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MONTRÉAL, June 1, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - As the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt on the supply chain for consumer products, we are reminded of the importance of having local, healthy and sustainable options on grocery shelves. To help support Québec's food and agriculture sector, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ (the "Fonds") is investing $7.35 million in the InvestEco Sustainable Food Fund III that has reached $100 million in capital commitments.       

Founded in 2002, InvestEco has increasingly focused on sustainable food and agriculture. Today, the sector is the firm's principle focus, as it has invested in many leading brands across North America. Roxanne Turcotte, Venture Partner, ensures a strong presence for InvestEco in Québec.

"The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic consequences show us how important it is to have a strong agrifood sector. With an investment portfolio that includes producers like Lufa Farms and agtech firm Hortau, we at the Fonds are well aware of the venture capital needed to support the sector's start-ups. As InvestEco is focused on this key sector of our economy, investing in its Sustainable Food Fund III was an easy call to make," commented Patrice Jolivet, Vice-President for Investments - Agri-Food & Health, at the Fonds.

"Led by managing partners Andrew Heintzman and Alex Chamberlain, InvestEco has a impressive track record in North America as a specialized fund. They have shown that sustainability and growth can go hand-in-hand. We are thrilled to add InvestEco to our portfolio of specialized funds," added Didier Leconte, Vice-President, Investments - Life Sciences and Funds of Funds, at the Fonds.

"We are delighted to receive the support of Fonds de solidarité FTQ," said Andrew Heintzman, Managing Partner of InvestEco. "With this new Fund we are excited to be able to continue our work of backing talented entrepreneurs who are promoting healthier food systems and a more sustainable world."

 
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ROCKFORD, IL, JUNE 1, 2020 -- Promoting employee health by creating a COVID-19 safe workplace is the mission of GermBlock™ cough and sneeze shields from Rockford Systems. Now that same protection is available in a totally portable design thanks to new GermBlock caster kits. 

"Giving GermBlock shields mobility is valuable where employees need physical separation in close proximity, such as working on assembly lines or in between fixed work stations whereby work patterns change," explained Carrie Halle, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development. "They are a safe, cost-saving solution for locations where a permanently mounted shield is not practical or in a dynamic work environment."

GermBlock shields provide a physical barrier to help prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, as well other harmful germs, liquid splashes and flying debris, by blocking airborne droplets. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that employers should have a COVID-19 health and safety plan to protect employees that includes placing barriers and partitions (e.g., cough and sneeze guards) between people working in close proximity.

Available in 36-inch and 48-inch width versions, castor kits attach to GermBlock floor-mount shields so they can be easily moved to assist with social distancing and germ control. Attaching the casters to a GermBlock shield not only permits effortless movement with a 360-degree turning radius, it also provides more stability to the shield due to a lower center of gravity. The food-grade, polyurethane casters are 4-inches in diameter, with two wheels being fixed and two wheels that swivel 360 degrees. Foot-controlled brakes lock the swivel wheels' motion and rotations securely into place for safe use.

Rockford Systems caster kits are manufactured with 1/4-inch 304 stainless steel. As with all GermBlock products, a standard version is available, as well as a clean-room model that meets the USDA and FDA standards for clean-room compatibility.

Halle added, "We are amazed at the range of customer applications that come across our order desk, from temporary walls in office cubicles, to work station dividers on assembly lines, to psychologists placing a shield in between the doctor and patient. The potential applications are infinite."

All GermBlock cough and sneeze shields and caster kits are stainless steel, easy to clean, Made in the USA, feature a 1-year warranty, and can be fulfilled in 2-3 weeks. Custom sizes are available to meet any application.

For immediate assistance, call 800-922-7533 or visit: www.rockfordsystems.com/product/germblock-cough-and-sneeze-shields/

 
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WILMINGTON, Del, May 28, 2020 – DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences (DuPont) has announced a new enzyme solution for adjunct liquefaction: AMYLEX® 6T. The innovative enzyme enables numerous business gains for breweries and distilleries alike including the ability to expand into new segments with locally-sourced raw materials, improve productivity, maximize yield, ensure consistent quality and ultimately increase profitability.

“Every brewer faces unique challenges that can have significant impacts on brewing processes ranging from climatic conditions to variations in raw material availability and quality,” said Jens Eiken, global product manager, Brewing & Distilling Enzymes, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “Our enzymes help breweries adapt to various barriers, while maximizing efficiency, consistency and quality in every brew. For distillers, the emphasis is on continuous process improvement and higher productivity, yet the advantages are similar to those for breweries.”

AMYLEX® 6T is the latest enzyme to meet the mark, precisely engineered with a high proportion of endo-alpha-amylase-activity to specifically target viscosity reduction, even for tannin-rich raw materials like sorghum which de-risks process issues. For brewers using 100% corn, it offers an even higher extract yield.

This novel solution also requires very low dosage, delivering 20% lower peak viscosity than the benchmark, up to 20% shorter liquefaction time at a very broad pH range (from pH 4.8 to 6.0) and a a higher-than-normal “first time right,” reducing the risk of costly production re-runs and wasted product. This enables potential for higher profits, additional opportunities for brewers to get creative with their brews and for distilleries to improve performance.

“Of course, the correct dosage of AMYLEX® 6T varies according to local conditions, adjunct type, water-to-grist ratio and brewing protocols,” added Eiken. “But its trial performance has been outstanding; we’ve experienced a significantly higher extract yield with a lower dosage of AMYLEX® 6T, as compared to the benchmark.”

