Small Scale Food Processor Association SSFPA
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Community Futures Leads New Food Connection Project

Bill Kershaw, Chairperson of Community Futures Thompson Country (CFTC), has announced a major new project exploring ways and means to improve the connections between local food producers and major local consumers. "CFTC's mandate from the Government of Canada has always been to foster regional economic development," he says. "For a number of years, we've known that enhancing regional agriculture has real potential to boost the area's economy."

Kershaw says the Thompson Shuswap Food Connections Project is "one of the most significant partnership efforts to strengthen agricultural cash flow ever undertaken in the region."

"We want to look at the way food is consumed, using Thompson Rivers University and two other major local public institutions as sample consumers.”

"Next we'll study the true costs of delivering the food - including the carbon emissions associated with transportation and distribution of food to major buyers. Our real interest is in discovering just how much of this demand could be met locally by matching producers and consumers," he says. "If major users can buy locally produced food there's a major reduction in shipping costs, as well as a reduction in carbon emissions associated with food transport.”

"Our preliminary research shows us that if producer-consumer matching happens, there is likely to be a need for a local food processing facility - which means more jobs and additional opportunities for producers to compete more effectively in the specialty food market place."

Specialty foods include bakery items, salsas, dips, dressings, syrup (birch), vinegars, yogurt, ethnic foods, pastas, wild berries, and edible mushrooms.  Specialty meat items include goat, bison, deli meats and sausage.

Funding for the Thompson Shuswap Food Connections Project is provided by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia through the former federal-provincial safety nets framework (up to $38,796), the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation ($15,000), the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition ($15,000) and CFTC ($5,000).

Click here to download a project overview.

For project details, visit the project web site at http://tsfoodconnections.ca or contact Shirley Culver at CFTC (250-828-8772).

 

Application Form and Guide for the Enterprise Infrastructure Traceability Program

Please note links to the application form and program guide for the Enterprise Infrastructure Traceability (EIT) Program for the 2012/13 program year.  We will begin to take applications for this program March 30. More details can be found on page 8 of the Guide attached.

EIT Application Form

EIT Program Guide

 

Collaborating to Succeed – Value Chains

March 31, 2012
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Nelson, BC

What are Value Chains?

A Value Chain is a market focused, demand driven process that builds partnerships between farmer groups/producers, food processors, retailers and other services collaborating to bring higher quality, differentiated products to the marketplace – adding value to products destined for the end consumer. Value Chains are a collaboration of organizations that succeed in their objective, such as processing and marketing a product, through trust and communication. Value Chain expert, Terry Ackerman, will explain how Value Chains can be used to develop value-added products, expand markets for existing food products and materials, and help to assess and develop processing and distribution options and identify constraints in a geographically dispersed region. The material presented will be pragmatic and based on examples of cooperatives and companies in the food industry in Canada. It is intended that the participants will leave the session with information and tools that can be immediately applied to the operation and planning of their respective organizations.

Sponsored by the Naturally Grown Herb & Spice Producers Cooperative and the Upper Columbia Cooperative Council
Date:  March 31, 2012  Registration 9:00 am, Session 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Location: 2nd Floor 225 Hall Street, Nelson, BC (Nelson Chamber of Commerce)
Registration Fee: $40.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

2 Ways To Register:
Complete the attached registration form  OR
Register online at  http://collaboratingtosucceed-valuechain.eventbrite.ca/

Please note a $3.39 registration fee will be applied to online registrations at the time of registration.
Registration Deadline - March 27.  Space is limited, pre-registration is required.
Please see the attachment for more information or click here to view the web version.
For more Information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call Jeanette at 250-269-0038.

 

Small Scale Food Processor Association

NOTICE

2012 Annual General Meeting

Saturday March 24, 2012 Time: 2:00 pm Pacific Time

Participation via teleconference

Or

In person at Location listed below

Refreshments and Networking 1:00 pm

 

Location: Sandman Signature Hotel - 8828 201 Street, Langley BC V2Y 0C8

Web-site: http://www.sandmansignature.ca/hotels/langley/

 

 

Training Workshop on Allergen Control and Regulations

Food processors cannot afford to miss an upcoming workshop on allergen control and regulations presented by the Food Innovation Centre of BC. The half-day session will provide practical training for food processing professionals on how to manage allergens through the entire supply chain, from supplier approval to shipment of finished product.

“Allergens are impossible to eliminate from food processing, but there are precautions you can put in place to manage them,” says Ken Hall, the program facilitator and senior training advisor for the FICBC. “The Food Innovation Centre is pleased to present this program and provide practical information and clear steps for food processors to control
allergens and ensure a consistently safe product to their customers.”

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 9:30am – 1:30pm, Lunch & refreshments included.
Location: Executive Hotel & Conference Centre, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby BC
Cost: $65 + HST (Special Promotional Price, Regularly $175 + HST)
To register call Laurie at 1-855-366-3287, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, download the full media release.

 
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