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Manitoba food processors get help to mitigate COVID spread

The program will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible project costs up to $25,000 per applicant

Manitoba agricultural processors, food distributors and agri-food industry organizations can get government money to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the federal and Manitoba governments said in a news release July 20. The new program will contribute a maximum of 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to $25,000 per applicant for the following: Personal

Sollio outlines pandemic recovery plan for food sector

Support sought for automation, digitization, telecommunications

Ottawa — One of Canada’s largest agri-food companies has laid out a five-point industry recovery plan for federal politicians to consider. During a meeting Tuesday of the Commons standing committee on finance, the president of Quebec-based Sollio Co-operative Group shared plans to limit consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the agrifood supply chain. Sollio employs


Bill Grueul, CEO of Protein Industries Canada, addresses reporters January 10 as Jim Carr, Prime Minister Trudeau’s special representative for the prairies, and Merit Functional Foods co-CEO Ryan Bracken look on.

Supercluster pumps $9.5 million into Winnipeg plant

Merit Functional Foods to open world’s first canola protein-processing facility late this year

A Merit Functional Foods canola and pea protein-processing facility near Winnipeg is slated to be up and running by the end of the year with the help of financial investment from Protein Industries Canada, the company announced at a news conference January 10. “Our plan is to build processing closer to production, adding value to

Feds to help fund Canadian Organic Standards review

The update is key to ensuring organic product from Canada is recognized internationally

The federal government will commit $250,000 towards a review process of the Canadian Organic Standards, a procedure that must be conducted every five years. The sector had stepped up its call for funding in recent months, noting that without resources to fund the required update the Standards is at risk of being withdrawn under the

Canadian food buyers are a complex lot, according to a newly released survey of them. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS/LEFTOVERTURE

Reaching consumers a complicated challenge for the agri-food sector

Consumers are tribal these days, which makes talking to them tough

Farmers and food companies striving to better connect with consumers need to prepare for dealing with a diverse audience, says the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI). “There is no single consumer group,” the centre says in a report on its 2017 Public Trust Survey on public attitudes on food issues. “Today’s consumers are diverse,


CFIA turns 20 with no fanfare

Founding executive says he’s surprised there wasn’t at least some notice of the milestone

In this year of celebrating Canadian anniversaries, one has passed by with almost no notice. Well at least until Ron Doering pointed out that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which he helped create, passed its 20th anniversary in April. Doering led the team of federal officials who drafted the plan in 1995 to extract food

Processor-producer spat back in the open

Ingredient pricing disagreement wasn’t causing any sparks in recent times but it was always in the background

Food processors and supply-managed farmers are upset with each other again, over border controls for ingredients. Consultations launched by Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay on contentious agri-food border issues brought the old dispute back into public view. The minister said the consultations will examine potential changes to the Duties Relief and the Import for Re-Export programs.

Workers bone and cut beef at a meat-packing plant in Toronto.

Farm and agri-food employers hail call for foreign worker reform

A new parliamentary report backs their recommendations to fix critical shortage of workers, 
but will the federal government act on them?

Farm employers and food processors are hoping a new report will spur Ottawa to revamp its temporary foreign worker program. “There are a lot of things in the report that are very positive for ag and agri-food,” said Mark Chambers, senior production manager with Sunterra Farms and co-chair of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Labour Task


The Rural Development Institute at Brandon University is conducting a survey on the challenges rural residents face in accessing business support services.

Rural Development Institute seeks input from businesses

Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute hopes to gather input from food processors in rural Manitoba to make more innovation possible

As a rural-based business, what challenges do you face in accessing resources? That’s the question Brandon’s Rural Development Institute (RDI) is seeking an answer for. “We are essentially looking at the problems that companies in rural Manitoba see, the barriers that they have faced and suggestions in ways they can overcome those,” said Gillian Richards,

Peter Frohlich stands in front of Cigi’s new Ferkar mill, which will be used in a new project researching pulse flours.

Taking the ‘beaniness’ out of beans

Food processors want the fibre and nutrition of beans, but not the bean flavour

Peter Frohlich calls them “unique” flavours. “Yes, the beany flavours. I personally enjoy those flavours, but a lot of food companies would prefer to have all the nutrition of pulses minus the flavour attributes,” said the project manager for pulses and specials crops at the Canadian International Grains Institute, better known as Cigi. He’s just