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Dear BCFB Members,

Our affinity partner, SGS has a new certification for you! Please contact Mohit McLaren at [email protected] directly to register.

SGS is introducing a Covid – 19 Safety control Addendum certificate that can be added to your existing certification and can be conducted during the renewal or surveillance audits or as a standalone audit and certification, please contact this email [email protected] if you would like more information or to set up the...

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DUPIsCHAI blends spice with science to create a tea with purpose. “I set out to take chai back to its spice tonic roots by recreating Chai of the Maharajas but for the western cultures palate,” says Dupinder, who goes by Dupi, and created the tea with her husband Victor Yablonsky. Dupi was born and raised in India and chai tea has been the rhythm of her life. Dupi says, “I was disappointed to find that every chai on the current market had added flavours and sugars to create an experience without any substance behind the drink.” She wanted to enjoy the taste of her chai, but benefit her...

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Are you a woman entrepreneur looking for mentorship?

Are you an experienced woman in business, looking for a great way to give back by being a mentor?

BCFB is working with the Women’s Enterprise Centre to match experienced mentors with new entrepreneurs. Check out the website for information on becoming a mentor and how to apply https://www.womensenterprise.ca/business-advising-mentoring/mentoring/become-a-mentor/

Our next one-to-one mentoring intake is launching...

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Venture company, Merit Functional Foods Corp, has secured a debt financing package up to $85 million of capital from a syndicate of lenders including Export Development Canada, Farm Credit Canada and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Merit Functional Foods says it is building a 94,000 square foot production facility in Winnipeg set to produce high quality pea and canola proteins. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to be completed in Q4 2020 and will reportedly be the only commercial facility in the world with the capability to produce food grade canola proteins. The...

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During these challenging times for everyone, people are finding ways to bring light to the situation and offer what they can in innovative collaborative ways. Karen McAthy, Chef and Founder of Blue Heron Cheese has united with Naomi Arnaut, Owner of Say Hello Sweets to bring the public a curated pre-order package service called “Love in the Time of Pandemic” that features several local producers. We had the pleasure to chat with Karen McAthy and Naomi Arnaut about what they are doing during this current transition.

How are you dealing with the situation in the world right...
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With drastic changes in the world, companies are shifting gears to help where they can. Last week the BC government gave all distilleries and breweries permission to produce hand sanitizer, something the community is in dire need of as we fight Covid-19. Parallel 49 Brewing Company made the switch to producing hand sanitizer for the past week to help the community and to keep things running to protect employees' jobs.

“Really quickly it went from us doing a nice little thing for the community to the province is in desperate need and we need to pump out as much as we can.” says...

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“The goal is to create great products that people recognize as delicious, uncomplicated food.” -Stephanie Gaudette, co-owner of Your Seasoned Chef Inc, makers of UMAMI Crave the Fifth.

You’ve heard of the basic tastes: sweet, bitter, salty, and sour – but do you know the fifth taste, Umami? It was discovered by Japanese scientists and is loosely translated as “a pleasant savoury taste.”

UMAMI Crave the Fifth Dressing, Dip and Finishing Sauce is a nutritional yeast based, vegan and gluten-free bottle of possibilities with a taste that will blow your mind. Trust me. Owned...

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BC Food & Beverage is looking to add another industry voice to its Board of Directors

BCFB is are currently accepting applications for an available processor seat on our Board

Priority will be given to candidates who can strengthen our governance, strategic decision making and ability to support BCFB’s programs and resources.

If you are a BC food or beverage manufacturer and have a passion for strengthening the industry in BC. We want to hear from you! Please send your expression of interest with a brief cover letter outlining that you meet the qualifications...

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Article written by: Alon Segev, managing partner and Eric Kroshus, 2019/2020 articling student.

In the late 19th Century, brewers in America started to set up “tied houses” in order to get their product to the masses. Tied houses were saloons financed and supported by specific brewers for the purpose of selling that brewer’s beer. Anheuser Busch, the legendary St. Louis based company, was one of the brewers at this movement’s forefront.

