient of the 2017 Niagara Peninsula Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (NPF&VGA) Award of Merit at a special event held at Balls Falls on March 7.

“I enjoyed my time on the Board of the Grape Growers of Ontario, and miss my day-to-day interactions with my peers and staff,” said Bill George. “Grape growing is in my blood and I will always be interested in the future of Ontario’s grape and wine industry.”

“The NPF&VGA is pleased to present Bill George with the 2017 Award of Merit in recognition of the time and dedication he has given to the grape and wine industry in Niagara,” said Jeff Duc, President, Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association.

Bill was first elected to the Grape Growers of Ontario’s Growers’ Committee and to the Board of Directors in 1994, and was re-elected every year until he stepped down in 2016. In 2001 Bill was recognized by his peers and named Grape King to represent Ontario’s grape growing industry to government, media and other grape growing regions. Following his term as Grape King, Bill was elected Vice Chair in 2003, and became Chair of the Board in 2007. In January 2017, Bill was elected Vice Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

“Bill led the GGO through many challenges with determination, integrity and always with a focus on achieving the best possible outcome for the Ontario grape and wine industry,” said Matthias Oppenlaender, Chair, Grape Growers of Ontario. “He added so much value over his nine years as Chair and left the industry balanced and strategically positioned for growth when he stepped down.”

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The Grape Growers of Ontario is the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing grape growers of 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County, and the emerging Norfolk County.

The Niagara Peninsula Fruit & Vegetable Growers' Association (NPF & VGA) represents approximately 700 growers who are engaged in the growing and marketing of fruits and vegetables in the region of Niagara, and in those portions of the Regions of Hamilton-Wentworth and Haldimand-Norfolk bounded by Highway #6 and the Grand River. The 2017 NPF&VGA Annual General Meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm at the Grape and Tender Fruit Ontario Ltd. Board Office located at 1634 South Service Road, St. Catharines.

For more information please contact:

Debbie Zimmerman                                                                               Jeff Duc
CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario                                                           President, NPFVGA
905-401-2471                                                                                          905-658-7411