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TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - VersaCold Logistics Services, Canada's largest supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on the handling of temperature sensitive products, announced today the opening of Phase 1 of its Milton Distribution Centre. The Centre was established as a result of VersaCold's overall growth strategy as well as an expanded partnership with Nestlé Canada and will become a key addition to Nestlé's Canadian distribution network.

Located at 2701 High Point Drive in Milton, Ontario, the Milton Distribution Centre is the largest capital investment ever made by VersaCold, and upon completion, will have the distinction of being one of Canada's largest third party operated refrigerated facilities by cubic footage. Total cubic footage will be over 19.1 million cubic feet once the project has completed Phase 3 in December 2018.

"This investment in VersaCold's infrastructure is one of several our organization has made over the last few years, and is indicative of our commitment to growth and responding to our client's needs" said Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold. "We are excited to demonstrate our leadership within the Canadian marketplace, by partnering with Nestlé and demonstrating the deep commitment to safety, quality and freshness that is at the heart of the VersaCold brand".

"Nestlé is committed to exploring and driving improved solutions to service our customers and consumers," said Greg Christopher, Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Nestlé Canada. "Our continued partnership with VersaCold, now at the Milton facility, is a strategic decision to simplify, increase speed and flexibility as we strive to be industry leaders in service, efficiency and reliability."

The acquisition of the Milton Distribution Centre brings the total number of VersaCold warehouse facilities in Canada to 32. 

 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, November 9, 2017 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has been recognized by Aon as one of the nation’s best employers for the 15th year in a row.

“This honour reflects the contribution of all of our employees in making FCC what it is today – a strong and stable partner to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry and a great place to work,” said Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO. “With pride in our organization and passion in our work, we are fully engaged in serving our customers and making positive contributions to Canadian agriculture.”

This is the third consecutive year Aon has recognized FCC as a Platinum employer and the 15th year FCC has been identified as one of the nation’s best employers by the international human capital and management consulting firm.

To be selected for the Platinum level, organizations have to demonstrate strong performance in the areas of employee engagement, leadership, performance culture and employment brand.

“The thoughts and ideas of our employees form the foundation for creating a great work environment and a positive customer experience,”said Greg Honey, FCC executive vice-president and chief human resources officer. He noted that FCC’s high workforce engagement score shows employees are motivated, committed to staying and prepared to go “above and beyond” to contribute to the organization’s business success.

FCC was also recently recognized by the Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres with the Employer of Excellence Award for its commitment to creating an inclusive workforce by providing job opportunities for individuals experiencing disability. The award was presented on Oct. 25.

“Workforce diversity is a strength that forms a critical cornerstone of FCC’s culture,” Honey said. “People with different abilities contribute to our business every day and are part of what makes FCC an exceptional workplace.”

FCC is a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation with more than 1,800 employees working from coast to coast, in over 100 offices.

 
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Abbotsford, B.C. (September 25, 2017) Consumers can now taste a little freedom with the launch of Free Bird Eggs ™, a new line of vitamin D fortified, free range eggs. Produced by Vitala Foods in Abbotsford, Free Bird Eggs are the only free-range eggs on the market to contain 100% of the daily dose of vitamin D in a single egg.

“At Vitala Foods, we believe in creating a win-win situation where we take special care of our animals, and in return, they produce some pretty special products," said Helinda Vanderkooi, Partner at Vitala Foods. "We are excited to see that consumers are embracing our approach to animal care.”

Studies show more British Columbians are concerned about the welfare of farm animals like egg-laying hens and that the demand for traceable, whole food options is on the rise across the country. Free Bird farmers employ the highest standards of free range farming methods to give their hens the best quality of life. Free Bird hens live in enriched, cage-free, free range barns that are well lit, spacious, and offer unlimited access to grass pastures outside. They are also fed an all natural, vegetarian, vitamin D supplemented diet to produce the only eggs on the market to have 100% of the required daily intake of vitamin D in a single egg.

Research indicates that as many as two-thirds of Canadians are at risk of vitamin D deficiency, especially in the winter months. Vitamin D deficiency is caused by low levels of sunlight absorption and causes higher risks of cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity, and depression. Health Canada recommends 200 to 600 International Units (IU) of vitamin D a day but many health experts claim up to 3,000 IU a day can be beneficial for many Canadians during the winter months. Free Bird Eggs have 200 IU of vitamin D in a single egg, while a typical egg has about 27 IU.

Free Bird Eggs are produced by Vitala Foods in partnership with local egg farmers who specialize in free range farming methods that promote the humane treatment of farm animals. Distribution partners in B.C. are Golden Valley Foods, Dean Milkman Delivery and Star Egg in Saskatchewan.

Consumers can find the bright red Free Bird egg cartons featuring Free Bird’s mascot “Freeda”, a happy Free Bird hen in the egg sections at select B.C. grocery stores including T & T Supermarkets in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and Coquitlam; Nature’s Pickin’s and Lepp Farm Market in Abbotsford; Lee’s Market in Langley, Osaka in Richmond and West Vancouver, and Ora in Coquitlam. Free Bird Eggs are also available at Real Canadian Superstores in Saskatoon, Regina, Yorkton, Prince Albert and Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. The full list of Free Bird grocery retailers is available online at www.freebirdeggs.ca

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