May 20, 2020

The 2200 Production Interface launched today reduces the risk of rework and recalls by minimizing the scope for operator error, since label data and formats can be more easily controlled. Downtime is reduced by the ability to preview and adjust labels digitally. It is also improved by a large intuitive touchscreen which helps operators work more quickly.

With downtime, rework and recalls eating into profits, manufacturers need to minimize these elements. The 2200 Series Print & Apply (P&A) labeling system for cases and pallets has long been proven to save up to six days downtime per year. Today’s launch builds on this through a combination of new features which limit the potential for operator error, speeding up changeovers even further while reducing rework and recall likelihood.

Traditionally, labels have been created and stored away from the production line. Untrained or distracted operators can make mistakes by picking the wrong product label and/or inputting the wrong data from the remote location (e.g. in an office or separate line PC). With no label preview function at printer level, mistakes can only be spotted after printing has started, resulting in production stops and rework; undetected, this can result in recalls.

The Production Interface minimizes scope for such mistakes and accelerates changeovers. It also makes case and pallet labeling less resource-intensive to manage, freeing up operators to do other, higher priority activities.

The improved storage capacity means labels can now more effectively be stored en masse at printer level with limited image editing capabilities, protecting layout and data integrity, while increasing speed. Enhanced connectivity also makes it easier for label formats and data to be retrieved, on demand, from a remote location directly to the printer via the CoLOS ® information management system, for even greater accuracy and efficiency.

Incorrect label selection by operators can also be eliminated by enabling keyboard-free label selection and variable data updating through a connection to a hand-held barcode reader which could, in turn, be linked to a production manifest.

The Production Interface’s large touchscreen also shows exactly how variable content will appear on the eventually printed label. If needed, operators can easily make six types of minor adjustments, such as label position and print contrast, digitally via the interface. In other labelers such setting changes can be so difficult to access that operators commonly resort to manually moving the printer product sensor which can result in equipment damage and personal injury.

The highly streamlined and intuitive, full-color interface also makes it quicker and easier to switch between jobs and deal with other printer issues. Operators are no longer distracted by extraneous detail of limited use in day-to-day printing. Available in
‎ 10.1 inch (261 mm) or 15.6 in (396 mm) touchscreens, color-coded printer statuses are more visible at a distance so problems can be spotted and addressed without delay.

Warnings and alerts can easily be viewed in the user’s chosen language which also speeds up problem resolution, without needing to look up complex error codes.

The entry-level Production Interface can control one 2200 Series P&A system while the advanced version can handle two on the same or different lines. The CoLOS Line Terminal variant can manage up to four printers of any type (not just P&A) while also deploying other applications, such as COLOS Mark & Read and CoLOS Printer Performance, for the ultimate solution in accuracy, traceability and efficiency.

To watch an animation illustrating the benefits, please click here .

Or, for information on the 2200 Series more generally, including case studies, please visit: https://www.markem-imaje. c o m /2200-series


Pointe-Claire, QC May 2020 – LUDA Foods, manufacturer of soups, sauces and custom blends located in Pointe-Claire, has launched 5 new products as part of its venture into the CDN health retail market.

LUDA No Chicken & No Beef soup bases are unique plant-based soups that will help create flavourful and incredibly delicious dishes for a multitude of menu applications. Kosher, Halal and gluten free certified, these vegan items will help enhance the flavours in your stock, broth or soup in addition to seasoning rice or breakfast potatoes. They sell in 100g units and offer 20 portions per jar.

LUDA Chicken and Vegetable broths are flavourful clean label bases made with simple ingredients. Their rich flavour will be a delightful addition to any of your soups and stews. They sell in 130g and 180g units and offer 37 and 55 portions per jar, respectively. LUDA Vegan Brown Gravy is a modern classic that contains only essential ingredients that are flavourful, simple and easy to use. This product sells in 100g units with 21 portions per jar.

“We are extremely excited about this product launch and look forward to exploring new opportunities that align very well with our strategic plan. We appreciate the difference between the foodservice and retail sectors and are confident that we will continue to provide unique and innovative products crafted specifically for the Canadian market in both segments” says Darren Gilbert, VP Sales & Marketing at LUDA.


Regina, Saskatchewan, May 19, 2020 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has launched a $100-million venture capital fund to support proven, viable companies through unexpected business disruptions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Launched in partnership with Forage Capital Inc. – a Calgary-based venture capital firm – the Agriculture and Food Business Solutions Fund is set up to provide companies with the stability and flexibility they need to rebuild their business models during challenging times. FCC is the sole investor in the fund, which will primarily offer convertible debt investments, as well as other flexible financing solutions. (Convertible debt investments give companies the flexibility of paying down debt or providing the investor with equity in the business.)

