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February  2020

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 SIAL Canada
Montreal QC
April 15-17 2020 

Food and Beverage Atlantic, working jointly with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, is seeking Atlantic Canadian companies to attend SIAL Canada in Montreal, Quebec from
April 15 to 17, 2020.
SIAL is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with more than 1000 national and international exhibitors hosting over 18,500 buyers from Canada, the U.S., and over 50 other countries

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Co-Packing Training & Networking Event
March 24, Charlottetown, PE
March 26,  Truro, Nova Scotia 

Presented by LearnSphere Canada

Workshop A : Keys to Successfully Hiring and Partnering with a Co–Packer
This workshop will feature an interactive discussion and exploration of the co–packer journey - from how to identify candidates that best match your objectives through to the key elements of a successful negotiation.

Workshop B: Grow your Business with Co-Packing and Private Label Manufacturing
In two hours, you will take a deep dive into the world of private label and contract manufacturing, learning both the risks and rewards and applying a tool to assess your firm’s capability to meet the expectations of potential co-packing customers.
This short course outlines the fundamentals of co-packing and helps attendees determine if contract manufacturing is right for their business.

After the workshops a networking event will be held to enable connection between those seeking to work with a co-packer and those interested in becoming co-packers. Space for one-on-one meetings will be reserved.

*Thanks to funding from the Government of Canada, this workshop is free of charge. Register now for the workshop of your choice.

 Limit of 2 seats per company


The Agri-Food Export Group is pleased to announce the opening of the 2020 Alizés Awards application period. Previously named the the Canadian Export Business Award, the Alizés Awards celebrate the excellence of the work accomplished by a Canadian agri-food company that has distinguished itself in international markets and are presented by Farm Credit Canada, the lead partner for the event.

To be eligible, your company must:

  •         be a Canadian agricultural or food processing company
  •         have its main head office in Canada
  •         market products that are mainly manufactured in Canada
  •         have been in business for at least three years
  •        be an active exporter outside Canada for at least two years
  •         have annual sales of at least $1 million

Canadian companies are invited to visit the website to register and receive their application form for the Alizés Awards. Applications will close on February 28, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

WIBNB Invitation: Free live webinars

Scaling Ambition –
The Road to Higher Growth for Women Entrepreneurs, presented by BDC

Join WIBNB for a free three-part webinar series for women entrepreneurs in New Brunswick. Presented by BDC, we invite you to learn strategies to help grow and scale a thriving business.

Session 1: Scaling Ambition- February 5th @10:00am

Session 2: Driving Revenue Growth –February 12th @10:00am

Session 3: Your Numbers, Your Story –February 19th @10:00am

Thank You for being part of Food & Beverage Atlantic!
 With your partnership we are building a stronger industry in Atlantic Canada!

The invoices went out by email mid January,
and we followed up with a hard copy by mail!

 You can pay on line by clicking on the link in the invoice or call our office with your payment (506-857-4255)

If you send a cheque through the mail

Please be sure your finance department has updated their records with our mailing address:

Atlantic Food & Beverage
36 Albert Street

Moncton NB E1C 1A9

The new year will bring with it new training opportunities. Currently we have scheduled:

  • Food Safety Considerations for New Product Development-  February 5
  • Quality Control for QC Staff- February 12
  • Food Safety for Maintenance Staff- February 13
  • HACCP & Implementation of Preventive Control Plans, March 11
  • Quality Control for QC Staff- March 20
  • HACCP & Implementation of Preventive Controls- March 23

We need a minimum number of registrants to go forward with any training, be sure to register early to help avoid cancellation due to low numbers!

See our complete training schedule here

What's for Dinner, every Wednesday on CTV

Exclusive Member Opportunity! Have your product featured on a segment of CTV's "What's for Dinner" featuring our very own 
Kilted Chef, Alain Bosse.

Check out past segments here

Kathleen Sullivan,
CEO, Food and Beverage Canada – Aliments et boissons Canada

Last year, Food and Beverage Canada – Aliments et boissons Canada developed a labour and skills model, People, Careers & Workforce Development - to focus thinking around the industry’s serious labour situation of up to 65,000 vacant positions by 2025. The model, based on the 2013 Canadian Labour Task Force Agriculture and Agri-food Workforce Action Plan, identifies six action areas across two themes – talent attraction and workforce development – that will require collaborative industry solutions. 

If businesses and the broader agri-food industry are to be successful in Canada, the labour and skills situation must be addressed. Equally important in solving the labour crisis is the benefit of ensuring that Canadian workers finding rewarding jobs. Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing sector has on offer an incredible diversity of jobs and careers that require varied skills sets and levels of education. This includes jobs in food safety, quality assurance, research and development, production, marketing and management, to name a few, that allow Canadians to work and flourish in an industry that nourishes people around the globe. 

Canada’s unemployment rate in January was 5.7%. As the number one manufacturing employer in Canada, food and beverage businesses can positively impact the career prospects for Canadians, new Canadians and foreign workers. When we find solutions to industry’s labour situation, it’s through finding jobs and career pathways for people. 

Upcoming Events – Finding Solutions to the Labour Challenge

Two events in February will take the next steps in developing solutions to industry’s labour crisis.

On February 5th, a facilitated labour planning session will bring 20 industry and stakeholder leaders together to identify action items for Food and Beverage Canada – Aliments et boissons Canada, governments and other groups to act on. The outcomes from this session will be shared. 

On February 11th, the organization will also be hosting a policy breakfast to examine results from the planning session and build consensus around action. This breakfast is the kick-off event to 2020 Agriculture Day Conference in Ottawa. Registration is limited.

Visti our website 

Unique Opportunity for FBA Members!
Food & Beverage Atlantic members have been invited to participate in

"Tasting Stations" as part of the Northumberland Ferries Ltd.
2020 Seaside Experience program!

As a participating producer or processor, you will be invited to set up on the ferry where passengers can sample and purchase your products. As an FBA member, this excellent marketing and PR opportunity is offered to you at no charge!
FBA members may book one of the following dates currently available (first come basis)

Note there are several crossing per day with 200-500 guests per crossing.
This is a full day commitment.

Departing from Caribou NS: July 1 & 22, August 19 and Sept 2

Departing from Wood Island (PE members only): June 30, August 4 & 18 

For more information or to book your spot, please reach out to
Alain, The Kilted Chef by email


Opportunities NB (ONB) is accepting applications to the Grow Export 2020 export training program which is supported by the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy, a partnership with Opportunities NB, the three other Atlantic Provinces and the Federal Government.

The objective of this robust program is to build the export capacity of small businesses in Atlantic Canada with the goal of facilitating long-term economic growth in the region. The program offers a series of in-person and online training courses, 1:1 coaching and mentoring, and an educational mission to a select US city.

Read more here

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