Fruit & Vegetables
Happy birthday, CFIA
The 20th anniversary of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency…
New regulations, technologies and industry attitudes are ensuring consumers are safe and Canada’s food system prospers
PAC salutes this year’s stars in packaging
PAC, Packaging Consortium held its 2017 Canadian Leadership Awards Gala, which highlights some of the best packages in food and beverage and non-food sectors
La Caisse creates investment fund for Quebec’s agri-food sector
The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has created a $125-million fund to help support small and medium size businesses and farmers in Quebec’s agri-food sector.
Farm & Food Care Canada has a new identity
The board of Farm & Food Care Canada reviewed its mission and vision and decided to transition to the new Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. The organization says CCFI is better equipped to help build public trust in Canada’s food system
Federal government must boost focus on agri-food in Canada: report
Making agri-food a national economic priority will help it flourish
Select Food Products adds a new manufacturing line
Select Food will now manufacture French’s Ketchup with homegrown tomatoes
Ontario invests in local food
Through the Greenbelt Fund, the Ontario government is investing more than $830,000 in 24 local agriculture and agri-food projects to boost access to local food across the province
Grocery chain to invest $1.3 billion into the Canadian economy
Loblaw Companies Limited will spend $1.3 billion to open new stores, renovate more than 500 existing stores and offer more fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Marts.
Ontario vegetable grower to build $4-million DC
Demand has grown so much for NatureFresh that the company is building its fifth distribution centre in Leamington, Ont.
CFIA signs agreement with France’s food regulator
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail have signed an agreement to share news in food, plant and animal science
Canadian governments finalize the Canadian Free Trade Agreement
Canadian federal, provincial and territorial governments have concluded negotiations on a new Canadian Free Trade Agreement they say will help expand businesses and increase economic growth across the country.
The flavour in food labelling modernization
The flavour of food must be appealing in order to sell a product. But it’s not too often we get to sample food before we buy. Instead, the principal means of communicating flavours on a packaged consumer food is via its label.
Filling the growing labour gap
More changes are on the way to foreign worker programs, but the food processing industry is calling for a more permanent solution to its ongoing labour shortage
BC’s agrifood and seafood sectors set export record
Agrifood and seafood companies in BC set a new record for exports in 2016, which reached a high of $3.8 billion
Funding for McGill University will help boost the food economy
The province of Quebec has granted $5 million for creating and funding McGill University’s precompetitive food processing research consortium
$20-million donation will help U of Guelph transform global food economy
The University of Guelph received a $20-million donation and will use to create the Arrell Food Institute. The new institute will address food security, safety and sustainability
Ontario’s greenhouse sector receives funding from province
Ontario is providing $19 million to support the Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative. The greenhouse sector will use the support to create, adopt and invest in innovative new technologies
Federal budget highlights agriculture and agri-food
Canada’s federal government released its 2017 budget yesterday. In it, Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is identified as part of the government’s plan to grow Canada’s economy
NSF announces 2017 food safety winners
NSF International has released the names of this year’s Canadian Food Safety Recognition Award Winners. The awards recognize food and beverage companies from across Canada who lead in food safety
Electricity costs hurting Ontario food manufacturers, says the FBO
The rising cost of electricity has become unsustainable for food and beverage manufactures in Ontario, says a report from Food and Beverage Ontario
Ontario’s apple industry contributes $634 million to the province’s economy: study
A study by JRG Consulting has found that the Ontario apple industry generates an annual economic activity of $634 million and employs more than 5,100 people
Hottest trend in foodservice? Craft beer
According to a recent survey conducted by Restaurants Canada – craft beer and microbrews are here to stay. The survey asks chefs across Canada to list the hottest trends in foodservice
Study finds that Canadian consumers are concerned about food fraud
A study from Dalhousie University has found that Canadians are concerned about food fraud. It also turned up evidence that food fraud is prevalent in the Canadian marketplace
CETA to come into force by spring 2017
The European Parliament has approved the implementation of Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Take action with the new Coretakr
FTNON’s new robotic Coretakr makes lettuce core removal painless.
Taste Your Future bursary contest!
Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO), through the Taste Your Future Program, is engaging young people to think of the food and beverage processing sector as an exciting sector for employment.
CFP acquires Okanagan Valley cherry marketer and distributor
Consolidated Fruit Packers of Kelowna has acquired an Okanagan Valley-based cherry marketer and distributor. The acquisition will increase CFP’s acreage and position in Canada’s fruit market
Metro Ontario to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a tour
Metro Ontario is sponsoring this year’s JUNO Awards with a Homegrown Tour celebrating local communities, local food and local talent
CK Ingredients’ Lupini bean ingredients are label-friendly, kosher-certified, free of GMOs and suitable for gluten-free formulations
B.C. food companies receiving $2.3 million in innovation investments
36 new projects are receiving more than $2.3 million in funding towards a range of innovative projects in B.C.’s agri-food sector
Innovative tech helps Holland Marsh growers protect crops
A new project is testing technologies that will make Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs for key crops more efficient and cost effective
The search for new fresh grape varieties for Ontario
Growers and nurseries are asking for more varieties to extend their season
Ontario co-op worldwide leader in edible beans
Hensall District Co-operative Inc. is a global leader in the edible dry bean and food grade soybean business
B.C. food bank installing “vertical garden”
A food bank in Cloverdale, B.C. is installing an innovative growing wall, capable of producing up to 600 lbs of fresh produce yearly
Interest in Canadian agriculture education growing
There is a growing interest in agriculture education in Canada, along with an increasing number of job opportunities in the industry