The...

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Our members, Colliers have two properties ideal for food and beverage manufacturers for lease! Contact Vito DeCicco at [email protected] or 604.661.0830 for more information.

1) LOCATION: 9136 196A Street, LANGLEY (24,131 SF Freestanding Building)

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Located in the desirable Port Kells/Northwest Langley Industrial area and features easy access to the Trans-Canada...

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Looking to sell your goods outside of British Columbia? Exporting can increase your profits, deliver access to more consumers and diversify market opportunities. To make the most of it, building an understanding of global finance is key. You’ll need to account for currency fluctuations, accounts receivable insurance, and learn how to receive and send foreign funds.

Join us for this FREE seminar and discover the basics of global finance. You’ll discover the impact of exporting on business cash flow, expenses and the financial risks in international...

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SMEs and large food and beverage (and cannabis) companies can save thousands of dollars in research and development through the SR&ED Program. This year, we are excited to have a dedicated team of highly educated and experienced SR&ED experts to help you get your product development paid for by SR&ED at SAVE MONEY WITH SR&ED on January 29th, 2020.

Meet our speakers:

Habib Khemir :

M. Khemir is a Professional Engineer in telecommunications and electrical...

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Below is an important message from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:

The Market Access Secretariat at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada would like to remind Canadian companies exporting to the U.S. that the first compliance date for the revised Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels is on January 1, 2020, for manufacturers with US$10 million or more in annual food sales. Manufacturers with less than US$10 million in annual food sales will have until January 1, 2021, to comply. The compliance date for manufacturers of certain flavoured dried cranberries is July 1, 2020, while...

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The City of Richmond is excited to announce its partnership with FoodMesh to launch a Food Recovery Network within Richmond! As a valued local food business or supporter, you are invited to join this online exchange platform where you can seamlessly donate or sell your surplus food - while helping achieve our plan to be a sustainable and environmentally-conscious city.

Over the next year, this initiative aims to...

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By: Allison Eng, Associate Lawyer, McQuarrie Hunter LLP

Make Time to Review Beneficial Ownership of Your B.C. Company, Part 1

By May 1, 2020, all private B.C. companies must have a “transparency register” of beneficial owners created and ready for law enforcement officials to inspect. This transparency register tracks personal information on “significant individuals”. If you are a director or officer of a private company, you are responsible for bringing the company into compliance.

There is a good reason to comply, as transparency registers provide a corporate ‘...

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We are delighted to announce our speakers for our October 24th cannabis seminar, Cannabis Edibles: Ready Set Go . On October 17th, Health Canada will release the final regulations on Cannabis Edibles. If you are in the process of developing a cannabis edibles product, this seminar will help you prepare for going-to-market. Check out the full event page for more information and to register!

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The BC Food & Beverage Awards Gala will be hosted on September 17th, 2019 at the Sheraton Wall Centre, North Tower, Vancouver.

The BCFPA and the innovative Chefs at the Westin Bayshore Hotel are proud to announce the BC Food and Beverage Awards Gala Dinner menu, carefully crafted with unique and locally-sourced products supplied by our wonderful Members. We encourage you to try this new menu exclusively...

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By Pearce Donnelly, CREW Marketing Partners

Being a marketing agency that specializes in the food and beverage industry, we know that industry events play a key role in growing our client’s business along with our own. Whether our clients are launching products and awareness campaigns or we’re sending staff to capture insights on industry innovations and trends, events like those hosted by the BCFPA are a valuable experience.

For CREW , the BC...

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We are incredibly excited to announce the addition of 4 amazing panel speakers to the mainstage at our joint event with WorkSafeBC: Slips, Trips and Falls Prevention on October 3.

#1: Craig Ogilvie is the Plant Manager with Conagra Foods Canada and has more than 20 years of experience within the Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Construction industries. OSSE certified since 2015,...

