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OMAFRA April 2017 Food Bulletin

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Industry news

  1. 2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence program – Closes April 28,2017
  2. Financial Support – Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP)
  3. Does your business import food into Canada, export food to another country, or sell food across provinces?
  4. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle

What’s New in Ontario

  1. Exhibit with the Canadian Pavilion at SIAL Canada in Toronto, May 2-4, 2017
  2. Taste of Canada 2017 Program – Boston, MA, June 5-6, 2017
  3. Institute of Food Technology Show Canada Pavilion Program, Las Vegas, NV – June 26-28, 2017
  4. PROFIT New Exporter Seminar – Save the date! Niagara Falls, ON – June 13/14, 2017

Events

  1. Registration is now open! Canada’s 2017 Food Loss + Waste Forum | Finding Solutions, April 12, 2017
  2. Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP), Industry Day April 20 – Register Now!
  3. Are you a food or beverage processor in Ontario?
  4. Free Productivity Training For Food and Beverage Manufacturers
  5. The Canadian Chapter of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), Dairy Outlook Seminar – Guelph, Ontario on May 16-18.
  6. Ontario Dairy Council Convention June 11 – 13, Ottawa – Save the Date!
  7. 2nd annual Food and Beverage Ontario Golf Tournament, June 22nd, 2017, Mark your calendars!

Innovation in Food & Beverage Manufacturing

  1. BLOOM’s Craft Beer Case Study

Training and Resources

  1. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle
  2. IFPT/Conestoga College Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders
  3. Follow OMAFRA on Twitter

Industry News

2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-food Innovation Excellence program – Closes April 28,2017

The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, April 28, 2017. Program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website.
If you would like additional information, please contact Darlene Harrietha, Program Analyst at darlene.harrietha@ontario.ca or 519-826-4847.

Thank you for your continued support to the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program!

Financial Support – Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP)

The Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) initiative focuses on established southern Ontario businesses that have the potential to be global players with innovative and unique opportunities to accelerate growth and support job creation. This initiative supports businesses diversify markets and expand facilities, adopt new technologies and processes to improve productivity, and increase business capacity to grow and diversify markets.

Funding will be available, under two streams over the next five years and multi-year projects will be considered. All project activities must be completed prior to December 31, 2018.

For more information and detailed initiative guidelines, please refer towww.FedDevOntario.gc.ca or call the toll-free telephone number at 1-866-593-5505.

Does your business import food into Canada, export food to another country, or sell food across provinces?

The CFIA recently launched a 90-day consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations to better protect the health of Canadians.

What would change?

If you import food or prepare food to be exported or sold across provinces, you would be required to have preventive controls in place and you may need to write them down in a plan. Preventive controls would allow you to identify and manage food safety risks before products are sold to consumers. Strong preventive systems, such as traceability and food safety controls, could boost your competitiveness here in Canada and abroad.

Get involved and stay connected on this important initiative. Visit inspection.gc.ca/safefoodto register for a webinar or in-person information session near you.

Have your say………

Let them know what you think. Go to inspection.gc.ca/safefood and submit your feedback before the consultation closes on April 21, 2017.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as launched a quarterly online newsletter called The CFIA Chronicle. It will provide updates on the Agency’s activities and highlight some of the changes underway to address an ever-changing and more global environment.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/the-cfia-chronicle-newsletter/eng/1489421416882/1489421457404

What’s New from Ontario

Exhibit with the Canadian Pavilion at SIAL Canada in Toronto, May 2-4, 2017

SIAL Canada returns to Toronto from May 2-4, 2017 at the Enercare Centre (formerly the Direct Energy Centre) and Ontario Food Exports (OFEX) is partnering with the Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA) to provide you with an opportunity to exhibit at the show within the Canadian Pavilion.

OFEX will be hosting a lounge/meeting area for all exhibitors at no additional cost to you, and participants will have several opportunities to meet face-to-face with visiting buyers in both an informal networking setting as well as in organized one-on-one meetings hosted by OFEX. The cost to participate will be $3,584 for a 10×10 space (representing a cost savings on $3,584 – funding provided through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgriMarketing Program). To register for this program please contact info@cfea.com or Cheryl.chlebus@Ontario.ca.

There is limited space available in the pavilion, so act quickly and register now! Note that in order to exhibit with the Canadian Pavilion you must be a member of the Canadian Food Exporters Association.

