June 22, 2020

Mekitec Group, a global manufacturer of innovative food quality control systems based on X-ray technology, announces the launch of a completely new X-ray inspection system, SIDEMEKITM, targeted for the product safety and quality control needs of food and beverage producers worldwide. Mekitec describes their newest system model to continue delivering the company’s commitment of providing the best value also for these types of food applications, including liquid foods and beverages in taller than wider retail packages. The SIDEMEKITM system is targeted for food producers acknowledging the importance of overall quality inspection, demanding total pack-for-pack traceability and not settling for foreign object detection only, Mekitec states.

A side-shooting X-ray inspection system has been on the company’s radar for a long time but Mekitec decided to take the time to perfect the solution, making sure it complies with the real customer needs and provides the best value.
“When we first started to specify the system features, we took our time to learn about the unique challenges, needs and desires that food producers have with these types of products and inspection systems. We took on to those challenges, needs and desires and created the possibility of having the sharpest X-ray image and enabled valuable quality inspection functions even for the tallest food products without compromising the foreign object detection performance,” says Mr. Mikko Nuutinen, Director, Product Creation at Mekitec.

According to the company, the existing inspection systems targeted towards these food and beverage applications have either been too complicated and expensive, or too simple with limited benefits for the food producers. This is something that Mekitec wanted to change by developing the SIDEMEKITM system.
“We believe, that the system will be excitedly welcomed and take its place in the market. Our partners and customers have expressed strong interest towards the system and its benefits thanks to the total traceability and imaging capabilities that offer tremendous value to the food producers. It is obvious that the food industry has been waiting for a solution like SIDEMEKITM to bring the best value for food producers globally,” summarizes Mr. Juho Ojuva, Director, Global Sales and Customer Care at Mekitec.


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Maintaining & strengthening Canada’s food production & processing sector

What the program offers

The Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a one-time, federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund also aims to aid companies to invest to improve, automate and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity. The fund is one part of the greater Government of Canada response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The EPF will provide up to $5 million per recipient in non-repayable funding for emergency COVID response activities and/or repayable funding for strategic investments.

All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Who is Eligible

  • For profit organizations that are incorporated in Canada (i.e. businesses and/or corporations, cooperatives, Indigenous groups);
  • In operation for at least two (2) years
  • Involved in agricultural food processing or manufacturing in Canada

Eligible Activities

Objective 1: Emergency COVID Response – Non-repayable contributions.

1. Plant retrofits or adjustments to existing facilities to accommodate changes to processes and production as a result of COVID-19

  • Meat processing
  • Other food processing or manufacturing

2. Temporary increased capacity for humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

3. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Objective 2: Strategic Investments – Repayable contributions.

1. Automation and modernization of food processing and manufacturer plants

2. Upgrades to reopen shuttered meat facilities or to attain federal registration

3. Conversion or adaptation of existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production or to increase variety of products grown

4. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Need help applying? Granted is a paid service that helps agri-food companies access Canadian grants, they have a +94% success rate.  Click here to learn more or contact Rukshaar Ali, Agri-Food Grant Expert, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The program is open now and accepting applications until Friday July 3, 2020 at 16:30 PDT or until funding is fully committed. Please get in touch with Granted Consulting by June 25th, to ensure there is enough time to prepare your application.



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KINGSEY FALLS, QC, June 18, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - Cascades (TSX: CAS), a leader in eco-friendly recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for fruits and vegetables. Designed for producers, packers and retailers, Cascades Fresh packaging solutions meet the needs of this key industry while also addressing consumers' concerns about the environmental footprint of their foodstuffs.

Through this new range of products, Cascades brings the circular economy to life by using different types of cardboard and recovered plastics to offer a full and multi-material range of eco-friendly, recycled and 100% recyclable products to reduce the environmental footprint of packaging used in the produce sector. The various products include trays made from PETE, LDPETE and cardboard, baskets, carriers and corrugated cardboard boxes as well as a number of sturdy and leakproof options.

These packaging solutions:  

  • Preserve the freshness of fruits and vegetables from harvest to the table;
  • Facilitate transportation across the supply chain;
  • Provide visual appeal, capturing the attention of consumers;
  • Comply with FDA and Health Canada's food safety requirements.

"Cascades has been providing eco-friendly solutions for the food industry for decades, including trays, cup carriers, boxes and a wide range of packaging for producers, wholesalers and retailers. With the launch of Cascades Fresh, we are refining our service offering and reaffirming our leading position in the growing packaging solutions market, all while enabling consumers to eat fresh. As enjoying food is part of our daily lives, our aim with these solutions is to make it easier to get fresh food to the table while also minimizing the impact on the environment," said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.

To see the entire line of Cascades FreshTM packaging products please visit


June 17, 2020

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) sharply criticized Canada’s allocation of its tariff-rate quotas (TRQ) under USMCA, released Tuesday, June 15. USDEC and NMPF call attention to the fact that these TRQ allocations undermine the intent of USCMA’s dairy provisions by thwarting the ability of the U.S. dairy industry to make full use of the trade agreement’s market access opportunities.

USDEC and NMPF have repeatedly warned that the full benefits of this carefully negotiated trade agreement will not materialize without careful monitoring and stringent enforcement of Canada’s USMCA commitments. The U.S. dairy industry urges the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to immediately raise this issue with Canada and insist that Canada adheres faithfully not just to the letter of its commitments under USMCA, but to its spirit as well.

“Canada’s administration of previous TRQs under existing free trade agreements gave the U.S. dairy industry ample cause for concern, which has unfortunately been confirmed by the announced TRQ allocations,” said Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of USDEC. “Canada’s actions place the U.S. dairy industry at a disadvantage by discouraging utilization of the full use of the TRQs and limiting the market access granted by USMCA. We urge the U.S. government to act immediately to ensure that these provisions are implemented in good faith so that the U.S. dairy industry is able to reap the full range of benefits negotiated by USTR and its interagency partners at U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

USMCA will enter into force July 1, 2020 and contains important provisions to the U.S. dairy industry that will facilitate the smooth flow of U.S. dairy products throughout North America at a time of critical need and economic uncertainty. However, Canada has announced the distribution of the TRQs in such a way as to discourage high value food service or retail products from entering the market. Most of the TRQs are given to competitors who have no incentive to import products.  

“U.S. dairy farmers and cooperatives are ready to help increase deliveries of high-quality U.S. dairy products to the Canadian market, but Canada’s TRQ allocations fall far short of the full potential of its commitments under USMCA,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “Canada has chosen once again to manipulate its access commitments in order to protect its tightly controlled dairy market and

U.S. farmers will bear much of the brunt of this biased interpretation of USMCA’s dairy provisions. USTR should act quickly to ensure Canada is held strictly responsible for abiding by the intent of USMCA to promote fairer trade between our nations.” 


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