June 30, 2020

Are your systems and operations as productive as they could be? How could you increase profitability? Are you mitigating operational risk?

We have answers for you: ROKLive, our newest virtual event, includes extensive on-demand presentations and technical training from industry experts showcasing new opportunities and advancements in digital transformation.

ROKLive – Register Now For Access

Admission is free but you must register (if you haven't already) to access on-demand sessions and explore how different outcomes gained during modernization will enable your digitization, optimization and analytic strategies – and help reduce risk during the project and ongoing production while accelerating the ROI.

For example, Session PR02, “PlantPAx® 5.0, The Modern Distributed Control System,” focuses on the system’s plant-wide approach that scales from skids to large operations and provides actionable information for data-driven decision making across your enterprise.

Download descriptions of the technical sessions. Once registered, you can filter content to find exactly what you need, including these additional PROCESS sessions:

  • PR03: Expect More From Batch Systems
  • PR08: Analytics for Process Control
  • PR09: Modernization and Migration from Legacy DCS Platforms to PlantPAx 5.0

PR18: Purpose Built Process Objects Library

  • PR20: Bray International: Simplicity in a Jungle of Wires
  • PR21: Control Station Inc: PID Controller Tuning: Techniques for Fast and Accurate Results

PR22: Endress+Hauser: Empowering the Mobile Worker


WILMINGTON, Del., June 24, 2020 Among consumers, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the most trusted non-GMO label, providing assurance that the product has completed a rigorous, unbiased evaluation for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Drug and dietary supplement manufacturers can now turn to DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences to bring that seal to their end-use soft capsule products.

After scrupulous testing of raw material sourcing and manufacturing, SeaGel® CAP101 and SeaGel® CAP203 non-animal soft capsule technologies achieved Non-GMO Project Verified certification, reinforcing DuPont’s commitment to providing safe, sustainable ingredients that meet industry demand.

SeaGel® offers a plant-based alternative to traditional soft capsules. While soft capsules are one of the most common delivery formats for active ingredients, they are traditionally made with gelatin. Naturally derived from seaweed, SeaGel® is animal-free, making it inclusive to vegan, vegetarian, Halal and Kosher diets. Its recent non-GMO designation allows manufacturers incorporating SeaGel® into their formulation to appeal to a wider range of consumers.

“As consumers become more informed about what goes into their daily supplements, they’re searching for products that are natural, sustainable and non-GMO,” said Michael Baumann, global strategic marketing manager, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “Adding the iconic non-GMO butterfly to their end products helps manufacturers and brand owners provide customers with immediate assurance that a product aligns with their lifestyle needs.”

SeaGel® offers manufacturers solutions to a wide range of formulation challenges, and when compared to alternative vegetarian soft capsule technology, it provides superior sealing performance and reduced leakage. Since seaweed has a higher melting point than gelatin, SeaGel® soft capsules are more heat stable, ensuring they will not become sticky or melt together inside capsule bottles. Its adaptability to shape, color and coating—plus

easy incorporation into existing gelatin manufacturing operations—allows for a wide range of brand strategies with minimum capital investment.

“The dietary supplement market is growing rapidly, with 4,000 new products introduced each year in the U.S. alone,” said Benjamin Roscoe, application development & innovation manager, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “By consistently evolving alongside our customers, we’re empowering them to differentiate from competitors and meet consumer demand with safe, natural and sustainably sourced ingredients.”

As North America’s only third-party non-GMO verification program, the Non-GMO Project’s verification continues to set the industry standard for non-GMO food, drug and beauty products. To achieve qualification, suppliers must first pass a rigorous product evaluation which includes a review of raw material sources, manufacturing practices and finished products to prevent contamination by genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In achieving the recent certification, DuPont confirms its commitment to thorough and precise specifications, quality ingredients and sustainable practices, enabling manufacturers and brand owners to be transparent about ingredient sourcing and manufacturing processes. Ultimately this leads to increased consumer satisfaction and trust.

To learn more about SeaGel® and DuPont’s extensive product portfolio, please visit


jUNE 22, 2020

IAF has expanded its program delivery role to support both industry and Government in responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on the agriculture and agri-food sector in BC and more broadly in Western Canada. 

Learn more about the Emergency Processing Fund and the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund.

Project funding is available to help domestic food processors, manufacturers or greenhouse operators manage new health and safety protocols while maintaining Canada’s food production. The IAF-administered fund focuses on for-profit organizations, cooperatives and Indigenous groups in Western Canada.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible:
  • Be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement
  • Have been in operation for two years
  • Be involved in food processing, manufacturing or greenhouse production in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories
  • Be able to contribute a percentage of the project’s total eligible cash costs
Note: seafood processing or manufacturing is not eligible under this program.

What can I use funding for?

Program funding is designed to support specific priority areas relating to food safety and security, including accessing non-disposable personal protective equipment, modifying facilities to adapt to new health protocols and increase production, and temporarily increasing capacity for humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the pandemic. Meat processing facilities are considered the highest priority, followed by all other food processing, manufacturing and greenhouse operations.

How much is available?

Out of the $77.5 million commited by the Government of Canada, IAF is administering $5 million of cost-shared funding to eligible projects up to $100,000 in size (per applicant) with the minimum application size being $10,000. For project funding requests $100,000 and over, applicants must apply directly to AAFC.

What is the application and project timeline?

Project applications will be accepted until July 3rd @ 4:30pm PDT or until the funding is fully subscribed, at which point the application window will close.

Eligible costs/activities are considered retroactive to March 15, 2020. All projects must be completed by September 30, 2020.

The Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund supports the fish and seafood processing sector to manage the impact of COVID-19 and to prepare for economic recovery.

IAF is delivering funding to eligible businesses that are active in the fish and seafood sector in British Columbia. The activities undertaken by the applicant will determine the value of funding available and whether funding is repayable or non-repayable.

Applications, through IAF, are open to For-Profit Organizations and Not-For Profit Organizations in British Columbia.

What can I use funding for?

The CSSF is designed to support specific priority areas relating to employee health and safety, plant operations, market responsiveness and storage capacity. Funding is either repayable or non-repayable depending on the amount of funding requested and which priorities the application will address.

Funding will be allocated according to these two priorities:

Priority #1: Worker Health and Safety
Priority #2: Plant Operation , Market Responsiveness, Storage Capacity.
For project funding requests outside of British Columbia, applicants must apply directly to Western Economic Diversification Canada. 

How much is available?

For worker health and safety: up-to $100,000 of non-repayable funding is available per project. Up to 100% of the eligible project costs are covered for expenses related to incremental, non-revenue generating equipment/material for worker health and safety measures due to COVID-19.

For Plant Operations, Market Responsiveness and/or Storage Capacity: up-to $1,000,000 of repayable funding is available per project. Up to 75% of the total eligible project can be cost shared with the applicant responsible for contributing the other 25%.

What is the application and project timeline?

The application window will open on June 22 @ 9am PDT and applications will be accepted until July 13, @ 4:30pm PDT.

All eligible activities/costs are retroactive to March 15, 2020 and all projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.


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