News & Events DJ January 27, 2023

Monthly mixer

Monthly meetings featuring industry leaders

Prairie Food Link hosts monthly meetings at Boffins Event Centre, Innovation Place, Saskatoon. Members are welcome to attend in person or join virtually (if available). During the meetings, we strive to provide  relevant presentations, and networking is always an important part of each event.

Over the past year, we have heard from industry leaders with regards to various aspects of the food and ingredient processing sector. Here are a few of the topics covered during our past Monthly Mixers, and the member organizations who made the presentations:

  • Partnership for Growth (P4G) and City of Saskatoon discuss infrastructure and utility rates
  • MNP Report: Prairies Agri-Food Sector Skills, Competencies and Training Profile
  • Retail sector (Federated Co-op Limited)
  • Government resources (Sask Ministry of Trade and Export Development (STEP); Invest in Canada; Sask Polytech)
  • International exporting (STEP; Black Fox Farm and Distillery)
  • Excess Processing Capacity (Bioriginal; World Trade Centre Saskatoon)
  • Transportation (Aero Delivery; NorQuin)
  • Fermentation Capacity (Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre)
  • International Supply Chain (Ghost Transportation)
  • Insurance (NFP Canada)
  • Sustainability (Meewasin Valley Authority)
  • Expansions and New Direction (Great West Brewing)
  • Student/youth labour force engagement (FCC; Sask Polytech; Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies)

Member events & opportunities

On June 26 2024, Graeme Crosbie, FCC Senior Business Intelligence Analyst, shared his views on what the food processing sector should watch for with consumer shopping habits changing.

Navigating Election Season: Insights and Strategies for PFL Members

On May 22 2024, Lindsay Brumwell (LB Strategies) presented the upcoming provincial, municipal, and federal elections and how to navigate through the season. This presentation will provide crucial insights into the electoral landscape specific to Prairie Food Link members businesses and organizations. To follow along with the presentation, please click the link below to download a copy of the slide deck.

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Recipe For Success: Selling on Amazon for CPG Food Brands

On April 24 2024, Tom Harrison (TNT E-commerce) presented the essential ingredients for launching and scaling your Amazon business to maximize success!

Prairie Food Link Month Mixer: Fermentation February

On February 21 2024, Kendra Wack (Executive Director, FEAD) moderated a panel discussion where they discussed the nuances of operating a small-scale fermentation business with a dynamic panel of female entrepreneurs from across Saskatchewan. Amy Kaban (Founder, Parkerview Brews), Heather Huenison (Co-Founder, Naturally Amped), Kara Friesen (Founder, Cultured Bites), Emma Laing (Project & Program Specialist, Food Centre)

Prairie Food Link Month Mixer with Federated Co-op

On January 24 2024, Shelley Revering (Manager, Farm to Fork) and Sav Bellisimo (Store Brands Manager) from Federated Co-op explain how they work with growers, processors and manufacturers to bring local products to Co-op stores in Saskatchewan Communities

Prairie Food Link Panel at National Supply Chain Conference

On October 20, 2023 four Prairie Food Link members participated in a panel discussion during the National Supply Chain Conference.
Sustainably Improving Agricultural Productivity to Meet Increasing Demand 


Panelists:

  • Brett Casavant – CEO, C-Merak
  • Sav Bellissimo – Store Brands Manager, FCL
  • Jeff Gross – Co-founder Pacific Ridge Corporation & Farmer
  • Bryan Kosteroski – Executive Director, ACS
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