Learn more about AMYLEX® 6T and DuPont’s full portfolio of brewing and distilling enzymes at biosciences.dupont.com/brewing

 
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ROSEMONT, IL, May 27, 2020 - COVID 19 has changed the world. In the wake of this pandemic, food manufacturers have stood up to the challenge of performing as an essential business and have shown the world how well the industry responds to a crisis; working together to maintain a safe work environment for the employee while producing safe food. The impact of COVID-19 will be addressed in both a newly created opening session for the Food Safety Summit and the Keynote Address by Will Daniels, President, Produce Division, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group who will discuss Back to Basics: Consumer Focused Food Safety. The rescheduled Summit will be taking place October 19-22, 2020 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com.

"The food industry has always risen to a crisis and taken a challenge head on. The result is usually very innovative and sometimes severe to reach the desired outcome. The COVID-19 pandemic response is no different. The food industry has stepped up the challenge and has developed some novel ways to protect their workforce," said Will Daniels. "Now is the time to change our paradigm and refocus on the consumer and their wellbeing. We must remember that the food we make goes into the mouths of the people we love and how important it is to have food safety programs that go above and beyond regulation to protect the consumer while still being profitable."

Some of the key themes Will Daniels will focus on include: the strong relationship between the cook and the consumer and how food safety is key to survival; how the industrialization of food has forced us to focus on costs and market share to compete and stay in business; and the impact of how government requires compliance to regulation that is designed to get rules that most everyone can live with, not necessarily the least amount of illness.

Daniels will answer such pressing questions as: What if we could use this time to change the way we think about our food safety programs and focus more on the consumer? Could we change the way our food system is subsidized and focus those dollars to food safety efforts? Can we personalize food safety in ways that makes the senior leadership in a company want to do more?

"We look forward to hearing from Will Daniels, who has been an integral part of our advisory board and always delivers impactful and insightful presentations, and we are certain this keynote will be timely and on-point," said Scott Wolters, Chief Events Officer, BNP Media, producers of the Summit. "In order to reach the largest audience, we are also pleased to announce that we will be offering this keynote presentation and other select sessions from the Summit as recorded sessions, which will be available for download post event."

In addition to this dynamic Keynote Presentation, the Summit's opening half day workshop will focus on COVID-19: The New Normal for the Food Industry where attendees will hear, learn and discuss first hand with subject matter experts from epidemiology, regulatory, distribution, manufacturing, foodservice and retail on what they did to address the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis for their organizations, customers and consumers. Attendees will hear what worked, what did not work from experts and those on the front lines such as  Steve Mandernach, Executive Director, Association of Food & Drug Officials;  Jorge Hernandez, VP, Quality Assurance, The Wendy's Company; Craig Wilson, VP, GMM, Costco, and others.

 

The Food Safety Summit is the leading interactive forum on food safety with an in-depth conference program offering solutions for today and planning for tomorrow. The Summit features the world's leading authorities examining the most up-to-date innovations in the food industry. The event will start on Monday, October 19 and will offer four certificate/certification programs followed by three days of interactive education sessions along with a trade show floor with hundreds of exhibiting companies, Community Hub, Tech Tent and Learning Lounge to facilitate networking with attendees.

Registration is now open at https://www.foodsafetystrategies.com/registration/rates. Register before August 31, 2020 for special early bird pricing. For the complete agenda, click here. For additional information about exhibiting at the Summit or sponsorship opportunities contact Kim Hansen, National Sales Manager at 248-786-1233 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For additional information about the education sessions, visit www.foodsafetysummit.com.

The Food Safety Summit is produced by BNP Media (www.bnpmedia.com), 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.

 
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May 27, 2020

The activity of meat manufacturers across North America continues to generate a lot of noise, with some processing plants from major companies such as Tyson and JBS resuming operations. Continued turbulence among meat packing players is likely to damage consumers’ trust in associated food products, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

According to the company’s latest COVID-19 adjusted forecasts, the global meat market will value US$1.3 trillion by the end of 2020, reflecting a year-on-year (YoY) decline of 5.3%*. This is a stark contrast to the expected robust baseline growth the industry was experiencing pre-pandemic. Prior to COVID, the global meat industry was expected to grow at an annual rate of 2.6% over 2020 to reach a value of $1.4 trillion**.

Carmen Bryan, Consumer Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Meat is a staple food in many cultures worldwide, thus the global downturn is evident of the current uncertainty and supply disruptions many markets are facing. Although production will stabilize in the long-term, a full recovery to a pre-COVID-19 value is unlikely.”

COVID-19 is reported to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China. As a result, animal-borne diseases have been put under the spotlight, which will influence consumers purchasing habits, particularly in terms of supply and distribution of meat-based products. In fact, 85% of global consumers are heavily influenced by how trustworthy a product or a service is***.

Bryan continues: “Demand for transparent and clean practices from consumers has gained a lot of traction in recent years, and is leading to significant change across nearly all FMCG markets. A crisis such as this is likely to shape the meat industry off the back of consumer demand, particularly as it involves public health and safety.”

Furthermore, since the virus outbreak, 44% of global respondents admitted that they do not trust products that are made or imported from China at this time****. Meat products in the US could follow a similar trend should the current crisis and infection rate not be quelled.

Bryan adds: “The fast rate of infection that meat processing facilities have exhibited, combined with the seemingly powerlessness from players to stop it, will play into current concerns over meat related diseases and packaging. As a result, some consumers may opt to avoid buying meat products, at least whilst under lockdown. The threat is that, should these challenges persist, it may lead to new buying behaviors, with consumers increasingly turning to meat alternatives, and sticking with them in the long-term.”

 

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