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Canadian Farmers at Risk as African Swine Fever Spreads

Recently, African Swine Fever (ASF) has become a rising issue in Asia and Europe, with China, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania, as well as Belgium now reporting cases of infected pigs. ASF is a contagious viral disease which affects pigs of all ages, causing high mortality within the animals. Though humans are not susceptible to the disease, it can be spread through our contaminated clothing, equipment, or feed, potentially expanding the outbreak to Canada through imports from these infected countries.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has already arranged some preventative measures to avoid the outbreak of the disease within Canada, including the following measures:

  • Import restrictions and border control of products brought into the country by international travelers
  • Coordination with the Canadian Border Services Agency for border inspections
  • Continuous risk assessment of countries from which Canada imports
  • Working with the EU to monitor the situation in affected countries and update import controls as needed
  • Work to establish harmonized diagnostic testing for ASF with the US and Mexico
  • Encourage enhanced biosecurity measures including recommendations for travelers
  • On-going discussions with the provincial Chief Veterinary Officers and CFIA’s American counterparts


The risk assessment for the issue is still in progress, and the CFIA is currently working on a list of products that could potentially infect the feed. Aside from this, the CFIA is working on possible scenarios on current or new zoning of ASF should cases arise in Canada.

As there is currently no effective vaccine or treatment for ASF, the best strategy for the time being is to prevent entry of the virus into Canada. In order to avoid entry, it is best for Canadian producers to follow precautionary measures. When visiting other countries, do not bring back any meat products into Canada, wash all clothing and footwear immediately after use in other countries, do not feed swine any human food waste, and routinely evaluate biosecurity protocols with farm staff and visitors.

More information regarding updates on Canada’s measures against this virus will be released later in the month.


Source: Canadian Pork Council

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.

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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

BC to Help Fund New Beef Plant

From: Food in Canada

Prince George, BC – The BC government is helping to bring the dream of a federally inspected meat packing plant to the northern part of the province closer to reality.

In a statement, BC’s minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, says the “project has the potential to ensure BC cattle are bred, raised and finished in the province.”

Popham announced the province would commit $450,000 in funding. She made the announcement at the BC Cattlemen’s Association (BCCA) annual general meeting on June 1, 2018.

The statement says the funding will specifically support the next step in bringing the project to reality, which is developing “the partnerships to organize and build the plant.”

The statement goes onto explain that “the funding will be used to develop an industry-led cooperative business model, to support BC ranchers, and determine what role they could have in the plant’s ownership and operation.”

Those behind the BC plant are looking at a similar cooperative that was developed in Ontario for its pork industry.

The BCAA is leading the BC beef packing plant and says “the vision for the project is to provide differentiated, branded high-quality beef products to serve the specific needs of domestic, and select international, customers.”

The statement says the plant is expected to create 80 full-time, good-paying jobs in the area and about 620 spin-off jobs.

Kevin Boon, general manager at BCAA, says in the statement that before the new plant is built, they will “need to look at establishing a finishing process, and increasing feeding capacity.”

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

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

Saputo Acquires Company for $100 M

From: Food in Canada

Montreal – One of Canada’s largest dairy processors has acquired Shepherd Gourmet Dairy (Ontario) Inc. of St. Mary’s, Ont.

Saputo Inc. announced in a statement that it acquired the cheese and yogurt producer for $100 million. The transaction is expected to close in June 2018.

Shepherd Gourmet Dairy says it uses traditional methods to craft sheep-, goat- and cow’s-milk feta cheeses and sheep-milk ricotta and yogurt.

The company’s newest line is SKYR Icelandic style yogurt, a rich, no-fat yogurt that is high in protein and low in sugar.

The company also says it sources milk from dairy farmers that are within an hour of its plant. And the company looks to partner with those who take the best care of their animals.

The statement says Shepherd Gourmet generated revenues of approximately $57 million for the 12-month period ended on April 30, 2018.

Saputo says the acquisition increases the company’s presence in specialty cheese and expand its yogurt offering in Canada.