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OTTAWA, ON, Dec. 18, 2023 /CNW/ - Following its recent meeting of the Board of Directors, Food Producers of Canada (FPC) announced the appointment of Mr. Irv Teper, CEO and Co-Founder of Concord Premium Meats, and Managing Director of Premium Brands Holdings LP, as Chair of the Board of Directors of Food Producers of Canada (FPC).   

"The appointment of Mr. Teper to Chairman comes as the Canadian food and beverage processing industry continues to face compounding cost increases and ongoing challenges.  His appointment marks the contribution of FPC to the growth and sustainability of the broader Canadian food manufacturing industry.   Mr. Teper's decades of business leadership combined with previous years of service as treasurer, FPC, positions him well to lead our board and organization through our next phase of growth and industry representation.  FPC remains committed to advocating for food-based businesses through collaborative initiatives with all Canadian food value chain stakeholders." -  Ms. Denise Allen, President & CEO, FPC. 

FPC announced the following new board members and appointments:

Mr. John Allard, General Manager, Laminacorr, Treasurer, FPC, Mr. Mahendra Bungaroo, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer, Upper Crust, Mr. Jamie Falcao, Vice President, Reuven International, and Mr. Darren McFadgen, Owner, Operator McFadgen's Bakery.

Mr. John Allard, General Manager, Laminacorr.  Having held senior positions at Delta Daily Foods, Fleury Michon America, and Lanthier Bakery, John brings extensive experience across food manufacturing.  

Mr. Mahendra Bungaroo, CFO & CAO, Upper Crust is an accomplished finance executive who brings expertise in finance, supply chain management in food manufacturing, and expertise in both retail & wholesale distribution. 

Mr. Jamie Falcao, Vice President, Reuven International, brings over thirty-five years of experience in all aspects of the poultry business with a specific knowledge base within supply-managed industries. 

Mr. Darren McFadgen, owner, operator McFadgen's Bakery, is a third-generation family bakery business serving both local businesses and Canadian national retailers.

 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rogers Sugar Inc. (the “Company” or “Rogers Sugar”) (TSX: RSI) today announced that the Public and Private Workers of Canada (PPWC) Local 8 representing workers at the Company’s Vancouver refinery has rejected the latest global proposal by the Company.

The Company provided the following statement:

“Rogers Sugar has repeatedly communicated to the union that continuous operation at the Vancouver refinery is essential to preserve and create jobs, meet growing market demand, and to ensure the future of the plant. The status quo is simply not an option. Unfortunately, the parties have not been able to come to an agreement on the fact that, to survive in the long term, the plant needs to move to continuous operation.

We have put forward our best efforts to resolve the current impasse, including offering several improvements during negotiations. We are disappointed that an acceptable solution has not been found. Given the union bargaining committee’s current position, at this time we are pausing negotiations.

We take our responsibility in supplying our customers very seriously. We are taking measures to find solutions that meet their ongoing requirements in the short term as well as in the longer term. There is an ample supply of white sugar in the market, and we have restarted the production of brown sugar in Vancouver.

We are operating the Vancouver refinery at a reduced capacity, and we have sufficient raw sugar on site to continue to do so until May 2024 if necessary.

Rogers Sugar remains fully committed to reaching a mutually agreeable resolution that secures a strong future for the plant and its employees and returns the facility to full production as soon as possible. However, we are firm in our objective to support the long-term growth in the Canadian market which provides thousands of jobs in food manufacturing across Canada. We are hopeful that, by moving to continuous operation, the Vancouver plant can continue to be part of this long-term solution.”

 
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The Process Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (PEMA) Nominating Committee selected Robert to serve as interim treasurer until March 1, 2024. The Board of Directors approved the nomination unanimously, and Robert will fulfill the treasurer role until March 1, 2024, along with continued fiduciary duties as a member of the Board. He has been nominated for the position of vice president to be voted upon by all PEMA members on March 1.

Robert strives to be actively involved in industry associations having served in multiple positions in PEMA. He is the President and CEO of Bunting®, a company that bears his family’s name. Bunting® founded in 1959 by Walter Bunting in Chicago, is one of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of magnetic separators, metal detectors, materials handling, magnetic printing cylinders, magnets, magnet assemblies, and magnetizing equipment. The company, headquartered in Newton, Kansas, has multiple locations including Bunting-Elk Grove Village; Bunting-DuBois; Bunting-Berkhamsted and Bunting-Redditch in the United Kingdom; and Ningbo, China.

PEMA. formed in 1960, brings together companies that supply equipment and systems that are used by process industries, including but not limited to food, chemical, pharmaceutical, wastewater treatment, paint and coatings, agribusiness, ceramics, metals, plastics, wood, pulp, and paper, environmental, building products and mining/minerals. PEMA is the premier trade association for North American manufacturers of processing equipment. It is focused on connectivity. PEMA provides member interaction, business alliance expansion, industry knowledge, and professional cooperation.

For further information, contact us at Bunting, PO Box 468, Newton, KS 67114 (316) 284-2020 or (800) 835-2526

 
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Wolfertschwenden, 14 December 2023 – Exhibiting at Anuga FoodTec 2024 under the motto “Multiply Your Value“, the MULTIVAC Group will be presenting its wide range of innovative processing and packaging solutions for the food sector. The focus will be on its comprehensive slicing range and integrated lines, which contribute significantly to making production processes very efficient and resource-saving thanks to their high level of automation and digitalisation. Visitors will find the MULTIVAC Group in Hall 8.1 (Stand C10), as well as in a marquee on the open-air site, where the processing machines will be shown in live operation.

