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Posted March 18 , 2010
Food Processors

Water pressure: Ontario food processors address pressures to cut water use

KITCHENER —In the food and beverage processing industry water tops the list of most important resources. It represents as much as 8% of a company’s total cost of production, and the costs to use water – and to comply with regulations affecting its use – continue to mount.

In April 2010 Ontario food and beverage processors will have access to a new resource to help them manage waste and wastewater at Ontario facilities. The resource –Toolbox for Water and Waste Conservation – was created in response to industry demand for assistance in creating waste and wastewater minimization strategies.

“The costs associated with waste and wastewater is a significant challenge to all Ontario food processors who are looking for a competitive edge in the marketplace,” says Jane Graham, Executive Director of the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors (AOFP). “This resource will give our members the opportunity to address the issue by developing a program that is tailored to each facility.”

The Toolbox is available on CD-ROM and is designed as standalone modules where the participant can select sections to design and implement a tailored program in stages. Each module presents easy-to-use information and directions, including templates and other easy-to-use forms.

The Toolbox will be featured in presentations at the Food Industry Environmental Symposium on April 6, 2010. The day-long symposium is hosted by the Ontario Food Industry Environmental Coalition (OFIEC), a Coalition of food and beverage processing and input supply associations. For information about OFIEC or to register for the symposium visit www.ontariofiec.wordpress.com

This project was funded in part through the Food and Beverage Industry Innovation Fund (FBIIF), which was established to encourage investment into new, innovative processes, products, and skills development. The FBIIF was supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food Program, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors. The Agricultural Adaptation Council administers the FBIIF.

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