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Written by Cargill

We are grateful and proud to be recognized as a finalist for the 2019 BC Food & Beverage Award in the People First category.

At Cargill, the safety and well-being of all our employees is our top priority. So we are particularly honored to be acknowledged in this category. It is a testament to the quality of our safety programs – but most of all a recognition of our dedicated employees who demonstrate safety every day.

Of course, a strong safety culture doesn’t...

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Written by Oumar Barou Togola of Farafena, 2019 BC Food and Beverage Sustainability Award Finalist

Since our inception, Farafena’s goal has been to share the ancient grains and superfoods of Africa with the rest of the world. Through our equitable direct partnerships with women farmers in Mali, we have grown our Business-to-Consumer (B2C) model from (quite literally) the ground up. There comes a time, however, when a growing business must evaluate the market in which they are operating and decide if there are other opportunities that will help them...

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Latest numbers on the food and beverage manufacturing industry tell a compelling Canadian story. Food and Beverage processors are the leading manufacturing employer in the country providing jobs for 250,000+ people at 11,000 manufacturing facilities. These businesses, located in urban centers and rural communities across the country, supply about 75% of all the processed food and drink consumed by Canadians. Domestic sales alone in 2017 were valued at $110 billion.

Food and beverage manufacturing businesses are not only an economic engine for every province across this country,...

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Summer 2019 Process This! Magazine: Women Leaders has been published!

We strive for continuous improvement with our editorial for Process This ! including more member stories, and more contribution by contributing editors this year, including - 6.5 Consulting, Grant Thronton, MNP, and more.

Processor Members featured in this edition are:

Big Mountain Foods

Coast Protein...

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The BC Ministry of Agriculture (“The Ministry”), in collaboration with industry and post-secondary institutions, is in the process of developing a BC Food Hub Network (“The Food Hub Network”). The creation of the Food Hub Network is part of the Ministry’s Feed BC mandate pillar. To guide the development of the Food Hub Network, the Ministry commissioned MNP LLP (“MNP”) to conduct a province-wide survey to identify the current needs, challenges and opportunities of BC food and beverage processors and those interested in entering the industry.

A total of 205 survey respondents...

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Following is a highlight of Federal Budget 2019 announcements as they relate to the food and beverage manufacturing sector: LABOUR

Labour Pilot - To help the agri-food sector meet export targets and attract and retain needed labour, a 3-Year immigration pilot to bring in full-time, non-seasonal agricultural workers that will include a pathway to permanent residency (no further details provided).

Underrepresented Groups: $5.0 million over five years, starting in 2019–20, to Employment and Social Development Canada to develop a...

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Millennials and Gen Z account for the fastest growing consumer segment today, currently estimated at more than 25% of all consumers, but they stand apart due to their unique purchasing behaviors. This not only affects your marketing efforts, but also your relationships with brokers, distributors, and customers.

At this Breakfast Series, experts from Crew Marketing and Nielsen will share their expertise of Millennials and Gen Z, with data, examples, and insights to help you better understand how to develop effective marketing strategies. As well, leaders throughout the value chain...

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We are excited to share the news that the 2019 UBC Farm Saturday Farmers’ Market is now open for vendor applications! Many local food businesses have benefited from our market’s support, which includes a 50% discount for new businesses and regular marketing tips provided by the Feeding Growth program to market vendors. More information below!

Read the 2019 Vendor Guidelines here

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B.C. LEAN FOR FOOD PROCESSORS PROGRAM

The B.C. Lean for Food Processors Program supports specialized business skill development to enable processors to make more informed decisions, improve production capacity, labour productivity and strengthen their business. Full program support for successful applicants will provide up to $8,000 for services from a Qualified Business Consultant. Successful applicants are required to pay $500 upfront to the Qualified Business Consultant.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES Research and Development Inventory Management Quality...
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We are developing an exciting new initiative: a BC Food Innovation Network . The Network, once completed, will provide food, beverage and natural health products manufacturers in BC with tools, resources and expertise to innovate and commercialize products to grow their business. BC is the ONLY province in Canada that does not have a resource like this!

