Supporting the Commercial Strength of Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Supporting the Commercial Strength of Fruit and Vegetable Growers

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NIAGARA FALLS, ON, Feb. 21, 2018 /CNW/ – Canada’s hardworking farmers and food processors are the backbone of Canada’s economy and the horticulture sector helps to ensure families across Canada and around the world have safe, high-quality food on their kitchen tables. With almost $4.7 billion in direct farm cash receipts, the Government of Canada is proud to support the commercial strength of Canada’s fruit and vegetable growers.

Speaking today at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced an investment of over $175,000 to the Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) in providing services to Canadian buyers and sellers of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The DRC, which acts as a third party financial dispute resolution body for fruit and vegetable growers, received an investment of $118,795 to deliver an outreach and education initiative on the impending Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA) and Regulations. An additional $58,807 was provided under the same program to support the industry to initiate work toward updating the Canadian grade standards for fresh fruits and vegetables in order to reflect current market and consumer preferences. 


“Our Government is committed to giving the horticulture industry in this province and across Canada the tools it needs to succeed and become even more competitive. These investments will help strengthen the commercial position of our fruit and vegetables growers, while contributing to our Government’s goal to grow Canada’s agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.”
-       Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

“We are very pleased the Government of Canada has provided support to the fruit and vegetable sector for the DRC’s role in the trade and commerce portion of the SFCA as well as modernization of the Grade Standards Compendium for fresh fruit and vegetables. The playing field will be truly leveled when everyone knows the rights and responsibilities associated with the proposed regulatory requirement for a DRC Membership. Furthermore, the grade standards play an essential role in evaluating and resolving grade and condition disputes fairly and efficiently.”
-       Fred Webber, President and CEO of DRC

“We are pleased that the Government of Canada has committed funding for education and outreach for the Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) as it takes on new roles under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The DRC is an important institution to support fair and ethical trading in the fast-paced fruit and vegetable market, and today’s funding announcement will support the supply chain to ensure Canadians continue to have access to fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables.”
-       Ron Lemaire, President, Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)

“CHC supports AAFC’s decision to invest in outreach and education through the DRC regarding the SFCA and Regulations. This investment will help provide clarity and confidence to farmers across Canada and ensure Canada continues to produce the same high quality fruit and vegetables to Canadians and the world.”
-       Rebecca Lee, Executive Director, Canadian Horticultural Council

Quick Facts

  • The Canadian horticulture sector has direct farm cash receipts of more than $7.4 billion of which the fresh produce component (fruits, field and greenhouse vegetables and potatoes) comprises almost $4.7 billion.
  • The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) is a non-profit, membership-based organization serving the produce trade. DRC provides harmonized standards, procedures and services to its members to help them avoid commercial disputes.
  • Under the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations, which are set to be published in 2018, the Dispute Resolution Corporation will be permitted to act as an independent, third party dispute resolution body and ensure the adherence of fresh fruit and vegetable buyers to a unified set of trading rules and govern against slow, partial and/or no pay by buyers with strict penalties for buyer non-payment.
  • The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a new five-year, $3 billion investment by federal-provincial and territorial governments, which will strengthen the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, ensuring continued innovation, growth and prosperity.
  • These investments are made under the Growing Forward 2, AgriMarketing Program.

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Promoting the Development of Canada’s Organic Sector

Promoting the Development of Canada’s Organic Sector

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VICTORIAVILLE, QC, Feb. 21, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian organic industry is one of Canada’s fastest growing agricultural sectors, thanks to Canada’s hardworking organic farmers and food processors who are respected around the world for supplying nutritious, sustainable, and high-quality organic products. Growing the Canadian organic sector, which had more than $5.4 billion in retail sales in 2017, will contribute to our government’s ambitious goal of reaching $75 billion in annual agri-food exports by 2025.

Speaking last month at the Guelph Organic Conference and Tradeshow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced that the Government of Canada is providing essential support to update the Canadian Organic Standards.

The Government of Canada will provide the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) with the necessary funds to cover costs associated with the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards review. The review is done every five years to ensure that production methodologies reflect current practices and technological advances being used by the organic industry. Recognized product standards are a key factor in the facilitation of international trade, and officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada will continue working with the sector to further support its sustainability and growth.


“Our farmers and processors are responding more and more to the growing demand from consumers in Canada and around the world for high-quality organic products. Updating the Canadian Organics Standards is important since they ensure our organic products are recognized in Canada and around the world.  The government is proud to support this rapidly expanding sector, which is helping reach our goal of $75 billion in agri-food exports by 2025 and access to good-paying jobs for the middle class.”
Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“Here at the Bio pour tous! conference, which is organized by the Cégep de Victoriaville’s Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+), we are delighted that the federal government is reaffirming its commitment to funding for the organic standards review. This review is an important matter for all businesses in our sector.”
Jean Duval, agronomist and CETAB+ coordinator

