Newmarket's The Red Thread Brewing Company has been nominated for the inaugural Ontario Made awards, by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME).
Manufactures and retailers who make made-in-Ontario goods have been nominated across four categories: Manufacturer Spotlight Award, Merchandising Excellence Award, Consumer Awareness Award, and Retailer Spotlight Award.
Red Thread Brewing Company is nominated in the Retailer Spotlight category, which recognizes "an Ontario retailer that spotlights Ontario Made and 'support local' initiatives."
The brewery, whose beer is available at various restaurants and the LCBO, said they're all about making connections.
"We are not only locally owned but also locally sourced & produced craft brewing company. We have a local focus such as using Canadian grains, Ontario Hops and only Canadian suppliers," they said on their Newmarket Chamber web page.
The awards are made to celebrate businesses doing just that.
"Celebrating and promoting local manufacturing is what Ontario Made is all about. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) could not be prouder to represent the massive variety of the amazing, innovative products that Ontarians make and sell. I can’t wait to find out the winners of our Inaugural Awards, and I hope all Ontarians will join us in celebrating the massive achievements of our local manufacturers and retailers,” said Mathew Wilson, senior vice president, policy, government relations & Ontario division at CME.
The awards are voted on by Ontario consumers.
Voting began on Dec. 1 and runs until Jan. 7. Once you make an account you are able to vote online daily, with 10 votes allotted each day.
"As it’s never been more important to support local, every time an individual submits a vote, they are entered to win one of five $100 gift cards to a registered Ontario Made manufacturer of their choice," CME said in a statement.
The winners will be announced in a free, virtual ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.