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Saputo Closes a U.S. Cheese Manufacturing Plant

From: Food in Canada

Montreal – Saputo Inc. is closing a cheese manufacturing facility in the U.S.

The company announced in a statement that closing the Fond du Lac, Wis.-based facility is a move to “improve [the company’s] operational efficiency.”

The facility’s production will be “integrated” into Saputo’s other U.S. facility, a blue cheese manufacturing plant in Almena, Wis.

Saputo adds that 126 employees will be affected. Some will receive “severance and outplacement support; and some will be offered the possibility of transferring to other Saputo locations.”

The costs of the closure will be approximately $22 million after taxes, “which include an after tax fixed assets write-down of approximately $7 million.”

Saputo adds that “these costs will be recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Annual savings after taxes should commence in fiscal 2019 and gradually increase over the next two fiscal years, reaching approximately $7 million in fiscal 2020.”

Saputo Grows its Dairy Division in Australia

From: Food in Canada

Montreal – Saputo Inc. has acquired an Australian co-operative for $1.29 billion.

The acquisition of Murray Goulburn Co-Operative Co. Limited (MG), says a statement, will complement the activities of Saputo’s Dairy Division (Australia).

To read more:

Saputo acquires another Australian dairy manufacturer: March 3, 2015
Bidding war gets hotter: Saputo increases its bid for Australian company: Nov. 15, 2013

MG is one of Australia’s largest dairy foods companies. The organization, which has sales offices across Australia, in Japan and in China, was established in 1950 and supports approximately 2,200 dairy farming businesses across south eastern Australia.

The co-operative’s flagship brand is Devondale, and it manufactures fresh milk, long-life milk, milk powder, cheese, cream, cream cheese, butter and dairy beverages, as well as ingredients, and nutritional products, including infant formula.

The statement says MG supplies both the retail and foodservice industries under the brands Devondale, Liddells and Murray Goulburn Ingredients.

Saputo says that revenues for the 12-month period ended June 30, 2017 for MG were approximately $2.5 billion and “earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, milk supply support package forgiveness, rationalisation costs, write-downs and non-recurring costs (“adjusted EBITDA”) of approximately $78 million.”

 

New Dairy Processing Facility Opens in Winnipeg

From: Food in Canada

Winnipeg – MDI Holdings Corp. officially opened its new state-of-the-art dairy processing facility creating 67 new skilled jobs in the city.

MDI Holdings, says a statement, is a joint venture of BC-based Vitalus Nutrition Inc. and Ontario-based Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. MDI Holdings is short for Manitoba Dairy Ingredients Holdings Corporation.

The new $100-million dairy facility will process milk from Manitoba and Western Canada. The facility has a current milk processing capacity of up to 180 million litres and will produce a full range of high-value milk proteins, including MPC 85, MPI 90 and buttermilk powders as well as butter. For dairy farmers in Manitoba the new facility is welcome news. 

David Wiens, chair of the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, says in the statement that the organization is “excited to have new dairy processing capacity and capabilities in Manitoba and Western Canada as we continue to grow a sustainable dairy industry with our industry partners. Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and the Western dairy farmer organizations are pleased to provide the milk for this leading-edge processing facility.”

The facility took about a year to construct and involved “commissioning specially fabricated production lines and equipment was completed by local engineering and construction firms, supporting the trades sector in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.”

Vitalus Nutrition supplies customized dairy ingredients. The company processes milk and whey into various dairy ingredients such as MPC 80, MPI 90 and VITAGOSTM – an ingredient that is rich in galacto-oligosaccharides. The ingredients are used in baking, confectionery, dairy products, snack foods, instant formula, protein drinks, nutrition bars and other products.

Gay Lea Foods is a dairy co-operative with members on more than 1,300 dairy farms and more than 4,000 members overall. The company processes dairy cow and dairy goat milk into a range of dairy products, such as Spreadables, Smooth Cottage Cheese to Nothing But Cheese.

Mars Canada Celebrates Official Opening of Bolton Food Plant Expansion

From: Canadian Packaging 

Mars Food has invested CDN$77 million in the 50,000-square-foot expansion of its Bolton, Ont. food plant to increase production of its ready-to-heat rice and grain products. Mars Food celebrated its official opening on October 11, 2017.

This expansion represents the single-largest capital expenditure in the history of Mars Food, and will the much-needed capacity having been designed for future growth. Most importantly, the state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certified facility will add 37 new highly-skilled jobs.

The Bolton food plant expansion comes on the heels of a similar expansion of its chocolate facility located in Newmarket, Ont. Together, the two expansion represents a total investment of $147 million in 2017, greatly increasing the company’s presence in Ontario.

About Mars Food
Mars Food is a fast-growing food business, making tastier, healthier, easier meals for all consumers to enjoy. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Mars Food is a leader in producing great tasting products such as: Uncle Ben’sDolmioSeeds of ChangeMasterFoodsSuzi WanEblyRoycoKan Tong, and Raris. Mars Food is a division of Mars, Incorporated.

About Mars Canada
Mars Canada is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, a private family-owned business with more than 1,300 associates across the country. In Canada, Mars was established in the late 1940s and is known for some of the Canada’s best-loved brands, including Uncle Ben’sSeeds of ChangeMaltesersM&M’sPedigreeSnickersRoyal CaninWhiskas, and Excel. Mars in Canada comprises four business segments: food, chocolate, Wrigley and petcare. Mars Canada is one of Canada’s top 100 employers. For more information, visit www.mars.com/canada/en.

