Sukhjit Sidhu

For Okanagan Valley fruit farmer Sukhjit Sidhu, this year’s labour crunch is stressing his ability to maintain his orchards. Many other growers are in the same predicament. 

Canada’s largest grocer, Loblaw, has announced a national roll-out of its on-line grocery business. Another disruptive trend, robots, will be increasingly used in distribution centres. 

Cutting asparagus/Packing asparagus. Photos by Glenn Lowson.

For Asparagus Farmers of Ontario, it’s been a late spring. Based on the two-week weather forecast, first shipments to the Ontario Food Terminal and major grocers are anticipated week of May 14.    

Scott Fairbairn

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recognized industry leaders at the 93rd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Vancouver, British Columbia this past week. As part of the Convention program, awards were given to industry leaders for their ongoing commitment to the produce industry in Canada – and the overall health of Canadians.

Originally from Trinidad, Sooruj Bhoolai came to Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program. He liked the Holland Marsh so much that he immigrated, became field manager, then bought the celery farm. He’s now coping with 28 per cent increase to the minimum wage and wondering how his Caribbean and Mexican workers can be any more efficient.