BCFPA July 2016 Newsletter
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Process This! Newsletter - July 2016

In This Issue

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Breakfast Series Event June
  • LEAN 101 Sessions
  • Peer Group Recap
  • BioEnterprise looking to invest in high growth potential startups
  • Recycling Associates
  • BCFPA Golf Tournament - BOOK NOW!
  • Save the Date: Ministry event-summit in November
  • FoodProWest - Video/Photos
  • Commercial Kitchen for Sub Lease
  • Kambo Green Solutions Webinar - Reduce Energy Waste
  • New Members

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Annual General Meeting

The best thing to come out of an AGM is the new directors who have volunteered to help lead our Association and our Industry through the next year of growth! Welcome to our 2016 Directors.

Incoming Directors
  • Robin Smith, FoodWest Resources
  • Jason Longden, Vibrant Health Products
  • Ally Bharmal, Fasken Martineau
  • Rick Gibbs, Neutron Factory Works
  • Jillian Hull, Jilly V’s
Continuing Directors
  • Rick Gagner, Rhema Group
  • Rita Cheng, Superior Tofu
  • Jim Pratt, PROSnack Natural Foods
  • David Guthrie, KPMG
  • Jozef Hubburmin, Fresh Direct Produce
  • Kirk Homenick, Naturally Homegrown Foods
  • Rattan Bagga, Everland Natural Foods/Jiva Organics

Thank you to the Directors who have completed their term this year, we applaud you!

Retiring Directors
  • Dave Eto, BC Dairy Association
  • Eva Sun, The Rice People/Libra National
  • Jo Heron, Sisu Solutions
  • Anne Chong Hill, The Global Group
  • Christina Lui, Fine Choice Foods
  • Mark Wilson, Vega
  • Eric Murphy, Laromas
More AGM news can be found in our minutes available here.

Breakfast Series Event – Operational LEAN Practices and Energy Savings. Thanks Mike & Rob

What a great morning we had on June 14, with Mike Nunn of Ideon Packaging introducing us to the LEAN concepts as well as BC Hydros new programs for processors!  Thank you Mike and Rob!

Please also visit our website for Mike’s presentation and a full brochure from Lean Sensei International on their programs. All Peer group documents are posted there.

LEAN 101 Sessions

We have been working with LEAN Sensei International and are accepting registrations for the full day workshop on two days, Tuesday August 2 and Wednesday August 3. We expect to fill both days. You only register for ONE DAY. 

$199 per person. (discounted from $500 per person) 
$250 for non-members.

LEAN Sensei - 290 - 1385 West 8th Avenue

LEAN 101 - Tuesday August 2nd
LEAN 101 - Wednesday August 3rd
Pleae note: When you register the Quantity of people, you will be asked for the names to make sign in easy!
Deadline to register:  Monday, July 11th at NOON.
See you there!

Peer Group Recap

As well as the Breakfast Series Event, the Operations, Food Safety and HR Peer groups all met in June to discuss issues of relevance and the Sales and Marketing Peer Group joined a webinar to learn how to increase sales via ECCNet.

Food Safety/Operations: - thank you to Paul Tolnai of P&S Frozen Foods who opened his Vancouver doors to more than 25 members looking to see how he processes his pastries, ribs, burgers and sausage rolls! All while using Burton Softwares’ ICICLE technology to ensure that he stays 100% Critical incident free with his HACCP program that speaks directly to CFIA! Thanks also to Steve Burton for showing us ICICLE in real life application – great meeting group!

HR Peer Group: There are more than 35 companies participating in the HR Wage Survey currently underway. Thank you to the participating companies. The group also scheduled its meetings for the fall with topics which are available here.

Sales and Marketing: Special thanks to Lloyd Campbell and Pat Crilly of GS1, our Affiliate members, who helped our group understand the importance of having a full and complete profile on ECCNet to attract new retailers. Catch the PowerPoint here.


Are you a start-up looking for a leg-up? BioEnterprise is looking to invest in four BC high potential growth food processing companies.

