June 4, 2020


Plant-Based Foods of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandi Hester, Senior Director of Marketing, Natural | Organic and Market Insights, Tree of Life ULC to the role of Board Chair. 

Sandi brings over two decades experience in the grocery industry, primarily in the manufacturing space with companies like Wrigley, Best Foods and Revlon. She joined Tree of Life in 2014 to drive the growth of their natural and organic business. Since then she has been launching products to address the needs of today's health conscious consumer.

Sandi has been a strong advocate for Plant-Based Foods of Canada through speaking events and encouraging others to join. We look forward to the experience and passion for plant-based foods that will bring as our next Chair.

Sandi replaces Beena Goldenberg  (formerly CEO of Hain Celestial) who has taken on a new leadership role as President and CEO of Supreme Cannibis. As one of the founding members of PBFC, Beena was instrumental in shaping the vision and priorities that we are executing on today. We thank her for her contribution and wish her all the best in her new role.

Plant-Based Foods of Canada, a division of Food & Consumer Products of Canada, works to educate consumers, government and industry partners about the benefits of plant-based foods, in order to modernize industry regulations and make plant-based eating accessible to all. To find out more visit


Wilmington, Del.,  June 4, 2020 – DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont NYSE:DD) today announced the global launch of DuPont™ Danisco® Chymostar™, a new milk coagulating preparation for the dairy industry that offers optimal coagulation and ripening kinetics.

Chymostar™ can be used for producing any type of cheese: hard, semi hard, soft, mold-ripened, low-fat and ingredient cheeses and is the latest addition to DuPont’s robust dairy ingredient portfolio—which includes proven products like Carlina™ Animal Rennet and Marzyme® Liquid Microbial Coagulants to help solve any challenge that dairy producers may face.

“Chymostar™ rounds out our portfolio in coagulants so we can serve our cheese customers with all critical ingredients: cultures, coagulants and lipases based on their specific needs,” said Clementina Dellomonaco, global product line manager, Dairy Enzymes, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “This latest solution builds on our vast expertise in cheese cultures technology and applications know-how.  And, this coupling of product innovation and years of experience in industrial and specialty cheese manufacturing elevates any single new product; our customers receive holistic support.”

Chymostar™ features a number of unique benefits, including ideal curd formation and firming speed. It enables fast flavor development due to its balanced proteolytic profile, thus helping mitigate the time and cost of maturation. Developed for a wide array of global consumers, it was important to DuPont that it be preservative-free, Kosher, halal-certified and suitable for use in vegetarian products.

“In testing, we have found that Chymostar™’s improved texture development and meltability set it apart,” said Dellomonaco. “We’re excited about the reliability and versatility of this coagulant for customers around the world looking to make a wide array of dairy products.”

Chymostar™ also meets purity and thermolability requirements for whey quality. It is inactivated in  whey by standard pasteurization techniques and is a purified product –  clear of lipase and amylase side activities.

To learn more about Chymostar™ and DuPont’s full coagulant portfolio, visit


June 3, 2020


Vintner Jamie Macfarlane began his wine-making career in 1982, working in several of France’s famous wine regions before returning home to Canada to create and market the first Ice Wine from Niagara, Ontario.

A successful career in the industry followed, including twenty years at two of Canada’s largest wineries, but Jamie’s passion for producing only the highest quality ice wine never left. In pursuit of that passion, Jamie established The Ice House Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 2005. High quality wine making demands that every step of the process is performed without compromise. To that end, Jamie set out to source a high-quality filtration system.


Because ice wine has higher viscosity than conventional wines, Jamie knew he needed a filtration system powerful enough to handle the difference. Consistent and profitable production of ice wine is challenging; a reliable filtration system would help minimize liquid transfer loss, but equally important was finding a partner who was flexible and could adapt to any circumstance.

“Clive’s knowledge of the filtration system and remarkable support for implementation, are reasons we trust our business to Wajax. His technical expertise and perpetual willingness to understand our business operations have been critical in identifying solutions to optimize our process.” – Jamie Macfarlane, Vintner and Owner of The Ice House Winery


The combination of the right filtration system and ongoing service support gave Jamie the confidence to focus on his craft of making award-winning ice wine.

The 3M filtration system helped minimize liquid loss and optimized the production process, resulting in a cost-effective and dependable operational system to help The Ice House Winery grow and thrive.

Since 1985, Jamie has known that he could count on Wajax on good times and in bad.


Clive King, Wajax Manager – Process Filtration, introduced Jamie to the 3M filtration system, a product that he successfully implemented it at several of the wineries where he worked previously.

When Jamie opened The Ice House Winery, the ease-of-use, compact design and high-flow capabilities of the 3M filtration system made it an easy choice for his business.

Wajax delivered many 3M filtration systems to The Ice House Winery over the years, ensuring that each one was quickly and properly installed. 3M’s Zeta Plus technology is an important asset for environmental control, which helps to mitigate potential costly loss of product.

Beyond providing the right filtration for Jamie’s operations, Wajax’s expert technicians were available around the clock to address and resolve common issues like protein instability and microbial interferences. Given the sensitivity of filtration systems, Jamie felt reassured that his team of Wajax experts would be quick to address any issues should they arise.


F1000N 360wBIRO Logo 400wThe Biro Manufacturing Company has introduced a new economical Food Former, Model F1000N.

The new Food Former includes the following features as standard equipment:

                Auto paper feeder, take away conveyor, paper starter kit and one round hole (variable thickness) mold drum. 

The machine has a small foot print and is NSF approved.  

See the new Model F1000N Food Former technical Specifications at


MONTRÉAL, June 1, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - As the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt on the supply chain for consumer products, we are reminded of the importance of having local, healthy and sustainable options on grocery shelves. To help support Québec's food and agriculture sector, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ (the "Fonds") is investing $7.35 million in the InvestEco Sustainable Food Fund III that has reached $100 million in capital commitments.       

Founded in 2002, InvestEco has increasingly focused on sustainable food and agriculture. Today, the sector is the firm's principle focus, as it has invested in many leading brands across North America. Roxanne Turcotte, Venture Partner, ensures a strong presence for InvestEco in Québec.

"The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences show us how important it is to have a strong agrifood sector. With an investment portfolio that includes producers like Lufa Farms and agtech firm Hortau, we at the Fonds are well aware of the venture capital needed to support the sector's start-ups. As InvestEco is focused on this key sector of our economy, investing in its Sustainable Food Fund III was an easy call to make," commented Patrice Jolivet, Vice-President for Investments - Agri-Food & Health, at the Fonds.

"Led by managing partners Andrew Heintzman and Alex Chamberlain, InvestEco has a impressive track record in North America as a specialized fund. They have shown that sustainability and growth can go hand-in-hand. We are thrilled to add InvestEco to our portfolio of specialized funds," added Didier Leconte, Vice-President, Investments - Life Sciences and Funds of Funds, at the Fonds.

"We are delighted to receive the support of Fonds de solidarité FTQ," said Andrew Heintzman, Managing Partner of InvestEco. "With this new Fund we are excited to be able to continue our work of backing talented entrepreneurs who are promoting healthier food systems and a more sustainable world."


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