The Digitalization of Food Palletizing

From: Food Manufacturing

The technological and social revolutions of the past few decades have completely reshaped industry. The food packaging and palletizing industry is no exception. In fact, the last ten years alone has seen the adoption of advanced technologies at an unprecedented rate. Alan Spreckley, robotics food and beverage segment manager, and palletizing robotics expert at ABB, explains how digitalization is repackaging the future of food palletizing.

Spreckly explains that this growing trend places a higher demand for single-portion servings of pre-prepared and pre-packaged food on the food industry, which makes the packaging and palletizing processes less linear than they have previously been. Similarly, the unstable economy of recent years has nurtured a generation of savvy customers, eager for the special offers and deals that retailers regularly provide, further complicating the palletizing process. This leads to scenarios where manufacturers will be required to change palletizing patterns quickly and cost-efficiently.

Robotics is taking over the palletizing industry. In the past decade, robot pricing has come down making this a cost-effective choice for palletizing applications. Robots are more flexible and require less maintenance and floor space. Our sister company (Advance Millwrights Inc.), provides equipment for bag filling/handling, bag sealing and robotic palletizing.

Go to www.advancemillwrights.com for more information on robotic palletizing.

Are you a budding cheese-maker? Ontario needs you!

From: Food in Canada

Guelph, Ont. – Ontario needs more cheese-makers to help serve the sector in the coming decade, says a survey of Ontario cheese manufacturers. In a statement, the Agricultural Adaptation Council says it funded the survey, which found that “based on growth, turnover and retirement, Ontario dairy processors estimate that more than 200 new cheese-makers will be needed.”

Local cheese is a segment of the market that is growing, says the statement, and a new wave of Ontario cheese-makers will help to “feed consumers’ endless appetite for local.” According to the Ontario Dairy Council (ODC), its members process 97 per cent of the milk produced in Ontario to manufacture a wide range of dairy products, including cheese. The sector generates more than $6 billion in annual sales, says the statement.

Stacee Sokoloff, manager of Member Services and Communications with ODC, says in the statement that “identifying the needs for Ontario cheese-makers has attracted interest across Canada, and drawn attention to the greater need for skills development and training.” Sokoloff also adds that with CETA, more than 17,000 tonnes of additional imported European cheeses will be coming into the Canadian market. That makes it “increasingly urgent for cheese manufacturers to stay innovative and competitive to maintain and grow their markets,” she says.

PROCESS EXPO 2017

From: PROCESS EXPO

Produced by FPSA, PROCESS EXPO is the nation’s largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage industry. Processors gain a competitive advantage with the innovative technology on the show floor, where food processing and packaging experts demonstrate their machines and products. Both veterans and those new to food and beverage processing get training on food safety, trends, leadership, and more.

Food and beverage processors from small to large companies across the globe attend PROCESS EXPO in Chicago, USA. Attendees cover a range of food production and manufacturing responsibilities including CEO, owner, corporate management, sales and marketing, production, operations, sanitation, maintenance, research and development, quality assurance, engineering, chefs, contract manufacturers, and more. 

Tri-Mach Group Inc. is attending this year’s PROCESS EXPO. The expo runs from  September 19–22, 2017  at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL USA  

Check out what the attendees are saying about the PROCESS EXPO: 

 

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show 2017

From: Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show 

Now in its 24th year, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show features 750 exhibitors showcasing the latest in agricultural science, technology and innovation through interactive displays, demonstrations and exhibits.  As a business-to-business show dedicated solely to agricultural products, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show delivers agricultural advancements that will help Canadian farmers continue to produce high-quality and safe food competitively. 

The Outdoor Farm Show is running from September 12-14 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Canada’s Outdoor Park in Woodstock, Ontario. 

Make sure you come visit Tri-Mach Group of Companies at the Outdoor Farm Show this year. We are located at the ACMPR Exhibit in booth C4. Found out what’s new in custom machining, robotic automation and sanitary equipment design from Tri-Mach Group Inc. and Advance Millwrights Inc. 

For more information on the Farm Show or to view the exhibitor map, go to: www.outdoorfarmshow.com

Ice Cream Trends 

From: Food Processing

Craving some new frozen treats this summer? Innovation in frozen desserts is making frozen treats more popular. According to research director David Sprinkle, there is a lot happening in terms of new product innovation in the ice cream market: “It’s combining old-fashioned themes with on-trend ingredients, blending sweet flavors with savory, shifting from diet products to those with nutritional and functional benefits.

Click here to learn more about new and trending ice cream ingredients, flavors and packaging systems. 

IFPT/Conestoga Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders

From: BLOCKtalk Magazine 

In the fall of 2016, Conestoga College, through the Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT), launched a new graduate certificate program called, “Operations Leadership in Food Manufacturing”. This one-year, full-time program at Conestoga College is designed for students who want to be prepared for an advanced supervisory career in the food manufacturing industry.

Tri-Mach Group, in partnership with Conestoga, built and installed three full processing lines for the IFPT facility in 2012. These processing lines included: a Vegetable line, a Baking line, and a Liquid Processing line. Tri-Mach Group is happy to hear that the IFPT facility is becoming a success in training graduate students in: quality, food safety, maintenance, operations, procurement, and planning.

Click here to find out the best practices and tools that students are learning from this new and innovative program at Conestoga College.