Partnering with confectioner Ferrero



Ferrero operates a state-of-the-art plant in Brantford, Ontario. At present, it supplies NUTELLA®, FERRERO ROCHER® and TIC TAC® to North America and Australia. Their supply of hazelnuts is essential to their delicious food products. Currently, the hazelnuts come from countries like Turkey and Italy. Ferrero would like a local/domestic supply grown in Ontario, with a goal of 20,000 hectares to be planted in the next 10 years.


Ferrero and Niagara College are collaborating to process historic weather and future climate modelling datasets from strategic potential hazelnut growing regions in Ontario. These massive sets of weather data will be processed and developed into an accessible web software for potential hazelnut growers to use and understand the historic and likely future climate in their specific sub-region (4 kilometre grid) of interest to inform effectively planting and farming hazelnut trees.

Funding: Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) College Strategic Sector/Cluster/Technology Platform (CSSCTP) program.