Small Scale Food Processor Association (SSFPA)
1702 Ash Road, Victoria, BC V8N 2T6
October 8, 2003
SSFPA Business Planning for Shared Services
& Membership Benefits
Would you like to share services with other small
processors and buy packaging and other source materials in bulk? Would
you like to join with others to develop a flexible marketing and distribution
network? SSFPA is conducting a business planning project with these
goals in mind. Support for this initiative comes from CEDTAP (Canadian
Economic Development Technical Assistance Program) and Van City Credit
Union. A 17-member steering committee is providing both vision and practical
advice as the project develops. Look for a progress report in next month's
The SSFPA staff is also exploring the feasibility
of membership benefits: medical and dental insurance, liability insurance,
and more effective mentoring services. When something definite is available,
we'll let you know via "sound bits."
SSFPA Membership Extension
What a deal! The Board of Directors has decided
not to invoice members for dues until early in 2004 and to extend current
memberships. The SSFPA is working very hard with limited resources to
prepare a package of member benefits (see above) that will meet the
needs that small-scale food processors around Western Canada have identified
as critical to their future success. Once a package is fully prepared
that the Board feels it can be proud to offer - and that will be feasible
for it to administer - members of the SSFPA will be contacted about
renewals and 2004 dues.
Profile: SSFPA Board of Directors Member Philip
SSFPA's 11-member Board of Directors represents
decades of pooled experience in the small-scale food sector. We want
our members to know who our board members are and what kind of expertise
they can offer, both to our organization as a whole and to individual
members as mentors. We're going to start with Director Philip Watney
who lives in Prince George, BC.
Philip Watney, B. Sc., brings over a dozen years
experience in food processing, food microbiology, quality control and
certified organic manufacturing to the BC food industry. As a director
of the SSFPA and as an independent consultant he provides practical
technical assistance and helps clarify requirements for food safety
and organic certification. He is an organic inspector and has a beekeeping
operation in the BC interior. He also represents a leading supplier
of low-cost temperature monitoring devices for companies with temperature
sensitive products. For more information, visit him on the web at www.foodaudit.com.
"The Future of Food Co-operation
and the BC Food Economy," Annual Co-op Week Luncheon, Vancouver,
National Co-op Week (October 12-19) will be highlighted
by this keynote presentation by Herb Barbolet, the founder of Farm Folk/City
Folk. Herb is a well-known leader and pioneer of the movement to promote
healthy food systems in BC. He will speak on the future of food and
food security, and how the co-op model can assist consumers and small
producers to create a food economy that responds to the real needs of
BC consumers. He will also relate important lessons from a recent trip
studying the co-operative food systems of Emilia Romagna in northern
Italy. The luncheon takes place at the Teahouse Restaurant in Stanley
Park from 11:30 - 1:30. To register, contact BC Cooperative Association
at email@example.com or (604)
879-4611. Deadline for registrations is October 10, so - if you're interested
in attending the luncheon - contact them soon.
Food Safety: Two Items This Month
The critical issue of food safety is on a lot of
minds these days. Processors MUST know about safe processing and packaging
and ensure their employees understand this material, too. To assist
our members, SSFPA is setting up a Food Safety Committee. If you wish
to become involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Motivating Your Employees for Food Safety"
is a seminar being held by the BC Food Protection Association on October
16, 5-9 pm at BCIT in Burnaby, BC. For more information on this
Do You Have a Question about Nutritional Labelling?
We Probably Have the Answer!
Must all pre-packaged foods carry a Nutrition Facts
label? What laboratories should be used for product analysis? Can food
manufacturers use databases to generate their Nutrition Facts information?
Lance Hill, our contact at Health Canada, has provided
SSFPA with a document containing answers to these and many more questions
on the new Nutritional Labelling regulations. There is far too much
information to include it in "sound bits," but we've placed
the document here
and strongly encourage you to read the material and bookmark the page.
Supply Chain Food Product Recall Workshops
- Alberta & BC
Food recalls are sometimes necessary and always
dreaded. Processors, large and small, should know how the procedure
works. Alberta's Recall Workshop will be held at the Blackfoot Inn in
Calgary on October 21. BC's event is at the Executive Airport Plaza
in Richmond on October 23. For more information on the workshops and
to register on line, visit www.fcpmc.com/edcentre/events/.