The BC Ministry of Agriculture (“The Ministry”) in collaboration with the University of British Columbia (“UBC”) and industry partners, are in the process of developing a Food Hub Network, consisting of a Core Food Innovation Centre...

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Western Economic Diversification Canada is pleased to share that the Government of Canada launched the Women Entrepreneurship Fund , a new program under the Budget 2018 Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This Fund is part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, networks and advice.

The Women Entrepreneurship Fund:

Investments under this program will help women-...

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Event Date: November 13, 2018

Location: The Sheraton Wall Centre ( 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver )

Program: 9:00am-3:00pm, registration opens at 8:30am.

About: A province wide crop planning session for farmers and chefs.

Connecting B.C. farmers, chefs and members of the food and beverage industry to create more opportunities to bring B.C. food to...

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Passionate about food and farming in Canada?

You’re invited to the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity 2018 Publi c Trust Summit

New leading edge public trust research and thought provoking speakers Unique opportunity to network with thought leaders from across supply chains and all aspects of our food system from coast to coast Build relationships and learn how to engage to change the conversations about food with transparency Engage to earn trust in our food system better together

Join...

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Nominations are open for the 2019 Annual Small Business BC Awards! For the last 16 years, the Small Business BC Awards have recognized the contributions and achievements of BC small business owners. Being nominated has its perks! Nominated businesses can leverage the amazing marketing and PR opportunities the Awards present. Nominate today at https://sbbcawards.ca/ .

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The Small Business BC Awards recognizes the contributions and achievements of BC small business owners – entrepreneurs just like you.

The Small Business BC...

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In four months food businesses may need a licence to import, export or send food across provincial and territorial borders. You may also need a preventive control plan and traceability records.

The Safe Food for Canadians Regulations will make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe food from the marketplace. They will reduce unnecessary administrative burden on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one, and will help...

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Canada's Economic Strategy Tables

The Economic Strategy Tables—a new model for industry-government collaboration—were announced as part of the Government of Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan to support economic growth in six key sectors: advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health/bio-sciences and resources of the future.

The industry-led work of these Tables has resulted in sector-specific plans for economic growth and six signature initiatives endorsed by all Tables.

For the past year, CEO’s from several large Canadian food...

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When: Tuesday September 25 20185:45 PM - 7:30 PM PDT

Where: Telus Garden - Executive Suite510 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3, Vancouver, BC, Canada (View Map)

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Society has lost its grip on what matters most: the ability to think. We have begun to reward speed over quality, distractedness over focus, and the negative effects...

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Sourced from Farm Credit Canada - Access the full article here,

FCC Ag Economics is doing a mid-year check-in on our January 2018 Outlooks. Throughout July, we’ll update our expectations about profitability in six Canadian ag sectors (crops East and West, hogs, cattle, dairy and food processing). We’ll describe what’s happened in 2018-to-date and what we think you should monitor in the next six months.

The Canadian...

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The Ministry of Agriculture BC releases The 2017 Agrifood & Seafood International Export Highlights.

Key Stats:

BC exported 520 agrifood commodities and 193 different seafood products in 2017. Agrifood shipments contributed 67 per cent ($2.6 billion) and seafood shipments contributed 38 per cent ($1.3 billion) to the $3.9 billion total. At $512 million, farmed Atlantic salmon continued to be the #1 export commodity in British Columbia agrifood and seafood with a 13 per cent share of the total value. Food preparations for manufacturing & natural health products was B.C...
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Vision33: Food For Thought ( Downloadable e-Book ) Top Trends Facing the Food & Beverage Industry

The global food and beverage market is constantly changing, and its complex supply chain is often defined by customer expectations. Highly networked and multi-tiered, when risk occurs it can extend a rupple effect throughout the supply chain.

Customers want more information about the products they are purchasing...

