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March 24, 2020

In the UK, issues arising from stockpiling have become a key topic of discussion. Asia has been experiencing the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak ahead of Europe and observing various regional challenges - such as that faced by Japan - can help identify what comes next, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Mitsue Konishi, Senior Innovation Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “When the effect of COVID-19 became prolonged, consumers searched for products that they thought would protect their health in general. An example from Japan is natto, fermented soybeans that have been lacking in stock consistently since the outbreak.”

Natto is known for its health benefits, particularly in terms of lowering cholesterol, and is filled with fiber, probiotics and vitamin K2. Similarly, yogurt - which is generally associated with gut health and immunity - is selling well.

Konishi concludes: “Consumers are more actively buying probiotic products. There will not be natto panic buying in Europe, but probiotic products claiming to improve the immune system are likely to grab consumers’ eye in the UK, as well as Europe.”

 
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Stefan Misse LI 300wStefan will leverage more than 15 years of experience within Discovery to lead the company's business in Vancouver and across western Canada, focusing on bringing a high level of communication, service and quality to customers while maintaining and strengthening grower and vendor relations. Throughout his career, Stefan has held leadership roles in sales, warehouse operations and most recently as Senior Purchasing Manager.

 

Discovery Organics is an independently owned Canadian distributor of Certified Organic and Fair Trade produce. A true labour of love, Discovery Organics began in 1999 with a mission to help develop markets for local organic farmers. Discovery passionately works to promote Certified Organic and Fair Trade by building relationships with small scale farmers here at home, as well as abroad. Discovery serves hundreds of customers, including natural food retailers and wholesalers across Western Canada and the Canadian North.

 

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February 7, 2020

New Cocoa beans processor and Chocolate ingredients supplier in Mission is opening soon

The owner of a new chocolate manufacturer called Emkao Foods has chosen the District of Mission as its headquarters to produce high quality, affordable organic cocoa products to Canadian customers. “We chose Mission because it is in the heart of the Fraser Valley growing area and is very supportive to local business startups” says, CEO Ayissi Nyemba. Ayissi is both a woman entrepreneur and a recent immigrant to Canada who is passionate about producing organic and direct-trade products that are both kind to the planet and fair to African cocoa bean growers.

Emkao is unique in that it sources all its cocoa beans from its own family farm in Cameroon. This allows it to have full control over product quality and to provide long term growing contracts to its farmers so they have a secure source of income. “We want to be the most sustainable and ethical cocoa beans processor and chocolate ingredients supplier in Canada” says Ayissi. Fortunately, demand for fair-trade organic cocoa is growing strongly as consumers become more aware of and concerned about where their food comes from. “As evidence, we already have orders for our chocolate ingredients.

While Ayissi has successfully raised over $500,000 to purchase most of the manufacturing equipments and, build the factory needed to process her cocoa beans into different chocolate ingredients.

She plans to host an official public launch with some workshops and Factory tour as a thank you to her new local community that has welcomed her to Canada. For more information about Emkao Foods, go to www.emkaofoods.com.

Media Inquiries:

Ayissi Nyemba, Founder & CEO of Emkao FOODS INC.

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VANCOUVER, BC (Jan 31, 2020) – The Ocean Legacy Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization with the goal to end ocean plastic waste, today made an official response to the Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada, which was released yesterday, January 30, 2020.

Statement from Ocean Legacy Foundation:

Plastic pollution is a global crisis and Canada has an important international as well as national role to play. The Draft Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and Health Canada (HC) is an important step in setting a science-based basis for policy action to mitigate the discharge of plastics to the environment.  We at the Ocean Legacy Foundation strongly support these efforts and the potential they have to guide future research and inform decision and policy-making to address plastic pollution and plastic related greenhouse gases in Canada.

Ocean Legacy is a national leader in better understanding the sources of plastic pollution, how to best collect this data across a broad spectrum of stakeholders, how to perform extensive remote and local cleanup operations, recommend best practice policy measures, provide plastic pollution mentorship and implement best-in-class technological developments to enhance plastic collection and processing.  It comes as no surprise to the Foundation that the results of the scientific study find macro plastics (plastic particles > 5 mm) in the natural environment to be physically harming animals and their habitat through entanglement, starvation and suffocation.  We must now act in accordance with this information to ensure no further damage or mortality are continued.

Employing the precautionary principle to mitigate further risk to the natural environment and its species have the potential of preventing significant further harm to marine wildlife and environmental degradation.  The Foundation is focusing much of its efforts in creating preventative fishing gear loss programs and collecting marine debris items including ghost gear and industrial legacy gear.  As part of any policy effort to mitigate the discharge of plastics we encourage Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to give serious consideration to a national framework for extended producer responsibility for fishing aquaculture equipment.

While additional research is necessary to better understand the health effects of human exposure to macro and microplastics and to further identify its impact on the natural environment, communities within Canada clearly have a requirement to take action on what we know to be harmful.  We support furthering this research and hope to lend our expertise in determining which single-use plastics qualify for this 2021 ban, recycled content standards, extended producer responsibility programs, which include select marine industrial equipment and mechanisms to stimulate the plastic circular economy.

 

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