Industry news: Canadian beef and pork exported to China and Golden Bean

What big moves did the grocery industry make this week?

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Our weekly roundup of the movers and shakers of the grocery world:


Sunkist has just named Lance McMillan to director of North American sales and Brian Slagel to director of strategic sales. McMillian brings knowledge of packinghouse operations to his post. Slagel, former director of North America sales, will now develop and oversee sales accounts of strategic importance to Sunkist.


VersaCold Logistics Services says seven of its facilities were approved to export beef and pork to China, including locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. According to the company only 30 refrigerated warehousing facilities in Canada have approval to export meat and meat products to China, one third of these are owned and operated by VersaCold.


Francesco’s Coffee Company won a bronze medal at the North American competition, the 2016 Golden Bean. Judges selected the Ottawa-based company’s Garibaldi Fair Trade Organic Espresso in 2016. For this competition coffee roasters submit their coffees to be judged in blind tastings. There are nine categories.


Toronto indie grocer Summerhill Market is making available 200 Thanksgiving dinners through Instabuggy’s website and app to support Youth Without Shelter, an emergency residence for homeless youth, ages 16 to 24 across the Toronto area. People can donate a minimum of $5 to get their meal. This will raise at least $1,000 for the organization.

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