Chetty's Original Hot Sauce Commits to Sustainability!

With introductions made at Grocery Innovations, Chetty's Original Hot Sauce saw an opportunity to work with Provision Coalition on a sustainability action plan and made the commitment. 

"Looking at ways to improve our production practices benefits the company's bottom line. With Provision we are keen on finding solutions to better manage input costs, streamline processes and reduce our footprint. The changes we are making are important as we expand to new retail customers and consumers," Tim Chetty, Vice-President, Chetty's.

Provision Coalition's award winning portal offers food and beverage manufacturers a number of on-line sustainability tools at no cost. For some companies, like Chetty's, it can be difficult to find time in a busy work environment to become familiar with the tools and the process for using them. To assist with this, Provision staff offer in-person coaching and mentoring to companies to get them started. 

To learn more contact Janet Wakutz, Portal Manager, Provision Coalition jwakutz@provisioncoalition.com.
Update on Ontario's Climate Change Strategy and Cap and Trade Program

On November 24th, 2015, Premier Wynne and the Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced the provincial government's 

This announcement follows the April 2015 announcement stating the government of Ontario would be limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by implementing a cap and trade program. Also at that time, it indicated its intent to join the joint cap and trade program implemented by Quebec and California. 

The cap and trade program is a key initiative for the government to tackle climate change and meet the goals set out in the Climate Change Strategy by reducing greenhouse gases. The program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting a limit (i.e., cap) from the captured facilities (equal to or greater than 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent). Over time, the cap is lowered, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Provision Coalition has been engaged in initial consultations with the Provincial Government.  During the week of November 9th, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) held another round of multi-sector stakeholder sessions regarding the progress of the design of Ontario's cap and trade program for Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  The consultations surrounded the preferred approach for a number of key design topics for the cap and trade program and a request for further feedback from stakeholders.


For more Information contact Meena Hassanali, Industry Program Manager, Provision Coalition at: mhassanali@provisioncoalition.com
Latest on Waste Diversion in Ontario

On November 26, 2015, the Ontario Government introduced the proposed Waste-Free Ontario Act (Bill 151) and released a draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy.  The proposed Act and draft Strategy would form the new Waste-Free Ontario Framework that is intended to support a circular economy, which would increase resource recovery and waste reduction in Ontario.  

The Ministry will be hosting an information session for our sector on December 2, 2015 to provide a technical briefing on the proposed legislation and draft Strategy, and provide an early opportunity to prepare feedback in advance of formal consultations over the next few months.  Stay tuned for updates as Provision strives to provide more clarity on this important legislation.
 

For more information contact Meena Hassanali, Industry Program Manager, Provision Coalition at:  mhassanali@provisioncoalition.com

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Preeminent Report Confirms Link Between Consumer Trust & Food System Transparency

A long-awaited report recently released from The Centre for Food Integrity in t he U.S. has revealed some remarkable insights into consumer behaviour.

After three years of focused research, the 2015 Report on Consumer Trust makes the case that increasing food system transparency directly increases consumer trust. Consumers ranked food safety and the impact of food on health as the most important categories for transparency through sharing of information on product labelling. Consumers also want the ability to ask a company questions about environmental practices and labour and human rights in addition to being forthcoming on animal well-being and business ethics.

Further, the report highlights:
  • consumers reliance on product labelling, company websites and third party websites for information
  • consumer tendency to hold food companies responsible for transparency 
  • the rising cost of food continues to rank high with consumers on concerning life issues
A summary of the research can be found here.

Grant Application Assistance


INAC Services is North America's oldest grant writing firm. If you are looking for assistance in securing government funding for a food processing project, INAC can help. 

To learn more about INAC Services visit Provision's Consultant & Vendor Database.

This initiative is supported by  Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.