Burnbrae Farms has generously delivered 16,000 eggs to Second Harvest—that’s a lot of omelettes and scrambled egg dishes for communities in need. But what’s more, is how much nutrients are packed into every egg: 13 essential vitamins and minerals and 6 grams of protein. Eggs are one of nature’s wonder foods.
Founded in 1891, Burnbrae Farms is a fifth-generation Canadian-family-owned and operated company. It has been producing eggs and egg products for over 70 years and has become Canada’s leading egg producer with locations across the country.
The company has won 13 Grand Prix awards and 18 production nominations, which put the company in an elite class of Canadian food companies. Some of their product innovations include Naturegg Omega 3 eggs, EGGS2go and Omega 3 Hard Boiled Snack Packs.
We connected with Gemma Bélanger, Corporate Communications & Digital Marketing, to talk about Burnbrae Farms’ rich history and the importance of nutrition and learning. Here’s what she said.
The importance of a healthy breakfast on a child’s ability to learn
Q: Second Harvest provides food to 373 social service organizations across Ontario, including 157 after-school and summer programs. How are eggs beneficial for a healthy diet for children and adults?
A: It’s a well-established fact that eating a healthy breakfast can increase children’s attention span and learning ability. Research clearly shows that breakfast can help improve children’s memory, problem-solving skills and test scores.
Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods; one large egg contains 13 essential vitamins and minerals, 6 grams of protein and only 70 calories. Eggs are a great choice for fueling children’s growing bodies and minds. They are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids. That’s an incredible amount of nutrition.
Q: Burnbrae Farms describes itself as a “fifth-generation Canadian family business with a social conscience.” Can you expand on this for us?
A: At Burnbrae Farms, we recognize the importance of social responsibility and sustainable development. We are a company founded on family values with a long history of community participation.
The Hudson family came to Canada in 1874 and settled at the farm in Lyn in 1891, milking a herd of Ayrshire cattle for many years before entering the poultry business when their grandson, Joe Hudson, was a young high school student.
Burnbrae Farms contributes to the economic viability of the local communities in which we do business. We have embedded family values, including social responsibility, into company values to address key issues such as sustainability, environmental impact, animal welfare, food safety and worker health and wellness.
Q: Why do you think it’s important for Burnbrae Farms to support Second Harvest?
A: Everyone at Burnbrae is passionate about their commitment and involvement in their local communities. The Hudson family and the employees of Burnbrae Farms are proud to take an active role and contribute to the communities in which it operates.
Thank you Burnbrae Farms for supporting Second Harvest and providing nutritious eggs and egg products to our communities!
Updated September 2020
Originally appeared: February 22, 2019