BCEgg blue CMYK 300wFood Banks BC is the recipient of a significant donation of eggs from BC’s egg farmers. As the economy took a hit due to COVID-19, food bank usage increased. BC’s egg farmers knew they had to do something to help. As a result, BC Egg, the organization representing all registered egg farmers in the province, will donate 25,000 dozen eggs to Food Banks BC each week.

“As we started to see the huge number of job losses caused by COVID-19, we knew the food banks would be seeing more clients as people looked for assistance feeding their families,” says Gunta Vitins, BC Egg Board Chair. “We’re farmers – we produce nutritious food every day. We couldn’t let people go hungry when we have the ability to help.”

Thanks to partnerships with egg graders: Island Eggs, Farmer Ben’s and Golden Valley, each of the Food Banks’ five hubs in BC receive a weekly supply of eggs. Individual food banks pick up the eggs, along with other nutritious food, from the hubs to support their clients.

Food Banks BC logo 300w“Our food bank network is thrilled with this gift of eggs! Protein is always one of the most sought after items by food banks and their clients,” says Laura Lansink, Executive Director of Food Banks BC. “Now, thanks to the generosity of our BC egg farmers and BC Egg, we will be sharing these eggs with communities all over BC. For the more than 100,000 individuals, families and children that need the assistance of a food bank every month, particularly at this challenging time, having fresh eggs couldn’t be more appreciated!”

All egg farmers in BC are sharing in the cost of this donation. Farmers know the importance of having access to nutritious food and stepped up to make sure all our neighbours around the province can feed their families at this challenging time.




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BC Egg is a non-profit organization representing 144 registered egg farmers throughout BC. Since its inception in 1967, BC Egg and egg farmers remain dedicated to ensuring that the choice of eggs reaching BC communities is safe, sustainable, nutritious, and affordable.

Food Banks BC a registered charity and is the Provincial Association of BC’s Food Banks. It exists to support, assist and empower its 100 BC member food banks with food, funding and education.


TORONTO, May 25, 2020 /CNW/ - Today, Food and Beverage Ontario announces a new campaign, Frontline Food Facts, designed to connect with employees of Ontario's food and beverage processing industry and consumers across Canada. The campaign has been designed to build confidence with frontline workers concerned about occupational health and safety; and provide assurances to Canadians on the continued supply of safe, high quality food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our Government recognizes the integral role that the women and men who are working across the food and beverage sector play in ensuring Canadians have access to quality and affordable food," said Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. "It is important that workers in our food sector know they are safe and we will be there every step of the way to support their safety, their stability and their growth."

"The Ontario government is dedicated to the health and safety of our workers in the food and beverage processing sector, especially in these challenging times," said Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "This project is another example of our commitment to a critical part of food supply chain so they can continue to keep store shelves stocked and food on kitchen tables."

Ontario's food and beverage processing industry is the province's largest manufacturing sector employer with approximately 125,000 employees. Workplace occupational health and safety measures are protecting frontline workers, but COVID-19 is taking its toll on employee confidence. The resulting absenteeism is increasing at a concerning rate, impacting production volumes and business sustainability.

"The pressure on businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak has been extraordinary but the commitment by food workers to keep Canadians fed has never faltered," said Norm Beal, CEO, Food and Beverage Ontario. "That said, people are understandably concerned about the future, and food workers are no exception. Our campaign will make certain frontline workers feel valued and protected, and consumers stay informed."

Frontline Food Facts will provide Ontario's food and beverage processor businesses with credible information and support to build and maintain strong frontline teams. The campaign will also leverage Ontario's network of workforce development organizations and employer-employee gateways to reach job seekers. A plan to connect with consumers will provide assurances and clarity around food supply.

To learn more about Frontline Food Facts visit the website and follow us on on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.

This project will receive up to $198,000 in cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.


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BCFB Virtual Town Hall: Working with retailers to forecast your sales during COVID19

Hosted by BC Food & Beverage with SKUFood

Thursday, May 21 from 11-12:15 PM

Registration link:

Join us and Peter Chapman of SKUFood on May 21st to learn what retailers are focused on and how you can meet or exceed their needs.

