WILMINGTON, Del., June 24, 2020 Among consumers, the Non-GMO Project Verified seal is the most trusted non-GMO label, providing assurance that the product has completed a rigorous, unbiased evaluation for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Drug and dietary supplement manufacturers can now turn to DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences to bring that seal to their end-use soft capsule products.

After scrupulous testing of raw material sourcing and manufacturing, SeaGel® CAP101 and SeaGel® CAP203 non-animal soft capsule technologies achieved Non-GMO Project Verified certification, reinforcing DuPont’s commitment to providing safe, sustainable ingredients that meet industry demand.

SeaGel® offers a plant-based alternative to traditional soft capsules. While soft capsules are one of the most common delivery formats for active ingredients, they are traditionally made with gelatin. Naturally derived from seaweed, SeaGel® is animal-free, making it inclusive to vegan, vegetarian, Halal and Kosher diets. Its recent non-GMO designation allows manufacturers incorporating SeaGel® into their formulation to appeal to a wider range of consumers.

“As consumers become more informed about what goes into their daily supplements, they’re searching for products that are natural, sustainable and non-GMO,” said Michael Baumann, global strategic marketing manager, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “Adding the iconic non-GMO butterfly to their end products helps manufacturers and brand owners provide customers with immediate assurance that a product aligns with their lifestyle needs.”

SeaGel® offers manufacturers solutions to a wide range of formulation challenges, and when compared to alternative vegetarian soft capsule technology, it provides superior sealing performance and reduced leakage. Since seaweed has a higher melting point than gelatin, SeaGel® soft capsules are more heat stable, ensuring they will not become sticky or melt together inside capsule bottles. Its adaptability to shape, color and coating—plus

easy incorporation into existing gelatin manufacturing operations—allows for a wide range of brand strategies with minimum capital investment.

“The dietary supplement market is growing rapidly, with 4,000 new products introduced each year in the U.S. alone,” said Benjamin Roscoe, application development & innovation manager, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences. “By consistently evolving alongside our customers, we’re empowering them to differentiate from competitors and meet consumer demand with safe, natural and sustainably sourced ingredients.”

As North America’s only third-party non-GMO verification program, the Non-GMO Project’s verification continues to set the industry standard for non-GMO food, drug and beauty products. To achieve qualification, suppliers must first pass a rigorous product evaluation which includes a review of raw material sources, manufacturing practices and finished products to prevent contamination by genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In achieving the recent certification, DuPont confirms its commitment to thorough and precise specifications, quality ingredients and sustainable practices, enabling manufacturers and brand owners to be transparent about ingredient sourcing and manufacturing processes. Ultimately this leads to increased consumer satisfaction and trust.

To learn more about SeaGel® and DuPont’s extensive product portfolio, please visit


jUNE 22, 2020

IAF has expanded its program delivery role to support both industry and Government in responding to the impacts of COVID-19 on the agriculture and agri-food sector in BC and more broadly in Western Canada. 

Learn more about the Emergency Processing Fund and the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund.

Project funding is available to help domestic food processors, manufacturers or greenhouse operators manage new health and safety protocols while maintaining Canada’s food production. The IAF-administered fund focuses on for-profit organizations, cooperatives and Indigenous groups in Western Canada.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered eligible:
  • Be a legal entity capable of entering into a legally binding agreement
  • Have been in operation for two years
  • Be involved in food processing, manufacturing or greenhouse production in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories
  • Be able to contribute a percentage of the project’s total eligible cash costs
Note: seafood processing or manufacturing is not eligible under this program.

What can I use funding for?

Program funding is designed to support specific priority areas relating to food safety and security, including accessing non-disposable personal protective equipment, modifying facilities to adapt to new health protocols and increase production, and temporarily increasing capacity for humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the pandemic. Meat processing facilities are considered the highest priority, followed by all other food processing, manufacturing and greenhouse operations.

How much is available?

Out of the $77.5 million commited by the Government of Canada, IAF is administering $5 million of cost-shared funding to eligible projects up to $100,000 in size (per applicant) with the minimum application size being $10,000. For project funding requests $100,000 and over, applicants must apply directly to AAFC.

What is the application and project timeline?

Project applications will be accepted until July 3rd @ 4:30pm PDT or until the funding is fully subscribed, at which point the application window will close.

Eligible costs/activities are considered retroactive to March 15, 2020. All projects must be completed by September 30, 2020.

The Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund supports the fish and seafood processing sector to manage the impact of COVID-19 and to prepare for economic recovery.

IAF is delivering funding to eligible businesses that are active in the fish and seafood sector in British Columbia. The activities undertaken by the applicant will determine the value of funding available and whether funding is repayable or non-repayable.

Applications, through IAF, are open to For-Profit Organizations and Not-For Profit Organizations in British Columbia.

