Toronto, May 2, 2017 – Today, in the SIAL Innovation space at 10:30 a.m. during the first day of the show, the winner of the prestigious SIAL Innovation contest was unveiled in front of visitors and journalists!

Congratulations to Saffron Sugar Cube, Taj Food, Minami Inc. – Canada/Sri Lanka, booth #1219 who brought home the SIAL Innovation 2017 Grand Prize! Why this product? Saffron and sugar combines an interesting mix of flavours. Saffron Sugar Cube is 100% natural and sold in highly convenient re-sealable packaging!


The SIAL Innovation Contest: Exceptional Visibility for Businesses


A $120,000 value made available to winners:

  • Nielsen will      provide winners with a project worth $30,000 to help them get their      product to market.
  • The SIAL Network      will provide an exhibition space for free at all the SIALs, including      Paris 2018.

The winner will have the chance to travel around the world as they visit all of the SIAL network’s shows, which will be held in Canada, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Paris and Abu Dhabi.


SIAL Innovation is the only international contest with a presence in the four corners of the world. Made up of food professionals, managed by SIAL Canada 2017 food-innovation ambassador Dana McCauley, and presided over by Xavier Terlet and the XTC World Innovation firm, the jury rewards 10 finalists (refer to the list below for the 2017 results) and hands out one Grand Prize. All these products can be found at the SIAL Innovation space, booth #727.

Recap of the 10 Finalists:

  1. Le      Moulin à champignons, SABAROT – France, booth #2327

A select blend of mill-dried mushrooms. A truly convenient way of using mushrooms when cooking at home.

  1. Le      Petit Quinoa, SABAROT – France, booth #2327

Another product by this French company has been noted for its convenience as well as its health benefits: Le petit Quinoa, a blend of grains and quinoa sold in the shape of a sausage, is designed to be sliced and pan-fried in minutes. High in protein and gluten-free, this product combines enjoyment, health, and convenience.

  1. Turbana      Plantain Chips, Turbana – United States, booth #1110

Consumer health benefits pop up again, along with novel taste, in these plantain chips, which are free of cholesterol, saturated fat, and gluten.

  1. SAUCE      MAC & CHEESE, Les Aliments O’Sole Mio – Canada, booth #649

This product is a fresh, readymade mac-and-cheese sauce sold in a spouted container. The product scored well with the jury for its convenience and time-saving nature.

  1. 29      FEVRIER MAPLE-IN-A-TREE, Groupe 29 février – Canada, booth #851

29 Février (“February 29”): What a novel name for a Canadian classic – maple syrup. The jury had great things to say about its “bag-in-tub” configuration, which protects the product and allows it to keep longer.

  1. Saffron      Sugar Cube, Taj Food, Minami Inc. – Canada, booth #1219

Saffron and sugar combine in an interesting mix of flavours. Saffron Sugar Cube is 100% natural and sold in highly convenient re-sealable packaging.

  1. VERMOUTH VINEGAR, Vinagrerias Riojanas – Spain,      booth #2000

Is it still possible to innovate in vinegar? Of course, as demonstrated by this Spanish company with vermouth vinegar. A product that reacquaints consumers with vinegar through a novel, premium taste.

  1. Quinta Quinoa, Katan – Canada, booth #1543

Did you know quinoa grows in Ontario? Get ready to rediscover it as a local product. High in protein and iron, Quinta Quinoa is sold in a freestanding re-sealable bag.

  1. Crispy Dill Pickled Carrots, Safies Speciality      Foods Company – United States, booth #1028

While this may look like a traditional product, these spice- and vinegar-marinated Safies carrots, with their elegant packaging, are as innovative as they are delicious.

  1. Patty Fresh, Tiffany Gate Foods – Canada, booth      #2033

Many vegan products will be exhibited at the show. One of those, Patty Fresh, is a fresh, vegetarian pre-cooked roll that is meant to be sliced by the consumer for added convenience.

Jury President:

Dana McCauley, innovation expert and CEO of Blue Unicorn Innovation

Xavier Terlet, President and Founder of XTC World Innovation

The members of the 2017 SIAL Innovation Jury:

  • Dana McCauley, CEO, Blue Unicorn Innovation and Innovation      Expert at SIAL Canada
  • Karen Proper, Technical Manager, Product & Process      Development, Consulting & Technical Services, NSF International
  • Marie-France Gibson, Vice President, Private Brands, Metro Inc.
  • Birgit Blain, President, Birgit Blain & Associates Inc.
  • John Placko, Culinary Director, Modern Culinary Academy and      Powder for Texture
  • Jane Dummer, Principal and Founder, Jane Dummer Consulting
  • Laura Calder,      Writer and James Beard Award-Winning Television Host

Brian Hircock, President at Raining Communications


Montreal, May 4, 2017 -- Today, Food Secure Canada (FSC) is releasing From Patchwork to Policy Coherence: Principles and Priorities of Canada's National Food Policy in anticipation of the launch of federal government food policy consultations. The discussion paper outlines the key principles and priorities that need to be addressed as Canada’s new national food policy is developed.

Food Secure Canada and its members have been campaigning for an integrated and forward-looking food policy for years. In 2011, FSC published Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada, and in 2015, the Eat Think Vote campaign mobilized thousands of Canadians to dialogue with candidates for office about food policy. This new discussion paper, which includes input from dozens of organizations, offers some perspective and ideas on this historic opportunity.  

