A local company got a big boost on Thursday (Feb.20).
 
Sherwood Park-based Jacek Chocolate Couture was the recipient of a grant from the governments of Canada and Alberta, to help expand production and reduce environmental impact.
 
"I'm incredibly lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to have a business in Alberta and I feel like the 10 years I've been in business, the provincial, municipal as well as the federal government has been very supportive of what we're building," said founder and "cocoanista" Jacqueline Jacek.
 
In total, Jacek Chocolate Couture was eligible for funding up to $116,000 under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, but they'll only be claiming around $40,000. 
 
The investment covers 25 per cent of their equipment funding, which includes a new flow-wrapper machine that uses biodegradable film and a tempering machine. 
 
"This support has allowed us to not only grow our business, but it has helped us improve our systems to ensure food safety, access new markets and most recently advance our environmental stewardship goals," she added.
 
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments, with the aim of strengthening the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity.