ST-HUBERT, QC, March 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Agropur is pleased that five of its cheeses were picked as the champions in their category at the World Championship Cheese Contest. In all, 3,400 cheeses from 26 countries were entered.

Made in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Agropur's Camembert l'Extra, was chosen over 17 other products to win 1st prize in the World Championship Cheese Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin from March 6 to 8.   

The creamy texture and hazelnut-and-mushroom flavour of our Camembert delighted the refined taste buds of a distinguished panel of internationally known judges. It was a victory to be savoured for Agropur and its fine cheese expertise.

Four cheeses from Agropur's United States facilities were also chosen as winners at the contest. Agropur cheese from Jerome, Idaho received the best score in the shredded cheese category for the second consecutive year. Lake Norden, South Dakota took top honors in the mozzarella category. Feta from Weyauwega, Wisconsin won for the third consecutive year, and smoked provolone from Luxemburg, Wisconsin also swept the top award in its category. 

The World Championship Cheese Contest, founded in 1957, is the largest competition of its kind. All technical aspects of the cheeses entered in the contest are evaluated by a jury of 50 experts from different countries who are respected by the luminaries in the field.


Vancouver, BC, March 12, 2018 — What does a Saudi Sheik have in common with an Olympic athlete and an expectant mother? They’re all helping fuel a global appetite for non-alcoholic beer, one sip at a time. It’s a category that has seen massive growth in the past several years with global brewery bigwigs such as Corona, Heineken and Budweiser aggressively entering the near-beer game. Canadian start-up success, Partake Brewing is set to make a mark of its own in the competitive category with an official Dragons' Den debut on CBC this month.
Founded by entrepreneur Ted Fleming, Partake Brewing makes craft non-alcoholic beer that is “beer lover approved” and isn’t just about the business for Fleming: it’s personal.
Shares Fleming, “I was in my late 20’s and starting to get into the blossoming craft beer scene that was starting to take root in Toronto, but unfortunately for me, my journey was cut short due to a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease.” That diagnosis combined with becoming a father for the first time helped him prioritize his health and ultimately led to his decision to give up alcohol for good.
However, like so many others opting for the dry life, he still pined for the occasional pint. “I missed my beer, I missed the taste of it, discovering new craft beer flavours… I found I really missed the social connection too.” 
To satisfy his craving, he set out to find a non-alcoholic beer that still tasted like beer only to discover that there was very little available to choose from and what was – tasted awful.  With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign (April 2017), Fleming aims to change the non-alcoholic beer category for the better with his Canadian small batch-brewed non-alcoholic beer.  He is on course to do just that with his first beer, an award-winning non-alcoholic Partake Brewing IPA (a Lager, Red Ale, Pale Ale, and Stout are coming soon).  

Headquartered in Calgary, Partake Brewing hopes to woo the Dragons' for additional support when Ted Fleming pitches his creations on CBC’s Dragons’ Den this Thursday at 8pm on March 15th (#cbcdragonsden). 

Partake's brews are available across Canada and in select stores in the US. Learn more about where to purchase Partake Brewing Non-Alcoholic beer here.


March 12, 2018

Bäckerhaus Veit, a female-owned artisan bread company, was recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Now in its 25th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.  

Anticipating the growth in demand for healthy artisan bread in the increasingly health conscious and aware North American market, Founder and CEO Sabine Veit started Bäckerhaus Veit in Toronto, Ontario in 1987. In 2015, the company relocated from their 50,000 square foot facility in Woodbridge, Ontario to a new 150,000 square foot facility in Mississauga, Ontario, which was completely renovated to become a purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility integrating tried and true old-world traditions and recipes with high volume production. Today, the company is a premium private label artisan bread manufacturer with an emphasis on creating the high quality customized products that our customers have come to expect.

Recognizing the need to manage sustained, structured growth, from an “entrepreneur’s dream” to a successful, commercially viable operation, Bäckerhaus Veit has a clearly defined strategic plan to achieve the company’s long term goals, without sacrificing the core values of passion & caring, respect for old world traditions, commitment to quality, pride and innovation that define Bäckerhaus Veit. 

 The Company works hard to retain its familial culture as Sabine has a strong belief that the success of any Company is built on having a flat organizational structure and open communication between all employees.  It’s not unusual to see Sabine on the production floor, interacting openly with all employees, listening to their experiences and sharing her experiences with them. 

“It’s much more than just financial performance,” said Lorrie King, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “The ingredients to success also include overall business performance and sustained growth. It takes dedication and commitment from the entire organization.”

Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2018 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include a clear strategy and vision, investment in capability and commitment to talent. 

“We firmly believe that authentic artisan bread is about time and temperature and that there are no short cuts to creating great bread,” said Sabine Veit, founder and CEO, Bäckerhaus Veit. “Similarly, there are no short cuts to being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies. Our empowered cohesive team works diligently to build on the strong foundation established and achieve continued sustained growth, while remaining independent and true to the core values with which the company was formed.”

“CIBC is pleased to congratulate Bäckerhaus Veit on being named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, recognizing its excellence in leadership, business performance and innovation,” said Dino Medves, Senior Vice President and Head, CIBC Commercial Banking. “As a sponsor of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies program for over 20 years, CIBC is proud to celebrate private companies like Bäckerhaus Veit as leaders in their industry. 

2018 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 11, 2018. On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, TMX Group and MacKay CEO Forums. 


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