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OMAFRA January 2017 Food Bulletin

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This month’s bulletin has information on Health Canada’s efforts on Regulatory Transparency and Openness; registering to be an Ontario Pavilion exhibitor at the 2017 Restaurants Canada Show; and our usual listings of professional development and training opportunities.

From everyone at OMAFRA, wishing you, your family and friends a Happy New Year and all the best for 2017.

Sincerely,

Kevin Montgomery
Business Development Consultant
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Phone: (519) 674-1693
E-mail: kevin.montgomery@ontario.ca

 

Industry news

  1. Health Canada’s mandate is to support The Government of Canada commitment to openness and transparency with the public and stakeholders on their healthy eating platform. Learn more about Health Canada’s efforts on Regulatory Transparency and Openness.
  2. Have you completed the 2016 State of the Industry Sustainability Benchmarking Survey? If you haven’t, it’s not too late! This data is critical to understanding the state of the industry as Provision Coalition plan for their next policy framework and supporting programs for industry.
  3. Registration NOW Open – Be an Ontario Pavilion Exhibitor at the Restaurants Canada Show, February 26 to 28, Toronto
  4. New SMART Green funding program targets SMEs, improves domestic supply chain.
  5. Get Your New, Innovative Product in Front of International Buyers

Events

  1. OIMP (Ontario Independent Meat Processors) Food Handler Training Workshop February 8 and 9, 2016, Guelph

Innovation in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

  1. BLOOM’s Craft Beer Case Study

Training and Resources

  1. Webinars – Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Follow OMAFRA on Twitter

Industry News

Health Canada’s mandate is to support The Government of Canada commitment to openness and transparency with the public and stakeholders on their healthy eating platform. Learn more about Health Canada’s efforts on Regulatory Transparency and Openness.

The 2016 – 2017 strategy includes initiatives on revising Canada’s Food Guide; eliminating trans fat; reducing sodium; finalizing nutrition labelling changes; introducing front-of-package labelling for sugars, sodium and saturated fat; and restricting marketing of food and beverages to children.

You have an opportunity to partake in the two proposals that are currently open for consultation:

  1. Introducing front-of-package nutrition labelling. The consultation is available online until January 13, 2017.
  2. Eliminating the use of partially hydrogenated oils. The consultation is available online until January 13, 2017.

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada designed a new stakeholder registry that will help you stay informed of the latest consultations and participate in their engagement activities. To register visit: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/public-consult/stakeholder-intervenants/index-eng.php

If you’re interested in knowing more about Health Canada’s healthy eating strategy, emailhealthyeating-sainealimentation@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Have you completed the 2016 State of the Industry Sustainability Benchmarking Survey? If you haven’t, it’s not too late! This data is critical to understanding the state of the industry as Provision Coalition plan for their next policy framework and supporting programs for industry.

Provision can use your benchmark responses to update or complete the online Self-Assessment tool for you. This will help you benchmark and document your sustainability progress!

For completing this important third benchmark (2010, 2014, 2016), you will be eligible to win a Gift Basket Featuring Canadian Food & Beverage products valued at $250.

If you’d like to arrange to complete this survey via phone interview, or if you have any questions, contact Janet Wakutz, SMS Resource & Communications Managerwakutz@provisioncoalition.com

Registration NOW Open – Be an Ontario Pavilion Exhibitor at the Restaurants Canada Show, February 26 to 28, Toronto

Restaurants Canada will be celebrating 150 years of foodservice, innovation, leadership and culinary excellence. They will be shining the spotlight on icons, influencers, provinces and territories, multicultural cuisines, companies, and brands that play a role shaping our industry in Canada. The kicking off party is at the trade show, February 26-28th in Toronto.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), along with Restaurants Canada are pleased to provide Ontario food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their unique, Ontario-made products in the Ontario Pavilion and be part of the celebration. This pavilion showcases a selection of innovative Ontario food and beverage companies with the prospect to connect with international industry buyers and over 12,000 chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and foodservice operators.

Feature your company and products in the Ontario Pavilion and save BIG! We are offering a 10’x10′ booth at a discount rate of $2,200 (package valued at over $10,000). There is also an option of a 5’x10′ booth for half the cost at $1,100. Corner booths are available on first come first serve basis. Limited space available.
See the Events section of the Bulletin for more information on the show.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Contact Leslie Best to receive the RC Show 2017 Application, complete it and submit to Lerna
  2. For more information contact Lerna
  3. Check out the Ontario Pavilion in the 2016 Restaurants Canada Show video

New SMART Green funding program targets SMEs, improves domestic supply chain

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) in partnership with Government of Ontario is launching a new $25 million SMART Green fund that will assist small and medium-sized manufacturers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and improve their energy efficiency. Application intake opened October 31, 2016 through SMART’s online Grant Management submission portal.

Applications will be considered on a first-in, first-reviewed basis.

CLICK HERE for more details.
Get Your New, Innovative Product in Front of International Buyers

Ontario Food Exports (OFEX) wants to hear from Ontario food and beverage manufacturers! OMAFRA is promoting new, innovative food products from Ontario’s world-class food and beverage manufacturers to buyers around the world in a new publication called “What’s New from Ontario!” Product highlights will be grouped into perishable, shelf-stable, and health and wellness categories.

You can send a brief description of your innovative new product(s) along with a high-resolution photo to Cheryl Chlebus, Client Information Coordinator, atCheryl.Chlebus@ontario.ca for the opportunity to be featured!

Events

OIMP (Ontario Independent Meat Processors) Food Handler Training Workshop February 8 and 9, 2016, Guelph

OIMP will be hosting its first Food Handler Training (FTC) workshop of 2017 on February 8 and 9, in Guelph. Attending this workshop will provide participants with an interactive learning experience focusing on five key areas: Food Safety Responsibilities, Food Safety Hazards, Controlling Hazards, Food Safety Management Systems and Management’s Responsibilities for Food Safety.
More information/registration: Contact the OIMP office at 519-763-4558 ext. 221 orinfo@oimp.ca.

Innovation in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

BLOOM’s Craft Beer Case Study

BLOOM is a trusted go-to authority on environmentally sustainable industry practices that connect social responsibility with business success, to create vibrant and thriving communities across Ontario.

Their work with craft brewers illustrates a sector-focused approach, collaborating with a diverse range of organizations to make sustainable water and resource use a reality across Ontario’s booming craft beer industry.

To view their new craft beer case study on solids management download and review it at:http://waterandbeer.bloomcentre.com/wp-content/uploads/BLOOMCaseStudy-CraftBrewery-SolidsManagement.pdf

Training and Resources

Webinars – Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

Join the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ new webinars to learn whatGlobal Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) food safety schemes work best for your business. Learn first-hand from GFSI representatives and scheme owners about the key aspects of featured schemes.

To register or for more information call 1-877-424-1300 or visit www.ontario.ca/foodsafety

  • Registration is FREE but space is limited
  • All webinars are from 11am-12pm (Eastern Standard Time – EST)

GFSI Webinar Topics for PRODUCERS:
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
Register for 1, 2 or all 3 topics:

  • Webinar 1: Introduction and GFSI overview
    March 7, 2017
  • Webinar 2: Canada Gap
    March 9, 2017
  • Webinar 3: Safe Quality Food (SQF) code
    March 23, 2017

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency is a Climate Change Strategy. The use of sub-meters on machinery and process lines gets you the real numbers you need to manage cost, efficiency and carbon. Watch these short clips to learn more.

Follow OMAFRA on Twitter

Follow us on Twitter: @OMAFRA to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events, and more!

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