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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thermal food packaging gets Creston start VANCOUVER (CP) Science, agriculture, business and government are co-operating in British Columbia to introduce an alternative to the familiar tin can. Hie plastic-claminated flat pouch with an aluminum-foil liner. The puch is easily stored and has a shelf life of two years, with no refrigeration required. The secret of the process is'thermal packaging. Swan Valley Foods Ltd. pre-copks the prepared food under pressure in a steam and hot air environment without immersion of the package. The consumer prepares the food by immersing the whole package in boiling water for three to five minutes. Designers say the flat package will allow the consumer to cook the con- tents evenly. If tinned goods are cooked in their containers, the outside portion tends to be overdone if the inside is thoroughly cooked. The company got its start in 1W1 when two Creston, B.C., Piper and Clarence with accountant Gordon Laversage and businessman Jack Wi- gen to commission a study of the food potential of their part of southeastern B.C. Mr. Piper and Mr. Christiansen between them own acres of good farmland but were finding it difficult to compete with prairie grain growers. The research was conducted by McDonald Research Associ- ates Ltd. of Vancouver who, after two years, discarded the whole idea of crop specialization to recommend a step into a new method of food processing. Science entered Science entered the picture in the persons of Dr. William Powrie, Dr. Marvin Tung and their associates at the University of B.C where Dr. Powrie, one of the continent's leading food chemists, is chairman of the UBC food science department. The product line from Creston facilities will be concentrated on such things as french fries and potato balls in butter. Re- searchers found the area ideally suited to potato production. A small plant now being constructed in Richmond, near Van- couver, will process entrees such as ravioli, appleslices and chicken stew. Mr. Piper is president of Swan, Mr. Wigen is vice-president, Mr. Laversage controller and Hugh McDonald, president of the research company, is a director. Capitalization of about million will be extended as re- quired, said Mr. McDonald, adding that the company will make a public offering of shares soon. Financing has come from paid in private equity sup- port; million in longterm debt guaranteed by the B.C. department of agriculture; in federal department of regional economic expansion grants; and under the federal program for the advancement of industrial technology, which was used to set up a pilot project in Vancouver. The B.C. plants will be the first in North America but the concept is German in origin. There are a couple of processors in Britain, and one in Italy, but only Japan has moved into thermal processing in a big way. Japan now has a thermal packaging business. Post office coders settle Saturday, Dvcvmbar 21, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 25 Korean imports hurt cloth trade Aha. small business enjoys finance boom OTTAWA (CP) Post- master General Bryce Mackasey announced Friday settlement of a long-standing post office workers' dispute that in April resulted in -a national wildcat strike. Answering a question in the Commons from Walter Din- sdale the minister said coders in the post office now are receiving wages equal to those of manual sorters A post office spokesman said the agreement will raise the pay of coders to an- nually, a increase over previous earnings. EDMONTON (CP) Small business financing is booming in Alberta, says L. D. G. Pe- ters, Edmonton manager for RoyNat Ltd. The company has more than million outstanding in the province. During the last year, the Edmonton office took on 36 new'clients in the lending and leasing fields and hopes to do a total of million to million in new business for the year. The firm has investments in "just about any town you can says Mr. Peters, who wants to change the myth that most private lenders will not go into the smaller com- munities. The ratio is about 50-50, he says, with far stiffer com- petition in the major areas. RoyNat lends money for a variety of things, including refinancing, mergers and ac- in Alberta where we are seeing a lot of expansion by way of leasing of equip- ment and acquisition of facilities. NOTICE! to many rumors, I have not sold my Car Wash Service Station Business, located at 2610 16th Avenue South. I have leased to another per- son. I am still supplying the same top quality gasoline to this outlet as well as my own GROVER'S DISCOUNT STATION located in downtown Leth- bridge at the corner of 4th Avenue and 4th Street South. OWNER: MERLIN C. GROVER Grover's Gas Oil Sales wish to extend my sincerest Best Wishes to my many friends and customers for a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR "We can lend up to over 100 per cent on fixed says Mr. Peters. "And if we feel there is a possibility of growth, then we will take a position." The firm is not primarily