Or contact Heather Montague, FCPMC, at (416) 510-8024, Ext. 2237. The
BC event, in particular, is filling up - so register soon.
Bioterrorism/US Marketing Seminar, October
23, Burnaby, BC
Yes, bioterrorism may concern YOU. If you export,
store, or transport any food or beverage product in or to the US, new
regulations will affect you, beginning on December 12, 2003. This seminar,
jointly sponsored by Agri-Food Canada, UPS, and the Canadian Manufacturers
and Exporters Association, will advise you of the changes. There will
also be an
afternoon session, presented by three Canadian consuls, on "Marketing
in the US." According to the information package, the morning session,
"Overview of the New Regulations," is complimentary. To find
out more, contact us at email@example.com
and we'll send you more information.
Lifecycles Victoria invites you to its 2nd Annual Celebration
of Apples. In the 1800s, Victoria was the fruit growing centre of BC,
but few residents now have time to cultivate and harvest the remaining
apple trees. Meanwhile, Victorians bring home bags of apples grown elsewhere.
What's wrong with this picture! The "Celebration of Apples"
will evoke a simpler time when Canadians fed themselves from their own
orchards and gardens, timed the passage of seasons by the ripening of
fruit, and discussed pie recipes over the fence with their neighbours.
Join the festivities at St. Ann's Academy, 835 Humboldt, 10 am to 4 pm.
for more information.
Celebration of Apples - Victoria, November
Meanwhile, if you live in Victoria and have fruit
that needs to be picked (or know someone who does), contact the Victoria
Fruit Tree Project at 385-PICK or e-mail the organization at the address
Victoria Area Working Group - Care to Join?
An active Working Group has been formed in the Victoria
region with a mandate to strengthen the small scale food
sector and provide more marketing opportunities. Its next meeting date
is October 15. If you want more details, please contact Mary Murphy
Other Upcoming Events
The Ag Aware Calendar http://www.agaware.bc.ca/Events/list_events.asp.
No reason for us to re-invent the wheel, when AgAware produces such
a good calendar. Here you'll find an excellent listing of upcoming activities.
SSFPA Reports and Sound Bites Newsletters
SSFPA has carefully presented and archived all its
reports and its "Sound Bites" newsletters. These documents
cover pretty much everything that has been discovered, discussed, and
accomplished in the last two years of organizing and establishing this
organization. Explore our goals, our past, and our present by going
to our Documents
page. [Note: directing others to this web site is a good way to familiarize
them with the general issues facing small scale agriculture and food
SSFPA members can also gain access to the Living
Inventory via our web site. The Living Inventory is an interactive data
base which serves as an electronic marketplace, enabling small processors
and producers to buy and sell products, inputs, and services from one
another. To learn more about SSFPA, contact Mary or Frank as noted below:
Small Scale Food Processor Association
"We're Big on Small"
(250) 370-5167 or (250) 380-1947
Web site: http://www.ssfpa.net/DocsForms/DocsForms.htm
Related Links and List Serves
For information on sustainable food economies, community
economic development, and other issues of concern to the small-scale
food sector, we recommend these:
Accountability Initiative: This organization promotes collaborative
responses to corporate power in the global food system. Its website
offers a comprehensive overview of problems and solutions related to
for Alternative Technology: The Centre is the UK's leading provider
of environmental, sustainability and alternative
technology and lifestyle publications. You can learn about ecological
sewage treatment, building, architecture, alternative energy, organic
gardening, composting, biofuels, green education, sustainable careers
and energy conservation.
Association for Food Protection. Founded in 1911, this is a non-profit
association of food safety professionals. Comprised of a diverse membership
of over 3,000 Members from 50 nations, the IAFP is dedicated to the
education and service of its members as well as industry personnel
Consumers Association: Look for articles on genetically modified
food and fair trade issues along with general information about organic
food production. If you'd like regular updates from OCA through its
"Biodemocracy News," contact firstname.lastname@example.org.