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(Mississauga, ON – January 16, 2018) – A new organization representing food and beverage manufacturers in Canada has been launched. “United to nourish the world”, Food & Beverage Canada (F&BC) will work to be the national voice for this vital sector of Canada’s economy.

“Food & Beverage Canada is bringing businesses together from coast to coast to seize an unprecedented opportunity,” said Daniel Vielfaure, F&BC Co-Chair and Managing Director, Bonduelle Americas Long Life. “This is Canada’s agri-food century. Canada’s food and beverage manufacturers can play a pivotal role in feeding the world, while growing jobs and economic sustainability for communities in rural and urban Canada.”

F&BC will work with governments to effectively shape public policy and industry actions for the benefit of Canadians. Leading issues include:

·         Ensuring smart regulations that serve the public interest while maintaining a competitive environment

·         Building a healthier, more sustainable and ethical food system

·         Promoting innovation in food and beverage manufacturing processes and practices

·         Creating global trade opportunities for products

·         Protecting and informing consumers while enabling consumer choice

·         Providing skilled jobs and rewarding employment for Canadians

 Food & Beverage Canada is an association of seven regional food and beverage manufacturing associations from coast to coast plus leading industry and stakeholder members. The organization is committed to collaborative relationships and constructive communications with federal and provincial governments.

“There are a lot of important issues on the table right now,” said Michael Burrows, F&BC Co-Chair and CEO Maple Lodge Farms. “We believe that, working together, we can contribute positively to Canadians’ quality of life and deliver value for our members. We can strengthen the competiveness and productivity of the businesses we represent while being a key engine to power sustainable growth in Canada’s economy.”

The founding Board of Directors is comprised of the following Executive members:
Co- Chairs – Michael Burrows, CEO, Maple Lodge Farms & Daniel Vielfaure, Managing Director, Bonduelle Americas Long Life
Vice chair - Sylvie Cloutier, CEO, Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ)
Secretary: Rosemary MacLellan, VP Strategy & Industry Affairs, Gay Lea Foods
Treasurer: Joe Makowecki, President & CEO, Heritage Frozen Foods
Director at Large: Rory McAlpine, Sr. VP, Government and Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods

 
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Anuga FoodTec scheduled for March 20-23, 2018

Anuga FoodTec, a leading international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry, will run March 20 to 23, 2018, at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Nearly 1,700 suppliers from more than 50 countries will present their new products for the production and packaging of all types of food and beverage. The comprehensive range of exhibits will be accompanied by a multi-faceted technical program including workshops, conferences and guided tours.

“Traditionally process technology has been the most represented section at the trade fair,” says Katharina Hamma, chief operating officer, Koelnmesse GmbH. “This year there is greater emphasis on food safety and quality management, as well as food ingredients. Visitors experience the entire production cycle, from how basic ingredients are processed and how a product is made, all the way to the primary and secondary packing of the finished product. Nothing less than the entire production chain is depicted at the trade fair.”

The theme of this year’s exhibition and technical program—resource efficiency—will be showcased through topics such as optimizing production processes, reducing energy and water consumption, and minimizing food loss through ingredient, process and package technology. The technical program is organized by Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG), the German agricultural society.

“The growing demand for commodities and energy sources worldwide and the increasing urbanization are compelling us to review our present behavior and economic activity,” says Simone Schiller, managing director-competence center food at DLG. “Careful, and at the same time efficient management of natural resources is the key competence of sustainable societies, societies that are fit for the future. The exhibitors this year will be presenting a range of solutions showing how competitiveness can be strengthened and how the use of energy and water as well as food losses during production can be reduced.”

Complementing this theme is next-generation robotics technology, which will be demonstrated through every step of the manufacturing chain, from incoming raw materials to outgoing finished product.

“The main areas of robot applications are currently still the heavy palletizing work and tasks in the field of packaging and re-packaging,” says Schiller. “However enormous developments in the fields of hygienic design, electronic image capture and analysis, and gripper technology are making it possible to use robots increasingly for ever more difficult tasks in direct contact with foods.”

In addition to the theme of resource efficiency, there will be an expert forum on topics of current interest to the food industry under the heading “Topics, trends, technologies – what’s moving today’s food industry?” This forum will offer presentations and panel discussions on topics of current interest, including convenience, food authenticity, modified atmosphere packaging, genome editing, high pressure processing and more. A separate forum will be dedicated to food ingredients and product development and will address the topics of clean labeling, personalized nutrition, texture design, enzymes in food production and functional foods.

For more information on Anuga FoodTec 2018, visit www.anugafoodtec.com.

 
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FoodProWest is our annual Expo, Buyers Day Trade Show, and Gala Awards Dinner!

This is the premiere event for BC food, beverage, and natural health processors to connect with international and domestic buyers to garner listings. This event also caters to associate services and provides a large networking component for organizations to connect with potential customers. The Gala Awards Dinner is a sell out each year with over 400 members celebrating industry achievements!
 

