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Maple Leaf Foods Buys Organic Poultry Plants

From: Food in Canada

Maple Leaf Foods is purchasing a pair of poultry plants and associated supply from privately-owned Cericola Farms.

The Cericola plants, at Bradford, Ont. and Drummondville, Que., together process about 32 million kg of chicken per year.

Maple Leaf has also entered into an agreement to secure 100 per cent of the processed chicken volume from Cericola’s primary processing plant located in Schomberg, Ont., and holds an option to acquire this asset and associated plant supply in three years.

“Cericola is a leader in raised without antibiotics and organic chicken. This acquisition will build Maple Leaf’s market leadership in these value-added categories and enable us to meet growing consumer demand,” Maple Leaf CEO Michael McCain said in a release.

Cericola Farms’ founder Mary Cericola said the company’s vision over the past 60 years “has been to provide wholesome and natural poultry products to our customers. It is this tradition of excellence that aligns Maple Leaf and Cericola.”

Maple Leaf said the acquisition provides the company with additional supply and value-added processing capability to advance its leadership in higher value categories.

Maple Leaf Foods has transitioned most of its flagship Maple Leaf Prime chicken brand to Prime RWA, where the Canadian market is growing at about 25 per cent annually.

Chicken is the most consumed and fastest growing meat protein segment in North America. Cericola specializes in air-chilled processing of antibiotic-free and animal byproduct-free (“AABF”) and organic poultry products.

The deal is to be financed through a combination of cash-on-hand and drawings under the existing credit facility. The deal is expected to close in August, subject to normal closing requirements including Competition Bureau review.

Dole Adds Industry Veteran As President 

From: Food Manufacturing

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) — Dole Food Company, Inc. announced the appointment of Michael H. Solomon as the new President of Dole Fresh Vegetables effective June 18, 2018. As Dole Fresh Vegetables President, Solomon will have responsibility for all of the division’s operations across North America. He will report directly to Dole Food Company President and Chief Executive Officer Johan Linden.

With 30 years experience, including within the food and beverage industry, Solomon has a proven success record of taking high-performance brands to the next level, increasing performance and margins in sales, plant operations, and profit growth.

Among other positions, Solomon has held roles of President of POM Wonderful and President and CEO of Ready Pac Foods, Inc., prior to joining Dole.

“Michael has built an impressive track record of strategic, operational and commercial accomplishments,” said Johan Linden, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dole Food Company. “He has considerable experience and knowledge of the fresh salad business segment. His wealth of experience will be a valuable asset as we continue to accelerate Dole’s growth and innovation in our vegetable and salad products. I am very excited about Michael’s addition to our team.”

About Dole Food Company, Inc.

Dole Food Company is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education and research. For more information, please visit www.dole.com.

Pinty’s Delicious Foods is scooped up by Quebec Processor

From: Food in Canada

St-Hyacinthe, Que. – Olymel L.P. has acquired an Ontario poultry slaughtering and processing company.

Olymel made the announcement in a statement that Pinty’s Delicious Foods Inc., which is based in Burlington, Ont., is now part of the Olymel stable.

Pinty’s manufactures fully cooked products and other related products and employs 360 people. The company has three processing plants in Ontario – Port Colborne, Paris and Oakville.

Pinty’s products are found across Canada and in the U.S. under the brands Pinty’s Food Service, Pinty’s Pub & Grill, Pinty’s Eat Well, Pinty’s Perfect Portions and Pinty’s Delicious Food Inc.

The company was founded in 1943 by Ed Pintwala. It supplies its products to restaurants, delis and retailers, and recently introduced a new line of beef burgers, bottled sauces and kettle potato chips.

Olymel says the current employees will stay on and both companies “will continue their activities separately and independently.”

The acquisition is part of Olymel’s strategy to position itself “as the leader of the pork and poultry slaughtering and processing sector” in Canada, says the statement.

Olymel owns seven poultry slaughtering and processing establishments in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick, and distributes its products under the Olymel, Flamingo and Galco brands.

Final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations are published: CFIA

From: Food in Canada

Ottawa – The final Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) can now be found in Canada Gazette Part II (CGII).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) made the announcement in a statement, adding that the regulations “will provide clear and consistent rules for food commodities so consumers can be confident that food on grocery shelves is safer to eat, whether it is produced in Canada or abroad.”

The statement explains that the new regulations were created after listening to stakeholders and consumers in in-depth consultations. This has been ongoing since the Safe Food for Canadians Act was passed in 2012.

The new regulations take effect on Jan. 15, 2019.

The CFIA says the period from the publication in CGII until they take effect in 2019 should give food and beverage businesses “time to familiarize themselves with and prepare for the new requirements, including licensing, traceability and preventive controls.”

The statement adds that the new rules meet international food safety standards and will “create greater market access opportunities for Canadian food products exported abroad.”

The federal government also notes that the U.S. has already adopted similar regulations. “Once the SFCR are fully in force, Canadian food businesses exporting foods that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can leverage their SFCR licence to demonstrate that their food safety controls meet their U.S. importers’ requirements under the U.S. Foreign Supplier Verification Program.”

Businesses will “now need licences as well as preventive controls that address potential risks to food safety” if they import, export or send food across provincial or territorial borders. To expedite the movement of food, businesses should also maintain simple traceability records. “Retailers will only be required to trace their food back to their supplier, not forward to consumers to whom they sold their products,” says the statement.

For more, click here.

Tri-Mach Group CEO now part of CMC Board of Directors

June 22, 2018

As of yesterday, Tri-Mach Group’s CEO, Krystal Darling, has been selected to be part of the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) Board of Directors. As a new member of the CMC Board of Directors, Krystal will take part in advocating for Canada’s high-quality meat products with a continued focus on improving the Canadian global meat market.

With Tri-Mach Group’s new seat on the CMC Board of Directors, we can proudly represent our Canadian meat packers, processors and fellow equipment suppliers in the largest sector of Canada’s food processing industry.

For more information on the Canadian Meat Council, visit: www.cmc-cvc.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

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.

Bonduelle to Expand Three Facilities in Ontario

From: Food in Canada

Mississauga, Ont. – Bonduelle Canada Inc. is upgrading its vegetable processing facilities and adding 87 new jobs along the way.

The company announced a $79.8-million project that would include expanding its facilities in Southwestern Ontario in Tecumseh, Ingersoll and Strathroy. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)has contributed $8.5 million to help with the project.

In a statement, OMAFRA says its investment is through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund. The $8.5 million is expected to help Bonduelle “adopt new technology to put new frozen vegetable products and packaging formats on the domestic and export markets, increase productivity, enhance food safety and increase exports,” says the statement.

Bonduelle Canada processes Ontario-grown vegetables in frozen and canned formats for the Canadian and U.S. markets through its three facilities, which produce 250 million pounds of finished produce annually.

A story in the Windsor Star (“Bonduelle to get up to $8.5 million from Ontario for expansion; ‘Tremendous news’ for Tecumseh” by Sharon Hill on May 8, 2018) says the facility in Tecumseh is the largest “and produces Green Giant canned vegetables and canned products for other labels along with frozen vegetables, while the smaller operations in Strathroy and Ingersoll produce frozen vegetables.”

The Windsor Star article also says that the Tecumseh site “survived a $40 million to $50 million fire in July 2014.”

Bonduelle’s expansion project is expected to increase its exports to the U.S. by $34 million per year, which is 55 per cent higher than current levels, says the OMAFRA statement.

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.