VANCOUVER, BC – SEPTEMBER 18, 2019- BC Food and Beverage (formerlyBCFPA) is excited to announce the 2019 BC Food and Beverage Award Winners, presented at the Gala Dinner, on September 17, 2019, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

The award winners are as follows:

2019 BC Food & Beverage Products Of The Year:

Gold:Lita’s Mexican Foods - Tinga Taco Meal Kit - Jackie Thomas & Angelio Santos

Silver:Moonshine Mama’s Kitchens Ltd. - Tumeric Elixir - Melinda Divers

Bronze:FATSO Peanut Butter- Crunchy Salted Caramel - Jill Van Gyn

Most Innovative Product of the Year:52° North - Natural Birch Sap - Sarah Wall

The 2019 Product of the Year winners were selected by a panel of expert judges including Mijune Pak, Top Chef Canada, Ken Clark, Overwaitea Food Group, Danny Marcowicz, Executive Chef, White Spot Canada, Daryle Nagata, Premium Brands Holdings, Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail and Ryan Moreno, Joseph Richard Group.

The other awards presented at the Gala are as follows:

Sustainability Award:Farafena

Export Award:Organika Health Products

Innovation Award:SmartSweets

Leadership Award: Craig Ogilvie,ConAgra Foods Canada

Rising Star: Dionne Laslo-Baker,DeeBee’s Organics

People First:Ewos Canada Ltd.

Hall of Fame:7 Seas Seafood

Member of the Year, Processor:Quesava

Member of the Year, Associate:FASKEN


“This year we were blown away at both the quantity and quality of the nominations in what was the most competitive field I’ve seen for the awards in every category,” said James Donaldson, CEO of BC Food & Beverage. “The winners were all very deserving but had to overcome very tough competition – the panel of judges certainly had their work cut out for them!”

BC Food & Beverage congratulates all the nominees, finalists and winners.


VANCOUVER, B.C., September, 2019 -- Great Little Box Company Ltd. (GLBC) announced today that it has won 1st place and the coveted Judge’s Choice award in two categories at the AICC’s 2019 Independent Packaging Design Competition.   This biannual event features a variety of packaging categories providing a wider reach into the entire packaging market and idea diversity.

GLBC’s design for the Liquidity winery four bottle wine carrier not only won first place but the Judge’s Choice award in the category of Corrugated – Innovative Structural Design, Consumer and Industrial Focus.  In this category judges not only consider the design’s ease of assembly and set up, the quality and converting complexity but how the packaging met the customer’s needs.  For this project Liquidity was looking for a more attractive solution than the standard paper bag for carrying out purchased wines. It also needed to subtly but successfully upsell by encouraging tasters to fill it with four wines but also the beautiful design gives it a second life as a marketing tool.   The overall design ensured it accommodated and protected the various bottle shapes and sizes of Liquidity’s entire product offering. 

GLBC also won first place and the Judge’s Choice Award in the Folding Carton – Retail Food & Beverages & Alcohol Packaging category with their Harken Coffee Box design. Harken Coffee wanted to push the envelope in designing a unique experience for their retail coffee in their Japanese inspired roastery and restaurant.  They required the design to be from a sustainable paper substrate with an elegant minimalist style. This was achieved through a design that made the box appear seamless, beautiful gradient print and a high end soft touch tactile feel. 

Headquartered in Richmond, B.C., GLBC has established itself as a one source location for innovative and custom packaging and label solutions. Founded 37 years ago, the company is now comprised of a diverse workforce of 300 employees and growing.   Their talented Innovation Solutions Team and passionate production team was also honoured last month receiving 3 awards in the 33rd Annual Packaging Impressions Excellence Awards, which recognizes the highest level of printing quality and technical achievement across the full range of packaging segments; labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, corrugated packaging and displays.

 Entries were judged on functionality, print quality, and finishing attributes. 

In first place in the Corrugated – Flexo category GLBC won for the attractive and creative Tea
Runners e-commerce envelope.  In the Wine and Beer Labels category GLBC also won first place for the eye-catching creative of Red Truck Lager.  Finally in the Labels Digital category GLBC won third place for the foil embellished Honey Brew Kombucha from Iggy’s.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Sept. 18, 2019) – Global public health organization NSF International today announced it is providing a wide variety of independent testing, verification, auditing and certification services to manufacturers of consumer products containing hemp and hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). NSF subsidiary Quality Assurance International, Inc. (QAI), a USDA-accredited organic certifier, began offering organic certification of hemp and hemp-derived CBD products last month. Hemp and hemp-derived CBD are widely available in the United States in products ranging from dietary supplements, beverages and edibles to oils, creams and sprays.

