Manufacturing & Transport

Sep 25, 2020
2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards celebrate local producers, get tipsy with top honour
By the Editors

The 2020 BC Food & Beverage Awards gave us plenty to chew on as they celebrated a dozen winners on September 24. But the top prize at the annual shindig, hosted by industry group BC Food & Beverage (BCFB), went to a local dram. Sheringham Distillery’s Seaside Gin won the Gold Award for Product of the Year. Founded in 2015 by chef-turned-distiller Jason MacIsaac and his wife, Alayne MacIsaac, Sooke-based Sheringham also makes akvavit, vodka and coffee liqueur. Last year...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Food production's problems just got worse with the pandemic
Nathan Caddell

In B.C., food production will probably be linked with the COVID-19 pandemic for years to come. That’s troubling for an industry that was already dealing with some negative public perception. But it’s also not the full story. Though the provincial...

Aug 25, 2020
B.C. 2.0.: Change seams inevitable for the manufacturing set
Nathan Caddell

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop most manufacturers in the province from continuing to do their jobs—many were protected under the essential service designation. But in some ways, the crisis has changed their industry, for now and for the long haul. Some...

Aug 4, 2020
How are B.C. airports and airlines preparing for a post-COVID future?
Matt O'Grady

When Geoff Dickson entered the aviation world 35 years ago, it was, he recalls, “quite a challenging time.” The federal government had just launched airline deregulation, and Dickson—hired as a financial analyst for Pacific Western Airlines—was helping the company shift...

Jul 16, 2020
Supply chain expert Graham Robins talks COVID-19 challenges, getting rejected at the border
Nathan Caddell

Asked how he makes a living, Graham Robins has a pretty simple answer: “Our customers basically pay us to be invisible,” he says of A & A Customs Brokers, the Surrey-based company where he serves as CEO. “They don’t want to deal...

May 28, 2020
Popular North America ride-sharing company to make long-awaited debut in B.C. soon
Nathan Caddell

U.S. ride-sharing company Turo launched in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec four years ago. It later added Nova Scotia to the mix, but B.C. remained unconquered, despite the launch of a pilot program in 2017 and endless work with the provincial...

May 8, 2020
Getting creative in a pandemic: Drop Manufacturing enters the face-shield market
Nick Rockel

For Drop Manufacturing, joining the fight against COVID-19 was a natural fit. “What we’re really strong at is engineering through to manufacturing,” says founder and CEO Anders Malpass, whose company is now making face shields for front-line workers. “So understanding how to make a product, take the outcome of that product and then develop the most simplistic way of manufacturing it for the outcome.”

May 4, 2020
Meal Ticket: Despite obvious impediments, China remains an increasingly important destination for B.C. food products
Nicole Bergot-Browning

This article was originally published in our April issue, and was written before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. During my recent visit to a bustling mall in downtown Shanghai, one small, red-and-white-themed shop stood out, and the items it hawked...

Apr 27, 2020
Matrix: B.C.'s appetite for electric vehicles keeps growing
Andrew Findlay

This article was originally published in our March issue, before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. When it comes to adoption of electric cars, B.C. already has a running start. In the third quarter of last year, 10 percent of all...

Apr 16, 2020
B.C. food industry workers are heroes—but will it be for more than one day?
Nick Rockel

“I don’t think most people in the food industry know how big the food industry is,” quips James Donaldson, CEO of BC Food & Beverage. In B.C., Donaldson says, it’s a $10-billion business—and that’s just food and beverage manufacturing. “If you factor in agriculture and seafood, it’s closer to $15...

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