Albrecht Seeger

The $4.4 billion Ontario grape and wine industry honoured three leaders in Niagara Falls on March 23 at the 30th anniversary of the Cuvée Grand Tasting. Albrecht Seeger won the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence Award.  

A major fire has destroyed a controlled atmosphere apple storage facility near Port Burwell, Ontario. Owner Kevin Martin estimates the loss at $3 million. 

A Leamington greenhouse vegetable grower has been fined for mislabeling the origin of produce. The Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has condemned the violations for breaking public trust.

Hazelnuts

Ontario's hazelnut acreage has recently grown to more than 300 acres with more nurseries entering the market. Check out the details for the March 27 Ontario Hazelnut Symposium. 

Murray Porteous, a grower of asparagus, apples and sour cherries, Simcoe, Ontario.

Employment and Social Development Canada has initiated a number of integrity audits in horticulture, stressing growers who don’t know the reason for the audit and who can’t apply for seasonal workers until the audit is complete. Murray Porteous calls the process a ‘witch hunt.’ 

John MacDonald, (R) receives the Doug Connery Award from outgoing president, Alvin Keenan.

Several long-serving growers and industry leaders were honoured at the Canadian Horticultural Council meetings in Ottawa on March 14.They included John MacDonald, a potato and berry grower from Prince Edward Island.

Dr. Viliam Zvalo

After three years at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Dr. Viliam Zvalo is heading back to Nova Scotia. He becomes CEO of Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc. on April 4. 

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