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Clear Creek Organics Attends Trade Show

The Canadian Health Food Association held it annual conference and Eastern Trade show the weekend of Oct 5th and 6th in Toronto. Clear Creek was a guest of the Tree of Life distributor and was able to give the visiting retailers and food distributors a sneak peek at their new product line.

Gene Kessler, CEO, stated that the interest in their new line of sausages, deli meats and shelf stable products was tremendous. “There is a void in the market place for certified organic products such as ours”, says Kessler. The no gluten, no lactose, no MSG as well as containing no GMOs appear to be what consumers are looking for and we are in a position to provide them. The products will be made with Canadian organic beef and cured with the celery extract so that consumers can be confident that no sodium nitrite will be used.

Kessler also states, “Our products are close to being launched and with all the pieces nearly in place, we expect that they will be soon on the shelves of local organic and health food stores across Canada.”

He suggests that discerning consumers check the CCO web site as launch dates and locations will be announced. “We look forward to providing a healthy alternative to the organic consumer.”

 


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Organics Focus on Branding

The Canadian organic sector plans to ask consumers to "THINK before you eat!"
With a sub text of "Think Canada Organic," the brand is the result of over two years of discussions and consultations among organic growers, processors, distributors, retailers and consumers from across Canada, says Gunta Vitins, chair of the Organic Sector Value Chain Round Table.

The brand will also include the Canadian organic logo and a Canadian flag. The intent is to distinguish certified Canadian organic products from both imported organic products and domestic non-certified organic products.
The group identified consumer confusion as the biggest issue limiting growth of Canadian organics -- and Vitins believes the new brand will help to reduce that confusion. The Canadian Organic Trade Association has already agreed to adopt the new brand and Vitins is now asking organic associations and certifying bodies across the country to endorse it.

Although meant to be used by organizations and companies, it doesn't replace the Canadian Organic logo which can be used by Canadian producers and processors who are ISO-certified to meet the Canadian organic standard, as well as imported product certified under an equivalency agreement. Nor does it replace provincial brands and logos, such as the checkmark available to any producer or processor certified by the Certified Organic Associations of BC.

Saying "we don't want it to be compromised by anyone," Vitins says the Round Table is developing a guide specifying who may use the brand and how. She notes the slogan can also be adapted for non-food organic products in future. "Think before you use" and "Think before you wear" are possible variations.

The Organic Sector Value Chain Round Table intends to launch the brand during Organic Week in September, complete with an advertising campaign highlighting reasons to buy organic.

by David Schmidt


Thank You from Organic Connections Board of Directors

Thank you for your contribution to the success of the 2012 Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show. Your dedication to supporting the organic industry is appreciated. 


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Fifth Biennial Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show Regina 2012

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American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report Highlights Benefits of Organic

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2012) — A clinical report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighting the many attributes of organic foods provides guidance to parents confused by conflicting marketing messages regarding healthy food choices for their children. Calling the report a major milestone for the organic sector, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) hails it as a confirmation of the significance of the benefits that organic provides.

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Clear Creek Organics Attends Farmer Direct Co-Op Annual Meeting

Clear Creek Organics were pleased to be part of the Farmer Direct Coop annual meeting on Nov. 17. in Regina. Jason Freeman, general manager addressed the members of the coop and outlined the market potential for organic grains for 2012, as well as addressed the other service available to present and potential members. Jason and his staff also addressed the protocols on sampling grains and the importance of keeping the Coop updated as to the producers' inventory.

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Clear Creek Organics Gives Back To Their Community

As part of their on going commitment to supporting their community that has supported their growth since June of 2008, Clear Creek Organics donates to organizations and charities that reflect the values of their company. To this end, CCO has recently supported the efforts of the Canadian Progress Club Regina Centre for the fourth year in a row with a donation towards their charity auction.

Clear Creek Organics would like to congratulate the Progress Club on their commitment to their community and would like to ensure them that we will be involved again next year!


Clear Creek Organics Helps Pangman Celebrate

On the weekend of Aug 12-14, Pangman, Sask. celebrated their 100th birthday. Incorporated in 1911, Pangman continues to be a hub of agriculture and industrial activities. Clear Creek is proud to be part of this economic development.

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Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point

Clear Creek Organics recognizes that food safety is a prime concern to not only consumers and health agencies but to our company as well. To ensure CCO is providing the safest food possible, we have begun the long process to develop a HACCP plan.

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Clear Creek Organics Attends Workshop

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Clear Creek Organics Holds Annual Meeting

Clear Creek Organics held their third annual meeting in Regina on March 7, 2011 at the Fireside Bistro. The general meeting at 1 PM is chaired by Lorne Schroeder of Leroy. This meeting was open to A share holders and B shareholders of the company.

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Clear Creek Organics Store Celebrates First Year Anniversary

January 25, 2011 marks the first year anniversary of Clear Creek Organics retail outlet at 425 Victoria Avenue East. as part of Dad's Organic Market.

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Clear Creek Organics and "Dining With The Stars"

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Clear Creek Organics at 2010 Organic Connections

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One Year Anniversary

Clear Creek organics will be celebrating their first year anniversary on January 25, 2011 along with Dad's Organic Market. Their new store location was open one year ago at 425 Victoria Avenue E, Regina. Their meat and deli counter complimented the full-service organic grocery store of Dad's Organic Market as well as the Fresh Organic Bakery.

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Clear Creek Organics Attends the 2010 Canadian Health Food Association Trade Show

Gene and Pat Kessler, of Clear Creek Organics, attended the CHFA Trade Show Oct 23 and 24 , 2010 in Toronto. This show draws stores, consumers and distributors from all of Canada but in particular central Canada. Nearly 3000 visitors viewed over 500 exhibits, including CCO.

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Organic Launch Years in the Making

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Clear Creek Organics Announces a Retail Outlet Partnership

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Clear Creek Organics Purchases Three Organic 4-H calves at Carievale's June Achievement Day

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Clear Creek Organics Launches Free Meat

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BBQ Packs Are Ready

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Clear Creek Organics First Annual Board Meeting

Clear Creek Organicsh held its first annual share holders meeting in Weyburn on Wed. March 18th in Weybum. Eighteen "A’ share holders attended the merting at which time the financial report for 2008 was reviewed as well as a new executive elected.

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Clear Creek Organics Host Series of Regional Meetings

Despite the cold weather in early December of 2008, many organic livestock producers attended Clear Creek Organics regional meetings. The meetings held in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, were designed to inform producers on the progress Clear Creek was making on marketing fresh and value added organic meat products and how they could become involved in the company.

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Clear Creek Organics and Organic Connections 2008

Clear Creek Organics was an active participant at the recent Organic Connections in Saskatoon. This three day event was held November 16th to 19th the at the TCU Centre. Over 400 delegates shared the information sessions and trade show. Clear Creek and their representative were kept busy with questions on organic livestock production, market trends and the potential of fresh meat sales.

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