What can I use funding for?

The CSSF is designed to support specific priority areas relating to employee health and safety, plant operations, market responsiveness and storage capacity. Funding is either repayable or non-repayable depending on the amount of funding requested and which priorities the application will address.

Funding will be allocated according to these two priorities:

Priority #1: Worker Health and Safety
Priority #2: Plant Operation , Market Responsiveness, Storage Capacity.
For project funding requests outside of British Columbia, applicants must apply directly to Western Economic Diversification Canada. 

How much is available?

For worker health and safety: up-to $100,000 of non-repayable funding is available per project. Up to 100% of the eligible project costs are covered for expenses related to incremental, non-revenue generating equipment/material for worker health and safety measures due to COVID-19.

For Plant Operations, Market Responsiveness and/or Storage Capacity: up-to $1,000,000 of repayable funding is available per project. Up to 75% of the total eligible project can be cost shared with the applicant responsible for contributing the other 25%.

What is the application and project timeline?

The application window will open on June 22 @ 9am PDT and applications will be accepted until July 13, @ 4:30pm PDT.

All eligible activities/costs are retroactive to March 15, 2020 and all projects must be completed by March 31, 2021.


June 22, 2020

Mekitec Group, a global manufacturer of innovative food quality control systems based on X-ray technology, announces the launch of a completely new X-ray inspection system, SIDEMEKITM, targeted for the product safety and quality control needs of food and beverage producers worldwide. Mekitec describes their newest system model to continue delivering the company’s commitment of providing the best value also for these types of food applications, including liquid foods and beverages in taller than wider retail packages. The SIDEMEKITM system is targeted for food producers acknowledging the importance of overall quality inspection, demanding total pack-for-pack traceability and not settling for foreign object detection only, Mekitec states.

A side-shooting X-ray inspection system has been on the company’s radar for a long time but Mekitec decided to take the time to perfect the solution, making sure it complies with the real customer needs and provides the best value.
“When we first started to specify the system features, we took our time to learn about the unique challenges, needs and desires that food producers have with these types of products and inspection systems. We took on to those challenges, needs and desires and created the possibility of having the sharpest X-ray image and enabled valuable quality inspection functions even for the tallest food products without compromising the foreign object detection performance,” says Mr. Mikko Nuutinen, Director, Product Creation at Mekitec.

According to the company, the existing inspection systems targeted towards these food and beverage applications have either been too complicated and expensive, or too simple with limited benefits for the food producers. This is something that Mekitec wanted to change by developing the SIDEMEKITM system.
“We believe, that the system will be excitedly welcomed and take its place in the market. Our partners and customers have expressed strong interest towards the system and its benefits thanks to the total traceability and imaging capabilities that offer tremendous value to the food producers. It is obvious that the food industry has been waiting for a solution like SIDEMEKITM to bring the best value for food producers globally,” summarizes Mr. Juho Ojuva, Director, Global Sales and Customer Care at Mekitec.


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Maintaining & strengthening Canada’s food production & processing sector

What the program offers

The Emergency Processing Fund (EPF) is a one-time, federal investment of up to $77.5 million to help companies implement changes to safeguard the health and safety of workers and their families due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund also aims to aid companies to invest to improve, automate and modernize facilities needed to increase Canada’s food supply capacity. The fund is one part of the greater Government of Canada response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The EPF will provide up to $5 million per recipient in non-repayable funding for emergency COVID response activities and/or repayable funding for strategic investments.

All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2020. The program will fund activities retroactive to March 15, 2020.

Who is Eligible

  • For profit organizations that are incorporated in Canada (i.e. businesses and/or corporations, cooperatives, Indigenous groups);
  • In operation for at least two (2) years
  • Involved in agricultural food processing or manufacturing in Canada

Eligible Activities

Objective 1: Emergency COVID Response – Non-repayable contributions.

1. Plant retrofits or adjustments to existing facilities to accommodate changes to processes and production as a result of COVID-19

  • Meat processing
  • Other food processing or manufacturing

2. Temporary increased capacity for humane slaughter of surplus animals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

3. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Objective 2: Strategic Investments – Repayable contributions.

1. Automation and modernization of food processing and manufacturer plants

2. Upgrades to reopen shuttered meat facilities or to attain federal registration

3. Conversion or adaptation of existing greenhouses to increase year-round horticultural production or to increase variety of products grown

4. Other activities, as may be determined by the Minister

Need help applying? Granted is a paid service that helps agri-food companies access Canadian grants, they have a +94% success rate.  Click here to learn more or contact Rukshaar Ali, Agri-Food Grant Expert, at

The program is open now and accepting applications until Friday July 3, 2020 at 16:30 PDT or until funding is fully committed. Please get in touch with Granted Consulting by June 25th, to ensure there is enough time to prepare your application.



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