Taste of Canada 2017 Program – Boston, MA, June 5-6, 2017

This program is presented on behalf of Ontario Food Exports, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Global Affairs Canada, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) and provincial partners. Participants must be export ready or demonstrate export readiness, be introducing a new product to food service and/or retail in this region, or be planning to introduce new products to this region in the near future. They must also already be selling to at least one major retailer/account in Canada and/or in the U.S., or demonstrate sufficient capacity to export.
Featured natural/organic food and beverage products for the retail and/or food service channels will be in the following categories:

  • Bakery – breads/rolls
  • Specialty Oils
  • Confectionary
  • Meat Solutions (entrees, prepared & ready meals)
  • Pastries & Desserts
  • Seasonings
  • Honey & Sweeteners
  • Frozen (meals & value-added seafood)
  • Seafood (fresh)
  • Snack Foods
  • Non-alcoholic Beverages

There is no cost to participate, however companies will be responsible to cover the cost of travel, accommodations, shipping samples, and materials. A completed registration form will need to be completed. Please reach out to Cheryl Chlebus at Cheryl.Chlebus@Ontario.ca to see if there are still spaces available and to obtain the application form.

Institute of Food Technology Show Canada Pavilion Program, Las Vegas, NV – June 26-28, 2017

This program is presented on behalf of Ontario Food Exports, in collaboration with Saskatchewan Trade and Investment and provincial partners. IFT is the largest gathering of product development and R&D decision makers in the food manufacturing sector. The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo brings together professionals involved in both the science and the business of food – experts in R&D, product development, and QA/QC, as well as executive management, marketing, procurement, sales, and more.

Ontario Food Exports is pleased offer up to four exhibitor counters in the Canada Pavilion for Ontario ingredient processors on a first come, first serve basis. The cost of the show program is $2,600 and includes: 2 exhibitor badges, display counter, chair, under-counter storage, carpet, customized poster for your counter (including 2 free hours of design work), electricity, logo inclusion in the one page show directory ad, and pre-show promotion. A block of rooms has been secured for the program for participants.

The deadline to submit your registration is Friday April 21st (for graphics and listings) but space will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. Please reach out to Cheryl Chlebus at Cheryl.chlebus@Ontario.ca for further information and the application form.

PROFIT New Exporter Seminar – Save the date! Niagara Falls, ON – June 13/14, 2017

Ontario Food Exports is pleased to share the tentative dates for our annual new exporter program. Due to popular demand we are increasing the capacity of the program to accommodate the increased interest in the program. Please reach out to Cheryl Chlebus at Cheryl.chlebus@Ontario.ca for further information and to note your interest in participating in this highly valued export preparation program.

Events

Registration is now open! Canada’s 2017 Food Loss + Waste Forum | Finding Solutions, April 12, 2017

Provision Coalition with its collaborative partners: National Zero Waste Council and PAC, Packaging Consortium, presents Canada’s 2017 Food Loss + Waste Forum | Finding Solutions at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ontario!

This April 12, 2017 event will be a full day focussed on presenting a platform to share opportunities and demonstrate pragmatic solutions, best practices, and innovative technologies that are readily available in the marketplace to address the food waste challenge.

Visit their Eventbrite page at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/canadas-2017-food-loss-waste-forum-finding-solutions-tickets-30127106988 for all the details including a draft agenda. Register now and save $100 with early bird pricing.

Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP), Industry Day April 20 – Register Now!

You are invited to OIMP Industry Day 2017, where they bring together members from all aspects of the meat industry including processors, retailers, producers, suppliers and government to share in a day of making connections and exchanging ideas to take your business to the next level.
Agenda items include:

  • Protecting Consumer Trust:
  • Marketing Supports for “Buy Ontario”,
  • Workforce of the Future
  • Growing the Industry

To attend OIMP industry day Register now

Details: Growing the Industry, Thursday April 20, 2017, 10:00am – 3:00pm, Teatro Conference & Event Centre, 121 Chisholm Drive, Milton, ON

Are you a food or beverage processor in Ontario?

On April 27, join Food and Beverage Ontario for a facilitated consultation on growth and success in Ontario’s food and beverage processing industry.

Consultation Agenda | April 27 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Morning Session – The next Agricultural Policy Framework (2018-2023) & Ontario’s Food and Beverage Processors
Afternoon Session – Food and Beverage Processor Priorities for a Successful Ontario Industry

Industry Consultation Session Details
When: April 27, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm includes lunch
Where: Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5W 1G3

How to register? To register email Jason Crawford, Director of Membership & Industry Relations: jcrawford@foodandbeverageontario.ca
*there is no fee for this event

For more information: Contact Norm Beal, CEO nbeal@foodandbeverageontario.ca or 519-826-3741

Free Productivity Training For Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is hosting a series of no-cost productivity training events for the food, beverage and bio sector, including those directly supplying manufactured products to the industry. The half-day sessions include workshop, manual and materials and are geared towards senior, continuous improvement, plant, quality, and production management, supervisors and staff needing to launch their productivity training.

