With an economy struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become increasingly important for people to show their support for products made in Canada and Ontario to help stimulate our economy and keep the money in a local setting.
AlbaLisa All Natural Mexican Food in Alliston has been nominated in the Consumer Awareness Award category of the inaugural Ontario Made Awards.
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters sponsors the awards for companies that promote and sell Ontario-made products. The awards are given to Ontario manufacturers and retailers who help consumers make informed decisions by increasing the sale and awareness of products made in Ontario.
Award categories include Manufacturer Spotlight, Merchandising Excellence, and Consumer Awareness.
AlbaLisa All Natural Mexican Food is an Alliston-based manufacturer of authentic Mexican tortilla chips and tortilla shells.
They make their product in a store on Victoria Street. Their product is sold in 200 locations across the province.
The company is a partnership between Alba Lisa and Ted Quinn, who met in Mexico.
Alba Lisa is originally from Mexico.
“We came back here and couldn’t find any good tortillas,” Ted explained. “We started making them by hand. We joined the Toronto Kitchen Incubator – an incubator for food businesses. We started in a small communal kitchen, but we had to move as we started to grow.
After buying a house in Alliston, they moved north and began looking for a permanent place to start producing their product.
“We make a line of fresh tortillas and tortilla chips,” Ted explained. “We sell to about 200 stores. Mexican food is becoming more palatable and more upscale in the province.
They also produce several sauces that can be used with tortillas and fries. Tortillas are made from corn flour – a centuries-old process in which the corn is cured and the husk removed leaving only the flour.
AlbaLisa is a proud Ontario manufacturer with seven employees working in the production unit.
They are constantly expanding as their product becomes more popular across the province.
Buying products made in Ontario helps keep money local and that money ends up returning to the local community.
Consumers can participate in the award process by voting for their favorite manufacturer or retailer. From December 1 to January 7, 2022, you can vote for your favorite.
Each time someone submits a vote, they are entered to win one of five $100 gift cards from a registered Ontario manufacturer of their choice.
Winners will be announced at Ontario Made’s virtual awards ceremony on Thursday, February 24, 2022.
You can vote online by going to www. ontariomade.awardsplatform.com.
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