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Tri-Mach Group selected as Co-op Employer of the Year

June 15th, 2018

This morning at Elmira District Secondary School’s Annual Co-op Breakfast, Tri-Mach Group was presented with the Outstanding Co-op Education Employer Award for 2018. Tri-Mach Group has been taking on co-op students from local high schools for nearly 10 years. The four-month co-op program at Tri-Mach Group fills a variety of positions in the Fabrication Shop, as well as office positions in our Design Engineering, Finance, and Purchasing Departments. 

Tri-Mach Group’s co-op program has been such a success. Many students that Tri-Mach Group has employed later have gone on to fill permanent positions in the company. When Tri-Mach Group moved from Kitchener to the Elmira facility in 2012, they developed a strong relationship with the students and faculty in the co-op program at EDSS. Adam Chambers, one of Tri-Mach Group’s co-op students from the Fabrication Shop talks about his experience working in the co-op program:

“During my co-op placement, I learned a lot about the stainless steel industry and everything that comes with it. I learned how to weld and all about the process of welding. I also learned about how high the standard of work and quality of every piece of equipment and part that comes and leaves Tri-Mach Group.”

Tri-Mach Group would like to thank the faculty members from the Co-op Department at EDSS, especially Mike Forler who is retiring this year. Thank you for connecting us with such passionate and hard-working students who have made such an impact on the employees and success here at Tri-Mach Group. Tri-Mach Group is happy to see that this program is continuing to grow and that students are finding their passions in their work placements. 

Tri-Mach Group accepts this year’s Outstanding Co-op Education Employer Award. From left to right: Adam Chambers- Co-op Student, Andy Perrin- Fabrication Shop Manager at Tri-Mach Group, Mike Forler- EDSS Co-op Department, Dave Munroe- EDSS Co-op Department, and Michael Hahn- Chairman at Tri-Mach Group.

 

For more information about Tri-Mach Group’s Co-op Placements, contact our Human Resources Department at resumes@tri-mach.com

Premium Brands acquires Ontario protein manufacturer

From: Food in Canada

Vancouver – Premium Brands Holdings Corporation has added a new protein solutions company to its family.

Premium Brands has acquired a 100 per cent interest in Concord Premium Meats, an Ontario company that manufactures products under the MarcAngelo, Skoulakis, Central Park Deli, Black River Angus and Connie’s Kitchen brands.

Premium Brands owns a range of specialty food manufacturing and food distribution businesses with operations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and locations in the U.S.

George Paleologou, president and CEO of Premium Brands, says in a statement that the culture at Concord Premium Meats fits in well at Premium Brands and the company’s “focus on products that are benefitting from a variety of long-term consumer trends, combined with its product innovation abilities and production capacities will help to further accelerate the growth of our Protein Group.”

Tri-Mach Goes RED

June 8, 2018

Today, Tri-Mach Group wears RED to show support and participate in RED Day.

What is RED Day?

St. Mary’s Red DAY fundraiser is an opportunity to come together as a community to raise awareness of heart disease as a serious health risk and how it can be prevented. According to the Regional Cardiac Centre, heart disease is the leading cause of death among Canadian women. Every year, heart disease claims the lives of roughly 25,000 women. This is more than the five most prevalent cancers combined. Tri-Mach Group is proud to be part of the RED Day community and is thrilled in the increased RED Day investment for the St. Mary’s Regional Cardiac Care Centre.

Show your support today and wear RED for the heart of the women you love! #RedDayFriday

For more information on RED Day or to donate to this cause, go to: www.supportstmarys.akaraisin.com

Whole Grains Contribute Significant Nutrients to Canadians’ Diets

From: Food in Canada

Saskatoon, Sask. – Canadians may not all be consuming enough whole grains, but a survey has found that what whole grain foods they do consume are nutrient dense.

This observation is one of the findings the University of Saskatchewan presented at the Canadian Nutrition Society’s annual conference in Nova Scotia.

An article on the university’s website about the findings (“Cutting out grains cut out important nutrient sources” on May 7, 2018 by Jennifer Thoma) explains that a team at the U of S examined grain consumption patterns in the recently released 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey by Statistics Canada.

What the research team found was “that many foods made from enriched (refined grains) grains or whole grains are important nutrient contributors to the Canadian diet.”