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CFIA: Final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are published

Canada is recognized as having one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. But the speed, volume, and complexity of food production have produced new risks and challenges – including new threats to food safety, changing consumer preferences and prevention-focused international standards. Responding to these challenges is critical to maintaining Canada's reputation as a world leader in food safety and to help Canada's food businesses remain trusted both at home and abroad.

The Safe Food for Canadians...

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Province commits support for B.C. beef packing plant The Government of British Columbia is supporting further development for a beef packing plant project in northern B.C. that will strengthen the provincial food system. If the Prince George plant becomes fully operational, the North would gain an estimated 80 full-time, good-paying jobs in the plant by 2020, and an additional 620 spin-off jobs.

“I am excited to support the amazing people who work in our ranching sector in the North and throughout the province,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture. “This project has the potential to...

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Between November 20 and December 31, 2017, WorkSafeBC officers conducted the first phase of a three-phase ammonia inspection initiative.

Officers inspected ice rinks and recreational facilities that use ammonia as a refrigerant. The focus of the inspections was risk assessment, exposure control plans, and work procedures, as well as emergency response and evacuation plans for ammonia exposure.

Of the 223 sites inspected, 181 were using ammonia refrigeration systems. As a result of the inspections, officers issued 1,134 orders. Three compliance agreements were also created,...

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On Wednesday, March 14th, Sussex Strategy Group sent us the following informational brief:

This morning, at the GLOBE Forum in Vancouver, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, launched the $500 million Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The Challenge is the second part of the broader Low Carbon Economy Fund, which was announced in June 2017; the first part was the $1.4 billion Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, which provided funds directly to provinces and territories that have adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change.

Per...

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WorkSafeBC young worker campaign to employers -Share your What I Know Now story

WorkSafeBC is reaching out to B.C. employers to share their “What I Know Now” stories as former young workers, and to share health and safety tips and best practices. The message is to create a work environment where it’s clear health and safety is a priority, and to create space for young workers to have conversations about safety at work. We would like to request your help to share this message with all your members and invite them to participate in this initiative.

How can employers participate?...

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Barry Callebaut is hosting a free Technical Chocolate and Cocoa 101 on Thursday, March 1st, 2018, in Burnaby, BC (details below) at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown.

Technical Chocolate and Cocoa 101 March 1, 2018 Burnaby, BC

9:00 AM Welcome and Course Introduction

9:10 AM Cocoa Cultivation and Harvesting

Objective: Better understand cocoa harvesting and origin of cocoa while viewing videos from Africa.

9:25 AM Cocoa and Chocolate Processing

Objective: Gain an understanding of cocoa...

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News Release: From Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Applications for Federal Programs Now Open February 13, 2018 – Ottawa, Canada – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of economic growth, innovation and trade. Economic indicators show a strong and dynamic Canadian agricultural sector, with a growing global middle class looking for our world-class products.

Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, celebrated Canada’s Agriculture Day alongside farmers, ranchers, food processors, industry leaders and youth...

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PROPOSED FEDERAL TAX CHANGES, PETITION TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE

Whereas:

The Minister of Finance has released a proposal entitled “Tax Planning Using Private Corporations” which proposes to limit sharing business income with family members and raise taxes on investments (passive income) held by businesses;

Small businesses are a significant source of economic diversification and economic growth in Canada;

Small business owners take major risk in starting and running their businesses, and in keeping people employed through periods of economic...

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Dear NHPRS members, sponsors and past sponsors,

The NHPRS Board of Directors is pleased to host our 14th Annual NHPRS Annual Conference, Beyond Tradition, to be held May 8-11, 2017, at the Pinnacle Hotel Waterfront in Vancouver, British Columbia. This conference promises to bring together and integrate individuals from all aspects of the natural health product (NHP) industry, including research scientists; industry representatives involved in developing, producing, and marketing NHPs; government regulators tasked with...

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BC Safety Charter Annual Round Table

April 27

To propel the safety culture in industry in the province of BC, we need the input and backing of leading organizations like yours. The examples set by you, are far reaching and significant.