Details

  • Date: Thursday, June 21st, 2018
  • Location: The Westin Bayshore          1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver, BC

Agenda

  • 9am - 3pm - Tradeshow
  • 5pm - 6pm - Cocktails
  • 6pm - 9:30pm - Dinner & Awards
 

Pricing

Processor Booth
$900 for members  $1350 after Mar 14
$1200 for non-members $1800 after Mar 14

Associate Booth

$1000 for members $1300 after Mar 14
$1300 for non-members $1950 after Mar 14
FoodProWest's 92 Tradeshow Booths sell out every year. Registration opens January 2nd, 2018. Email Sandra to reserve your booth today!
 
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December 20, 2017

Join us as we begin the celebration of our 25th year with the course offerings below.

Wed & Thu

Jan 10 & 11

8:30 – 4:30

BRC Internal Auditor
Obtain the knowledge and the skills necessary to effectively perform a BRC Internal Audit within your organization. 

This course is now full.

Thursday

Jan 25

9:00 – 4:30

Certified Food Handler Training Program
Course includes instruction, practice tests and final exam for the Manitoba Health Certified Food Handler Training Program.

For registration and more dates, click here

Saturday

Feb 3 & 10

9:00 – 3:30

Introductory Knife Skills
Learn the principles and practices of proper sanitation and safety of knives and foundational cutting principles of meats and poultry.

For registration and workshop information, click here

Thursday

February 8

8:30 – 4:30

Basics of Exporting Workshop
Thinking of exporting your food products to the United States?  Join us for a one-day workshop that will provide you with the basics on exporting into the U.S. market.

For registration and workshop information, click here

Wednesday

Feb 28

8:30 – 12:30

Labelling Workshop
This half-day workshop will provide an overview of Canadian Labelling requirements for a wide range of foods.

For registration and workshop information, click here

Thursday

Mar 22

8:30 – 4:30

Exporting – Next Steps Workshop
Follow up to the Basics of Exporting workshop

More details to come.  If you have any questions, contact Linda at 204-982-6372 ext 104

For more training information, go to the Event section of our website. We are always working on new training initiatives.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have suggestions for a training event. If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

 
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OTTAWA, 18 December 2017 - The government of Canada is moving forward with the development of a much needed Food Policy for Canada, which will incorporate the social, environmental and economic aspects of the food system into an integrated policy framework. To support the successful implementation of this multifaceted policy, a broad alliance of more than 50 food industry, civil society and farming groups is calling on the federal government to create a National Food Policy Council.

A National Food Policy Council would bring together key stakeholders from across the food system to work collaboratively with the government. It would provide diverse expertise and evidence-based advice on how to progress toward a food system that better promotes a healthier, more equitable, sustainable and prosperous Canada.

A Food Policy for Canada is expected to support Canada’s ambitious agri-food economic growth targets while integrating critical food security, health and safety, and environmental sustainability requirements. While the policy will provide a framework for action, much work will remain to further address the challenges and opportunities within our food system, engage stakeholders, and move from policy formulation to implementation. Some of these challenges include four million Canadians living in food insecurity, high levels of diet-related disease, and climate change mitigation and adaptation; while there are significant opportunities to build public trust and advance Canada’s international trade objectives.

Recognizing this complexity, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food recommended a series of actions to support the development of A Food Policy for Canada. In its report released on December 11th, the Committee recommended that the government create a permanent advisory council consisting of multiple stakeholders.

“I applaud the federal government’s leadership and consultative approach to building a national food policy as the foundation for a more sustainable food system,” says Michael McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods. “But governments can’t do it all – business and civil society must engage and be part of the solution. An inclusive National Food Policy Council is the best way to drive bold action on the strength of evidence and collaboration.”

“A national food policy is a long-standing priority for Canadian farmers,” says Ron Bonnett, President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. “CFA supports a multi-stakeholder governing council as a means of ensuring that farmers have a place at the food policy development table. We see it as an important forum for sharing perspectives and encouraging dialogue. Through joint discussions, we can clarify misperceptions and identify opportunities where farmers can help meet emerging consumer demands."

“The non-profit sector is deeply knowledgeable and engaged in advancing a more equitable and sustainable food system and provides an important voice that has not yet been integrated in food policy making,” says Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada. “Bringing more diversity to the table will ensure that social, health and environmental issues are given proper attention as well as bringing innovative community practices to the policy-making table”

“Working with the academic and research community was a necessary part of the process,” says Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph and a Canada Research Chair in the Department of Geography. “And through a rigorous research process, we were able to distill best practices from food policy councils from around the world to inform our recommendations to the Canadian Government.”

Over 40,000 Canadians responded to the online consultations for A Food Policy for Canada, demonstrating clear interest in the future of our food system. A National Food Policy Council would create a forum in which this conversation can continue and incorporate the diverse voices of all Canadians.

The ad hoc working group was formed in early 2017 with the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Food Secure Canada, Maple Leaf Foods and the McConnell Foundation as founding members. This proposal has garnered support from a broad cross-section of businesses, non-profits and sectoral organizations from across Canada in a letter sent to Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay last week.

For additional background, see The Case for A National Food Policy Council report.

 

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