Wide slicing range for all types of sliced products

Showing a fully automated, high performance line for slicing and packaging sausage and cheese slices, MULTIVAC will be presenting itself as a supplier of complete solutions – from processing through to end-of-line. The MULTIVAC Line Control (MLC) throughout the entire line enables all the process stages to be operated very efficiently from one central point – from slicing through to loading into the thermoforming packaging machine and subsequent converging of the packs, and right up to inspection, labelling and container loading. Recipe changes "on the fly" will be demonstrated at the trade fair, which significantly reduce start-up losses during product changes, and this therefore saves resources and production costs.

When it comes to slicing and packaging small to medium-sized batches, a flowpack line will be on show at the trade fair, and this consists of a new entry-level slicer and the universal W 510 flowpacker, which is characterised by its ease of operation and cleaning. The line at the trade fair will feature cheese slices being packed.

Packaging of fresh meat and ready meals

For those visitors interested in the cost-effective portioning and packaging of fresh meat, a thermoforming packaging line will be shown, which offers a very high level of flexibility, small give-away and low packaging costs. The heart of the line is a new high-output portioning machine from TVI, of which the main features are maximum product yield, the finest cutting quality and weight precision, together with a new type of weight sorting system for equal portions with the smallest give-away. The compact R3 thermoforming packaging machine is used for packing the portions, and this machine can also run recyclable and environmentally-friendly mono materials very efficiently, as well as being capable of being designed to customers' individual requirements thanks to its modular construction. The line is also equipped with a new cross web labeller for compact thermoforming packaging machines, which offers a high level of efficiency at low investment cost. All the process stages – portioning, infeeding, packing and labelling – can be controlled via the central MLC line control.

When it comes to traysealing, MULTIVAC will be presenting a line for packing ready meals, which offers outstanding performance with exceptionally efficient use of the available production space. A full wrap label, which encloses all four sides of the pack like a sleeve, ensures that the packs are labelled attractively.

Entry-level solutions for small and medium-sized processors

In addition to this, MULTIVAC will also be giving an insight at the trade fair into its wide range of compact solutions for the food industry. A number of different packs, including skin, MAP and stretch, will be demonstrated on a range of compact traysealers. And when it comes to packing fruit and vegetables, an innovative concept called Top Close labelling will be shown, which enables fresh produce trays to be sealed closed with a label in a very resource-saving way.

Solutions for the bakery industry

Thanks to its more powerful drive system, the ROLLFIX prime dough sheeter from FRITSCH can take portions of dough weighing up to about 20 kilograms. A double spindle on the delivery roller provides even greater power, and with its selectable infeed speed it enables a greater degree of flat rolling to be achieved. The intuitive control concept makes the operation of the machine exceptionally easy. The sheeting programs can be created quickly and easily, and they are saved very transparently with the corresponding product image and name in the machine's memory. The stainless steel construction not only provides a high level of mechanical sturdiness and therefore a longer lifespan, it also contributes to the machine's outstanding hygiene features. Fresh products will be baked daily in an open bakery.

In addition to this, the MULTIVAC Cooling@Packing System, a vacuum application for cooling bakery products, which can be integrated into thermoforming packaging machines, and enables sensitive bakery products to be packed without any loss of quality, will also be shown in Cologne. By packing the product immediately after baking, a higher level of freshness and longer shelf life can be achieved. Energy costs for product cooling can also be saved, and shorter baking time means that production capacity can be increased. And last but not least, one of the many features of this solution is the reduced space requirement in bakeries.

Processing solutions in live operation

Another exhibition area in a marquee on the open-air site (in front of Hall 8.1) is dedicated by the MULTIVAC Group to the portioning of fresh meat and the slicing of processed meats and cheese. There machines will be shown in live operation, including various portioning machines of the GMS series, which produce trim-free portioning thanks to their 3D forming, as well as MULTIVAC slicers in different output categories.

 
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MONTRÉAL, Dec. 12, 2023 /CNW/ - Labatt Breweries of Canada is investing $6 million in heat recovery and energy productivity innovation in its Montreal brewery—an enhancement contributing significantly towards the decarbonization of the brewing process through reduced energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will have a significant impact on the energy infrastructure of the plant, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30%, optimizing existing energy infrastructure, and creating scalable solutions for future innovations in the brewery.

"Through this investment and working closely with project partners, we've taken significant steps toward decarbonizing our Montreal brewery," said Sarah Genetti, Vice-President of Procurement & Sustainability, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "With this progress towards carbon neutrality in our Montreal operations, we are another step closer to achieving our ambition of net zero by 2040 across all Labatt breweries coast to coast."

The new heat recovery system will convert previously unused heat expelled from Labatt's refrigeration systems and utilize that heat within the pasteurization process in brewing, in lieu of consuming additional energy to generate the heat needed during pasteurization.

This expenditure comes in conjunction with capital investments in two other Labatt breweries across the country this year—London and St. John's—to fund sustainable packaging innovations and increased production capacity. These investments combined with the Montreal announcement total $43.1 million invested in our operations from coast to coast in 2023.

 

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