in- terested in equity financing and will do so only to assist a client, he says. They will seldom take more than 15 per cent of a deal and although eight per cent of their investments deferred involve Grain tight WASHINGTON (AP) The world grain situation is even tighter than predicted in figures released less than two months ago, the United States agriculture department said today. World wheat production for the 1974-75 crop year now is estimated at 349.9 million tons, compared with 351.7 million predicted Nov.l. The previous year's harvest was 367.1 million tons. World feed-grains produc- tion now is put at 558.8 million tons. The Nov.l estimate was 564.4 million. By the time 1975-76 crops are ready, the figures showed that the world grain wheat and feed will be down to 83.8 million tons, the smallest since formal international records began 15 years ago. The tightening has been due mainly to further reductions in 1974 harvest estimates for the Soviet Union, the United States, Argentina and some other countries. equity, it is normally con- vertible debentures or deferred shares. "Our equity is mainly taken in the way of he says. "There is no doubt that equity, or venture capital is the biggest problem facing a firm trying to get started. "The businessman doesn't want to give away a portion of his business, but at the same time he wants access to capi- tal." In British Columbia, the In- dustrial Developments Bank and RoyNat have worked to- gether on several deals and are looking at the possibility in Alberta. The firm is also looking at working with the Alberta Opportunity Co. "AOC is one of the most well-run government agencies we've says Mr. Peters. "They are doing their job by the act." LaFORCE BROTHERS New style engine tested WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency has started road tests of a new automobile engine after laboratory tests appeared to confirm better gasoline mileage than conven- tional engines, sources said this week The engine, developed by brothers Edward and Robert LaForce. attracted EPA attention after private tests showed the motor delivered 30 miles or more a gallon com- pared with about 19 miles a gallon from a standard engine under similar conditions. EPA's top auto pollution of- ficial, Eric Stork, confirmed this week that additional testing has been ordered. He declined comment on the reports that initial laboratory testing has proved en- couraging, saying no data on the test results will be releas- ed until late next week. Sunburst man now food entrepeneur you for your patronage, we will look forward to a continued pleasant association and the op- portunity to be of service to all! Award Winner Mr Keith Bcckerton, Area Manager of Engineered Homes, Lethbridge, is pleased to an- nounce that Mr Jim Able of the Lethbridge Area Branch of Engineered Homes has been named 'Top Unit Salesman' in Canada for the month of November, 1974. Jim is a worthy recipient of the November Bonus Prize with a total of S new home sates in that month, equalling a volume of 00 in new iT5CS Of special note is that Jim achieved this accomplishment in iis second month with Engineered Homes and we join his friends and acquaintances in wishing Jim further success in his new career EDMONTON (CP) In 1955 L. E. (Bus) Fuller of Sun- burst, Mont., opened a ham- burger stand made from his converted garage and painted it green and white, the only colors he had available. Today Fuller is a Canadian citizen and president of Con- trolled Foods Corp. of Van- couver, a firm which is ex- panding rapidly in many parts of Canada. In British Columbia it's Fuller's Restaurants and A and W. In Edmonton, Fuller's, A and W, Buffalo Bill's and Leroy's. The firm has 24 A and W drive-ins in Ontario and Quebec. In total, 89 food outlets across the country, serving perhaps diners per day. But these are unlicensed the kind of place where Dad and Mom go to eat with the kids, or the kids go to meet their friends. But Mr. Fuller and Controll- ed Foods began looking at the fully-licensed, luxury trade and moved into it a year ago when the first Corkscrew Restaurant was opened at Mississauga, near Toronto. The Corkscrew concept of luxury dining at competitive prices expanded Thursday with the opening of premises costing about million in south Edmonton. Appointment OTTAWA (CP) Nola Landucci, a native of Trail, B.C., has been appointed as of the federal of- fice of equal opportunities for women, the Public Service Commission announced today. Miss Landucci has worked in the government since 1968 for the post office, supply and services, the women's bureau and treasury board. She will co-ordinate interdepartmen- tal equal opportunity programs. The chain's third Corkscrew is scheduled to open May 1 in north Edmonton and a fourth is scheduled to open June 1 in a downtown Toronto office building To Mr. Fuller, 45, control is not just part of the name of the company, now publicly- owned but with Mr. Fuller retaining perhaps 40 per cent of the company's shares. Although the managers of the various restaurants and drive-ins have considerable autonomy and