TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Second Harvest and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have been approved for $22 million to purchase and redistribute perishable food to communities across Canada, 10 per cent or more of which will be directed to northern communities.

Food that would otherwise be at risk of going to waste during the ongoing pandemic will be matched and distributed to local charities and non-profits across the country, such as shelters, community groups and meal programs, who help feed Canadians who need it most. The acquired food – including produce, eggs, meat and seafood – is being made available as early as this week through, a digital platform and mobile app created by Second Harvest to connect community groups with food resources.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our national systems of food production and distribution. With so many restaurants and food services shut down for months, Canadian farmers and food producers have been experiencing unprecedented surpluses of goods,” said Lori Nikkel, CEO of Second Harvest. “At the same time, more Canadians than ever are facing food insecurity, many wondering for the first time where their next meal might come from.”

This initiative would not have been possible without the generous $50 million contribution from the Government of Canada made to various food rescue organizations through the Surplus Food Rescue Program.

“Canadian farmers, ranchers and fishers don’t produce some of the best food in the world to let it go to waste,” said Ron Lemaire, CPMA President. “We know many communities are facing a change in demand for food services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When so many people are worrying about feeding and supporting their families, we can’t afford to let good, healthy food produced by Canadians go to landfills.”

“This is a win-win. Not only are we helping producers who cannot sell their goods to restaurants, but we are also aiding Canadians that have had to seek help from food banks. These eight impressive partnerships between food businesses and not-for-profit organizations, target those food commodities that had significant and urgent surpluses, making a difference both at the level of the producer and the food bank, from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” added Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

As Canada’s largest food rescue organization, Second Harvest has national resources and networks in place to recover perishable food from the supply chain and provide it to the charities and non-profits that redistribute within their communities to those who are hungry or food insecure.

Community groups of all kinds facing increased demand for food services and support should visit, where they can complete a simple application to be connected to potential food donors in their communities.

Organizations with a food surplus should also visit to be connected with local community groups in need and avoid needless waste during this time of great need. Together we can work to ensure that no Canadian is left behind.


Herndon, Va.; Aug. 20, 2020 – Two weeks after launching PACK EXPO Connects (Nov. 9-13), the excitement continues to build across the packaging industry, with over 300 exhibitors quickly committing and attendees awaiting the opportunity to register on Sept. 15. Early industry buy-in is evident to the event, which promises an exclusive interactive platform offering live product demonstrations, one-on-one chats and easy product searches – all based on months of intense planning and research to determine what potential attendees want from a web-based event.

Comments Jim Pittas, president and CEO, PMMI, “We’re excited about the pace of exhibitor commitments – a testament to packaging and processing equipment and materials suppliers’ confidence in this new event - and an assurance that PACK EXPO Connects will showcase a wealth of solutions.”

Produced by PMMI Media Group, PACK EXPO Connects already has more than 1,000 live video demos scheduled. With 1,000-plus current and prospective exhibitors participating in the Getting Started with PACK EXPO Connects webinar on Aug. 13, this number is expected to continue to grow. In addition to introducing PACK EXPO Connects, the webinar highlighted the key interactive features available to address what consumer packaged goods companies want from a virtual event based on PMMI Media Group research. It also provided a preview of the exclusive content that PMMI Media Group has planned for the event. 

“We want to ensure that PACK EXPO Connects delivers the value that exhibitors and attendees expect from PACK EXPO,” says Joe Angel, president, PMMI Media Group. “Our platform partner has added new functionality and other key improvements, based on our attendee research. The result is an experience that will rewrite the virtual event playbook, and we’re looking forward to sharing it with the packaging community.”

Presentations will start every morning with dynamic Jumpstart sessions. These fast-paced daily kickoffs will feature subject-matter experts and industry newsmakers discussing pressing topics with PMMI Media Group editors, including:

  • Monday - Sustainable Packaging and Processing Landscape
  • Tuesday - Workforce Equality & The Socially Responsible Brand
  • Wednesday - The Robot Revolution
  • Thursday - All Things Remote
  • Friday - E-commerce, Emerging Brands, Pharma/Medical Device Packaging Updates and Contract Packaging
  • Monday through Thursday, education opportunities will include Innovation Stage presentations to inform attendees on exhibitor’s latest innovations, and 15-minute Trend Chats between industry experts, covering everything from Cannabis to Digital Printing to Track and Trace for Pharma and Food. Each day will wrap up with a Daily Download recap from PMMI Media Group editors as they highlight can’t miss showcases and demos, the latest innovations and thought-provoking sessions. Friday’s Solution Room will conclude the week’s programming with interactive discussions led by industry leaders on critical issues affecting many consumer packaged goods companies.

