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KAP general manager is leaving the general farm organization to pursue a venture in food processing.

KAP seeking new general manager

James Battershill is pursuing a venture in food processing

Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is looking for a new general manager. James Battershill is leaving the position at year’s end to pursue a venture in food processing, KAP president Bill Campbell told KAP’s advisory council here Nov. 12. “I did give the (KAP) board some assurance that I would stick around long enough to make

Comment: Expect the unexpected in push to build plant protein sector

Demand will rise, but new pulse supercluster will have to be nimble to seize opportunity

Pardon the pun, but the agricultural industry’s pulse was palpably high in the downtown hotel ballroom earlier this month as 300 leaders gathered to officially launch the Protein Industries Canada supercluster. The ‘Thought Leaders Summit’ was designed to get stakeholders in the plant-based protein value chain singing from the same song sheet, albeit in four-part


The Open Kitchen at Warren is a privately owned rent-a-processing-plant and part of an expanding number of facilities in Manitoba 
towards encouraging more value-added food development, says the site’s co-owner Doug Langrell.

The Open Kitchen

Manitoba’s only privately owned, rural state-of-the-art processing facility supports new food entrepreneurs

Peter Fehr was looking to expand his sauce-making company when he discovered The Open Kitchen last spring. Now the gourmet chef and entrepreneur attributes the growth spurt of his business Gourmet Inspirations to having come here to bottle his product. “It’s been a valuable stepping stone in growing my business,” said Fehr whose finishing and

Cargill expands food starch line-up in ‘clean label’ push

New York | Reuters — Global commodities trader Cargill said on Tuesday it will increase its offerings of starch product options, seeking to capture rising demand for simpler ingredients and to meet changing consumer tastes. The Minneapolis-based agribusiness will now sell new “native starches” produced from plants such as corn and wheat, as an alternative

Laura Telford, provincial organic specialist in Manitoba is doing an in-depth study of the organic processing sector in Canada.

Organic processing sector study underway

When complete in 2018 it will be a first-ever in-depth analysis of Canada’s key players, innovations and challenges

The organic food-processing sector is on solid ground in Canada, according to a broad-based report showing most firms experiencing year-over-year growth in excess of 10 per cent. But that growth continues to create its own set of challenges, most significantly an ongoing shortage of raw ingredient supply. Sourcing ingredients remains this sector’s key challenge, says



Serving up an unpalatable minimum wage

The effects of artificial intelligence and the rise of the digital world will force us to rethink 
how we produce, process and distribute food

Governments jumping on the $15-an-hour bandwagon are missing an opportunity to look at how the next technological revolution will affect our food systems. And that’s a shame. The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match Alberta. In

Research hopes to bolster rural agri-food business

The study by the Rural Development Institute mixed 
in-depth case studies with public opinion

Agriculture and food has a role to play in rural development in Manitoba. That’s the conclusion of researcher Gillian Richards, of Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute, presenting at the Southwest Regional Development Corporation last week in Brandon. Richards’ study, “Rural Innovation in Manitoba: Reducing Barriers to commercialization and Growing Capacity in the Agri-Food Sector,” included


Heather Hill explains the use of yellow pea flour at Cigi.

VIDEO: High-protein yellow peas pump up products

Adding yellow pea flour to recognized products like instant noodles can help improve nutritional value

The phrase “eat your peas” is about to take on a whole new meaning. Researchers in Winnipeg are finding ways to add yellow pea flour to food products consumers are starting to view as unhealthy — such as breads, instant noodles, pasta and breakfast cereal — to give them a healthy kick. With funding from

Dwayne Andreas founded the ‘Supermarket to the World’

Former ADM chairman used his connections to build the world’s largest grain and oilseed processor

Last week’s passing of former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas at age 98 serves to remind of his remarkable success and his influence on the world grain trade, including here in Canada. In 1993, Andreas was in Winnipeg to receive an International Distinguished Entrepreneur Award from the University of Manitoba. A few journalists got