Food, Beverage & Bio Sector Update

July 12, 2019 Bren de LeeuwFood & Beverage 158 Views

EMC Food & Beverage Sector Networking Events and our Regional SIG (Strategic Interest Group) Sessions present an excellent means for manufacturers to come together and learn from experiences of their peers.  It’s a time to share best practices, reveal challenges, celebrate milestone achievements and recognize the like-mindedness of our ongoing quests in continuous improvement and business growth!

Looking at business growth was a recent SIG event focus. Reunion Island Coffee hosted a dynamic session that painted a true picture of some of the challenges positive development brings.  Implementing an ERP and food safety system simultaneously led to some interesting challenges. They candidly shared their experience so others could more easily navigate.  Following a fabulous down-to-earth presentation, the plant tour highlighted some of their gains such as investment in capital equipment, storage reorganization, visual management systems and so forth.  One participant exclaimed that he “had never taken so many notes!”

Recently I received an email from a participant in our EMC Food & Beverage Sector Networking Event on Business Growth.  In just a few words it sums up the value and importance that peer discussion provides:  “I would like to express my gratitude for the time that you spent yesterday to share the journey of Reunion Island Coffee.  With our company beginning the journey of growth, you’ve highlighted so many things for me that even if I can only remember a tiny fraction of it, I will be miles ahead.  I can see so many similarities between our companies, at least where you used to be and where we are now. I certainly hope to be able to tap into your experiences in the future and hopefully I can return some value to you at some point...”

In June, we explored the topic of “Talent Review and Building Performance” at Wholesome Kids Catering, with insight from Maple Lodge Farms.  When we think about the current challenges in attracting candidates to our industry, and our future needs to grow, talent review becomes a critical component to aid us in planning for the years to come.

September will begin with a special invitation to take part in a session on “Building World Class Food Safety Practices”.  Hosted by HFS – Healthcare Food Services in Ottawa, this will be a fabulous opportunity to learn from one of the best when it comes to Food Safety and to take in thoughts, perspectives and experiences of those joining in on the discussion.

I have a myriad of fabulous memories of events past – of wonderful best practices, engaging discussions, and 1,000’s of business cards shared over the years – all in the name of helping our peers in industry.  The SIG and Food and Beverage Events are one way to foster knowledge.  We are also pleased to have tools such as Member Needs Help – wherein you can field a question to our membership at large.  Policies, procedures, charts, ideas, contacts, etc. are shared enabling companies to save time and effort by not ‘reinventing the wheel’.  Additionally, B2B opportunities provide manufacturers seeking specific products, equipment, engineering etc. with the ability to connect to potential suppliers.  And, in any of our training programs, you are sure to meet some great people from the industry!

If you are attending an EMC event anywhere – always remember your business cards!

Finally, with networking in mind, this year is very special as we take the peer to peer experience to an even greater level with the Advantage Through Excellence – Future of Manufacturing Conference!  Scheduled for October 8th, 9th and 10th at the Universal Event Space in Vaughan, it will be the premier manufacturing event of the year.  You definitely do not want to miss this!  We are fortunate to have some fabulous leaders from across Canada ready to share their perspectives and business journies!  Mark your calendar, practice your handshake, pack your business cards and come prepared for three days featuring best practices, subject matter experts, industry leaders, exhibitors, plant tours and plenty of opportunities to network with peers, participants and speakers!  We will be exploring Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation; Export Development and Growth; Operational Excellence; and the Future State of Manufacturing, and so much more!  The cost is reasonable and the opportunities to grow are amazing!  Let us know if you would like to stay up to date on the Speakers, Sessions and Agenda:

All of us at EMC believe wholeheartedly in the power of networking, of learning from experiences, of the value of sharing best practices and plant tours!  If you are interested in learning more about involvement in EMC’s SIG (Strategic Interest Groups) or our Special Food and Beverage Sector Networking Sessions, please feel free to reach out and we would be happy to share information on what is coming up in your region!


Upcoming Food and Beverage Sector Events follow:

EMC Food, Beverage & Bio Sector Networking Event

HFS – Healthcare Food Services - Ottawa, ON
World Class Food Safety Best Practices September 19, 2019

EMC National Advantage Through Excellence Conference

Universal Event Space, Vaughan, ON
SAVE THE DATE:  October 8-10, 2019

10th Annual North American Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit - Toronto, ON
An interactive Summit hosted by the Strategy Institute that provides insight from CFIA, FDA and Industry Leaders on Government Regulations, Legislation and Compliances
October 29 & 30, 2019


How do you get involved?  If you are interested in learning more about Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and the Food Sector Initiative, please feel free to touch base with Bren de Leeuw, Director - Field Operations Canada and EMC Food, Beverage and Bio Sector Program ( anytime!