Category Archives: packaging

New centre to build local food economy in Eastern Ontario

Building from outside - webBy Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Northumberland County – A new food hub in Eastern Ontario is opening for business and local officials have high hopes about what it might accomplish for the region.

The Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre (OAFVC) will boost rural, food-based entrepreneurship and offer local training opportunities to help keep people in the area, says Northumberland County’s agricultural manager.

The state of the art centre, which is available for rent by the day or half day, is fully equipped with the technology needed to add value to raw agricultural products – from flash freezing and cold pressing to canning, short term cold storage, and hot kitchen recipe development. Continue reading

Fresh Ontario grapes at Christmas could soon be a reality, research shows

grapes - webBy Lilian Schaer for AgInnovation Ontario

Vineland, Ontario – Postharvest specialists at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) have found a way to extend the shelf life of fresh Ontario table grapes so they can be available to consumers longer.

Sovereign Coronation is the most popular table grape variety grown in Ontario and it is ripe and ready for market in late summer and early fall – the same time as many other local fruits, as well as table grapes from other jurisdictions.

This means Ontario table grapes are often overlooked by fruit buyers and farmers face losses if they are unable to find a market for their crop. Continue reading

Smart packaging to the rescue


Dr. Mansell Griffiths & Dr. Hany Anany, University of Guelph Photo source:

An interesting article on about the future of packaging that involves work from the University of Guelph:

What if technology could guarantee that the package of meat you just bought were free from Listeria and E. coli and other harmful bacteria? What if technology could do that without using chemicals? Well… technology can.

Dr. Mansel Griffiths at University of Guelph has embedded bacteriophages—viruses that eat specific bacteria—in packaging. Phages kill their target bacteria by reproducing inside them. Since they are everywhere in our lives—in soil, in our intestines and especially in our drinking water and food—they are completely natural, kosher, halal and can be certified organic. They don’t affect colour, flavour, texture or taste.

To learn more about this fascinating work, read the rest of this article. 

Griffiths is a Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Food Safety & Quality Assurance program at the University of Guelph. Learn more here.