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Fresno, California – July 26, 2018…The California Food Expo has officially emerged. Formerly known as the Fresno Food Expo, the name change and brand unveil kicked off a new era for the nation’s largest geographically-focused food industry tradeshow. Over 135 exhibitors from the state’s finest food and beverage growers and manufacturers touted their high-quality products to more than 650 pre-qualified regional, national and international buyers, connecting and creating worldwide commerce.

“Our production value in both fresh and manufactured products, our innovation and our diversity make California a food powerhouse,” said Amy Fuentes, Manager, California Food Expo. “The Expo’s vision to incorporate all of California enables us to harness the state’s thriving food industry and connect buyers to authentic California brands.”

The California Food Expo brand reveal followed the keynote address by Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross who reinforced the state’s impact on the national and international foodscape, while delivering a vision for sustained growth.

“California is the nation’s top agricultural producing state, accounting for $46 billion in output from over 400 different commodities,” said Ross. “The state is also home to more than 5,500 food manufacturing facilities, twice the amount of any other state in the nation. These astounding numbers give the California Food Expo an incredible platform to fortify California relationships and continue to expand the industry into the future.”

Top buyers attending this year’s Expo included: Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet, Smart & Final, Walmart and more. Complementing the domestic buyers were qualified international buyers from India, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and international export trading firms.

“Discovering and carrying quality California products remains a high priority for our store,” said Randy Ducummon, Vice President for Whole Foods Market, Northern California & Reno. “Having the California Food Expo include food and beverage products from throughout the state provides a unique and incredibly valuable opportunity for us to connect with California brands, while also sourcing new store offerings.”

The 2018 New Product Awards showcased innovative food and beverage products, providing an elevated platform for participating exhibitors to tout a new product or packaging concept. Entries ranged from a berry-infused tortilla to a Hazy IPA and a sun-dried plum BBQ sauce. Judging for the New Product Awards was conducted by members of the new California Retail Advisory Committee including appointees from: Albertsons and VONS, Southern California; Albertsons and Safeway, Northern California; Bristol Farms; Erewhon Markets; Whole Foods Market, Northern California and Reno; and Walmart, in addition to special guest, the Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. The 2018 first place winner was ENZO’s Table Peach Jam; second place was a tie between Ampersand Ice Cream Honey Blueberry Ice Cream and Producers Dairy Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream; and third place was 51 Fifty Passion Fruit Orange Guava Energy Drink.

“Our Peach Jam showcases the beauty of California - when a farmer from Clovis can connect with an award winning Chef in Los Angeles like Jessica Koslow from Sqirl - it’s an incredibly humbling feeling,” said Vincent Ricchuiti, Founder, ENZO Olive Oil. “Receiving this award provides an elevated exposure that will help us to drive demand for this product, which will be exclusively sold through our retail and online store.”

New in 2018, the Consumer’s Choice Award provided an expanded opportunity for participating exhibitors to showcase their flagship products. The first round of voting, done online by the public, resulted in over 6,000 votes. The Official Consumer Panel selected the final winner, which were in first place La Tapatia BBQ Tortilla Chips; second place Taco Works Tortilla Chips; and third Bobby Salazar’s Guacamole Salsa.

The Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award, open to any exhibiting California food or beverage company, was presented to a company that is a pioneer in innovation, a steward in their community, has a risk-taking mindset, extraordinary passion for California’s food industry and demonstrates outstanding leadership. Applications were reviewed by a panel of food industry judges, including Fred Ruiz. The 2018 recipient of this prized award was Tioga Sequoia Brewing Company.

During Expolicious, the Expo’s public event, over 1,200 attendees were able to sample new bites created by 11 Central California restaurateurs and celebrity chefs utilizing only products featured on the show floor. Food writer, cook and Food Network TV personality Simon Majumdar was back for the third year to taste and judge the creations; his selected winners for this year were Best Taste, Max’s Bistro & Bar for their Sweet Corn Chilled chowder; Best Presentation, Ampersand Ice Cream for their Rummy Plummy, Oakey Smokey Peach and Almond Amaretto taster plate; Best Use of Local Products, Bella Luna for their Strawberry Watermelon Cooler and Harris Ranch “Short Rib” Slider, which also won Consumers Choice.

“Fresno is the logical location for a world-class food expo, and the expansion and shift to the California Food Expo is the first step on a path to further showcase all regions of California and the incredible food and beverage companies that reside in the Golden State,” said Bill Smittcamp, President, Wawona Frozen Foods. “We’re proud of the Expo’s history and roots in Central California, and we expect continued growth in the diversity and range of products in each coming year along with the quality of retail and foodservice buyers.”

The 2019 California Food Expo will be held on July 24-25, 2019. Exhibitor reservations are now open at the discounted rate of $900 until March 1, 2019. To register, go to: http://bit.ly/FFERegister.

To watch the California Food Expo brand reveal video, click here: https://youtu.be/CKcMSuT1N_Y 

To download photos from the show floor, click here: https://spaces.hightail.com/space/rOXoniG6sZ

 
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Saint-Rémi, Québec, July 25, 2018 – Saladexpress Inc., a Québec vegetable processing company, announces its partnership with new investor Agrial, a major French agriculture and agri-food cooperative.

“This partnership, the first of its size for Agrial in Québec, will be mutually beneficial,” explains Sylvain Racette, CEO of Saladexpress. “We’re currently laying the groundwork for growth. This requires an investment to boost factory productivity and maintain and even increase our workforce.”

According to Bertrand Totel, director of Agrial’s Fresh Vegetables and Fruits Division, “By partnering with a local leader, we’re helping the expansion of a Québec business. Combining Agrial’s expertise and Saladexpress’s market knowledge allows Agrial to establish a foothold in a growing market while providing Saladexpress with a partner that has well-known brands popular with consumers.”