    Additional show features include winning entries from worldwide packaging competitions displayed in The Showcase of Packaging Innovations and ProFood World’s Sustainability Excellence and Manufacturing Innovation Awards.  

    PMMI will also recognize the Packaging & Processing Hall of Fame Class of 2020 during PACK EXPO Connects, celebrating packaging and processing professionals who have personally advanced the fields of packaging and/or processing.

    Along with exhibitor showrooms, PACK EXPO Connects will have a PMMI Showroom to engage interested exhibitors and attendees on all things PMMI, including membership, education, the OpX Leadership Network, PMMI Media Group and future show sales.

Attendee registration opens on Sept. 15. To sign up to exhibit or learn more, visit


CHICAGO, IllinoisAugust 12 2020 — Glanbia Nutritionals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Glanbia plc, is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Foodarom, a Canadian-based custom flavor designer and manufacturer servicing the food, beverage and nutritional product industries with turn-key flavors and formulation support. Foodarom comprises a flavor library of over 15,000 recipes and produces both liquid and powder products for various applications. Visit to learn more.

Foodarom wasfounded in 2006 as a private company by Pierre Miclette (CEO) and John Murphy (COO) and two shareholder investors. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, with additional production facilities in Salt Lake City and Bremen, Germany and with culinary laboratories in San Diego and Milan, Italy. The business employs 130 people. 

Foodarom is highly complementary to Glanbia Nutritionals’ solutions-based customer approach and focus areas, strengthening Glanbia’s capability in the area of flavors and nutritional solutions. The knowledge and experience of the combined R&D teams will further strengthen Glanbia’s growing position in flavors, and further enhance Glanbia’s ability to provide optimized ingredient systems to its customers.  

“We recently shared our ambition to scale the flavors area of our business and are we are very pleased to announce this acquisition of Foodarom,” said Brian Phelan, CEO of Glanbia Nutritionals. “We are excited to welcome their 130–strong team to Glanbia with their exceptional reputation and commitment to flavor excellence.  I am delighted with the significant additional capabilities we will be able to offer the customers of both organizations by joining our great teams together.”

“Foodarom begins a new journey full of excitement and surrounded by its greatest asset, its employees!” said Pierre Miclette, CEO of Foodarom. “This new chapter in our story is an important step forward that will contribute to Foodarom’s development.”


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Join us on September 24th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for the BC Food & Beverage 2020 live virtual Awards Show. This year, we recognize that the BC Food & Beverage Awards represents not only excellence, but hope, resilience, and an opportunity to set aside the current crisis and join together, to share in a positive experience with hundreds of industry professionals from across BC. We look forward to enaging and have a few laughs with you as we celebrate the food and beverage industry! RSVP to get your free acess code to watch the livestream on September 24th.


Award Finalists We would like to thank all who participated in the award nominations, there were so many amazing companies, leaders and products. Congratulations to our award finalists!

Innovation - Sponsored by Reliance Insurance

·         Cascadia Seaweed

·         The Liberty Distillery


Leadership - Sponsored by FCC

·         Christine Coletta of Okanagan Crush Pad

·         Duke Greenstein of Golden Boy Foods

·         Robin Smith of Food West Consulting

Rising Star - Sponsored by Summit Labels

·         Cathline James of Wise Bites

·         Connie Marples of Boosh Foods

·         Andrea Butterworth of Paracanna Foods Inc.

Sustainability - Sponsored by Vancity

·         Coastal Shellfish LP

·         Conagra Brands Canada Inc.

