MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) today called on political candidates and party leaders to ensure the next government strengthens Canada's largest manufacturing employer. 

Nearly 300,000 workers rely on the sector, which is also the overall top employer in rural Canada.  Yet, barriers to growth cost Canada 12 jobs in the sector every single day between 2012 and 2017. 

FCPC CEO Michael Graydon said: "Food is fundamental to Canada's families, farmers, economy, and environment.  We employ more people than any other manufacturing sector, and we have taken bold steps to deliver products Canadians rely on, more sustainably than ever before."

"Our commitments are ambitious," Graydon continued, "and we need government to enable an environment that makes Canada a food powerhouse now and for the future."

To remove barriers that raise food costs and impede growth, FCPC is calling on the next government to:

  • Modernize regulations: With 140,000 regulations at the federal level alone, Canada's red tape impedes innovation and competitiveness, hurting Canadian jobs and limiting the choices on grocery store shelves.
  • Enable innovation: Canada has the potential to be a global leader in innovative food and packaging solutions that address our most pressing challenges. However, current policies are driving away opportunity, with four in five new products sold on Canadian shelves developed abroad.
  • Increase access to foreign markets: Canada must negotiate and implement ambitious free trade agreements that diversify access to consumers around the world, creating new demand for the high-quality goods Canadian workers produce.
  • Level the playing field between manufacturers and retailers: With five companies controlling more than 80% of grocery stores, farmers, food manufacturers, grocers, and government must work together to find a balance that works for everyone.

Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) is the voice of the Canadian food, beverage and consumer products industry. We represent more than 100 food, beverage, and consumer product businesses of all sizes.

Food processing is the largest employer in the manufacturing sector in Canada, directly employing nearly 300,000 workers in over 6,000 manufacturing facilities from coast to coast. We contribute nearly $29 billion annually to Canada's economy and provide safe, high-quality products found in virtually every single home in Canada. 

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VANCOUVER, BC – SEPTEMBER 18, 2019- BC Food and Beverage (formerlyBCFPA) is excited to announce the 2019 BC Food and Beverage Award Winners, presented at the Gala Dinner, on September 17, 2019, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

The award winners are as follows:

2019 BC Food & Beverage Products Of The Year:

Gold:Lita’s Mexican Foods - Tinga Taco Meal Kit - Jackie Thomas & Angelio Santos

Silver:Moonshine Mama’s Kitchens Ltd. - Tumeric Elixir - Melinda Divers

Bronze:FATSO Peanut Butter- Crunchy Salted Caramel - Jill Van Gyn

Most Innovative Product of the Year:52° North - Natural Birch Sap - Sarah Wall

The 2019 Product of the Year winners were selected by a panel of expert judges including Mijune Pak, Top Chef Canada, Ken Clark, Overwaitea Food Group, Danny Marcowicz, Executive Chef, White Spot Canada, Daryle Nagata, Premium Brands Holdings, Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail and Ryan Moreno, Joseph Richard Group.

The other awards presented at the Gala are as follows:

Sustainability Award:Farafena

Export Award:Organika Health Products

Innovation Award:SmartSweets

Leadership Award: Craig Ogilvie,ConAgra Foods Canada

Rising Star: Dionne Laslo-Baker,DeeBee’s Organics

People First:Ewos Canada Ltd.

Hall of Fame:7 Seas Seafood

Member of the Year, Processor:Quesava

Member of the Year, Associate:FASKEN


“This year we were blown away at both the quantity and quality of the nominations in what was the most competitive field I’ve seen for the awards in every category,” said James Donaldson, CEO of BC Food & Beverage. “The winners were all very deserving but had to overcome very tough competition – the panel of judges certainly had their work cut out for them!”

BC Food & Beverage congratulates all the nominees, finalists and winners.


VANCOUVER, B.C., September, 2019 -- Great Little Box Company Ltd. (GLBC) announced today that it has won 1st place and the coveted Judge’s Choice award in two categories at the AICC’s 2019 Independent Packaging Design Competition.   This biannual event features a variety of packaging categories providing a wider reach into the entire packaging market and idea diversity.

GLBC’s design for the Liquidity winery four bottle wine carrier not only won first place but the Judge’s Choice award in the category of Corrugated – Innovative Structural Design, Consumer and Industrial Focus.  In this category judges not only consider the design’s ease of assembly and set up, the quality and converting complexity but how the packaging met the customer’s needs.  For this project Liquidity was looking for a more attractive solution than the standard paper bag for carrying out purchased wines. It also needed to subtly but successfully upsell by encouraging tasters to fill it with four wines but also the beautiful design gives it a second life as a marketing tool.   The overall design ensured it accommodated and protected the various bottle shapes and sizes of Liquidity’s entire product offering. 