BioEnterprise is a leading business accelerator focussed on supporting businesses with the commercialization of agritech. Agritech is defined by BioEnterprise as a product, service, or technological innovation that has its foundation in agriculture or is applied to agriculture, impacts the associated value chain and has a business benefit.  They intend to provide growth opportunities for 10 companies per year and work only with the most promising companies nearing investment readiness.

They target companies that will be able to produce results and demonstrate return on investment. The following factors are key to their analysis during selection:

Incorporated and organized as a Canadian entity.
  • Based on a unique technology/product or on an innovative approach/business model.
  • Significant and direct impact on Canada’s agriculture or food processing sectors.
  • The product, technology, or service can be commercialized and generate revenues within two years.
  • Has the potential to address large markets (North America, Europe, or Global).
  • The management team/entrepreneur has the capability to successfully manage the growth of the company.
  • Has the potential to be a $10M company within 5 years.

BioEnterprise is currently looking for 4 food processing firms in BC that may be suitable for this service.

If you qualify, please contact:

Tim O’Connor, MBA, Industry Specialist, Food Processing
Sector Development Branch | BC Ministry of Agriculture
phone: 250 356-6373 | toll: 1-888- 211-7141 | cell: 250 254-0654

Two Associate Members are here to help you Recycle your waste food and oil!

EcoZero is BC’s largest used cooking oil collector and recycler that commits 100% of its oil to locally-produced biodiesel. Operating in Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley, EcoZero pays businesses fair market value for every litre of oil EcoZero collects. Turning waste into fuel and cost into profit for our customers is our business.

If you are a business with a social conscious, sustainability program, triple-bottom line, or community engagement initiatives, we are the perfect fit. Let’s connect!


Recycle your WASTE Food:

Redux Nutrition Ltd. (West Coast Reduction)
works with bakeries and food producers to collect pre-consumer food products that are no longer viable for human consumption. This material is used to create high quality feed ingredients used for the production of various animal feeds. The entire process is governed and certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Redux Nutrition is looking for the following waste products:

Bakery waste:  Stales, Flour, Dough, Muffins, Cakes, Etc.
Cereal waste:   Granola, Granola bars, Ingredients, Etc.
Dry pre-consumer food waste: Stale dated dry goods, Cookies, Potato chips, Pasta, Etc.

For more information please visit or call 1-855- 867-3389.
WCR is the Winner of the 2016 BCFPA Sustainability Award


42nd Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Banquet

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - Northview Golf & Country Club

The BC Dairy Council and the BC Food Processors Association cordially invite you to their 42nd Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Banquet. Since its re-launch as a joint event ten years ago, the tournament has become recognized as one of the industry's signature events. Please join us again for a day of camaraderie, friendly competition and fun!

Once again, the tournament will be held at the acclaimed Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey. Golfers will play the championship Ridge Course in a shotgun start, best ball format.

Registration is at Noon; Tee Off time is 1:30 PM
Previous events have sold out.
Register Now!

Save the Date

November 14 & 15, 2016 - Growing the Future Together
BC Agrifood and Seafood Conference, Kelowna, BC

Join hundreds of people from BC’s agrifood, seafood and food processing sectors, including producers, processors, retailers, institutional purchasers, transporters and agritech suppliers as we look at the future of food supply security in the province.

See here for more information

FoodProWest 2016 - Video and Photo Links

Looking for your finalist video, or pic from FoodProWest 2016? - Here you go!

Gala Photos:

Finalist and Recap Videos:

Health Wellness & Lifestyle TV hosted by Tammy Lynn McNabb, (our Gala MC).

Commerical Kitchen for Sub Lease

Located in Langley, lots of prep space, shelving and Fridge for storage.  Hours and rates are negotiable based on requirements.  Available most days during the week , evening, and all weekends.  

Please contact Donna Nicks for more information.

Kambo Green Solutions Webinar

Learn how you BC business can cut its energy waste by up to 30%. BCFPA member Kambo Green Solutions is offering a webinar on July 15th.
Register Here

New Members

Thank you for joining the BCFPA and Welcome!

Processor Members
  • Baked Edibles
  • MRC Liquids+Solids Culinary Innovations Inc.
Associate Members
  • Garuda Transport Ltd.
  • Career Joy
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