Food and Beverage Industry Information

Food and Beverage Industry Information - Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

July 2020 Food and Beverage Industry Information

Summer is officially here and with it has come new resources and programs for Ontario producers, processors, and business owners! An exciting thing to note is there will be an Ontario Pavilion at the PLMA Trade Show with open exhibition spaces. This is a great opportunity to connect with international industry buyers from over 40 countries! Read on to learn more!

Industry News

1.   Get Social with the Business Development Branch

2.   Uniform Regulations

3.   Milk Act Changes

4.   Exhibit with the Ontario Pavilion at PLMA Chicago, November 2020

5.   Global Adjustment Class A Eligibility

Funding Opportunities

6.   Agri-food Workplace Protection Program for Provincially Licensed Meat Processors

7.   Market Access Initiative

8.   Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

9.   Farm Credit Canada – COVID-19 Support Program

10.                Equipping Southern Ontario Manufacturers to Increase Productivity and Competitiveness

11.                Ontario Job Grant

12.                Mitacs Accelerate

13.                NSERC Grants

Events

14.                Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Coast to Coast: A Virtual Showcase

Resources

15.                Workplace Personal Protective Equipment Directory

16.                R-Purpose Program

17.                How to Increase Sales for Your Food and Beverage Business

18.                Do You Have a New Idea for the Food and Beverage Market?

19.                Product Development Innovation Support Through Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

20.                Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

21.                5 Steps to Manage Your Operations for the COVID-19 Recovery

Industry News

Get Social with the Business Development Branch

Did you know that the Business Development Branch has a blog and twitter account? Blog posts are published weekly, and provide information about reports, funding programs, and events related to agriculture, food processing and economic development.

Visit the BLOG and follow us on TWITTER.

Uniform Regulations

New US Rules of Origin regulations have been released around the Canada US Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) coming into effect on July 1st. Companies need to review their NAFTA certificates that they have been using to make sure they are current as well as those from their suppliers and that they meet the new requirements under CUSMA and to be prepared to demonstrate that they have backing for their duty free claim. New US uniform regulations were released June 3rd that outline the new requirements.

Learn more about the new Uniform Requirements.

Milk Act Changes

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing), under the Milk Act.

The amendments, which align with Canada’s national dairy strategy, eliminate milk class 6 from the classification table within the regulation, and reclassify products and ingredients formerly under this class. Milk classification is based on end use. The amendments were made to comply with the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.

The 11-page amended Regulation 753 now has only five classes, with sub-sections, which appear to encompass all milk uses, including that designated for export under allowable limits and animal feed.

Learn more about the Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753.

Exhibit with the Ontario Pavilion at PLMA Chicago, November 2020

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs plans to host an Ontario Pavilion at the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) Trade Show in Chicago, Illinois, November 15-17, 2020.

PLMA Chicago is one of the most important private label shows in North America, hosting buyers from all major supermarkets, supercentres, drug chains, convenience stores, online retailers, importers/exporters, wholesalers, etc. Organizers expect more than 1,500 companies from over 40 countries to exhibit at the 2020 show.

If you would like more information, please send an email to Cheryl.Chlebus@ontario.ca to express your interest. We will then send you a full information package including pricing, location and implications of COVID-19 on refunds.

Global Adjustment Class A Eligibility

The Ontario Government is implementing an Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) peak hiatus for ICI participants to allow industrial and commercial businesses to focus on recovering from the impacts of COVID-19. Class A customers will not need to anticipate and reduce their electricity demand during peak hours as they return to full levels of operation. Class A customers will maintain their peak demand factor from the 2019-20 period to determine their global adjustment charges in 2021-22.

Learn more about the Global Adjustment Class A Eligibility.


Funding Opportunities

Agri-food Workplace Protection Program for Provincially Licensed Meat Processors

The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping agri-food businesses address new and immediate health and safety issues directly related to COVID-19 impacts.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program will provide funding for Provincially Licensed Meat Processors to implement COVID-19 measures to maintain a safe workplace. Support is also available for employees who require mandatory isolation, work-site mobility and transportation that is in line with public health guidelines.

