September 17, 2020

Did you lose the opportunity to attend trade shows this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic? Apex Motion Control is excited to announce that from November 9-13, 2020, they will be exhibitors at PACK EXPO Connects!

PACK EXPO Connects is a one-of-a-kind virtual event that will foster interactions between consumer-packaged goods (CPG) companies and top suppliers with an intuitive, state-of-the-art interactive platform that makes live engagement possible. Live chats, live product demos, and engaging educational opportunities let attendees experience the power of PACK EXPO with leading industry suppliers available at their fingertips. And the best part is that registration is completely free!

Apex Motion Control, specialists in robotics and automation for the baking and food industry, will be hosting four live product demos from their plant in British Columbia, Canada. During these demos, you can see their signature cobot, the Baker-Bot, perform a variety of different applications. Whether it’s sauce depositing over a HFFS line, end-of-line palletizing, pick ‘n’ place over conveyors, or tray loading and racking, the Baker-Bot is there to help. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Baker-Bot in action, live from the comfort of your own home!

Want to learn more? Visit the PACK EXPO Connects website for details on this FREE event:


September 16, 2020

The following is an overview of active funding opportunities that IAF is administering and upcoming program launches and resources, with more information available in the coming weeks. It is more important than ever to encourage innovation, adaptation and collaboration within our industry – we hope you can help us share the news!

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me at / 250-213-8325.

Program Name Application Window Opening Date Application Window Closing Date Program Description Resources

Livestock Waste Tissue Initiative

Sep 8

Sep 25

This revitalized program is now available to help BC-based abattoirs and meat processors directly improve the accessibility and affordability of animal tissue waste disposal.

Landing page

News Release

Canada-BC Agri-Innovation program

Sep 15 Oct 30

Assisting BC agri-food producers, value-added food processors, academia, and others in the agri-food sector industry to accelerate the pace of innovation along the innovation continuum.

Landing page

News release

Recent Project Success Story

BC Agri-Food and Seafood Market Development program

October – Exact Date TBC November – Date TBC

Helps B.C. agri-food producers, agri-food and seafood processors, co-operatives and associations to identify, assess, target and develop market opportunities to increase their sales outside of B.C.

Landing page – update scheduled end Sep

News release – pending

Recent Project Success Story

Buy BC Partnership Program

October – Exact Date TBC November – Date TBC

Funding is available for activities that increase the demand for, and sales of, BC agri-food and seafood products within the Province.

Landing page – update scheduled end Sep

News release – pending

Recent Project Success Story


SHANGHAI, CHINA, Sept. 16, 2020 – DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) today announced it has been awarded the first prize “Technology Progress Award” at the 26th Annual Conference of the China Dairy Industry Association (CDIA).

The CDIA carries out a series of award activities among dairy, machinery and ingredients enterprises during the CDIA annual conference every year, to encourage and ensure the sustainable development of science and innovation in the dairy industry. The CDIA Science and Technology Awards has two categories, the "Technology Invention Award" and "Technology Progress Award". DuPont’s project titled “YO-MIX® PRIME yogurt cultures with ultimate post-acidification control: Research, development and promotion to dairy companies” was entered in the “Technology Progress Award” category.

The YO-MIX® PRIME yogurt cultures, which were launched globally earlier this year, were developed to create ultimate mildness and premium texture for consumers and provide a new level of indulgence in yogurt. The cultures can help yogurt manufacturers save on formulation costs by reducing the amount of skimmed milk powder added to boost yogurt texture, enable them to add less sugar while keeping the same sweetness perception, and maintain product quality throughout challenging distribution channels with variations in storage temperature.

“In recent years, we are seeing increasing customer demand for product upgrading in fresh yogurt in China,” said Susan Jin, Ph.D., regional industry leader, Asia Pacific for Cultures, Probiotics, Fibers & HMOs, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “With ultimate post-acidification control and excellent fermentation performance, our awarded YO-MIX® Prime cultures can effectively help yogurt manufacturers in different regions to overcome post-acidification issues and uncertainties in distribution channels while bringing a mild, clean, smooth and creamy taste to their yogurt products.”

“We would like to thank the China Dairy Industry Association for their high recognition and endorsement of our YO-MIX® PRIME cultures,” said Morten Boesen, global product line manager for dairy cultures, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “We will redouble our efforts in the product and application innovation of our culture products by working in close collaboration with our Chinese dairy customers, to provide Chinese consumers with healthier, tastier, and higher quality fermented dairy products that are in line with consumer trends.”

To learn more about the YO-MIX® PRIME series and other DuPont™ Danisco® yogurt culture offerings, visit


ROSEMONT, IL, September 14, 2020 – The 2020 Virtual Food Safety Summit will offer four days of education with 26 sessions, access to vendors who will be showcasing the newest and most innovative food safety solutions and several online networking opportunities.  This online event will take place Monday, October 19 through Thursday, October 22, 2020 and will feature an opening session on COVID-19 – The New Normal for the Food Industry; a keynote by Will Daniels, President, Produce Division, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group who will talk about Back to Basics: Consumer-Focused Food Safety; the Summit’s Annual Town Hall with leaders from FDA, USDA, CDC and AFDO and an interactive closing session Foodborne Illness Outbreak Mock Criminal Trial – A View from the Jury Box featuring Shawn Stevens. These four sessions as well as access to the exhibitors and networking are all free to attend.  The early bird discount savings of $100 has now been extended for the full education program through September 30, 2020, by using special code: FSS100VIRTUAL. Click hereto register

“We thank our Educational Advisory Board and all of our exhibitors for their continued support of our new virtual format. We are excited to bring our community together online to have access to four days of live and on demand sessions, robust content, networking opportunities with peers, and an interactive exhibit hall,”said Scott Wolters, Chief Events Officer, BNP Media, producers of the Summit. “We have developed a stellar education program which will kick off Monday, October 19 with an opening session on COVID-19: The New Normal for the Food Industry where subject matter experts from Epidemiology, Regulatory, Manufacturing, Foodservice and Retail will discuss first-hand what they did to address the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis for their organizations, customers and consumers.”

