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Do Yourself a Flavour! 

Spend Some Time with Your Peers

Business Networking Events – Fall 2014

The Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA) with the assistance of our Premier Funder Vancity Savings and Credity Union and supporter member contributions is hosting a business networking tour for the fall of 2014. Each Business Networking Event will include educational presentations and Peer to Peer networking opportunities complimented with snacks and refreshments.   The first networking series will run in the BC Lower Mainland and in Victoria on Vancouver Island.

 

2014 Fall Tour Schedule

The tour stops in 6 communities across the Lower Mainland and Victoria.

Doors open for registration and networking at 6:00 p.m.

Refreshments and snacks provided.

Sessions start at 6:30 p.m finish at 8:30 pm Limited seating, pre-registration required.

 

Wednesday

Sept. 24, 2014

Vancouver

Pricing Your Product

Ms. Andrea Gray-Grant with Gray Grant Consulting Inc.

Choices Markets Kitsilano 2627 W 16th Ave Vancouver BC

Wednesday

Oct. 15, 2014

Aldergrove

Food Law and You

Mr. Walter Dullemond with FTC International Consulting Ltd.

White Spot - Annex Room 3070 264th Street, Aldergrove, BC

Wednesday

Oct. 22, 2014

Victoria

Branding Your Food Company

Mr. Greg Mclaren with Business Advisory Team Inc. | The LeftSpoke Media

Serious Coffee - Esquimalt Plaza #27 - 1153 Esquimalt Road, Victoria, BC

Wednesday

Oct. 29, 2014

Abbotsford

Are You Ready for Your Banker?

Ms. Rita Kim with Partners for Growth Advisory Services Inc.

ABC Restaurant 32080 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC, V2T 1A1

Wednesday

Nov. 5, 2014

Squamish

Pricing Your Product

Ms. Andrea Gray-Grant with Gray Grant Consulting Inc.

Howe Sound Inn and Brewing Company 37801 Cleveland Ave. Squamish, BC

Wednesday

Nov. 19, 2014

Vancouver

Packaging – What You Need to Know

Mr. Ken Gallie with LabelPak Printing Inc.

Choices Markets Kitsilano 2627 W 16th Ave Vancouver

 

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Cost:  Free

 

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We hope to see you this fall!

We are currently planning the next series which will take us to other areas of the Province of BC. Drop us a line if you are interested in having an “SSFPA After Hours Do Yourself a Flavour Event” in your community.

 

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Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan

The Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan information can be viewed at the following link: 

http://inspection.gc.ca/food/action-plan/eng/1366921334607/1366921368545

Industry stakeholders are encouraged to review the action plan and provide input to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

 

Canadian Food Inspection Agency releases documents

CFIA has posted what are probably the final documents for the Food Safety Regulatory Forum.  

These are:

  • A New Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection - Discussion Document
  • Compliance Promotion - Discussion Document.

It is expected that all the documents will be publicly available on June 4th at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food/action-plan/food-safety-regulatory-forum/eng/1369676743621/1369676873558

Regulatory Framework:   This discussion paper is perhaps the most important of the documents circulated.  It sets out the government's initial proposals for the new regulations under the Safe Food for Canadians Act and builds on the work started in the inspection modernization initiative.   There are two key appendices which outline "outcome-based" requirements for regulated food businesses and for primary production of fresh produce.   The discussion paper has 33 questions inserted to prompt comments and there will likely be many more that arise. 

Compliance Promotion:   This discussion paper sets out CFIA's current thinking on assisting food businesses to comply with the new regulations.  As noted in the description of the associated presentation (update #12), the approach focuses on sets out four (4) pillars for a compliance promotion strategy:

education (e.g. on-line information and search functions, guidance documents, webinars, etc),

technical assistance (e.g. model systems, plain language documentation, templates, checklists, etc)

transparent communication (eg. sharing industry best practices and compliance and enforcement data)

compliance incentives (eg. linking compliance to oversight and to support programs) and disincentives (eg. suspensions & monetary penalties)

This paper does not indicate that there are any commitments from the federal government in terms of financial assistance to micro,small and medium-sized enterprises for the implementation of the new regulations.   The discussion paper does not include questions, but the Forum presentation on this subject does.

 

New Report Released: Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs

The report “Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs: A preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food systems change,” is the first scan of municipal and regional food policy development in Canada. It reveals that a growing number of communities right across the country have launched food charters, food strategies and action plans, and created food policy councils.

 
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