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Yogurt shop offers Smurf twist

Menchie's will be no more as of July 1 - the company is temporarily changing its name to Smenchie's in celebration of the upcoming Smurf movie sequel.

Menchie's will be no more as of July 1 - the company is temporarily changing its name to Smenchie's in celebration of the upcoming Smurf movie sequel.

Burnaby's Menchie's will join others across North America in converting the self-serve yogurt franchise by releasing a limited-edition Smurfberry Blast flavour with special Smurf-inspired toppings, served in a mushroom-capped reusable cup, according to a media release.

"With the introduction of 'Smenchie's,' fans of all ages will be able to enjoy The Smurfs in a whole new way," said George Leon, executive vice-president of Worldwide Consumer Marketing at Sony Pictures Entertainment. "What better way to enjoy your tasty yogurt treat than by adding a dash of Smurfy fun into it?"

The promotion is from July 1 to 31.

"In addition to the fun new flavour and toppings, Menchie's destinations will deliver the ultimate celebration on behalf of The Smurfs with limited edition Smurf-themed items, activities, a video and more," said Karla Bendel, vice-president of marketing and R&D at Menchie's.

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Annual golf tournament

The Burnaby Board of Trade has set the date for its annual golf tournament.

Bring clients, friends, staff or colleagues for a summer wrap up on Sept. 4 and join about 150 other business owners, professionals and community leaders.

Registration for the event opens at 11 a.m., shotgun starts at 1 p.m. and dinner is precisely served at 7 p.m. at the Riverway Golf Course.

The charity fundraising event is $235 for board of trade members, $275 for non-members, and $50 for a charity players pack. The prices include the golf game, cart rental and buffet dinner.

To sign up, call 604-4120100.

New research facility in the city

An agriculture and horticulture bioactive products developer has set up a research shop in Burnaby this month.

TerraBioGen Technologies Inc. has operated its research facility out of North Vancouver for the past 20 years, which used to process food waste for conversion into a liquid or granular fertilizer product, according to a media release.

"The company sold licenses for this technology and continued its research to refine and define the active ingredients found in its end products," the release states. "In mid-2011, TerraBioGen changed its focus from waste conversion to research and development based on the isolation of the bioactive materials that impacted the end product performance."

The new facility is located at 8536 Baxter Pl., where it will work on further development, formulation and patenting of additional agriculturally bioactive compounds.

For more information about the company, visit

Local company gets green nod

Burnaby-based company Hemlock Printers was recognized by Canopy for its green initiatives in a recent survey across North America.

Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organization, released its North American 2013 Green Print Leadership Report and Hemlock was a category leader.

"This acknowledgment firms up our commitment to stay the course on our journey, and will hopefully inspire others in our industry to join the cause," said Dick Kouwenhoven, Hemlock's chairman and CEO, in a media release.

Hemlock was the first printing company in the Pacific Northwest to receive Forest Stewardship Council's chain-of-custody certification in 2004.

"As well, it was the first printer in North America to work with Canopy to develop and adopt an overarching Ancient Forest Friendly policy, and since 2009, Hemlock's customers have been able to offset any carbon impact of their print-based projects through the exclusive zero program," the release states.

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