“The federal government is talking a great deal about innovation, and clearly Dominic Barton’s focus on agriculture and agri-food as a prime sector for economic growth has caught the imagination of some,” said Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada. “But right across our food system, there all kinds of innovations that deserve public support, ranging from urban agriculture, to small- and medium-sized enterprises focusing on local and sustainable food markets, to healthy school food programs and sustainable fisheries.”

Food Secure Canada is calling upon all Canadians concerned with hunger, health and sustainability to get involved in the government’s national food policy consultations as soon as they are announced.

“It is vital that we hear not only the voice of industry, but also of family farmers, young people who cannot afford a healthy diet, experts in sustainable agriculture, Indigenous communities rebuilding their traditional food systems and others. We are all eaters and we all have something to say about our food system,” said Bronson.

High rates of food insecurity and diet-related disease, coupled with declining numbers of farms and growing concerns over climate change, point to the many contradictions and persistent challenges that need to be addressed in our food system. With a patchwork of government policies, programs and strategies, within multiple departments and in various jurisdictions, the current approach is inadequate. The discussion paper points to the need to prioritize healthy and sustainable food for everyone in order to make Canada a true food policy leader.


    IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH at Interpack and TuttoFood


The     two shows will be present at the international events in Düsseldorf and     Milan, where they will promote the new features due to be introduced in     2018.


IPACK-IMA, the exhibition of   technologies and materials for the food and non-food industries, and MEAT-TECH, the meat and fish   processing industry exhibition, will be present at two upcoming international   events with the aim of promoting the new features of next year’s show, to be   held at Fiera Milano from 29 May to 1 June 2018 as part of The Innovation Alliance.

Following   participation in Djazagro, the most important exhibition of food industry   supplies in North Africa, IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH will be present at the   international packaging technology exhibition INTERPACK with an   institutional stand and a lounge for their exhibitors.

In Düsseldorf from 4   to 11 May, IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH will offer international   professionals an overview of the new features to be introduced at the 2018   show: a new, optimised visitor experience thanks to an exhibition layout   divided into eight key business communities; innovative solutions for   industry and retail; the presence of leading companies and international top   buyers; innovative digital services; theme areas on the main topics of   interest to industry professionals; joint scheduling with the other   exhibitions in The Innovation Alliance.

The 2018 event will   be promoted in Düsseldorf through an extensive campaign covering public   transport venues such as the departures area of the city’s airport and   through advertising and gadgets distributed inside the exhibition centre.

The slogan chosen   for the campaign is “Destination   Innovation: don’t miss Ipack Ima 2018”, reflecting the Italian   show’s important role as the next major international appointment with technology   innovation.

As well as reaching   out to exhibitors and visitors, IPACK-IMA and MEAT-TECH will also be   presented to the international press at a press conference to be held on 6   May at 11:00 a.m. and through participation at the IPPO (International   Press Packaging Organisation) Gala   Dinner the following day.

TUTTOFOOD,   one of the leading international shows for the food&beverage sector, will   open in Milan on 8 May, a few days after Interpack has ended.

IPACK-IMA and   MEAT-TECH will again be present at this important event.

The reception area   of halls 5-7 will host IPACK-IMA VILLAGE, which will offer a preview   of the technology innovations for food packaging that will be on display at   IPACK-IMA 2018.

Hall 2 will host   MEAT-TECH VILLAGE, a place where manufacturers of machinery and equipment for   meat processing and packaging can meet their customers.

April 25, 2017
LYNCHBURG, Va., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Belvac Production Machinery, Inc., a world leader in the design and production of continuous motion rotary machinery used by beverage and food can manufacturers around the globe, is pleased to unveil its latest Innovations at the upcoming MetPack show, the world's leading fair for the metal packaging industry. Belvac's press release issued on April 3rd announced the introduction of a world class source for a fully integrated Front-End solution with the addition of Belvac's Cupping Press and the CanFormer CFT400 (bodymaker/trimmer combination), which will be featured at MetPack. The new trimmer integrated into the above system, along with its standalone version known as the BT400, features an extended can height range, significantly reduced height and diameter change over times, and a burr free trimmed can along with properly positioned tin line relative to any bodymaker. Furthermore, Belvac will showcase its manufacturing capabilities to produce high quality and superior strength ceramic can tooling such as necking dies and knock-outs. Belvac now offers a complete solution from container and tooling design to delivery of ceramic tooling at the industry's lowest lead times. Additionally, Belvac's industry leading commitment to innovation has led to the development of the next generation of can making technology! Coming to MetPack (Hall 3 Booth 3C58), Belvac will feature a prototype metal forming machine with capability to expand, neck, shape, emboss and thread preforms in a one-step process. Belvac provides beverage can makers with high-speed cup forming, bodymaking, trimming, necking, base reprofiling and reforming, shaping, bottom rim coating, flanging and inspection technology as well as ceramic tooling solutions. Learn more about us at . Belvac is an operating company within Dover Corporation's Refrigeration & Food Equipment Segment. Dover is a diversified global manufacturer with annual revenue exceeding $7 billion. Recognized for an entrepreneurial approach for over 60 years, Dover's team of 29,000 employees takes an ownership mindset, collaborating with customers to redefine what's possible. Headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, Dover trades on the New York Stock Exchange under "DOV." Additional information is available at

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