In fact, the current consumption of whole grains among Canadian consumers delivers “a high amount of key nutrients to the diet (43 per cent of folate, 39 per cent of iron and 31 per cent of dietary fibre) while only contributing 25 per cent of the daily calories,” says the article.

But what the team also found was that about 80 per cent of Canadian adults are not consuming the amount of whole or enriched grains that Canada’s Food Guide recommends they should.

One of the researchers says most of the grains we consume are enriched. And since enriched grains can contribute “23 per cent of Canadians’ daily fibre, 40 per cent of folate and 31 per cent of the iron” they are still an “important food source.”

For more on the research, click here.

Ontario Beekeepers Experience Huge Losses

From: Food in Canada

Milton, Ont. – After a long winter, beekeepers in Ontario opened their hives to some bad news.

The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association announced in a statement (“Ontario Beekeepers Experience Overwhelming Losses” on May 14, 2018) that it had surveyed 900 beekeepers and that “seven out of 10 Ontario beekeepers suffered unsustainable losses.”

In addition, one in three of them lost about 70 per cent or more of their colonies.

The losses will also affect the vegetable and fruit growers who depend on the bees for pollination, says the statement.

The association explains that beekeepers experience losses after most winters and will split their hives and add new queens to make new colonies. This helps to recover their losses.

When beekeepers experience a loss of more than 20 per cent, they will need to purchase new queens and bees. Losses of more than 50 per cent of a hive can be “catastrophic.” And that means “colonies will be in recovery mode all summer.”

According to the association, one in four beekeepers have said with these kinds of losses they may not be able to continue in beekeeping.

For more on the survey, click here.

How much do Canadians love Ketchup?

From: Food in Canada

Toronto – Canadians love ketchup.

If you weren’t sure, just read some recent findings from Kraft Heinz Canada.

In a statement the company says a recent survey it conducted found that Canadians “eat more ketchup per capita than our U.S. neighbours.”

Some other findings include that 87 per cent of us currently have a bottle of the condiment in our refrigerators. And 56 per cent of us say it’s our favourite condiment.

So Kraft Heinz Canada is asking Canadians to use #CanadaLovesKetchup this summer and share “quirky ketchup confessions and hacks.”

Consumers can also pick up a personalized bottle of Heinz Ketchup at a mobile pop-up GIF shop, which is launching on May 12 in Toronto.

The company says the mobile pop-up GIF shop will travel across Canada this summer and give out free personalized glass bottles of Heinz Ketchup. Look for it at the Calgary Stampede, Burlington Music Festival, Taste of the Danforth, The Canadian National Exhibition and Mondial de la Bière, among other Canadian events.

The company is also launching @CanadaLovesKetchup on Instagram.

So is there a country that loves ketchup more than us? Yes, and it’s Finland.

Dr. Oetker Expands Capacity in London, Ontario

From: Food in Canada

London, Ont. – Dr. Oetker Canada is installing a high-speed, frozen pizza manufacturing line to its plant in London.

The province of Ontario is helping out with the project by investing $7 million through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund – Food and Beverage Growth Fund.

For more on Dr. Oetker:
Dr. Oetker closes plant in Grand Falls, N.B.
Feds, province invest in Dr. Oetker plant
UPDATE: Dr. Oetker coming to London, Ontario

In a statement, the government of Ontario says the new line “will help to create 103 jobs and retain 115 positions and boost competitiveness in London.”

The new production line includes dough preparation, baking toppings, freezing and packaging equipment. The statement adds that it “will be unique in that it will use high-speed press technology to manufacture both the smaller (one to 2 serving size) and the larger (family-size)  pizzas.”

The line will almost double the production rate at the plant to 18,000 pizzas per hour from 10,000 pizzas per hour.

The government of Ontario says the “investment will help to incease the amount of Ontario inputs that Dr. Oetker Canada uses to $23.3 million from $9.4 million per year, which will have a significant impact on the agri-food supply chain.”

Dr. Oetker Canada is the Canadian division of the Oetker Group, a multinational food and foodservices corporation.

Highly Sweetened Alcoholic Beverages Need Restrictions: Health Canada

From: Food in Canada

Ottawa – The federal government is taking action to protect the health of Canadian youth from the risks of consuming single-serve, highly sweetened alcoholic beverages.

In a statement, Health Canada says the beverages, which can have alcohol content of between 7% and 12%, “are sold in large-volume, non-resealable containers, have colourful packaging, are inexpensive and are aggressively marketed in a manner that appeals to youth.”