To Register: Phone: 1-866-323-4362 or, Register Online: www.emccanada.org/gf2register

Upcoming workshops:

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – Ottawa, ON
    • Root Cause Problem Solving
    • Leadership & Management of Change
  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Greater Toronto Area
    • Root Cause Problem Solving
    • Introduction to the Kaizen Process for Implementing Change
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 – Guelph, ON
    • Leadership & Management of Change
    • Introduction to the Kaizen Process for Implementing Change
  • Friday, May 12, 2017 – Webinar
    • Productivity Action Plan Development

This initiative is supported by Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

EMC is a unique non-profit organization dedicated to helping manufacturers grow and become more competitive, at home and around the world. EMC and the Ontario Ministry Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) are helping Food Sector Manufacturers and Processors across Ontario to enhance global competitiveness, build labour productivity and create new sector resources. EMC Membership is free to joinhttps://www.emccanada.org/join

The Canadian Chapter of the International Dairy Federation (IDF), Dairy Outlook Seminar – Guelph, Ontario on May 16-18.

This event only comes to Ontario every few years and ODC is proud to be part of this year’s Organizing Committee. In addition to a very interesting program, the agenda also includes a visit of the state of the art Livestock Research and Innovation Centre (LRIC) Dairy Facility in Elora on the afternoon of May 17th. Please register early as space will be limited.
All meetings and conferences will be held at the OAC Centennial Arboretum Centre of the University of Guelph (in the Auditorium). For directions, please consult the following link:https://www.uoguelph.ca/arboretum/sites/uoguelph.ca.arboretum/files/public/ArboretumMapasofSept2007.pdf

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn and at the Days Inn. The negotiated rates are also valid a few days prior and after the event. The room blocks will only be held through April 15th.

Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre / http://www.higuelph.ca/
Booking can be done by phone or online using the Group Code ”IDF”.
519-836-0231
601 Scottsdale Drive – Guelph, Ontario N1G 3E7

Days Inn Guelph / http://www.daysinn.ca/hotels/ontario/guelph/days-inn-guelph/hotel-overview
785 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON N1G 1Y8
519-822-9112

If you have any questions, feel free to call Christina Lewis, President, ONTARIO DAIRY COUNCIL, 905-542-3620.

Ontario Dairy Council Convention June 11 – 13, Ottawa – Save the Date!

You are invited to the Ontario Dairy Council Convention on June 11 to 13 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. Registration details coming soon.

ODC is a provincial not-for-profit trade association representing the interests and concerns of dairy processors in Ontario. ODC’s vision is a dynamic, innovative, profitable and growing dairy processing industry, competitive domestically and internationally.

2nd annual Food and Beverage Ontario Golf Tournament, June 22nd, 2017, Mark your calendars!

Due to last year’s sold out event, Food and Beverage Ontario have moved to a larger course and are pleased to announce that this year’s tournament will take place at the 27 hole Peninsula Lakes Golf Club in Niagara, Ontario.

This is an excellent opportunity to network and have fun with fellow colleagues within the industry.

For more information contact Jason Crawford at jcrawford@foodandbeverageontario.ca or 519-826-3741

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

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a quarterly online newsletter called The CFIA Chronicle. It will provide updates on the Agency’s activities and highlight some of the changes underway to address an ever-changing and more global environment.

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/the-cfia-chronicle-newsletter/eng/1489421416882/1489421457404

IFPT/Conestoga College Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders

The Operations Leadership in Food Manufacturing one-year program is designed for students who have completed a degree or a diploma in science or engineering, and who want to be prepared for an advanced supervisory career in the food manufacturing industry.

Upon completion, graduates will be able to design systems, lead teams of people, and manage projects that drive successful business results across all sectors of food processing. Courses in the program cover Food Safety Management Systems and Traceability, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Operations, Comprehensive Maintenance, Team Dynamics and Employee Engagement, Performance and Competency Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Functionality, Lean Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement.

For more information contact Luis Garcia at lgarcia@conestogac.on.ca or visit https://www.conestogac.on.ca/fulltime/operations-leadership-in-food-manufacturing.

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