The COVID-19 Opening Session will feature Steve Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food & Drug Officials; Jorge Hernandez, VP, Quality Assurance, The Wendy's Company; Craig Wilson, VP, GMM Quality Assurance, Costco; Joan Menke-Schaenzer, Chief Quality Officer, Van Drunen Farms/FutureCeuticals; Glenn Stolowski, Manager Retail Quality Assurance, HEB; and Lee-Ann Jaykus, PhD, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University. The session will be moderated by Gary Ades, PhD, President, G&L Consulting and Chair of the Food Safety Summit Educational Advisory Board and Craig Henry, PhD, Food Safety Consultant.

In addition to the General Sessions there will be four two-hour workshops focused on What Am I Getting Into? Suppliers & Co-Packers Linked to Food Safety; Food Fraud Prevention – Introduction, Implementation and Management; Practice Improves Performance - Internal Audits for Food Processors and Managing Allergens & Sanitation in Food Processing Facilities. The Summit has also partnered with the FSPCA to offer the Intentional Adulteration: Conducting Vulnerability Assessment Certificate Course. 

The one hour sessions will offer insight from subject matter experts on such hot topics as Food Safety Challenges; Difficult to Detect Organisms; How to Control Allergens; How Hep A Prepared Us for COVID; Novel Processing Technologies; Developing Food Safety Disaster Plans, Supply Chain Traceability; Foodborne Outbreaks; Labeling; Indoor Farming; Risk Communications; Best Practices around COVID; Partners with a Common Purpose; and Hot Topics.

From 12:00 – 2:30 pm CT, each of the four days of the event, the virtual exhibit hall featuring Gold Sponsor Purell; Bronze sponsor Elisa Technologies; as well as Conference Sponsor Zebra will be open. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from technology companies in the Tech Tent and attend live sponsored education sessions on the Solutions Stage. Visit get the most up-to-date sessions and speakers.

The virtual Summit is $299 to attend the full conference with the Early bird rate discount code FSS100VIRTUAL which expires on September 30, 2020. Those who pay to attend the Summit will have complete access to the entire platform, including virtual exhibit booths, all live and on-demand education sessions, the ability to participate in group discussions and networking events with colleagues and speakers, and more! There is also a FREE option to attend the Summit for those that would like to visit the Exhibit Hall and attend only the General Session each day (4 sessions total) Registration is now open at

The new platform extends a number of exciting new opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors that are unique to a virtual event. For additional information about exhibiting at the Summit or sponsorship opportunities contact Kim Hansen, National Sales Manager at 248-786-1233 or

The Food Safety Summit is produced by BNP Media (, one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving industry professionals across 60+ industries through magazines, custom media, e-newsletters, webinars, events and market research.


September 3, 2020 – Safe Spacer™ is a lightweight wearable device that helps workers and visitors maintain safe social distancing, enabling factories, offices, museums, hotels, schools and other workplaces and public spaces to operate with peace of mind. It now provides even more flexibility, giving small businesses a simple-yet-effective solution with more convenient ways to wear, charge and sync, as well as offering comprehensive integration options for large-scale enterprises using their own proprietary data systems.

Able to be worn on a lanyard, wristband or belt loop, Safe Spacer precisely detects when other Safe Spacer units come within 2m/6ft*, alerting wearers with a choice of visual, vibrating or audio alarm. Using Ultra-wideband technology, Safe Spacer offers accuracy up to 10x better than Bluetooth, and can optionally store “collision” data to monitor compliance or perform fast contact tracing.

To help organizations manage multiple devices, optional S-Charger docking/charging stations allow up to 25 Safe Spacers to charge simultaneously (or more, when chained together).

Each Safe Spacer device also features a unique ID tag and built-in memory to optionally associate with workers’ names for tracing unintended contact. For privacy, no data except the device’s ID and proximity is stored.

This data can be retrieved by the S-Charger while charging, or wirelessly via the optional S-Bridge UWB access unit.  These can be positioned in strategic locations to read the data from Safe Spacer devices as users approach, eliminating long employee queues to download their device data.

Both the S-Bridge and S-Charger can connect to any computer via USB, and free Safe Spacer software will extract this data for review. Additional options to synchronize data from multiple access points lets companies compile all their data in the cloud, or integrate it into existing enterprise systems.

Pre-ordering for Safe Spacer and accessories is now open.  An online guide recommends the best options for users’ organizations, and lets them reserve their units or request to be contacted.

Safe Spacer will be available in September directly from IK Multimedia:

Safe Spacer -  $99.99/€85.00 each*

S-Charger   - $299.99/€270.00 each

S-Bridge – $139.99/€120.00 each

 *All prices excluding taxes. Volume discounts available.


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