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TORONTO, Aug. 6, 2019 /CNW/ - Puratos Canada, the Canadian arm of global Belgium-based ingredient supplier, Puratos, is working with the global team to bring its passion for great-tasting chocolate with a sustainable future to cocoa-producing regions by growing its Cacao-Trace program.

The Cacao-Trace sustainable cocoa sourcing program is not only about sustainability but is also about bringing the passion and commitment that Puratos has for providing great-tasting, high-quality chocolate to the industry. The unique focus on taste can only be achieved by being truly sustainable.

After the successful introduction of Cacao-Trace in Vietnam, Ivory Coast and the Philippines, Puratos recently launched the program in Papua New Guinea this past June. Its fifth region, Mexico has now started to ferment with Cacao-Trace standards and its first chocolate will be produced before the end of 2019.

"The Cacao-Trace program goes far beyond the average industry standards for sustainable chocolate by creating value throughout the supply chain, starting with the cocoa farmers down to customers," says Liesbet Vandepoel, Director of Marketing for Puratos Canada. "We are there on the ground, alongside farming communities to coach farmers to grow higher-quality cocoa and give guidance to run plantations in a more sustainable way."

Where the chocolate industry traditionally focuses on an increased quantity of dried cocoa beans, Cacao-Trace takes a different approach. Similar to wine, properly controlled fermentation is the key to great tasting quality chocolate.

Based on years of research, expert fermenters set new criteria for the fermentation process.  They collect the finest fresh beans and take control of the natural fermentation process in post-harvest centres to let the beans' original taste potential develop in the best possible way.

Closely monitoring the whole process, they adapt the fermentation sequence, time, moisture and temperature to result in different chocolate flavours made from the same beans. As fermentation is an essential step to produce delicious chocolate, this makes the difference between average and superior quality.

The Cacao-Trace program has all the elements of sustainable certification programs such as farmer field training, fair pricing and diversification of the farmer's production and revenues. But, Cacao-Trace does not stop there. Additionally, every year, farmers receive an added Chocolate Bonus. Per kilo of Cacao-Trace chocolate sold, C14¢ (10eurocents) goes to a Chocolate Bonus Counter which is redistributed every year entirely amongst the cocoa farmer community.

The Cacao-Trace chocolate offered by Puratos includes Belcolade and Carat; both available in Canada. Belcolade, the real Belgian chocolate, is one of the finest chocolates available on the market today while Carat offers a range of compound chocolate coatings. 

Puratos aims to inspire at least 50 per cent of its customers to switch to Cacao-Trace chocolate solutions by 2025. By this time, they are also looking to set up two new post-harvest centres in cocoa-producing regions yearly, thereby also considerably growing the number of farmers they support. 

 
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July 23, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Today, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth Julie Dabrusin visited Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre to highlight Government investments for a better food system, as part of the Food Policy for Canada.

As announced on June 17th by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Food Policy for Canada is the product of consultation and collaboration with more than 45,000 Canadians across the country.

The vision for the Food Policy for Canada developed through these consultations is: All people in Canada are able to access a sufficient amount of safe, nutritious and culturally diverse food. Canada’s food system is resilient and innovative, sustains our environment, and supports our economy.


To realize this vision, the Government of Canada is investing more than $134 million through Budget 2019 to support new initiatives in key action areas, including launching a $50 million Local Food Infrastructure Fund, designed to support community-led projects that improve access to safe, healthy and culturally diverse food. Starting August 15, 2019, eligible organizations will be invited to submit an application through the first intake period for non-repayable funding of up to $25,000.



The Food Policy also provides a coordinated and collaborative approach to tackle other pressing food issues that matter to Canadians, including combatting food security in the North, cracking down on the deliberate mislabeling of food, reducing food waste, launching a “Buy Canadian” promotion campaign for high-quality Canadian foods, and taking the first steps towards the creation of a National School Food Program.



The Food Policy for Canada aligns with the objectives of initiatives across the Federal Government, such as the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Heathy Eating Strategy<https://www.canada.ca/en/services/health/campaigns/vision-healthy-canada/healthy-eating.html>, and the Poverty Reduction Strategy<https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/poverty-reduction.html>, among others.


Quotes

“One in eight Toronto households experiences food insecurity. This is why we are taking action by increasing access to healthy food for all Canadians, regardless of income, through the Food Policy for Canada. I am excited for the many opportunities this policy can create as we work toward improving our food system locally, at organizations such as Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre, and across the country.”
-       Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth

“The Food Policy for Canada is our roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system for our country. The investments and initiatives in the food policy will contribute to economic growth, better nutrition and food security for all Canadians.”
-       The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts


 *   Applications under the first stream of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (Infrastructure and Equipment Improvement Projects) will be accepted between August 15 and November 1, 2019. This stream aims to enable small community-based organizations to improve their infrastructure and purchase equipment that is directly related to the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally local foods within their community.
 *   The Government is now engaging with potential applicants on the second stream of the Local Food Infrastructure Fund (Projects to Strengthen Local Food Systems), where applicants may receive up to $250,000 in non-repayable financial assistance for capital and food equipment. Interested organizations are invited to take part in the online consultation<https://agr.survey-sondage.ca/f/s.aspx?s=3f020bd5-8faa-438f-8bba-c5f846216f7b&lang=EN&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1>.
 *   The Food Policy will also help Canada meet its commitments under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, including to end hunger, promote good health, cut food waste, and encourage a sustainable food system.
 *   Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre is committed to improving food security in its Toronto community. Eastview offers several food distribution services which strive to meet basic food needs in a dignified manner, including a food bank and a drop-in meal program. It also supports several projects which aim to foster independent food access solutions in the community, such as a community kitchen, cooking classes, and urban agriculture programs. These project use food as a means to build community, capacity, and health.

Related Products

News Release: “Everyone at the Table!” Government of Canada announces the first-ever Food Policy for Canada<https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2019/06/everyone-at-the-table-government-of-canada-announces-the-first-ever-food-policy-for-canada.html>
Backgrounder: Food Policy for Canada<https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2019/06/food-policy-for-canada--backgrounder.html>

Associated Links

Food Policy for Canada<https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/food-policy.html>
Budget 2019: Introducing A Food Policy for Canada<https://www.budget.gc.ca/2019/docs/plan/chap-04-en.html#Introducing-a-Food-Policy-for-Canada>

 
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BEVERLY, Mass. – July 17, 2019 – LexaGene Holdings Inc.(OTCQB: LXXGF; TSX-V: LXG) (the “Company”), a biotechnology company that develops genetic analyzers for pathogen detection and other molecular markers, announced today that it has filed additional patents to protect the proprietary science and designs of the LX2™ technology.  

Three US patents have been recently filed, adding to the LexaGene intellectual property portfolio. The patent applications provide continuing and additional coverage to the technology of the unique sample prep DNA extraction method, the data and image processing algorithms and the fast microfluidic PCR functions of the instrument and system. This intellectual property advancement plus existing IP are continuing to provide LexaGene with a state-of-the-art, powerful and competitive low-cost platform for genetic testing.

Dr. Jack Regan, LexaGene’s CEO and Founder states, “Protecting our technology is critical for building value in the Company.  These patent applications further defend our LX technology as being the first sample-to-answer microfluidic genetic analyzer that utilizes disposable cartridges and bulk fluid reservoirs for rapid and cost-efficient PCR that can screen for many genetic targets at once.”

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