Food News, November 2016

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Canadian Food Ingredients Mission
December 6 - 7, 2016 Minneapolis, USA
Alberta ingredient suppliers are invited to participate in the Canadian Food Ingredients Mission; this two-day program will provide Canadian ingredient suppliers with the opportunity to gain insights into the US market and meet face-to-face with targeted Minnesota-based processors. Ideal suppliers for this mission include those marketing value-added ingredients, niche commodities and innovative ingredient technologies; commodity trading companies may also join. For more information, please click here or contact Dusan Rnjak.

Winter Fancy Food Show
January 22 - 24, 2017 San Francisco, USA
Mark your calendars and get planning for this must-see event for all food-makers!
•See over 100,000 specialty food products at their best in tastes, trends, brands and innovations - take the ideas back to Alberta and create change!
•Attend fantastic, peer-to-peer education sessions on pricing, branding and best practices, etc.
•Facilitated tours through retail/grocery sites in San Francisco, look at merchandising, marketing, brand position, etc. For more information, email Lindsay Sutton or call 780-643-3849.

Foodex Japan
March 7 -10, 2017 Chiba, Japan
Agriculture & Forestry is proposing a mission to the Foodex Japan Show, with both exhibiting and walking program options. Foodex is Asia’s largest food and beverage tradeshow and an important entryway to the Japan market for value-added food and beverage suppliers. Contact Katie Meredith to indicate your early interest and receive full details once available.

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Local Events

The Alberta Pulse: Showcasing Alberta Pulse Products
November 30, 2016 Leduc, AB
Did you know that Canada is the world’s largest exporter of dry peas and lentils? Join the Food Processing Development Centre (FPDC), in association with the Alberta Pulse Growers, to discover how pulses and pulse fractions can be utilized in the food and pet food industry.
Newly developed products that use Canadian peas, beans, faba beans and their fractions will be showcased at this event to celebrate 2016 The International Year of Pulses. Products being showcased include Meat Bars, Stuffed Pasta, Licorice, Sausages, Chocolate Cake, Chips, Macarons, Beef Patties, Frozen Dessert and Pet Treats. To learn about the benefits of pulses please register for this free event here.

Sustainable Procurement Workshop
December 7, 2016 - Stony Plain, AB
This workshop will help you understand how supply chain risks are preventing you from achieving the results you are looking for. Take a day to build a successful foundation for sustainable procurement. As an added bonus you will receive a copy of one of LeanCor’s books related to sustainable procurement. The $30/person cost includes lunch. To register call the Ag-Info Centre Registration Desk at      1-800-387-6030. For more information, email Lisa Iwanyk or phone 780-968-3511.

Closing the Gap – Creating a More Profitable Business
January 11, 2017 Airdrie, AB
This workshop will introduce you to the concept of continuous improvement, a holistic approach to identifying sources of waste and overcoming specific challenges in your business. The cost is $30/person and the registration deadline is November 30, 2016. For more information contact Vince Ohama at 403-340-5545 or to register call 1-800-387-6030.

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Explore Local Events

Getting Into Local Foods Workshop, November 22, 2016 Lethbridge, November 23, 2016 Airdrie, November 24, 2016 Parkland County
Attend one of these one-day workshops to learn about the local food opportunity and the different farm direct marketing channels, their benefits and challenges.  Examine the regulations that apply to your business directly from the agencies responsible for enforcement. Meet the resource specialists available to assist you within Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. For more information visit Explore Local – Events; to register call 1-800-387-6030.

Getting into Retail Workshop, December 8, 2016 - Lacombe
Consider attending this one-day workshop to learn about getting into retail sales, presenting products to buyers, and getting your product to the retailer. Two producers from the horticulture and prepared food industries will share their retail channel insight with you. Don’t miss this valuable event! The cost is $25 (lunch and refreshments) and the registration deadline is December 1. For more information contact Delores Serafin at 780-427-4611 and to register call 1-800-387-6030.

Food Safety Systems Processor Grant - Funding Still Available!

This program is designed to help food processors invest in new or improved food safety systems and production practices. Non-capital expenses (50%) related to the development and implementation of approved food safety programs include staff training, consultant costs, HACCP coordinator wages and food safety audits.
Capital expenses (20%) related to improving a specific food safety issue are available to a maximum of $15,000. They may include facility upgrades, utensils and bins approved for food use, sanitation equipment and traceability systems. Food safety testing equipment (80%) is eligible to a maximum of $5,000. For more information on this grant, please contact Bonnie Chiu at 780-427-0840.

Student Partnership Opportunity

Looking to formulate an innovative product and to partner up with University students?
The University of Alberta runs a program tilted ‘Methods and Application in Nutritional Product Development and Quality Assurance’, NUFS 425, and has a novel opportunity to partner with the food industry to formulate food products for their capstone project in 2017. Students would gain insight into industry and you would have the opportunity to partner alongside a student to have them develop an innovative food product. Interested and need more information? Contact Lindsay Sutton at 780-643-3849.


Food Safety Training
AFPA’s 2017 Food Safety Training Dates are now available:
For onsite training and consulting or list of other upcoming courses, click here or contact Melody at 403-201-3657 (ext. 21).

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
(Dial 310-0000 for toll-free access)
Alberta-Ag-Info Centre 310-FARM
Crop Research and Extension Section – 780-643-6249
Livestock and Farm Business Section - 403-968-6556
Local/Domestic Market Expansion Section - 780-968-3553
Processing Industry & Workforce Development Section - 403-340-7625
Safe Food Section 780-415-4570

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