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Canadian Grocer Commitment to Sustainability Conference – October 30, 2014

Dr. Martin Gooch spoke at this year’s conference, along with other leading senior executive leaders within the food industry.

Topic: Increasing Profit by Reducing Food Waste

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Event Details

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | 7:30AM – 11:30AM
International Centre | Conference Centre
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8



Blade Farming Case Study – A Revolutionary Beef and Veal Production System

August 19, 2014 — The Blade Farming case study has now been updated and is available via the following link: Blade Farming Beef and Veal Production Case Study – August 2014

The case study explains how Blade Farming, a UK company, developed a highly innovative and successful beef and veal production system. The system brings all parties/businesses of the value chain together in such a way that results in them being able to produce, process, and market beef more sustainably and profitably than traditional systems.

How Ontario’s beef industry can learn from Australia’s traceability and meat standards program

August 12, 2014: Value Chain Management International (VCMI) released a case study on one of the most effective livestock traceability systems in the world in terms of economic impact — Australia’s National Livestock Information System (NLIS).

In early 2014, in conjunction with Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO), VCMI facilitated a visit to Australia to learn about this highly progressive system. The purpose of the visit was to provide senior industry representatives with the opportunity to view firsthand the challenges and drivers that led to the development of NLIS, how the system is sustained and governed, and how innovative business leaders are utilizing NLIS to improve the production and marketing of beef.

For the full case study click here: Australia’s Traceability System – Case Study



Local Ontario Farmers Join Quinoa Project

Value Chain Management International (VCMI) and Katan Kitchens are pleased to provide an update on their project to develop commercial scale production and marketing of Ontario-grown quinoa.

After an overwhelming response to growing quinoa with Katan in 2014, a group of local Ontario farmers has been selected to work closely with Katan and VCMI to gain further knowledge regarding the best farming practices for quinoa in Ontario.

See full press release: Local Farmers Join Quinoa Project – NR July 17, 2014

Industry Collaboration Needed to Tackle the $27 Billion in Food Wasted in Canada Each Year

“Developing an Industry Led Approach to Addressing Food Waste in Canada”, a study commissioned by Provision Coalition, looks to combat the 30-40 percent of food lost along the Canadian food value chain with much of it finding its way to landfill or composting. For full study, please click here.

The study, managed by the Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) and led by researchers at the Ivey Business School and Value Chain Management Centre (a division of Value Chain Management International), aimed to map the food waste challenge in the context of Ontario’s and Canada’s agri-food industry and develop a coordinated strategy for tackling the food waste challenge in Canada.

For full news release, please click here.


Enhancing Seafood Value Chain Traceability

VCM International is pleased to be working with the Global Food Traceability Centre on a year-long project concerning the international seafood industry and seafood traceability.

The purpose of the project is to strengthen the performance of the seafood industry by providing practical research and advice concerning the value of traceability to:

  • reduce waste
  • enhance consumer trust
  • increase business efficiencies

The project will examine the impact and effectiveness of traceability as a means for businesses operating along the seafood value chain to adapt to the dramatic changes that are impacting the industry globally.

For more information, click here.

Cut Waste, GROW PROFIT™ Forum 2013 — November 12, 2013


Cut Waste, GROW PROFIT™ 2013 Forum  ¦   November 12, 2013   ¦    Maple Leaf Foods Inc.’s ThinkFOOD! Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Thank you to the delegates who attended and to the speakers and sponsors. Click on the link above to see the speakers’ presentations.