Protein Industries Canada (PIC) has announced a new project to strengthen the use and understanding of fermentation processing technology in ingredient and food processing. The Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre (Food Centre), the University of Saskatchewan, the Global Agri-Food Advancement Partnership (GAAP) and Ag-West Bio are creating a new fermentation and training program at the… Read More

By Denis Tremorin The COP26 Summit brought together countries from around the world to discuss new targets to mitigate climate change and the methods required to meet them. There is no shortage of opinions, and more often than not, the discourse moves quickly into supporting one sector at the expense of another. The end result… Read More

Union representatives have presented Cargill’s vice president of labour relations with a strike notice for the High River beef processing plant. “Our members will be commencing a strike there on December 6th, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The High River plant will be the initial location of the strike, but we reserve our constitutional right to… Read More

Foodbanks are reporting more use across Canada, and any recent trip to the grocery store proves that lately the same amount of money buys less food. But what’s causing that price hike? Al Mussell, research lead at Agri-Food Economic Systems, says that there are several things coming together right now that are increasing the cost… Read More

For all the talk of other government departments having influence on the agriculture industry, it’s important to remember that several challenges within the purview of Agriculture and Agri-Food can have a significant impact on other industries, too. There are also issues that may be thought of as an agriculture problem, but really have a significant… Read More

The board of directors of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan has announced Dr. Steven Webb, executive director and CEO, is resigning. Webb’s last day will be December 31, 2021. “I consider it a great honour and privilege to have worked alongside an exceptionally dedicated team – some of… Read More

It’s hard to avoid news about inflation from major news outlets these days, and caught up in it all is the rising cost of food. Kevin Grier of Kevin Grier Market Analysis and Consulting has published a grocery trade report for September that includes food inflation numbers. He joined Shaun Haney on RealAg Radio recently,… Read More

UP Vertical Farms, a new indoor farm located at Pitt Meadows, B.C., will launch Canada’s first touchless, high density, indoor vertical farm for growing salad greens. Founded by Fresh Green Farms, the company plans to unveil the first phase of operations in the spring of 2022, with the goal of becoming the world’s largest and… Read More

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) released its annual public trust research findings during the organization’s 2021 Public Trust Summit on Oct. 19. This year’s data shows that “Canadians are concerned about the food system as a whole, they are feeling information overload, the pandemic didn’t have as significant effect as originally believed, and… Read More

The advent of a global pandemic certainly added volume to the narrative that local equals resilient when it comes to economies, especially food-related economic systems. But Jayson Lusk, food and agricultural economist at Purdue University, says that evidence suggests otherwise, and that a vibrant trade economy actually adds resiliency to local economies. To demonstrate his point,… Read More

Poorer than average potato yields in Western Canada as well as in Idaho and the Columbia Basin in the U.S has created contracting headaches and supply issues for the processing sector. The tight supplies are having big impacts on the retail channel, as well. Potato production isn’t like any other commodity, where the processor can… Read More

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $1.5 million for Manitoba Egg Farmers (MEF) to establish the Egg Layer Research and Public Engagement Facility at the University of Manitoba’s (UM) Glenlea Research Station. Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Ralph Eichler made the announcement on October 8, in honour of World Egg Day. “I… Read More

As Canadians gather (in small groups) for Thanksgiving this weekend, several arguments are sure to happen. No, we don’t mean about COVID restrictions or the outcome of the latest election, we mean the real, hard-hitting debates, such as ham versus turkey, pumpkin versus apple pie, and if cranberry jelly from a can should even be… Read More

Over the next year, Walmart Canada will source 1.5 million pounds of beef sourced from CRSB Certified sustainable farms and ranches. To qualify, farmers and ranchers must be certified through a third-party audited system, in accordance with sustainability standards set by the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB). Walmart says this is just the first commitment,… Read More

Maple Leaf Foods says it has completed a $182 million expansion at its prepared meats plant in Winnipeg, Man., creating a “Bacon Centre of Excellence.” The 73,000 square-foot addition to the facility on Lagimodiere Boulevard will significantly increase the company’s capacity for making pre-cooked, microwaveable bacon. “We are very excited to see this project come… Read More


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