Agrial’s Fresh Vegetables and Fruits Division is a European leader in fresh fruits and vegetables and includes the brands Florette, in the ready-to-use fruits and vegetables segment, Priméale, in the fresh fruits and vegetables segment and Créaline, in the fresh purées and soups segment.

Modernizing the Saint-Rémi factory

The first plan under this new partnership is to implement a modernization project for the factory, which already has HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification.

Always up to date on market trends and developments in technology in order to offer high-quality, innovative products, Saladexpress currently has 120 employees among its Saint-Rémi factory workers, management team and office staff.

 
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OCALA, Fla., July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MARS Company, a global leader in water meter testing and technology solutions, announced today that it has launched a new, M3 Advanced Scale and Control System upgrade program that includes special incentives and/or trade-in allowance(s) for legacy gravimetric weight scale instrument systems.

Due to the abrupt manufacturer discontinuance of the legacy gravimetric scale instrument system, MARS has launched a new, limited time upgrade program that provides a cost-effective upgrade for increased functionality and reliability.  An overview of the system includes: 

  • Advanced Scale & Control Software Module
    • Full Color, Multi-Touch Display compatibility for Increased Ease of Use
    • Advanced Interpretation of Weight Transmitter Data
    • Compatible with Avery Weigh-Tronix & Other Scales   
    • Enhanced Control for Other External Systems
    • Optional Water Temperature Correction to Ensure Accuracy            
    • Remote, Online Software Updates and Remote Diagnostics
    • Expandable, Modular Design

AW-1310 Scale Instrument Discontinuance

The following previous-generation gravimetric scale instrument system will be discontinued, effective September 30, 2018:

End-of-Life Product Model Number Product Description Replacement Product Model Replacement Product Description
Avery Weigh-Tronix Model 1310 Weight Scale Instrument MARS Advanced Scale and Control System – 8x00xxxxx Full Color, Multi-Touch Display and M3 Software Module

MARS will continue to provide warranty support on all legacy scale instruments outlined above.  Due to abrupt manufacturer product discontinuance, MARS cannot provide out-of-warranty parts or support.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for upgrade program details.  As previously announced, the Advanced Scale & Control System is fully compatible with and requires the latest M3 Enterprise Software (not compatible with the legacy M3 Software) and is expected to be available in the 3Q of 2018.  For more information about MARS Company and its M3 Enterprise Software, please visit www.MARSwater.com.

 
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Regina, Saskatchewan, July 19, 2018 –After another strong financial performance in 2017-18, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has renewed its commitment to support growth and innovation in Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry.

“Agriculture and agri-food remains one of the strongest and most vibrant sectors in Canada’s economy,” said FCC president and CEO Michael Hoffort, in releasing the federal Crown corporation’s annual report . “FCC had record demand for financing this past year as producers and agriculture business operators continue to invest in the industry by expanding their businesses, building new facilities and adopting technologies to increase their efficiency.”

In 2017-18, FCC grew its portfolio by 8.4 per cent to $33.9 billion, including $3.3 billion in new lending to young farmers. FCC also increased lending in the agri-food and agribusiness sector, supporting young entrepreneurs and helping business operators become leaders in job creation and innovation.

“Innovation spurs increased productivity and competitiveness,” Hoffort said. “We understand the needs of our customers across the agriculture value chain, from primary producers to the agribusiness and agri-food companies that create value-added products for Canadian and global markets.”

Looking ahead, FCC has set its sights on advancing its public policy role by contributing to a more sustainable and inclusive agriculture and agri-food industry. The federal Crown corporation is launching initiatives to advance mental health awareness in agriculture, developing financing and business support for women entrepreneurs, and exploring ways to involve more indigenous people and communities in the industry.

“By helping primary producers and agri-food operators achieve their full potential, FCC is enabling the industry to create more opportunities for a broader range of people who can bring fresh ideas and new energy to Canadian agriculture and agri-food,” Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said. “At the same time, FCC is contributing to our government’s ambitious goal of increasing agri-food exports to $75 billion by 2025.”

In 2017-18, FCC support programs were provided last year for Ontario and Quebec customers impacted by excessive moisture and, more recently, New Brunswick and Quebec maple syrup producers and Maritimes fruit and vegetable producers impacted by unfavorable weather this spring.

FCC also gave back almost $4 million through community investment initiatives, launched the Ignite summit for young farmers, offered a wide range of Ag Knowledge Exchange learning events attracting more than 15,000 participants and raised an equivalent of 7.2 million meals in conjunction with its like-minded partners through the FCC Drive Away Hunger tour in support of food banks across Canada. It also continues to support groups, such as 4-H Canada, Ag in the Classroom, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, STARS air ambulance service and numerous industry associations.

“Our role goes well beyond loan transactions,” Hoffort said. “We look forward to continuing our support for young and new entrants, enabling intergenerational transfers of family farms and supporting the growth of our customers and the industry.”

Other 2017-18 financial highlights include:

  • Net income of $669.9 million, to be reinvested in agriculture through funding new loans and developing agriculture knowledge, products and services for customers.
  • A dividend of $308.3 million paid by FCC to the Government of Canada.
  • A healthy loan portfolio with the allowance for credit losses remaining steady, reflecting a strong and vibrant industry.
  • Strong debt-to-equity and total capital ratios, indicating continued financial strength and an ongoing ability to serve the agriculture and agri-food industry.

FCC continues to provide free learning opportunities andeconomic insights through events, web, social media and various publications for all involved with the industry.

The FCC annual public meeting will be held in Truro, Nova Scotia on August 22. A full copy of the report can be found at www.fcc.ca/annualreport.

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $33 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits provide a return to our shareholder and enable us to reinvest back into the industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

 

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