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Canadian food manufacturers want enough time to carefully analyze a proposal to lower ingredient tariffs.

Food processors anxious to start ingredient tariff consultations

Finance Department has yet to provide manufacturers with meaningful information on talks

Food processors are full of questions as they await promised consultations regarding eliminating tariffs on food-manufacturing ingredients. Finance Canada is set to lead the talks promised in last month’s federal budget. The budget proposed removing tariffs on ingredients, except dairy and poultry, to make food processing in Canada more competitive internationally, the government said in

Processors see more opportunity than negatives in CETA deal

Glacier FarmMedia Special Report: Ice wine, pet foods and jam makers are analyzing what potential the European market 
offers their businesses to grow

Our March 31, 2016 issue marks the third and final instalment in a series of Special Reports prepared by Glacier FarmMedia reporters on how the Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe will affect Canadian food producers and processors. Charles Crawford, founder and president, Domaine Pinnacle Producers of spirits and cider based


Agricultural interests object to healthy eating recommendations

Thomas Vilsack, secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared before the House Agriculture Committee on Oct. 7 to respond to criticism of the “Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee” by members of the agriculture committee. Chief

Canada needs a different tact in international trade

Instead of defending supply management it needs to attack competitors’ subsidies

Supply management polarizes opinions: defend the status quo or dismantle the system. Unfortunately, this masks important strategic choices with implications for the dairy industry and, by extension, Canada’s agri-food sector as a whole. Canada’s internal debate keeps the country on a defensive footing. It is time to get offensive by focusing on other countries’ agricultural

Lisa Dyck will be marketing her Cornell Creme ice cream through more Winnipeg stores thanks to Buy Manitoba.

Program helps more Manitoba companies reach markets

A spring launch at Red River Co-ops puts 60 new products from 17 companies on store shelves

More niche and specialty made-in-Manitoba products will catch the eye of customers with the launch of 60 additional new products through the provincial Buy Manitoba program. The Manitoba Food Processors Association (MFPA) has helped Red River Co-op stores in Winnipeg link up with more than a dozen local food companies. It means new exposure for


Culinary students plate pork belly following a talk promoting science in food at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba.

GMO food misinformation a problem: Folta

Food science can help farmers and food processors meet demands of specific demographics

Does science belong on your plate? Kevin Folta and Nancy Ames think so, as did their sold-out audience at a Canola Connect event last week at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals. “Humans have been engineering plants for a long time, we have abilities to do some really good stuff — grow more

Province, city recognize UN International Year of Family Farming

A flag honouring the family farm was raised at Winnipeg City Hall July 30

Provincial and municipal leaders gathered at Winnipeg’s City Hall July 30 to raise a flag honouring the United Nations declaration of 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn joined Brian Mayes, city councillor for St. Vital, to highlight the significance of family farming on a

CFIA flubs food failure followup

Canada’s auditor general has identified weaknesses in how the Canadian Food Inspection Agency manages recalls of contaminated foods and its followups with processors to prevent further incidents. “While illnesses were contained in the recalls we examined, I am not confident that the system will always yield similar results,” Auditor General Michael Ferguson said in his


Alberta researchers use eggshells to build better battery

Your morning omelette may hold the solution to your quick-dying smartphone battery. University of Alberta researchers David Mitlin and post-doctoral fellow Zhi Li have developed a fast-charging supercapacitor using eggshell membranes — a plentiful egg industry byproduct. “We sell the liquid egg whites and the yoke to food processors, and we have no use for

Food manufacturers could soon be paying more for oats

The elimination of European oat tariffs could present new 
opportunities for North American oat growers

Without a rebound of the equine oat market, oat growers could see the crop slide into special crops territory and lose its spot on the Chicago Board of Trade. Losing the CBOT oat contract is a development that would cost producers and processors dearly, according to Randy Strychar of Ag Commodity Research, who spoke about