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BC woman wins national entrepreneur prize for her food wrap product

VICTORIA (NEWS1130) – A Victoria woman who created a reusable food wrap has won a $25,000 prize.

The product, called Abeego, is a hemp cloth infused with beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin.

It’s used in place of plastic wrap to protect everything from cheese to vegetables to sandwiches. It does a better job because it breathes, slowing the decomposition of food.

Its creator, Toni Desrosiers, has won $25,000 in consulting services after finishing second in the Young Entrepreneur contest put on by the federal government’s Business Development Bank.

She says she plans to develop a marketing strategy, get a US distributor, and invest in new equipment and manufacturing processes to ramp up her business.

Desrosiers started selling out selling Abeego at markets. In the past five years, her company’s revenue has grown 350 per cent.

First prize of $100,000 cash went to a Woodstock, Ontario maker of prize-winning cheese.