Provision Coalition, Canada’s food and beverage manufacturer sustainability organization, has released a series of resources aimed at helping make sustainability solutions simple and accessible for Canadian food and beverage manufacturers.
“At Provision Coalition, we have developed a number of tools that are supporting manufacturers in taking a strategic sustainability approach to their operations. For instance, tools that assist with manufacturer food waste are having economic, environmental and even social benefits,” says Cher Mereweather, executive director of Guelph, Ont.-based Provision Coalition.
These types of operational improvements may require initial investment, but according to a Provision Coalition press release, they have clear payback to the company in a number of ways (click here for a video on sustainability and return on investment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QGp7sX2m1I). And for companies in the middle of an organizational mind shift, new strategies for increasing employee engagement and valuing contributions to local communities are available (click here for a video on the upside of making changes to company culture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZS2W2TgWZo).
“Our government is happy to support the work of Provision Coalition in delivering tools to food and beverage manufacturers to support best practices and the adoption of innovative new approaches to their operations,” says Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Whether it is production modernization or developing new methods and processes, sustainability and growth go hand in hand and promoting this thinking will create new opportunities for food and beverage manufacturers in Ontario, and across Canada.”
Provision Coalition is a not-for-profit, national organization committed to food and beverage manufacturer and input supplier sustainability. Coalition members include: Baking Association of Canada, Canadian Beverage Association, Canadian National Millers Association, Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, Food and Beverage Ontario, Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ), Ontario Agri Business Association, Ontario Craft Brewers, Ontario Dairy Council, Ontario Independent Meat Processors, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Processors Association and Wine Council of Ontario.
This initiative is funded in part through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.