Learn more about the Agri-food Workplace Protection Program for Provincially Licensed Meat Processors.

Market Access Initiative

The Market Access Initiative is a targeted cost-share intake developed by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) and is available to help businesses and organizations across the Ontario supply value-chain that are directly involved in, or support the production, processing and/or sales of Agri-products for domestic or export markets and have been directly impacted by trade restrictions.

Funding is available for 75% of eligible costs up to $30,000. Please refer to the project category description for further details on what cost-share dollar amount is available. Applicants may only apply to one project category per application. Applicants who have been notified of application decisions may then apply again for funding consideration.

Learn more about the Market Access Initiative Intake.

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility

Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corporation is a subsidiary of the Canada Development Investment Corporation that has been formed to administer the Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). This program will provide emergency funding support for large Canadian enterprises facing financial challenges in light of the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic. CEEFC has been formed to administer this mandate.

LEEFF will be open to large Canadian employers who (a) have a significant impact on Canada’s economy, as demonstrated by (i) having significant operations in Canada or (ii) supporting a significant workforce in Canada; (b) can generally demonstrate approximately $300 million or more in annual revenues; and (c) require a minimum loan size of about $60 million.

Learn more about the Large Employer Financing Facility.

Farm Credit Canada – COVID-19 Support Program

To ensure producers, agribusinesses and food processors can remain focused on business-critical functions rather than worrying about how to access funds to keep operating through this challenging period, effective immediately, Farm Credit Canada has put in place:

  • a deferral of principal and interest payments up to six months for existing loans; or
  • a deferral of principal payments up to 12 months
  • access to an additional credit line up to $500,000, secured by general security agreements or universal movable hypothec (Québec only)

Learn more about the COVID-19 Support Program.

Equipping Southern Ontario Manufacturers to Increase Productivity and Competitiveness

Up to 175 small to medium-sized enterprises to benefit from technology assessments with the help of the Government of Canada.

Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME) will provide up to 175 small- to medium-sized manufacturers in southern Ontario, with in-depth productivity and technology assessments, aimed at stimulating investments and the adoption of new technology solutions. These assessments will position businesses to improve their overall productivity, grow and diversify into new markets, increase competitiveness and bring higher-paying jobs and skills into southern Ontario.

Learn more about the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Technology Assessment Program.

Ontario Job Grant

The Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support for employers who wish to purchase training for their workforce. Employers choose the individuals they would like to have trained and the training that meets their workforce development needs.

The grant covers up to 50% of direct training costs for large employers up to 80% for small employers (less than 100 employees). However, small employers may qualify for 100% funding and up to $15 000 per trainee if the employer is hiring and training unemployed individuals.

Learn more about the Ontario Job Grant Program.

Mitacs Accelerate

This internship program connects companies with over 50 research-based universities, where graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are given the chance to apply their specialized expertise to business projects.

The project evaluation proportion of this program will take approximately 6-8 weeks. The project can be as long as desired, however there is a minimum length of 4 months. For every $7 500 invested in the project, another $15 000 of research funds will be attributed to the project.

Contact accelerate@mitacs.ca to confirm your start-up’s eligibility. Learn more about the Mitacs Accelerate Internship Program.

NSERC Grants

The College and Community Innovation Program NSERC Engage Grants are designed to give innovative companies access to the knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges. These grants are intended to foster the development of new research partnerships by supporting short-term research and development projects aimed at addressing a company-specific problem.

Learn more about the College and Community Innovation Program NSERC Engage Grants.

NSERC is also providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately through the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants.

Learn more about the NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grants.


Events

Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology Coast to Coast: A Virtual Showcase

October 28, 2020 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

The Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology has recently announced that it is organizing a national virtual showcase on October 28, 2020 to give industry suppliers a platform to promote their brands and connect with prospective buyers.