Michael Hoffort, FCC president and CEO, said the need for this type of venture capital fund is especially evident in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the need will exist beyond the current crisis as companies can experience business disruptions for various reasons.


“This strategic investment is another way FCC is supporting growth and innovation in the only industry we serve – especially at this time,” Hoffort said. “As a commercial Crown corporation, we serve as catalyst for private investment in Canada’s agriculture and food industry and we are here for the long haul, through all business cycles.”


In addition, FCCalsorecently invested more than $50 million into three new venture capital funds and provided funding to an innovation and growth accelerator to support various parts of Canada’s agriculture and food industry.

These recent investments include:


InvestEco Sustainable Food Fund – is a $100-million fund to invest in expansion-stage private companies with the goal of promoting health and sustainability in the food and agricultural sector. The fund manager offers expertise in sustainable agriculture and food production and believes these activities are important to environmental and health outcomes. InvestEco has previously invested in many leading food and agriculture brands across North America. FCC’s commitment to this fund is $20 million.


District Ventures Fund – is a $100-million fund that focuses solely on investing in companies operating in the food and beverage sector, health, wellness and beauty consumer goods categories. In addition to capital, District Ventures Capital provides recipient companies with marketing, programming and commercialization support. FCC’s commitment to this fund is $20 million.


Ag Capital Canada Fund – is a $24-million fund aimed at discovering, developing and nurturing Canadian agricultural businesses through capital investment and entrepreneurial expertise. The focus is on established businesses in need of growth capital and business management mentorship. FCC’s commitment is $12 million, which represents 50 per cent of the fund.


Bioenterprise – is a non-profit corporation established in 2000 to provide accelerator, mentorship and support services for entrepreneurs and innovative companies in Canada’s agribusiness and agri-food sector. Through its network of regional offices, Bioenterprise provides hands-on mentorship for innovative entrepreneurs and start-up companies. FCC committed $1.35 million in program support to facilitate expansion of Bioenterprises’ services to underserved areas across Canada.


“Our investments focus on promoting innovation and sustainability within Canada’s agriculture and food industry, supporting start-up to growth stage businesses, as well as filling the gaps in financing for underserved parts of our industry,” Hoffort said. “This is another way FCC can support entrepreneurs and promote innovation and success in this exciting and dynamic industry.”


FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $38 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industries. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, we provide an appropriate return to our shareholder, and reinvest our profits back into the industries and communities we serve. Visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and on Twitter@FCCagriculture.


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May 13, 2020


(Madison, IN) – Madison Chemical introduces MADISAN 75 (EPA #10324-81-110), a 4-chain quaternary surface sanitizer, disinfectant, mildewstat, and virucide for hard, non-porous and inanimate surfaces in various settings including food processing and foodservice facilities, as well as hospitals, healthcare facilities, nursing homes, institutional, industrial and transportation.  MADISAN 75 kills the Human Coronavirus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1), Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and a variety of animal viruses specified on the EPA registered label.  MADISAN 75 appears on EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2.  It is ideal for a range of industries and applications, including food and beverage processing, hospitals and healthcare facilities, Nursing Homes, schools, restaurants, industrial facilities including manufacturing, and more.

MADISAN 75 is acceptable for use in food and beverage plants as a D2 sanitizer for hard non-porous surfaces, not always requiring a rinse.  It sanitizes food processing equipment at 1-2.67 oz per 4 gallons of water (150-400 ppm active quat).   Do not rinse.  To sanitize immobile items such as food processing equipment, flood the area with appropriate concentration active solution for at least one (1) minute, ensuring that all surfaces are thoroughly wetted.  Drain excess solution from the surface and allow to air dry.  This product was evaluated in water up to 500 ppm hardness and found to be an effective food contact surface sanitizer against a variety of microorganisms.  See the EPA label for a full list of specific claims.

MADISAN 75 is also acceptable for use in food and beverage plants as a Q3 shell egg sanitizing compound. 

MADISAN 75 also reduces a wide variety of pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and more. 

Madison Chemical is a chemical formulator that provides cleaning, sanitation, and maintenance products for the following industries: hospitals and healthcare, food and beverage, surface preparation, metalworking, industrial maintenance, transportation, wastewater treatment, winery, pulp & paper, and others.  Since 1947, they have served customers from their Madison, IN headquarters, and through a nationwide network of direct Technical Sales Representatives.  For additional information, visit, write to them at Madison Chemical, 3141 Clifty Drive, Madison, IN, 47250, call (812) 273-6000, or email


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