“These products can be manufactured and marketed by small start-ups with little expertise in quality management, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and labeling requirements, which creates potential risk and confusion for consumers,” said Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at NSF International. “Even established brands may have limited experience sourcing, authenticating, producing and packaging products containing hemp or hemp-derived CBD.”

With scientific expertise and decades of experience in testing and certification in the relevant product categories, NSF International is uniquely qualified to serve the fast-growing hemp industry in the United States and protect consumers who use these products.

As is true for all ingredients, rigorous standards, validated tests and third-party audits are needed to protect consumers purchasing food, dietary supplements and personal care products containing hemp or hemp-derived CBD. Without rigorous requirements and testing, hemp and hemp-derived CBD products may contain:

  • Pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants
  • E. coli, Salmonella and other microbes
  • Undeclared ingredients
  • Quantities of ingredients that conflict with labled amounts
  • THC at more than 0.35 by dry weight

“As a mission-driven organization focused on protecting and improving human health, NSF International is committed to providing services that help manufacturers produce, process and package products made with hemp or hemp-derived CBD consistent with GMPs, appropriate quality-control procedures and applicable labeling requirements,” Bestervelt said.

NSF International and QAI are now offering the following services to manufacturers of food, dietary supplements and personal care products:

  • Raw ingredient verification
  • Raw material and single ingredient finished goods testing of hemp products to quantify CBD and confirm permissable levels of THC
  • GMP audits
  • USDA organic certification
  • Gap and consulting audits
  • Label compliance consulting
  • Training and education
  • NSF's non-GMO certification
  • NSF's certified gluten-free certification

“Consumers care about what’s in their food and how it was produced. That’s true for many different types of products, including ones that contain hemp and hemp-derived CBD,” said Sarah Krol, Director of Food Safety Certification at NSF International. “Independent certification from QAI and NSF gives consumers confidence in the products they choose because they know we’ve taken a very close look at those certified products and the way they were grown, processed or handled. Certification provides a level of transparency and trust that consumers simply can’t get any other way.”

Beginning in October 2019, NSF International plans to offer the following additional services for products containing hemp or hemp-derived CBD:

  • Certification to the American National Standard for Dietary Supplements: NSF/ANSI 173
  • Toxicologic evaluation
  • Supplier assurance audits
  • Verification of food safety programs involving hemp and hemp-derived CBD
  • Evaluation and/or certification of food equipment used for hemp and hemp-derived CBD
  • ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 audits for facilities

“Our toxicology team is currently working to identify an upper safety limit for CBD in dietary supplements,” said David Trosin, General Manager of NSF’s dietary supplements program. “Once that permissible level is identified, we will begin certifying supplements that contain hemp and hemp-derived CBD.”


Bartlett, IL – September 3, 2019 – Factory automation systems integrator Matrix Design reported that new orders from January through August, 2019, grew significantly compared to the prior period and prior year. 
“What’s driving our business is that manufacturers face the tough challenge of producing parts of top quality at competitive costs, despite having trouble filling their production and skilled maintenance job openings—even at increased wages,” said Jeff Bennett, Vice President of Sales. “Automating parts of their plant helps them address this issue, and also improve safety and quality.
 “The traditional automotive segment continues to be strong for Matrix. But the demand we’re seeing from electric vehicles, aerospace, retail, food and beverage, medical, and other industries is exciting to see,” he said. “The general industries segments are growing at a higher rate than traditional automotive. It will be important for our business to continue to develop innovative robotic automation systems and solutions to help keep our customers competitive.

“With so much at stake, these manufacturers realize that they need an expert robotic automation success partner they can count on for concept, design, implementation, and dedicated field support that keeps the systems running productively for years to come,” Bennett said.
Last year, Matrix finished construction and moved into its new facility in Bartlett, IL. “Our new facility provides us with a new layout and more floor space so that we can more efficiently handle a wider variety of Automation Systems,” said Patrick Bertsche, President. “In past years, we had to be more selective when taking on new work, simply because available space restricted our capacity.  With our new layout and building, though, we have the capacity to take on larger projects and shorten our lead times. We’ve also invested heavily into our employee base through training, enrichment and development programs. We know our most important asset is our employee base, and the only way we can continue to grow with the Automation market is to recruit and retain the best talent in the industry.”

Matrix Design develops, builds and installs robotic automation systems and provides services to factories worldwide. A FANUC-authorized system integrator (ASI) and an RIA certified robot integrator (CRI), Matrix is a leader in supplying standard and custom robotic material handling systems including machine tending (machine tool loading/unloading), part/tray exchange, inspection, palletizing, robotic deburring and general handling solutions.
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