We know sales are up substantially in retail. Retailers and consumers are looking for more of some products and less of others.

At this session you will:

·         Understand retailer priorities

·         Learn how you can forecast your sales in this new environment

·         Adjust to the new priorities of your customers.

·         Build long-standing relationships with your customers.

About Peter Chapman:

Peter Chapman understands the food industry and he works hard to figure out where it is going. Peter’s experience includes both sides of the desk. Prior to working with suppliers and launching SKUFood, Peter worked for 19 years with Canada's largest food retailer, Loblaw. He is committed to using this experience to help producers and processors understand retailers and consumers. Peter is the author of A la cart; a supplier’s guide to retailers’ priorities and has provided food industry insights to Canadian Grocer, The Globe & Mail, Maclean's magazine and Canada AM. His ultimate goal is to help you get your products onto the shelf and into the shopping cart.

Register today!

Thank you for your time,

Sandra Lee
Communications & Event Coordinator

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May 20, 2020

The 2200 Production Interface launched today reduces the risk of rework and recalls by minimizing the scope for operator error, since label data and formats can be more easily controlled. Downtime is reduced by the ability to preview and adjust labels digitally. It is also improved by a large intuitive touchscreen which helps operators work more quickly.

With downtime, rework and recalls eating into profits, manufacturers need to minimize these elements. The 2200 Series Print & Apply (P&A) labeling system for cases and pallets has long been proven to save up to six days downtime per year. Today’s launch builds on this through a combination of new features which limit the potential for operator error, speeding up changeovers even further while reducing rework and recall likelihood.

Traditionally, labels have been created and stored away from the production line. Untrained or distracted operators can make mistakes by picking the wrong product label and/or inputting the wrong data from the remote location (e.g. in an office or separate line PC). With no label preview function at printer level, mistakes can only be spotted after printing has started, resulting in production stops and rework; undetected, this can result in recalls.

The Production Interface minimizes scope for such mistakes and accelerates changeovers. It also makes case and pallet labeling less resource-intensive to manage, freeing up operators to do other, higher priority activities.

The improved storage capacity means labels can now more effectively be stored en masse at printer level with limited image editing capabilities, protecting layout and data integrity, while increasing speed. Enhanced connectivity also makes it easier for label formats and data to be retrieved, on demand, from a remote location directly to the printer via the CoLOS ® information management system, for even greater accuracy and efficiency.

Incorrect label selection by operators can also be eliminated by enabling keyboard-free label selection and variable data updating through a connection to a hand-held barcode reader which could, in turn, be linked to a production manifest.

The Production Interface’s large touchscreen also shows exactly how variable content will appear on the eventually printed label. If needed, operators can easily make six types of minor adjustments, such as label position and print contrast, digitally via the interface. In other labelers such setting changes can be so difficult to access that operators commonly resort to manually moving the printer product sensor which can result in equipment damage and personal injury.

The highly streamlined and intuitive, full-color interface also makes it quicker and easier to switch between jobs and deal with other printer issues. Operators are no longer distracted by extraneous detail of limited use in day-to-day printing. Available in
‎ 10.1 inch (261 mm) or 15.6 in (396 mm) touchscreens, color-coded printer statuses are more visible at a distance so problems can be spotted and addressed without delay.

Warnings and alerts can easily be viewed in the user’s chosen language which also speeds up problem resolution, without needing to look up complex error codes.

The entry-level Production Interface can control one 2200 Series P&A system while the advanced version can handle two on the same or different lines. The CoLOS Line Terminal variant can manage up to four printers of any type (not just P&A) while also deploying other applications, such as COLOS Mark & Read and CoLOS Printer Performance, for the ultimate solution in accuracy, traceability and efficiency.

To watch an animation illustrating the benefits, please click here .

Or, for information on the 2200 Series more generally, including case studies, please visit: https://www.markem-imaje. c o m /2200-series


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