January 15, 2020 is a milestone for new regulations that focus on prevention and allow for faster removal of unsafe food.  The rules apply to importers, exporters and all those engaged in interprovincial trade. 

Execulytics Consulting is launching the Produce Almanac, 2020 edition. One key asset is the retail price comparisons weekly 2019 vs 2018, weekly organic vs conventional, varieties within a category, size premiums and source differences.

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U.S. potatoes destined for China

As details are unearthed about the American trade deal with China, growers are learning that processing potatoes could be eligible by February 24, 2020. Last-minute negotiations are anticipated regarding market access protocol. 

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce declared over

American food safety authorities declared that as of January 15, 2020, the E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from Salinas, California is now over. A total of 165 people were sickened. No deaths were reported. 

Tweaks needed for robotic harvesting of apples

Will 2020 be the year for commercializing robotic harvest of apples? Technical obstacles remain for the companies trialling in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. 

Asia Fruit Logistica moves to Singapore

Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show will relocate to Singapore from its traditional home in Hong Kong in September 2020. 

Mexico is #3 in strawberry exports

Mexico is a produce powerhouse. Globally, it’s one of the largest exporters of strawberries, eclipsed only by Spain and the United States.    

 

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Scott Hodgins joins Plant Products Inc

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Plant Products Inc. is building on its core greenhouse base to include outdoor fruits and vegetables with the addition of a crop protection veteran. 

Cathy McKay to chair Ontario Apple Growers

After serving as vice-chair since 2013, Cathy McKay becomes chair of the provincial organization that includes 200+ members.The Port Perry apple grower is confident there are lots of growth opportunities.

CanadaGAP announces stakeholder advisory committee

Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors. 

Local Food Champion opens second farm market

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

Nature Fresh Farms sells to growers

Nature Fresh Farms has announced that it’s transferring the keys to 36 acres, comprising Phase 1 and 2 greenhouses, to a new group of dedicated growers. The new business entity, Chosen Fresh Farms, is owned by Neil Enns, Ben Friesen, Abram Fehr and Peter Klassen. 

ChemChina and Sinochem are consolidating their agricultural businesses into a new holding company to be called the Syngenta Group Co.  ADAMA is becoming a member of this group.

 

The P.E.I. Potato Board is launching a series of short videos which will give consumers a better idea of how Island potatoes are grown. The planting and harvesting videos have been released in advance of “Potato Month” celebrated in February. 

To date, more than 135 Ontario beekeepers have received federal/provincial funding to equip themselves with better tools to prevent diseases, improve winter survival, adopt best management practices and grow their businesses.

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  • Kwik Lok unveils sustainable bag closure

    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Canadian Agricultural Youth Council to be formed

Women and men aged 18 to 30 working within the agriculture and agri-food value chain, are invited to apply to be a member of the new Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Application deadline is February 14, 2020. 

Ontario pavilion at CPMA

The Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association is organizing an Ontario Pavilion Exhibit at the upcoming Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and trade show. Be part of this event held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, May 12-14, 2020. 

U.S. potatoes destined for China

As details are unearthed about the American trade deal with China, growers are learning that processing potatoes could be eligible by February 24, 2020. Last-minute negotiations are anticipated regarding market access protocol. 

Employee loses grievance against BC winery

An arbitrator has dismissed the union’s grievance of an Okanagan man who thought it was unfair that Mission Hill Winery terminated him after accidently putting more than 5,000 litres of wine down the drain. 

Seasonal workers in Ontario greenhouses

Approximately 3,000 seasonal workers from Mexico and the Caribbean began arriving in January to help in Leamington, Ontario and Niagara peninsula greenhouses. That’s the vanguard of what’s expected to be a total of 18,000 seasonal workers in Ontario. 

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