In some cases, says Health Canada, these products can contain as much alcohol as four glasses of wine. Also, because they are so strongly flavoured and high in sugar or sweeteners, people often don’t realize how much alcohol they’re consuming.

Action steps

Health Canada plans to first take steps to amend the Food and Drug Regulations to restrict the alcohol content of these beverages.

Health Canada says its proposal for consultation, which is explained in a Notice of Intent (NOI), “aims to restrict the amount of alcohol in single-serve, highly sweetened alcoholic beverages by limiting the maximum size of the container or the alcohol content of the product.”

The proposal will affect all high-alcohol beverages sold in non-resealable containers that exceed a certain sweetness threshold, including ones that use artificial sweeteners, says the statement.

Health Canada adds that all parties that have a stake in the change can provide feedback on the NOI by May 3, 2018.

In the coming weeks, Health Canada says it also plans to hold a meeting of provincial and territorial governments, and industry stakeholders “to discuss collective measures, including on advertising, marketing and labelling, to reduce the risks of these products.”

The statement adds that the proposal does not include liqueurs, dessert wines and other sweet alcoholic beverages sold in resealable containers.

To read the Notice of Intent, click here.

Hemp Beer, Anyone?

From: Food in Canada

Winnipeg – A new hemp beer is going to be created in Manitoba.

A statement from Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. and Fort Garry Brewing Company LP says the two companies have an agreement to produce and market the hemp beer in the province for sales nationally. The companies expect this beer to be on the market this summer.

The statement says the first product will be “an alcoholized beer infused with material from hemp seeds, and will contain no cannabis or any other psychoactive agent produced from the cannabis plant.”

Fort Garry Brewing will distribute the brew in any of the provinces where it already sells its beers. Delta 9 will provide the hemp seed.

The companies also say they plan to develop a co-branded, cannabinoid-infused beer that contains no alcohol.

That beverage, says the statement, “would be developed as a concept beverage, pending regulatory approval from Health Canada and provincial regulatory bodies.”

Under the terms of the agreement, both companies will share the R&D costs. Fort Garry Brewing will cover the costs of marketing and advertising of the launch, sale and distribution of the first product. Delta 9 will provide hemp and/or cannabis to Fort Garry to use in the production of the new beer, and it may also contribute funds to marketing and advertising, says the statement.

Delta 9 is a licensed producer of medical marijuana and operates an 80,000 sq.-ft. production facility in Winnipeg.

Fort Garry Brewing is the oldest and largest brewer in Manitoba and has a 25,000-sq.-ft. facility in south Winnipeg.

A New Study Confirms Benefits of Whole Grains

From: Food in Canada

Beltsville, Md. – A new human nutrition study out of the U.S. proves once again the benefits of whole-grain foods over refined-grain products like white bread.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says scientists with the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging, which is jointly run by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS, a branch of the USDA) and Tufts University in Boston, “conducted the study to clarify the role of whole grains in helping regulate weight, blood sugar levels and calorie (energy) use, among other benefits.”

The news and results of the study are on the ARS website (“Whole Grains Deliver on Health Benefits,” by Jan Suszkiw).

The ARS explains on the site that whole grains include the “bran and other constituents intact – all rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, carbohydrates and phytonutrients.”

Refined grains, on the other hand, are milled extensively or go through other processing.

The ARS site says the eight-week study included 81 participants – healthy, non-smoking men and women between the ages of 40 and 65.

For more details on the study, click here.

What the scientists found was that “participants in the whole-grain group lost approximately 100 more calories per day than refined-grain eaters – the equivalent of walking briskly for 30 minutes.”

The scientists say the whole-grain participants lost the calories because of an “increased metabolic rate and increased fecal energy losses.”

The ARS adds that “the whole-grain diet gave a moderate boost to populations of beneficial Lachnospira bacteria, which make protective short-chain fatty acids and help counteract another bacterial species that contributes to inflammation. Such gut bacteria comprise a larger community of microorganisms, called the microbiota, that live on or in the human body. They are of increasing interest to scientists for the diverse and often beneficial roles they play, including helping digest food, extract nutrients, regulate metabolism, and protect against disease and infection, among others.”

The study has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 2017.

For more on the study and how it differs from previous clinical trials, click here