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GUELPH, ON, Nov. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadians are most concerned with the rising cost of food and the affordability of healthy food for the third year in a row in the latest research released by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI).

When asked to rate their level of concern on a number of issues ranging from health care, economy and unemployment to climate change and rising energy costs, Canadians indicated they're most concerned about the rising cost of food (67 percent). Keeping healthy food affordable was rated second, together with rising energy costs and rising health care costs, all at 63 percent. Rounding out the top five concerns for Canadians was the safety of food imported from outside of Canada at 55 percent.

"The results tell us today's consumers are not only looking for affordable food options, they are also unsure about many aspects about food and the food system and are looking to know more from credible sources," said Crystal Mackay, CCFI president.

Four in ten Canadians are unsure if the food system is headed in the right direction. After a significant increase in 2017, survey results show a sizable drop in the number of consumers who feel Canada's food system is headed in the right direction – just over one third (36 percent) in 2018 compared to 43 percent in 2017.

The overall impression of agriculture in Canada also decreased for the first time in twelve years - falling from 61 percent in 2016 to 56 percent in the latest survey. This follows a steady increase since 2006. The decline in positive impressions is driven by a significant increase in Canadians who say they don't know enough about agriculture and food to have an opinion (12 percent in 2018, compared to only 2 percent in 2016).

"This research demonstrates that the food system can't take trust for granted; it must be earned," said Mackay. "Canadians desire balanced, credible information about food so they can feel confident in their decisions for themselves and their families. It's up to the entire food chain to turn up the volume and efforts to openly share information about food and how it's produced, processed and packaged with consumers."

The 2018 web-based survey was completed in July by 1,509 respondents who reflect the general Canadian consumer population aged 18 or older. The survey results from the 2018 CCFI Public Trust Research can be downloaded at www.foodintegrity.ca in French or English.

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is a non-profit organization that helps Canada's food system earn trust by coordinating research, resources, dialogue and training. Our members donors and project partners, who represent the diversity of the food system, are committed to providing accurate information and working together to address important issues in food and agriculture. The CCFI does not lobby or advocate for individual companies or brands.

 
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November 13, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – NSF International, a global public health organization, announces the winners of the NSF International 2018 Food Safety Recognition Awards. The awards recognize Canadian food and beverage companies and individuals that have made great contributions to food safety, whether by leading food safety efforts within an organization, contributing to advances in food safety science or engaging in food safety public education and action.

This year’s winners are:

  • Food Safety Leadership Award – Gordon Hayburn, Vice President, Food Safety and Quality, Trophy Foods, Mississauga, Ontario

In his current role, Hayburn leads the company’s food safety efforts and the team responsible for Trophy Foods’ AA+ BRC rating at its Mississauga and Calgary facilities. He is being recognized not only for his contributions and leadership at Trophy Foods, but for his contributions to the broader food industry. Gordon’s commitment to food safety is demonstrated through his academic involvement, regular speaking engagement at conferences across the globe and his work as an approved BRC trainer.

  • Food Safety Excellence Award – Maple Lodge Farms, Brampton, Ontario

Maple Lodge Farms is Canada’s largest independently owned poultry processor. Maple Lodge Farms is being recognized for its positive food safety culture and the leadership role it’s taking on influencing food safety policy and issues.

Healthcare Food Services in Ottawa, Ontario was a runner-up for the Food Safety Excellence Award.

“There are many food safety success stories in Canada and we created these awards as a mechanism for sharing and celebrating those achievements,” said Paul Medeiros, Managing Director of NSF International’s Food Safety Consulting and Technical Services in North America. “The NSF International Canadian Food Safety Recognition Awards recognize and encourage excellence and innovation in management practices, leadership, processes and technologies that advance food safety in Canada.”

Each year, an independent panel of food safety experts from academia, industry and the regulatory community reviews nominations from across Canada to select the recipients. Nominations are evaluated on the basis of excellence and leadership in the advancement of food safety.

To learn more about the awards criteria and view this year’s winners, please visit NSF International’s Canada website.

For more information, and for photos of this year’s winners, please contact Lise Smedmor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 519-821-1246, ext. 6436.

 
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TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2018 /CNW/ - TorQuest Partners ("TorQuest") today announced the acquisition of Bartek Ingredients Inc. ("Bartek" or the "Company"), a specialty chemical manufacturer serving food & beverage and industrial end markets.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Bartek is a global leader in the production and distribution of malic acid and fumaric acid, specialty products that improve flavor profiles, food safety, and profitability in food and beverages, add nutritive benefits while displacing antibiotics in animal nutrition formulations and contribute to the quality, safety and efficacy of industrial applications. Bartek distributes to over 35 countries around the world and employs 115 people across two production facilities in Southern Ontario. Bartek is a vertically integrated manufacturer, supplying its malic and fumaric acid operations with internally produced maleic anhydride, a versatile intermediary chemical that the Company manufactures in a standalone facility located adjacent to its acidulants operations. For more information about Bartek, visit www.bartek.ca.

Matthew Chapman, Partner at TorQuest said, "Bartek is TorQuest's and its predecessor funds' sixth chemical platform and reflects our strategy of acquiring leading chemical businesses. With Bartek being in our home market, we have followed the Company for many years and have tremendous respect for the business, production facilities and its workforce. We are delighted to be partnering with incoming CEO John Burrows and the existing management team, and to provide equity capital to support the next stage of Bartek's growth."

"TorQuest's investment speaks volumes to the quality of the business and its workforce," said John Burrows, the incoming CEO of Bartek. "I am excited to be part of the Company's next phase of growth by aggressively expanding Bartek's commercial team and building upon the recent successes that the Company has achieved in growing its production capacity. There is growing global demand for malic acid and Bartek is attractively positioned to capture this growth."

 
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November 13, 2018

(Madison, IN) – Madison Chemical unveils their website which presents comprehensive information about their formulated cleaning and sanitation chemicals for the food and beverage industries in an intuitive, easy-to-navigate format.  This user-friendly site at www.madchem.com allows users to search for products by application within their specific industry, download technical data sheet and safety data sheets for products of interest, peruse an “industry events” section, read customer testimonials, and more.  The company formulates a wide range of cleaning and sanitation products for breweries, dairies, bakeries, dressings/sauces manufacturing, egg production and processing, fresh cut fruits and vegetable processing, frozen foods manufacturing, snack food production, protein processing, and more. 

All Madison products are available through a nationwide network of direct technical representatives who assist customers in all stages of their cleaning process, including process development. 

The site also includes links to Madison University – an online training program to provide users with the skills and technical knowledge to best apply Madison products.  

Madison Chemical is a chemical formulator which provides cleaning, sanitation, maintenance and surface preparation products for the craft brewery, food processing, winery, beverage and bottling, wastewater treatment, industrial maintenance, transportation, pulp & paper, metalworking, and other industries.  Since 1947 they have served customers from their Madison, IN headquarters and through a nationwide network of direct technical sales representatives.  For additional information visit www.MadChem.com, write to them at Madison Chemical, 3141 Clifty Drive, Madison, IN, 47250, or call (812) 273-6000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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