Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Alberta Food for Health Award Recipients
Healthy Alberta Food sold through a retail outlet
Premium Sirloin Ground Beef, Spring Creek Ranch, Edmonton
The Spring Creek Ranch is located in Vegreville where they raise and retain ownership of their animals until the beef is sold to the end users. This ensures the quality and integrity of their product. Spring Creek’s Premium Sirloin Ground Beef is traceable and guaranteed to be raised naturally without added hormones or antibiotics. This premium beef is aged a minimum of 21 days and has been recognized by high-end restaurants, hotels and retailers across Canada.
Spring Creek’s Premium Sirloin Ground Beef is sold through direct sales, online, the Good Food Box, an Eat Local First initiative and at high-end restaurants hotels and retailers.
Healthy Alberta Food for specialty diets
Ginger Apple Chicken Breast Sausage, Gordon’s Homemade Sausage, Calgary
Gordon’s Ginger Apple Chicken Breast Sausage is made from skinless chicken breasts which are a low-fat alternative to beef or pork. Because the chicken breast sausages have a lower fat content, they are better suited for customers on restricted diets. Gordon’s Homemade Sausage has specialized in sausage made from Alberta-sourced chicken since 1998. Each sausage is hand-made from a blend of spices and healthy ingredients.
Ginger Apple Chicken Breast Sausage is sold through a mobile on-order service in Calgary, at Banker’s Hall and Centre Fresh Meats in Calgary as well as at the Route 40 Soup Company in Turner Valley.
Healthy Alberta Food sold through food service
Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE)
SAGE’s Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry was first developed for seniors who required full meal service. They soon discovered that seniors were not the only ones needing nutritious, easy-to-prepare meals, so they developed frozen meals for other customers as well. The Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry is packaged in a convenient single-serve microwavable portion.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has approved the Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry and recognized the product with their Health CheckTM Certification. SAGE is the first seniors serving agency with the Health CheckTM Certification.
SAGE’s Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry is sold at the Sunshine Café in SAGE Edmonton and through home delivery to the Edmonton area.
Healthy Alberta food and nutrition researcher
Omega-9 canola oil, Dr. Roman Przybylski, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Roman Prybylski is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Lethbridge. He has contributed to profound research in the development of Omega-9 canola oil, a high-quality frying oil suitable for the same uses as traditional oils. The conversion of Omega-9 canola oil from hydrogenated oil helps to remove unhealthy trans and saturated fats from the North American diet. Providing this alternative can positively impact health problems such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Przybylski’s research is helping to improve Alberta’s food oil industry’s processing and preparation practices while improving nutrition.
Alberta Food for Health Award selection criteria
All food award submissions were judged on nutritional criteria, innovation and collaboration, overall quality, market sustainability and ability to meet consumer demand. A consumer panel also evaluated all food products for the acceptability of the following characteristics: flavour, aroma, texture, appearance and overall acceptability.
The researcher award submissions were evaluated on criteria of how well the research contributed to science, solved novel or practical problems and how the research impacts the relationship between food and human health.
The 2011 Alberta Food for Health Awards were developed by a partnership that includes Alberta Health and Wellness, Advanced Education and Technology, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.