CEO’s from cross section of labor markets within BC who are focused on enhancing their role as the leader of the safety culture of their organization. This is an opportunity for your company to gain presence with leading CEO’s and decision makers from the Province of BC.

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Vancouver, BC – March 9, 2017 – Fresh Direct Produce Ltd. (“Fresh Direct”) is honoured to be one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for six consecutive years. This prestigious national award is sponsored by CIBC, Deloitte, National Post, Queen’s School of Business, and MacKay CEO Forums.

“Our Team is honoured to receive the Best Managed Award for the sixth year in a row. It has been another stellar year of continuous learning and growth. Our business has expanded across our conventional, organics and import produce divisions. We are proud to announce the opening of a brand new 52,...

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Cauli Crumble by Big Mountain Foods, a family-owned B.C. food processing business, is one of 36 new projects receiving more than $2.3 million in funding going towards a range of innovative projects in British Columbia’s agrifood sector.

Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan, on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, and B.C. Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Amrik Virk, on behalf of B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, made the announcement today while visiting Big Mountain Foods in South Vancouver.

Big Mountain Foods’ Cauli...

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The SYSPRO ESPRESSO module may be of interest to your salespersons or Executives on the road who can access customer relevant information while travelling. There are also many other features that could be useful to a mobile user. Perhaps worthwhile for you or your colleagues to take a look and join our free Phoenix Systems webinar on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 9.00am PST

Please join us for the first in our series of 2017 Webinars! All you need is a browser and computer sound...

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2017 BC Food Processors Award Nominations Open

BC’s best of the best in the food processing industry will be honoured at the BCFPA Awards Gala as part of FoodProWest 2017. More than 400 of BC’s top food processors and industry leaders will honour their colleagues at the prestigious Gala Dinner hosted by the BC Food Processors Association.

Nominate your company, colleague or product for one of eight awards being presented at the Gala on June 8th . Product of the Year Award judging is on March 16th. Nominations close on March 1,...

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Approved Tipping Fee Bylaw Changes Effective January 1, 2017

On October 28, 2016, the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors approved the Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw (2017 Tipping Fee Bylaw).

The 2017 tipping fees will remain the same as in 2016, with a few minor exceptions. The new Tipping Fee Bylaw will be effective as of January 1, 2017, with some provisions effective July 1, 2017.

Effective January 1, 2017:

No change to garbage tipping fees ($80 - $133/tonne) Increase in surcharge for Hazardous and Product Stewardship Materials to $65 Ability...
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It’s that time of year to get your Free Safety Program audit by BCIT. Every year the BCIT students need to complete approximately 20 of practicums, where they review your safety program, make suggestions and recommendations for improvement. The project starts in January, so please sign up by the end of December!

Safety Program Review (SPR). The SPR is a course project for students in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program at BCIT. During the fourth term of the program, students will find sites to audit the safety programs. The purpose of SPR is to evaluate the efficiency of...

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As you are aware, Health Canada has announced proposed changes to food content (Partially hydrogenated Oils PHO’s) and to food packaging labels, as part of its Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada.

Health Canada is proposing to introduce front-of-package warning labelling requirements on prepackaged foods high (15% of daily nutritional value) in nutrients of public health concern (sodium, sugars and saturated fat). A front-of-package approach that highlights sodium, sugars and saturated fat may also cause processors to reformulate foods to be lower in these nutrients. There is...
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Join us on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:00pm EST

For a 1 hour overview of ShipLink Shipping Software

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Hosted by Phoenix Systems, this informative webinar will demonstrate how to optimize fulfillment operations with ShipLink – the PC-based shipping application that seamlessly integrates SYSPRO with popular carrier programs, including FedEx Ship Manager, UPS WorldShip, Stamps.com, DHL Easy Ship, Purolator and scores of LTL freight...