Known as CIFST Coast to Coast: A Virtual Showcase, this event will feature a virtual trade show and will be bookended by opening and closing keynote speakers who will be announced at a later day.

Learn more about the CIFST Coast to Coast: A Virtual Showcase.


Resources

Workplace Personal Protective Equipment Directory

The Ontario government has created a new directory to help with sourcing personal protective equipment (PPE). Review sector-specific guidelines to identify PPE and supplies to keep your employees and customers safe. Supplies are in high demand and the needs of frontline health care workers and first responders will continue to be prioritized.

Access the list of companies that sell PPE and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from COVID-19 from the Workplace Personal Protective Equipment Directory.

R-Purpose Program

R-Purpose (Resiliency through Purpose), is a high-impact comprehensive pathway to help Guelph/Wellington food and beverage companies save money now and recover faster. R-Purpose will help get you through this crisis (survive) and then through the recovery (thrive) with a focus on key areas.

R-Purpose is available now. It’s affordable. It will answer your questions. It will quieten your doubts. It will transform your business. And it works around your schedule. There are only eight spots available and demand is high. Submit your expression of interest today.

Learn more about the R-Purpose Program.

How to Increase Sales for Your Food and Beverage Business

Growing your business in the ultra-competitive food and beverage sector is not easy. Check out this online webinar to hear from Business Development Bank of Canada experts as they share how to identify the right growth avenues for your business, whether that’s tapping into new food trends, diversifying your product line or entering new markets.

You’ll discover how to:

  • Build a solid growth plan to maximize profitability
  • Choose the right sales channels
  • Increase your margins
  • Choose and implement food quality systems

Watch the Hungry for Growth: How to Increase Sales for Your Food and Beverage Business Webinar.

Do You Have a New Idea for the Food and Beverage Market?

Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) is a research and development group located at George Brown College that offers access to technical resources and state of the art food and beverage R&D facilities. FIRSt offers food and beverage businesses support from concept to commercialization, taking a fact based approach to provide practical, cost effective and innovative solutions for our clients.

If you’re just starting out, the team of food scientists, project managers, researchers and chefs at FIRSt can help you shape your product concept, support you with market research services, and build your product. If you’re in-market already, FIRSt can fine-tune the products you’re struggling with, create line extensions, and help you scale-up to the next level. FIRSt also offers a full suite of services pertaining to nutritional analysis, regulatory compliance, and collecting consumer feedback to give you the data you need to succeed.

Learn more about the Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt).

Product Development Innovation Support Through Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre

The Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre team offers a full suite of services to support industry innovation and the commercialization of new products and processes. From new recipe development to shelf-life testing and nutritional labelling, risk assessments, consumer acceptance and sensory supports, the CFWI Innovation Centre pairs industry partners with their highly qualified staff, faculty, recent graduates and students with the right expertise and equipment to meet your needs.

Plugging in at the points where you need support most, they have access to funding for applied research projects and deliver technical services that are confidential and provide you with the intellectual property developed for formulations and process flows, ingredient lists, and food safety considerations. Building capacity for your team and knowledge exchange is at the heart of our approach – and because of this, their teams work shoulder-to-shoulder with yours to ensure quality and client satisfaction with you engaged every step of the way.

Learn more about the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre.

Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency

Strategies and tactics for community leaders to focus on for economic recovery and preserving jobs, incorporating useful information for convening private and public stakeholders to identify key economic recovery strategies, tips on how to navigate federal resources for response and recovery, and implementation of recovery initiatives.

Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency.

5 Steps to Manage Your Operations for the COVID-19 Recovery

To help you successfully navigate businesses to recovery, the Business Development Bank of Canada has put together a five-step framework to help think about the steps required and keys to success.

Learn more about this 5-Step Approach to Recovery and Reopening.

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