Headingley, MB - March 11, 2021 -- Agriculture in the Classroom Canada (AITC-C), along with its ten provincial member organizations, is proud to announce the national expansion of The Business of Food (BOF), thanks to a $450,000 multi-year partnership from Bayer Crop Science Canada. This new partnership will also leverage matching funding from the recently announced Canadian Agriculture Partnership program through Agriculture and Agrifood Canada.

Developed by AgScape, the Ontario member to AITC-C, the Business of Food is a comprehensive e-learning platform aimed at bringing knowledge about food and agriculture to education professionals. From April 2019 through 2020, the program reached 243 educational stakeholders across Ontario, the majority of which came from urban areas, where traditionally the agriculture knowledge gap is widest.

“We are so excited to be able to take a successful education program and offer it nationally,” said Johanne Ross, Executive Director of AITC-C. “This support through our long-standing partnership with Bayer allows us to continuously improve AITC resources for members of our educational community, who have the biggest impact on future generations across Canada.”

Bayer’s generous support of BOF and AITC-C, ensures the program meets the growing demands Canadians have to become better-informed consumers in our interconnected world.

“Our connection with food from an early age is vital and education drives that connection,” said Trish Jordan, Senior Business Partner, Government & Industry Affairs with Bayer. “Building good food habits and developing a positive relationship with Canada’s food system needs to be taught to students in an engaging way, and we know AITC has the right programs to make this happen.”

BOF will equip educators to deliver factual, relevant, and balanced information from across the agri-food sector into Canadian classrooms. Through the e-learning platform, teachers will gain the knowledge and confidence to present foundational topics in agriculture and food to students, as well as learn about how the sector relates to their daily life and well-being.

Taylor Selig, Executive Director of AgScape, is especially thrilled about the shifts in attitude indicated by graduates of the Business of Food program. “100% of teachers said they would apply what they learned from BOF in the classroom,” said Selig. “The innovations adopted by Canadian farmers and agriculture professionals directly impact our daily lives and being able to open students' eyes to their role in our food system is incredibly rewarding.”

Watch for AITC-C's national roll out of the BOF program later this year. To learn more about the current Business of Food program in Ontario, visit AgScape’s website.


WINNIPEG, MB, March 11, 2021 /CNW/ - It is with mixed emotion that we announce the retirement of Larry McIntosh after 27 years as Peak of the Market's President and CEO.

"Larry's commitment, dedication and extreme passion to the produce industry and to Peak of the Market will not be forgotten, stated Peter Loewen, Chair of Peak of the Market. We are grateful for his contributions and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Beth Connery, Vice Chair of Peak of the Market said, "Today, we are celebrating Larry's many years and accomplishments with Peak of the Market.  The Board of Directors will be starting a search for a new CEO shortly.  We are thankful that Larry has agreed to stay on as long as needed to ensure a smooth transition."

Larry McIntosh stated "I am very proud of the entire Team at Peak of the Market.  Together, over the years, we have grown the Company and have accomplished so many major milestones. The Team's dedication to Growers, Customers, Suppliers and to each other says so much about the Company.  Peak of the Market will continue to be a leader in the produce industry and has a solid foundation to have strong growth well into the future."

Larry will continue to be with Peak of the Market until at least June.  He plans to continue his volunteer work as a Director on the Canadian Red Cross, a Past Chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and on his recently appointed position to the new Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council. 

Peak of the Market has a grower elected Board of Directors.  It has Offices and Distribution Centres in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Calgary, Alberta.  Founded in 1942, Peak has been selling Manitoba and Canadian fresh vegetables for over 79 years and ships across Canada and throughout United States.


A broad line of over 1,000 stainless steel shaft collars, couplings, and mounting components for applications requiring frequent wash-down has been introduced by Stafford Manufacturing Corp. of Wilmington, Massachusetts.


Stafford Shaft Collars, Couplings & Mounting Components are machined from FDA- and USDA-approved 303 and 316 stainless steel and are fully corrosion-resistant.  Ideal for building food processing equipment, conveyors, and packaging systems requiring frequent wash-down, they are offered in 1-pc, 2-pc, hinged, set-screw, and flanged styles with various bore configurations and special features including keyways and special mounting modifications.


Suitable for use as stops, spacers, and mounting devices, Stafford Shaft Collars & Mounting Components come in 0.25” to 10” standard I.D. sizes and the couplings come in 0.25” to 3” I.D. sizes with standard metric sizes also offered in both.  Specials can include threads, keyways, and other bore modifications and external flats, tapped holes, and knurls.


Stafford Shaft Collars, Couplings & Mounting Components are priced according to style, size, and quantity.


ALEXANDRIA, MN. (March 4, 2021) – Douglas is excited to introduce OPTX Shrink Wrap Systems, packaging solutions that maximize productivity through simplicity, performance and package quality. OPTX provides simple operation and low maintenance to help address workforce issues and skills gap. From ergonomic clear view guard doors, to high performance metering systems and built-in reliability features, OPTX meets all facets of today’s accelerated production challenges with enhanced productivity and simplicity.


FMCG manufacturers face high expectations. Consumers want products which are as sustainably made as possible, at a good price, while retailers and distributors are quick to issue fines for poorly coded items which jeopardize traceability, data collection and/or automation. The ink launched today delivers on all these objectives by enabling better performance and sustainability, with no overall cost increase. Paired with the company’s flagship 9450 coder, the EB588 ink sets the new standard for FMCG inkjet coding.


MEK-based inks generate Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions, contributors to greenhouse gases. This new MEK-free alternative, made of Methyl Isopropyl Ketone (MIPK), supports product sustainability by generating 40% fewer VOCs under comparable operating conditions at 20 0 C. It also promotes a safer work environment for workers.


Designed for use in Markem-Imaje’s 9450 continuous inkjet (CIJ) coder, one of the market’s leading inkjet printers, the ink also streamlines inventory and reduces waste.


The multi-purpose, black ink codes many different packaging types including metal, glass, cardboard and several types of plastic. Ordering, logistics and stock management are thus easier as there are fewer items to store and oversee.


Furthermore, as MEK-free inks use fewer consumables than MEK-based inks, manufacturers will have 40% fewer bottles and cartridges to throw away.


Waste is further minimized, as is rework, through the ink’s smart consumable management system which enables quick, mistake-free coding. There is no longer any risk of inserting an unsuitable ink which generates a poor-quality code, or worse, seems to code an item, only for the code to disappear hours later, or be easily rubbed off in the marketplace.


All operators need to do is insert the EB588 ink cartridge, something which can be done with the line running to avoid downtime. The coder takes it from there to check and set up parameters automatically, no further human intervention required.

For even greater efficiency and productivity, all consumable-related operations can be directly monitored on the user interface. Touch screen menus provide access to previous maintenance and production history, including data on availability rates and consumption. An accurate, consumable level display, bolstered by real-time warnings, lets users know the precise quantity of prints remaining, so production time is not lost due to the ink or additive running out.


This is in addition to the marketing and quality-enhancing capabilities already available through the 9450 coder itself. For example, Markem-Imaje is currently the only major supplier to offer built-in promotional coding, serialization and ‘mark & read’ code checking in a CIJ printer. And, with a large graphical printing capacity, QR code printing is easy and efficient. Production sites can thus better meet the demands of brand teams to use complex codes to support a wide range of marketing objectives, all with full confidence in code quality and accuracy.

Even better, the above benefits are available for the same TCO as other comparable MEK-based ink and printer combinations. This enables manufacturers to improve their sustainability credentials without negatively affecting their profitability – a win-win situation for consumers, retailers, distributors, manufacturers and the environment.

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