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Check out Process This! 2016 Winter Edition. BCFPA's Process This! Newsletter come to life in a printed magazine format. This edition summarizes our year through the variety of events we hosted, FoodProWest, our members' achievements, industry buzz, and more!

Stay tuned for this year's magazine!

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The BC Food Processors Association (BCFPA) has released this report highlighting the significant financial impact that food and beverage processors provide to BC’s economy. The report - carried out by MNP - provides an economic impact assessment as well as an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the BC food and beverage processing industry. Processing revenues total over $8.5 billion - over 70% of the entire Agrifoods sector, including the Agriculture and Seafood sectors. The top three industry strengths identified are access to markets (domestic, US, Asia...

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There was definitely "an appetite for growth" at this year's FoodProWest. We saw a lot of connecting, networking, and business development. There was also an overall sense of fun and enjoyment amongst the exhibitors, attendees, buyers, and guests. View our gallery below to get a glimpse of all that went down!

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is listening to businesses and helping to improve the predictability of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program by offering new services and tools for businesses and/or authorized representatives.

In addition to our recent launch of the Pre-Claim Consultation we are now introducing the Pre-Claim Review .

The Pre-Claim Review is a free, on-demand review that will give...

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Proposed 2017 Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw Changes

Dear Stakeholder,

The Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw describes solid waste regulations as well as tipping fees for waste and recycling at Metro Vancouver Transfer Stations, and is renewed annually.

Metro Vancouver is proposing several changes to the current Tipping Fee and Solid Waste Disposal Regulation Bylaw for 2017, as...

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July 2016,

Dear business partner,

We value you as a very important business partner and hope to continue our excellent relationship with you. While we strive to improve our product quality at all times, we’ve also committed to never compromise on food safety.

Now, we are proud to announce that our company, Gourmet Savories Inc/Venetian Foods, has just successfully passed the certificate audit on Safe Quality Food (SQF) level 2, which is an internationally recognized, independent food safety standard under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark. By...

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SAVE THE DATE!

We are pleased to announce the BCFPA’s Annual General Meeting, which will take place on June 28, 2016 at:

Anvil Centre 777 Columbia Street New Westminster, BC

For more information, please call 604.371.4245 or visit www.bcfpa.ca. We look forward to seeing you there! Agenda 1. Call to order. Confirmation of quorum. Chair’s welcome. 2. Meeting notice. Approval of agenda. 3. Minutes of 2015 AGM. 4. President’s Report. 5. Presentation of Audited Financial Statements. 6. Appointment of Auditors. 7. Confirmation of...

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The HR Peer Group of the BC Food Processors Association is once again conducting their annual wage survey. This 2016 survey will update compensation data by gathering current information regarding pay rates for food industry benchmark jobs within the local labour market. We invite you to contribute wage information as the completion of this survey by a valid number of participating companies will assist in establishing market appropriate rates.

Please note, there is a very small registration fee ($200) to cover the costs of administering the survey, as agreed by the HR Peer group...

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Congratulations to the nominees and finalists for the 2016 BCFPA Awards! We are very impressed with the record setting number of nominations this year and the calibre of the nominees. Winners will be announced at the FoodProWest Gala. FoodProWest is fast approaching at the Westin Bayshore on May 19 th, and is open to Attendees this year. Processors and Associates - get your tickets to attend both the Exposition Tradeshow and Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony today.

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BCFPA HR Staff and Leadership Management teams joined up at our Breakfast Series Event: Human Resources - Valuing our People on April 12, 2016 to hear how to foster the best workplaces possible for their employees. Sponsored by Distrib-u-tec, the event brought more than 70 food processor and associate members together for collaboration and education on Employee Engagement as well as Supervisor Leadership Competency Training.

"This is great! I must say it’s worth the drive from Richmond!. The content and the quality of the speakers were superb! Good job! Looking forward to more...

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Thank you for coming out and supporting FoodProWest 2015. We were so pleased to see a turn out that far exceeded last year. Day one of FoodProWest really focused on bringing food processors, associates and buyers together.