Quick facts

  • Leading up to this announcement, AAFC facilitated discussions with the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) to streamline the process of updating the standards and reduced the cost to $250,000.
  • Over the next three years, the Government of Canada will provide up to $250,000 to the CGSB to cover costs associated with the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards review.
  • Annual retail sales of certified organic products in Canada are approximately $5.4 billion, and exports are more than $500 million, with $85 million of that amount coming from Quebec.
  • Canada has approximately 4,289 certified organic and transitional farm businesses, including 448 maple syrup operations, on over 930,000 hectares of land.
  • Quebec has 1,268 farms and 416 maple syrup operations that are certified organic or transitional.
  • The Bio pour tous! conference was first held by CETAB+ in 2015. Each year, the conference draws more than 200 agricultural producers and stakeholders as well as many participants from a variety of backgrounds who are interested in organic farming.
  • Since October 2015, our government has invested nearly $20 million in support of the organic sector, focusing on
    • facilitating adoption of innovative organic technologies;
    • helping organic farmers and processors take advantage of market opportunities;
    • funding youth jobs in the organic sector; and
    • conducting organic research activities.
  • Public Services and Procurement Canada’s CGSB is a federal government organization that offers client-centred, comprehensive standards development and conformity assessment services in support of the economic, regulatory, procurement, health, safety and environmental interests of government, industry and consumers.
  • In July 2017, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers of agriculture reached an agreement in principle on the key elements of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3‑billion investment that will set a solid foundation for the future of Canada’s farmers and food processors and continue to help them grow, innovate and prosper. The Partnership is set to launch on April 1, 2018.

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Enterra receives new approvals to sell sustainable insect ingredients for animal feed in USA, Canada and EU

LANGLEY, British Columbia, Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Enterra Feed Corporation has received new approvals to sell its insect-based feed ingredients in the United States, Canada and the European Union.

Black Solder Fly
An adult black soldier fly.
Enterra Whole Dried Larvae
A natural and sustainable feed ingredient.

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) in the United States has agreed to Enterra’s request to include Black Soldier Fly Larvae Meal in feed for salmonids, which includes salmon, trout and arctic char, in their list of authorized feed ingredients. The supporting material and the change in the definition was reviewed and supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“This is the first time an insect meal product has been approved in North America for the aquaculture industry and we’re excited to be the first to market,” said Andrew Vickerson, Chief Technology Officer at Enterra.

The company’s first product, Enterra Whole Dried Larvae, was approved by AAFCO in 2016.

Enterra manufactures and markets feed ingredients derived from the larvae of the black soldier fly, a beneficial insect species that can be found naturally in tropical and temperate regions around the world. The larvae are reared under controlled conditions on locally sourced, pre-consumer food waste containing valuable nutrients that would otherwise be lost in landfill, compost or waste-to-energy facilities.

Instead, the insect larvae consume and convert the waste nutrients into usable protein, fat and energy. The larvae are then dried to produce Enterra Whole Dried Larvae, or defatted to produce Enterra Meal, a powdered protein ingredient similar in profile to fishmeal but with much less impact on the environment.

Fishmeal is a common ingredient in salmonid feed due its nutritional profile and digestibility, but the production of fishmeal, which is primarily made from wild caught marine fish, has depleted fish stocks in the world’s oceans. Sustainable alternatives are in high demand from feed manufacturers around the globe as the market for salmon continues to grow.

New Canadian approval for insects in tilapia and poultry feed

Enterra also received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to sell Enterra Whole Dried Larvae in Canada as a feed ingredient for tilapia and poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese and turkey. This builds on previous approvals for the same product in salmonid feed in 2017 and broiler chicken feed in 2016. 

Enterra Whole Dried Larvae are sustainably produced at the company’s unique farm facility in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. They are a wholesome, nutritious supplement for poultry, birds and other insectivorous pets.

“Insects are what chickens forage for in the wild,” said Vafa Alizadeh, Feed Division Manager at Otter Farm and Home Cooperative in Aldergrove, British Columbia. “Our customers want to provide their flocks with a natural treat that is healthy and nutritious, and this Canadian-made product fits the bill.”

Approval to export insect ingredients to EU

Enterra is now registered in the EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES), which allows the company to export its insect feed ingredients to all member countries of the European Union. New EU regulations came into effect on July 1, 2017 to permit the use of insect ingredients in aquaculture feed. Approvals for poultry and pig feed are expected to follow.

Rapid production expansion to meet growing demand

With production at its Langley facility at maximum capacity, Enterra is planning to expand to a second, larger facility near Calgary, Alberta, Canada in Q4 2018. The company is also developing additional facilities in the coming years to keep up with demand for its sustainable feed ingredients.

More applications are currently in process for Enterra’s products to serve additional markets in the USA and Canada.

About Enterra

Enterra Feed Corporation is a privately held company that specializes in the development and manufacture of sustainable insect-based feed ingredients for the aquaculture, pet food and poultry feed industries. In addition to Enterra Whole Dried Larvae and Enterra Meal, the company also produces Enterra Oil, a healthy source of omega fatty acids for inclusion in animal feed. A byproduct of the insect rearing process is Enterra Natural Fertilizer, an OMRI-listed organic fertilizer that can be used for gardens, plants, farms and greenhouse applications.

Since opening its first commercial facility in 2014, Enterra has converted tens of thousands of metric tonnes of pre-consumer food waste into sustainable feed ingredients for its growing customer base.

Media Contacts:

Victoria Leung
Manager, Marketing and Operations
604-888-4327 ext. 707
Andrew Vickerson
Chief Technology Officer
604-888-4327 ext. 708

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