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One of the biggest, if not the biggest, challenges facing Processors in the Food and Beverage Industry today is the attraction and retention of good talent. It’s a subject matter that brings companies of all sizes and aspects of industry (including service providers and Government partners) together. Regardless of the Sector, an aging population, a multi-generational workforce, and a lack of students embracing a potential career in Manufacturing in general, are all factors lending to the difficulties companies are experiencing in hiring and retaining good people.


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If you are on the road as much I am, you know that there are really two seasons – winter time and, of course, construction time. One could almost liken it easily enough to our business cycles as well - full speed production and of course summer and winter shutdowns. After 100’s of thousands of miles (yes hundreds) trekking back and forth across the Province visiting Processors from so many facets of industry, I have come to appreciate my silent solidarity with those big rigs that continuously deliver every imaginable product from raw materials to finished goods in our Province, in Canada, and around the world.


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Food Beverage Ontario (FBO) launched a wonderful opportunity earlier this year to foster career interest in the food and beverage industry. The contest was open to students across the Province and focused on the development of new products or improvement. This was a very exciting initiative! On behalf of EMC, our heartiest congratulations to FBO and to this year's winners!


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Celebrating milestones of EMC Members affords us the opportunity to reflect on a number of incredible achievements and to offer our heartiest congratulations on behalf of our Team, countless Community Partners and all of our Members across Canada! This month we are particularly pleased to pay tribute to Kisko Products in Woodbridge who are celebrating 40 years in business in 2017!


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Labour Productivity: Packaging, Labelling and Innovation – Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT), Conestoga College

Across the Province, Processors have often indicated that one of their key challenges was staying abreast of regulatory issues and labelling is just one component of that. As a fundamental element to ensure safe food production, distribution and consumer protection, packaging and labelling requires considerable and necessary diligence. It is without a doubt, a big job regardless of the size of the organization. Beyond the regulatory requirements though are also opportunities for branding and marketing and differentiating yourself from competitors. Packaging offers an opportunity to be creative and innovative!


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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs developed food safety and traceability courses for both producers and processors. The courses are free and are hosted on the University of Guelph website.


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Spring Networking Events EMC (Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium) provides considerable exposure to creative possibilities through ongoing networking activity, benchmarking and best-practice sharing events. Access the latest events listing.


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In today’s food sector environment, Food Safety is paramount and tracking and tracing of materials is a fundamental component of that aspect of our businesses. Our EMC GF2 Food Sector Networking Event provided peers with a means to discuss current challenges from a tracking and tracing perspective, sharing current traceability initiatives and gaining insight on a new automated process that could also help highlight necessary KPI’s and plant production information.


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Food and Beverage Ontario is hosting an Industry Consultation on April 27th at the Mississauga Convention Centre. This special event will look at the growth and success in Ontario's Food and Beverage Processing Industry.


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The food, beverage, bio and ag industry is truly an exciting Sector full of growth and new development. It offers a breadth of career choices in any number of disciplines and for those with entrepreneurial mindsets, the opportunities are endless!



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