We want to share some of our best moments with you!

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FoodProWest 2015 is all about the “taste of success.” BC’s premier food industry conference has once again partnered with the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada to bring you another jam packed Buyers Day on June 17, 2015. We will have a cross-functional group of Buyers from the United States, China, Japan, Korea, India, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore.

Organizations that are export ready or looking to build exposure for new and existing products will definitely benefit from having over 20 international Buyers in attendance coupled with the expertise of...

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In July 2014, the BC Ministry of Agriculture released its Consultation on Potential Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act: Agricultural Land Reserve Use, Subdivision and Procedure Regulation.

This Consultation process is a result of the passage of Bill 24 in May 2014, which introduced amendments to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that changed the structure of the ALC. Some of the detail that determines how these legislative changes will be implemented will be provided through changes to the ALR Regulation. One area of the Amendments proposed changes to the list of...

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In response to a consultation process conducted by the Minister of Health from January-April 2014, a What We Heard report - reflecting the feedback received from these consultations and those of Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Food Labelling Modernization Initiative - was published in June, 2014. This report included many ideas on how to improve food labelling to...

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On the threshold of 2013, it is that time of year when people great each other with a cheerful “Happy New Year!” We here at the BC Food Processors Association wish you all the best for a fruitful and happy 2013!

Let’s together make a difference in the coming year.

Let’s grow our industry, let’s get the proverbial pie bigger to create a bigger slice for each member Let’s grow our connections and relationships. It is only with others that we can reach our true potential.

I want to share a little gem; a highlight of mine of the past year: In Michael Gelb’s Brain Power (a...

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BCFPA partners with SGS Canada to offer globally recognized food safety training at discounted prices for BCFPA members. To view course offerings:

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Whenever livestock or poultry are slaughtered in BC to produce meat for human consumption, the person carrying out the slaughter, or the operator of the slaughter facility, is required to have a license. BC has a graduated licensing system.

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Did you know that Health Canada has an office to help you if you have a concern, complaint, or enquiry about how the Department administers the Food and Drugs Act?

The Food and Drugs Act Liaison Office (FDALO) works to address issues between individuals, businesses, organizations and Health Canada related to the application of the Food and Drugs Act. The Office was created to increase openness and transparency between the Department and stakeholders like you.

We receive your complains, concerns, or enquiries and work...

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Food allergies among Canadians have received a great deal of media attention lately. Most allergic reactions to food are caused by nine categories of foods. Even trace amounts of those foods can cause a severe or life-threatening reaction in some people. It’s Your Health (IYH) has produced a new article on Food Allergies.

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Please see this information from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade site. "As you may be aware, Canada and the European Union announced the launch of negotiations towards a comprehensive economic agreement on May 6, 2009, at the Canada-EU Summit. In order to ensure that Canadian priorities are taken into account during the negotiations, the Government of Canada is consulting with Canadian stakeholders with an interest in the EU market. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) has now

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The AgriProcessing Initiative (API) is part of the Agricultural Flexibility Fund announced in Budget 2009. The initiative is designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-processing sector in Canada. It supports agriprocessing projects that involve the adoption of new technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector’s position in today’s global marketplace.

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The Annual Meeting of BC Food Processors Association will be held as follows: DATE: Friday, June 5, 2009 TIME: 10:00 am – registration – 10:30 am AGM PLACE: Ballroom, Delta Burnaby Hotel 4331 Dominion Street Burnaby BC

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The Bureau of Chemical Safety would like to advise you of the following update(s) to the "Food Additives" section of Health Canada website: The Bureau of Chemical Safety, in Health Canada’s Food Directorate, has completed its "Policy for Differentiating Food Additives and Processing Aids".

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Energy Management Program

BC Hydro has generously funded the services of an Energy Manager for members to:

Identify energy efficiency solutions Manage the implementation of energy-saving projects Develop operational and maintenance procedures Help your company access funding for recommended capital projects