For the BCFPA to be the leader and the voice of a thriving BC food processing industry.
We strengthen BC food processors by creating the environment to position the industry to compete and grow locally and globally, and to serve as the industry’s advocate.
To achieve economic prosperity and sustainable safe production in a balanced BC food and natural health product industry. For our members, we provide support, training, fellowship and a strong voice. For the public, we provide good food, innovative nutrition solutions, public policy advice, sustainable economic benefits for communities, and public education.
The BCFPA is dedicated to help our industry achieve economic prosperity and sustainable safe production. The BCFPA represents micro, small, medium, and large processing companies, and since 2004 has grown to more than 550 member companies. The core focus of the BCFPA is to;
- Connect the industry to one another to share ideas, problem solve, identify potential synergies, fellowship, and explore mutually beneficial business;
- Educate - Providing tools, resources and training required to make our members – and our industry – prosper;
- Advocate – representing a voice for opportunities and issues that impact on our members and our industry;
- Inform – Sharing relevant industry, economic and consumer information that affects our members and industry.
Our Peer Group Network:
The BC Food & Beverage has an active peer group and committee structure where members interact, learn and network to build their business and our industry. Valuable peer group information consisting of meetings minutes, content, presentations, speaker and industry contact information is available for BCFPA members only. Members can click the links below to view documents relating to each peer group. To register for the next peer group meeting check out Upcoming Events
Do you have a topic that you'd like to discuss or learn more about? Please contact Tanya Tait at [email protected] or (604) 371-4245 if you wish to join a committee - you will be amazed at the benefits that will come your way.
HUMAN RESOURCES PEER GROUP: The BCFB's Human Resources mandate is to help improve HR practices with its members by facilitating and promoting best practices, information sharing. This group is open to all members. There are currently more than 120 members engaged with the HR Peer Group, which meets at various lower mainland locations at least 4 times a year. The HR Peer Group also engages in the Question of the Week, where members can ask HR-related questions and gain from a multitude of members' experience! This Peer Group is chaired by Ivy Leong, HR Manager of Fresh Direct Produce.
OPERATIONS PEER GROUP is designed to provide a forum for operations focused members through group interaction and speakers on topics of interest to the group. Quarterly meetings include production facility tours, roundtable discussions, sharing of best practices, meeting with associate service providers, and speaker presentations. Operations staff learn about a broad range of operations focused topics through presentations made by specialists in the identified areas of interest. Both members and prospective members are welcome to attend (by invitation only). There are more than 160 Operations Peer Group members. The group is Co-chaired by John Sykes, Director of Operations of Earth's Own Food Company and Arda Agloku, Founder and Principle of Verbum Consulting.
FINANCE & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: This peer group is for BCFB members’ leadership, business development and financial management professionals to network, learn and share best practices. The group is split into two streams - smaller processors and larger companies, so that the specific finance needs of each stream are met. This is a forum for members to share industry-related issues, and to learn from finance and business development speakers from industry. Members also undertake business development related projects at the request of the CEO and Board of Directors, BCFB's Finance Committee Co-Chairs: Jozef Hubburmin, CFO of Fresh Direct Produce, and Ally Bharmal, Partner at FASKEN.
FOOD SAFETY PEER GROUP: The Food Safety Peer Group allows the BCFB to advocate towards equal and responsive regulations, providing input and influencing government programs and policies, and developing valuable food safety-related programs and services for BC Food & Beverage members. This peer group is the place for Food Safety/Quality Assurance professionals to network and share best practices at quarterly meetings and special workshops and events. The 100+ member strong group is co-chaired by Patricia Trutter of HPP West Coast and Ruth Leah Jenkins.
FRASER VALLEY OPERATIONS: The BCFB Fraser Valley Peer Group meets at plants in the Fraser Valley to discuss Food Safety, Operations and other topics of interest. It provides a forum for operations and food safety professionals through group interaction, guest speakers demonstrations and tours. More than 70 members are part of this group which is co-chaired by Tim de Haan, Operations Manager of Apex Food Source, and Juan Maya. The Fraser Valley Operations Peer Group meets quarterly.
SALES & MARKETING PEER GROUP: This peer group is all about enhancing the competitive position of BC food processors, individually or as a whole. Under the leadership of Ken Schneider, CEO of Quesava and Luigi Scaglione, Direct of Sales of Great Little Box Company, the Sales and Marketing Peer Group provides opportunities for networking and professional development with meetings on best practices and issues, including social media, brand developent, marketing, export development, advertising, sales strategies, tradeshows and more. Building business relationships and opportunities for collaboration among value chain partners and enhancing communications and coordination with industry stakeholders is a benefit of belonging to the Sales and Marketing peer group.
VANCOUVER ISLAND PEER GROUP: The BCFB Vancouver Island Peer Group provides a forum for Island-based food, beverage and natural health product processors and associate members through networking, and learning opportunities across a broad range of industry-focused topics. Vancouver Island Peer Group meetings are held on a quarterly basis, typically at a member’s facility and include a tour, speaker and group discussion. Both members and prospective members (by invitation only) are welcome to attend. Meetings are typically held on Thursday afternoons from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. This group is co-chaired by Debra Hellbach, Founder of Dragon SOLV Solutions Ltd and Jess Berlenbach, Vice President of Operations of Epicure.