Early Bird Registration Closing Soon For Radical Transparency - Ready or Not?

The keynote speakers are set and sessions are taking shape for Radical Transparency - Ready or Not? — our Industry Forum and AGM on June 9th, 2015. Encourage your member companies to secure their ticket now at the special early-bird rate and learn about the opportunities and risks related to the growing market demand for business transparency.

Featuring keynote speakers, Andrew Winston, author and a globally recognized expert on green business strategy, and Terry Fleck from The Center for Food Integrity, the full day event includes an Industry Discussion Panel on Responsible Sourcing representing perspectives from across the value chain. We’ll also reveal the results from our 2014 State of the Industry Sustainability Survey and share our vision for long term sustainability and competitiveness for the food and beverage industry.

Help promote this event with your member companies by encouraging them to come discover how managing reliable and meaningful data can reduce risk and prepare their business for the radical changes occurring in the food and beverage industry. 

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Online Sustainability Portal Earns Top Project of the Year Award
Provision’s Online Sustainability Portal is the proud recipient of a Top Project of the Year Award in the 2015 Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards. “Every F&B manufacturer should be aware of (the portal) and leverage it to save money and become better stewards of our environment,” noted the award judges, who considered the Online Sustainability Portal to be an exemplary project.

The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved environmental or energy management and increased the bottom line. “Our goal is to deliver the very best online resource for our members and all food and beverage manufacturers looking to integrate sustainability into their operations and culture. This award tells us our hard work is paying off,” says Cher Mereweather, Executive Director of Provision.

View the complete list of winners here.



Partnering With GO Productivity
Provision has teamed up with productivity experts, GO Productivity, to develop a productivity and sustainability training program specifically for food and beverage manufacturers. When ready for real world testing, the program will be offered as a pilot to one lucky manufacturer looking to benefit from improvements in their productivity and sustainability performance.

“This is a great opportunity for a manufacturer to tap into the specific expertise of two leading organizations and really make a difference in their operations,” says Cher Mereweather. The pilot program will be conducted on a low-cost basis ($1,500 company contribution) with a case study and testimonial outlining the business benefits and company experience using the new program, being a condition of participation.

Know of a member company that might benefit from this opportunity? Get in touch with us and share your suggestion.



Sustainability Unwrapped Video Launches
We set out on a simple quest to ask Canadian food and beverage manufacturers and retailers what sustainability means to them and how they carry their environmental, economic and social ideals from the shop floor to the store shelf. Now you can hear what they had to say in our latest video.

In collaboration with Studio Amarelo, the 4 minute video highlights what sustainability means to the food and beverage manufacturing industry and examines the business value of incorporating sustainable practices. Participants include some of Canada’s leading food and beverage manufacturers and retailers: Loblaw, Steam Whistle Brewing, Stemmler Meats, Weston Foods and Cave Spring Cellars.

Filled with great advice on integrating sustainability from companies who are on leading the charge, this video is something you’ll want to share with your members and stakeholders. Help us make it go viral! 



Now We’re Five 

Taking on the role of Executive Assistant, we’re pleased to welcome Elaine Scott to the Provision team. An experienced administrator with a keen interest in environmental issues and food production, Elaine is excited to be contributing to Provision’s mission and helping to meet the sustainability needs of the food and beverage manufacturing industry. 

Elaine will bring her spark to the coordination, planning and support of daily operations and administrative functions. Previously, she served as an Executive Assistant to the VP of Sales and VP of Operations at Symcor Inc. and as a Director’s Assistant at Walmart Canada. And yes, she’s actively seeking a ticket for this summer’s Rolling Stones tour!



Morsels:

Having identified Responsible Sourcing as a priority for the coming year, Provision is working with farm leaders to identity opportunities for collaboration in the creation of sustainable farm and food plans housed in Provision's portal. Stay tuned to hear more about this exciting opportunity.

The Biogas Association is reaching out to Ontario food and beverage processors and waste haulers, asking them to consider diverting their organic waste outputs to biogas facilities instead of sending it to landfill. Our latest blog entry “breaks down” this innovative option.

Our Members' Advocacy Update sent to all members in March is filled with valuable information on issues that will affect your member companies. If you didn’t have a chance to share it, you can relink to it here.