GLBC also won first place and the Judge’s Choice Award in the Folding Carton – Retail Food & Beverages & Alcohol Packaging category with their Harken Coffee Box design. Harken Coffee wanted to push the envelope in designing a unique experience for their retail coffee in their Japanese inspired roastery and restaurant.  They required the design to be from a sustainable paper substrate with an elegant minimalist style. This was achieved through a design that made the box appear seamless, beautiful gradient print and a high end soft touch tactile feel. 

Headquartered in Richmond, B.C., GLBC has established itself as a one source location for innovative and custom packaging and label solutions. Founded 37 years ago, the company is now comprised of a diverse workforce of 300 employees and growing.   Their talented Innovation Solutions Team and passionate production team was also honoured last month receiving 3 awards in the 33rd Annual Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards, which recognizes the highest level of printing quality and technical achievement across the full range of packaging segments; labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, corrugated packaging and displays.

 Entries were judged on functionality, print quality, and finishing attributes. 

In first place in the Corrugated – Flexo category GLBC won for the attractive and creative Tea
Runners e-commerce envelope.  In the Wine and Beer Labels category GLBC also won first place for the eye-catching creative of Red Truck Lager.  Finally in the Labels Digital category GLBC won third place for the foil embellished Honey Brew Kombucha from Iggy’s.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 18, 2019) – Global public health organization NSF International today announced it is providing a wide variety of independent testing, verification, auditing and certification services to manufacturers of consumer products containing hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). NSF subsidiary Quality Assurance International, Inc. (QAI), a USDA-accredited organic certifier, began offering organic certification of hemp and hemp-derived CBD products last month. Hemp and hemp-derived CBD are widely available in the United States in products ranging from dietary supplements, beverages and edibles to oils, creams and sprays.

“These products can be manufactured and marketed by small start-ups with little expertise in quality management, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and labeling requirements, which creates potential risk and confusion for consumers,” said Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at NSF International. “Even established brands may have limited experience sourcing, authenticating, producing and packaging products containing hemp or hemp-derived CBD.”

With scientific expertise and decades of experience in testing and certification in the relevant product categories, NSF International is uniquely qualified to serve the fast-growing hemp industry in the United States and protect consumers who use these products.

As is true for all ingredients, rigorous standards, validated tests and third-party audits are needed to protect consumers purchasing food, dietary supplements and personal care products containing hemp or hemp-derived CBD. Without rigorous requirements and testing, hemp and hemp-derived CBD products may contain:

  • Pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants
  • E. coli, Salmonella and other microbes
  • Undeclared ingredients
  • Quantities of ingredients that conflict with labled amounts
  • THC at more than 0.35 by dry weight

“As a mission-driven organization focused on protecting and improving human health, NSF International is committed to providing services that help manufacturers produce, process and package products made with hemp or hemp-derived CBD consistent with GMPs, appropriate quality-control procedures and applicable labeling requirements,” Bestervelt said.

NSF International and QAI are now offering the following services to manufacturers of food, dietary supplements and personal care products:

  • Raw ingredient verification
  • Raw material and single ingredient finished goods testing of hemp products to quantify CBD and confirm permissable levels of THC
  • GMP audits
  • USDA organic certification
  • Gap and consulting audits
  • Label compliance consulting
  • Training and education
  • NSF's non-GMO certification
  • NSF's certified gluten-free certification

“Consumers care about what’s in their food and how it was produced. That’s true for many different types of products, including ones that contain hemp and hemp-derived CBD,” said Sarah Krol, Director of Food Safety Certification at NSF International. “Independent certification from QAI and NSF gives consumers confidence in the products they choose because they know we’ve taken a very close look at those certified products and the way they were grown, processed or handled. Certification provides a level of transparency and trust that consumers simply can’t get any other way.”

Beginning in October 2019, NSF International plans to offer the following additional services for products containing hemp or hemp-derived CBD:

  • Certification to the American National Standard for Dietary Supplements: NSF/ANSI 173
  • Toxicologic evaluation
  • Supplier assurance audits
  • Verification of food safety programs involving hemp and hemp-derived CBD
  • Evaluation and/or certification of food equipment used for hemp and hemp-derived CBD
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 audits for facilities

“Our toxicology team is currently working to identify an upper safety limit for CBD in dietary supplements,” said David Trosin, General Manager of NSF’s dietary supplements program. “Once that permissible level is identified, we will begin certifying supplements that contain hemp and hemp-derived CBD.”


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