·         Susgrainable

People First: Health, Safety & Culture Excellence - Sponsored by Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC

·         Aryzta

·         Vitalus Nutrition Inc

·         Sleeman Breweries Ltd

Export - Sponsored by EDC

·         Hardbite Chips

·         Herbaland Natural Products

·         Natural Skinny Foods

Best in Brand - Sponsored by CREW Marketing Partners

·         Left Coast Naturals, Hippie Snacks

·         Hunter Browns

·         JusTea

Product of the Year - Sponsored by MNP

·         Boosh Food - Hearty Shepards Pie

·         FARAFENA - Nut-Free Tiger Butter

·         FreeYumm Foods - Zesty Cheeeze Crackers

·         Hippie Snacks - Cheezy Chive Almond Crisps

·         Kindred Cultures - Strawberry Rosehip Kefir

·         Lumette! - London Dry

·         Sheringham Distrillery - Seaside Gin

·         Spread'Em Kitchen - Cashew-Almond Firm Cheeze Blocks and Firm Cheeze Blocks

·         The KB Honey Family - Bee Complete

·         Yoggu Foods - Dairy-free Coconut Yogurt  

To be revealed on September 24th

·         Member of the Year Induction - Sponsored by BCFB

·         Hall of Fame Induction - Sponsored To by GLBC-Ideon Packaging


EDMONTON, AB, Aug. 12, 2020 /CNW/ - Canada's farmers and agri-food producers have been hit hard by COVID-19. The Government of Canada has taken significant action to help them through this difficult period, and is committed to giving them the tools they need to be part of our economic recovery and emerge stronger and more competitive than before. Innovation is essential to making this a reality, which is why the government is working closely with producers and organizations to help them create jobs and increase production.

Federal support to help agri-food companies develop new products, create jobs

Today, Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced more than $2.6 million in federal funding for the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, Alberta.

This investment will support the installation of equipment specifically focused on supporting companies to develop new plant-based foods and products. Plant-based foods represent a significant economic opportunity for western Canadian firms seeking to meet growing global and consumer demands for protein-rich foods that are healthy and environmentally sustainable. With Western Canada already producing high-protein pulse crops such as peas, lentils, and chickpeas, the goal of this initiative is to enable agri-food producers to turn these crops into higher value ingredients or finished products before exporting them to markets around the globe.

Operated by the Government of Alberta, the Food ProcessingDevelopment Centre is a fully equipped pilot plant and product development facility. It is staffed with experienced food scientists, engineers, and technologists who work with businesses to develop and fine-tune their products. Over the next four years, Government of Canada support will enable the Centre to assist approximately 100 small- and medium-sized companies, and potentially bring up to 30 new products to market.


"The wellbeing of all Canadians—physically, socially, and economically—begins with a safe food supply. Western Canada's farmers and agri-food businesses are essential to this, and we're here for them. This investment will help ensure Alberta's agri-food companies can access critical resources needed to develop new products and capitalize on new market opportunities for plant-based foods. Initiatives such as this are vital to enabling our agri-food companies to scale up, support good jobs, and ultimately ensure the security of the safe, nutritious food supply we all rely on."
-   The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada

"This funding will help Alberta's agri-food producers innovate, expand, and create value-added products for market. With this investment, Western Economic Diversification Canada is helping to create a reliable and secure food supply chain in Western Canada that is providing employment for residents across the region."
Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (Western Economic Diversification Canada) and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Canada Water Agency)

"Agriculture is a critical piece in Alberta's Recovery Plan which aims to attract more than $1.4 billion in value-added processing. This investment will enhance the Food Processing Development Centre, which is staffed with experienced food scientists, engineers and technologists who work with entrepreneurs to develop and fine-tune their products, ultimately strengthening and expanding the capability of Alberta's food processors to meet the challenges of the marketplace. Alberta fully recognizes the value of the Centre and has invested nearly $100 million in it since 1984. We welcome this funding from the federal government which will support Alberta's plan to attract investment by focusing on sustainable growth and diversity in our crop and food production sectors, while creating stable jobs for Albertans at a time when they need it most."
Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Quick Facts

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is investing $2,682,249 towards the Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc, Alberta.
  • The funding provided by WD will be used to purchase, install and operate fractionation equipment to complement and complete processes currently available to the private sector at the Food Processing Development Centre.
  • The additional equipment and technical expertise will provide plant protein product innovation and value add to commodity and semi-processed agricultural and food products. The Centre will help western Canadian small- and medium-sized firms to enter the plant protein market by providing access to the needed equipment and technical support services to develop their products, prior to investing the large amount of capital required for a full-scale processing facility.
  • In addition to WD funding, the Government of Alberta is also investing more than $919,000 towards this project, with industry partners providing more than $700,000.

Associated Links

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


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