BC Food Industry Honoured by BC Food Processors Association

Vancouver, BC - BC’s best of the best in the food processing industry were honoured on May 19th at the FoodProWest 2016 Awards Gala.

More than 375 of BC’s top food processors and industry leaders came together to honour their colleagues at the prestigious Gala Dinner hosted by the BC Food Processors Association.

Sun Rype Products Ltd joins Nature’s Path, Olympic Dairy, Pacific Coast Fruit Products, Gizella’s Pastry, Vanderpol Food Group, Avalon Dairy Ltd., Purdy’s Chocolates and Freybe Gourmet Foods in the BC Food Processor’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Award recognizes a BC company that has been in the business for 25 or more years and shows a commitment to prosperity and environmental stability.

Workplace Safety Award: A new award this year, Cermaq Canada Ltd was the first company to receive BCFPA recognition for innovative programs, policies, tools or projects that assist in reducing workplace injuries.

Leadership Award: The Leadership Award recognizes an Industry leader that provides business leadership and inspiration; makes a positive contribution to the community, practices mentorship, environmental sustainability and is a role model. Ian Walker of Left Coast Naturals was the recipient of this year’s award.

Member of the Year Award: The Member of the Year Award recognizes a BCFPA Member that has demonstrated a high engagement level in BCFPA activities and made a contribution to industry efforts. Ideon Packaging excelled by supporting the BCFPA on many fronts and is also always ready to support industry and association.

Rising Star Award: The Rising Star Award celebrates a leader who has demonstrated innovation, shown leadership in industry and the community. The award was won by Cathline James, owner of Wise Bites.

Innovation Award: The Innovation Award recognizes a processor which has demonstrated innovation in any aspect of the company. Daiya Foods with its’ unique spin on plant-based foods that are dairy, soy and gluten-free received the award.

Sustainability Award: The Sustainability Award recognizes a processor which has demonstrated energy conservation and sustainability in their operations. West Coast Reduction received the honours.

Product of the Year Award: The Product of the Year Award recognizes a product that shows innovation; criteria include taste, product packaging, marketing, innovation, and environmental impact. 35 companies participated in a fierce competition before a panel of judges.

  • Gold Winner                   Wize Monkey Coffee Leaf Tea
  • Silver Winner                 Tree Island Yogurt
  • Bronze Winner               Left Coast Hippie Snacks, Coconut Clusters

The awards were presented at FoodProWest, the premier annual gathering of BC food processors. The event also included a Buyer’s Exposition and Tradeshow followed by the Awards Gala. During the event, attendees networked and browsed the trade show with over 80 exhibitors.

“There were so many deserving nominees this year, and I have to give credit to our judges, who had a major challenge in selecting the winners of each award”, said James Donaldson, BCFPA CEO and Executive Director. “The theme of FoodProWest this year was ‘An Appetite for Growth’, and each of this years winners exemplify passion and leadership in driving success for themselves and the businesses they work for.”

“This is our ninth year of FoodProWest,” added Donaldson. “We are very happy to see the event continue to grow. This year’s International Buyers Day event drew dozens of local and international buyers – in addition to hundreds of industry stakeholders - to see the many BC Food & Beverage processors showcasing their products at the event”. The Buyers Day was made possible through our partnership with the BC Government’s Growing Forward 2 program.

“Proceeds from the event are used to leverage funding for industry projects that will benefit the entire food industry. FoodProWest has been designed to bring industry together, but it can also provide funding for programs that support industry,” added Donaldson.

The BCFPA is a not-for- profit organization dedicated to represent all segments of the food, beverage and nutraceutical processing industry and the associate companies that support them. The Association membership are micro, small, medium, and large processing companies representing more than 73% of BC’s $8.5 billion food industry revenues.

For more information: James Donaldson, TEL: 604-371- 4245 james@bcfpa.ca