are encouraged to buy supplies locally, there is a constant monitoring of results at head office in Van- couver. "Certain supplies and prod- ucts are a must in the interest of conformity and of course we keep a close watch over the profit situation of each Mr. Fuller said in an interview. WILL VISIT IRAN LONDON (AP) Queen Mother Elizabeth has accepted an invitation from the shah of Iran to visit his country April 14-19. MONTREAL (CP) Spokesmen for Canadian men's clothes manufacturers say their industry has reached a critical stage because of stiff competition from foreign producers like South Korea. Maurice Fogel, president of Hyde Park Clothes in Montreal, said manufacturers have no objections to imports from countries which are "wage competitive." But, he said, the Far East and some eastern European countries pay such low wages, the resulting retail price in Canada is well below that of the same garment produced domestically. Another manufacturer said he pays wages of an hour and cannot compete against the wages paid to workers in South Korean garment fac- tories. "In the short term, we are in said Mr. Fogel. "We want to find out the government's thoughts for the medium and long term." Mr. Fogel is on a com- mittee, established by the men's fine clothing industry, which plans to submit a brief to the textile and clothing board in Ottawa. The board reviews cases where "the importation of textile and clothing goods is causing or threatening serious injury to production in Canada." On the basis of evidence submitted, it decides whether to recommend that voluntary restraints be implemented. The men's fine clothing in- dustry, which has been hardest hit by imports, produces men's and boys' business suits, sports jackets, tailored slacks, topcoats and overcoats. It is heavily concentrated in Quebec where there are workers. In some factories, layoffs Air cargo trimmed MONTREAL (CP) The current economic slowdown has prompted Air Canada to trim its forecast for growth in air cargo business in 1975 to five from 20 per cent. "The demands we had an- ticipated and planned for did not a company spokesman said this week. "The pre-Christmas de- mand did not things just won't get bought. "We're going through a reassessment period in view of the rapidly changing short- term economic en- he said. The downward revision of the growth forecast excludes mail and express shipments, less responsive to economic conditions. Air Canada handles about 33 per cent of domestic air freight between Canada and 50 per cent of the North Atlantic traffic between Canada and Europe. have already begun. In others, layoffs have been avoided by shortening the work week. The number of hours work- ed for the first nine months of this year has declined by 10 per cent from the same period last year, industry statistics show. The industry's woes are as- cribed to several factors: from low-cost countries, confined in the past to items such as shirts and casual pants which require less skill to produce, now are entering the better garment scene. Cabaret fee poses problem CALGARY (CP) After 13 months, the Alberta human rights commission is still un- able to decide whether a Calgary man, who went to a cabaret during a ladies' night, was the victim of sex dis- crimination. Ron Payne went to a caba- ret at the Sheraton-Summit Inn Nov. 15, 1973, and found that the normal cover charge of was waived for women. He didn't see why he should pay for admission when women were let in he complained to the commission. Dr. Max Wyman, chairman of the commission in Edmon- ton, frankly admits that the commission is baffled as to whether this was levally a case of sex discrimination He said the commission consulted two lawyers, who are "having a great deal of difficulty deciding the law." While the wrangling goes on, ladies' nights continue to be offered by the the hotel management says Mr Payne was in fact receiv- ing benefits from this policy. "The policy is designed to redress an imbalance between male and female patrons and permits greater social inter- course between the a hotel spokesman said. H. H. Smith Ltd. Customs Broker EDMONTON PHONE 12497% i CALBWr PHONE 763-8050 I LltllbridjJ Phofii 328 8141 HM24-5458 COUTTS Home Office Phone 344-3822 NEWS RELEASE The officers and directors of Western College of Auctioneering announce the grad- uation of Joe Snopeic, Jr., 78 Honeysuckle Rd., Lethbridge, Alberta. Phone 327-8288. He has completed the intensified course of Auctioneering, Public Speaking and Sale Management and is qualified to conduct Auction Sales. Western College is a Nationally recognized Auctioneer training center, having graduates working in nearly every State and all Provinces of Canada. The Auction method of selling has gained headway, continually since Colonial Days, and today is accepted in all transactions of selling produce, Live- stock, Merchandise, Real Estate, Personal Properties, in fact nearly everything has been, ..or can be sold at Auction. FOR SALE OR LEASE! Square Feet, Sprinklered Available. November 15th Location: 111 -11th Street South, Lethbridge 328-1705 24 Hours ;