What’s New in Ontario
- PROFIT New Exporter Seminar – Save the date! Niagara Falls, ON – June 13/14, 2017
- Institute of Food Technology Show Canada Pavilion Program, Las Vegas, NV – June 26-28, 2017
- GF2 Food & Beverage Sector Peer Networking Event – Cambridge, ON – May 25, 2017
- Ontario Dairy Council Convention – Ottawa, ON – June 11 – 13, 2017
- 2nd annual Food and Beverage Ontario Golf Tournament, June 22nd, 2017, Mark your calendars!
- Meat Industry Expo 2017 – Niagara, ON – October 20 – 21, 2017
- Ontario Independent Meat Processors Awards (OIMP) Awards Gala
Innovation in Food & Beverage Manufacturing
Training and Resources
- Food Handler Training (FHT) Workshop – June 7- 8
- New Food Safety and Traceability online courses!
- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle
- IFPT/Conestoga College Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders
- Follow OMAFRA on Twitter
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.
What’s New from Ontario
PROFIT New Exporter Seminar – Save the date! Niagara Falls, ON – June 13/14, 2017
Ontario Food Exports is now accepting registrations for our annual new exporter program. Due to popular demand and upcoming major US regulation changes, 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 obtain registration information to participate in this highly valued export preparation program.
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.
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.
This initiative is supported by Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
GF2 Food & Beverage Sector Peer Networking Event – Cambridge, ON – May 25, 2017
The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) is hosting the next Growing Forward 2 Food & Beverage Sector Peer Networking Event on May 25, 2017 at the Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) Conestoga College, Cambridge. The focus will be on “Packaging, Labelling and Innovation”. EMC is pleased to have the following manufacturers; NSF International, Belmont Meats, and Raining Inc. at this event to help shed some insight into industry. IFPT’s will not only be talking about their programs, they will also conduct a tour of their 8,000 square foot pilot plant that features baking, vegetable and beverage processing lines.
Register at Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium
Ontario Dairy Council Convention – Ottawa, ON – June 11 – 13, 2017
You are invited to the Ontario Dairy Council (ODC) Convention June 11 – 13th at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, Ottawa.
The 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 22, 2017
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 email@example.com or 519-826-3741.
Meat Industry Expo 2017 – Niagara Falls, ON – October 20 – 21, 2017
The Meat Industry Expo 2017 will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in beautiful Niagara Falls this October. Over 70 exhibitors will showcase the latest and greatest innovations, technologies, equipment and service solutions for meat processing, wholesale and retail operations. The Flavours section will showcase OIMP members sampling some of the best meat and poultry products found in Ontario complemented by samples of Ontario craft beer and wine. On the tradeshow floor Saturday afternoon there will be three finalists that will dazzle the crowd, demonstrating the art of butchery while adding value to their mystery proteins as they compete head-to-head for the title of Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2017!
When: Friday, October 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls
More information and register at www.meatindustryexpo.ca
Ontario Independent Meat Processors Awards (OIMP) Gala – October 21, 2017
Get ready to walk the red carpet at the OIMP Awards Gala!
This premiere event recognizes and honours OIMP members and their contributions to the industry and the association. Awards include The Meat Industry Achievement (MIA) and Associate Member Recognition (AMRA) recipients, along with 10 and 25 year members. The highly anticipated winners of the Ontario Finest Meat Competition™ are unveiled and the evening culminates with the crowning of Ontario’s Finest Butcher.
When: Saturday October 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Marriott on the Falls
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
FHT Workshop – Guelph, ON – June 7- 8, 2017
The Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) will be hosting a Food Handler Training workshop June 7-8th in Guelph. Attending this workshop will provide you 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.
For more information and to register visit http://oimp.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8a62cb07927d6d80bff23205b&id=7ef1b04de3&e=5d9aad6ca9
New Food Safety and Traceability online courses!
Give your company a competitive edge – take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace!
Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario online learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.
The new Traceability eLearning courses show how good practices can:
- Maximize productivity, improve business efficiency, reduce costs and improve business processes
- Be used to increase competitive advantage by accessing new markets
- Improve supply chain management
- The new Food Safety eLearning courses will help you to:
- Identify food safety hazards that can occur in your operation
- Understand best practices and develop programs to control these hazards
- Decrease the likelihood of food safety hazards that can lead to a foodborne illness outbreak or product recall
Visit the University of Guelph website to register for a FREE account. Then simply log in and begin learning – wherever and whenever is convenient for you! Accessible versions of the courses are available.
For more information, contact the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-674-1500 ext. 63295.
Do you prefer classroom-based learning? Food Safety and Traceability courses and workshops are still offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Visit their website for the dates and locations of upcoming in-person opportunities.
Online course development was funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.
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.
Check out The Chronicle online.
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 email@example.com or visit https://www.conestogac.on.ca/fulltime/operations-leadership-in-food-manufacturing.
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