Canada’s biggest grocer offers home delivery in the two biggest urban centres. Loblaw also announces the closure of 22 stores in a rapidly changing marketplace.

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Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term. 

Nature Fresh Farms hires director of marketing

Seasoned advertising veteran Stephanie Swatkow is the new director of marketing for greenhouse grower Nature Fresh Farms. 

The Grower columnist interviewed on CBC Radio

In the May issue of The Grower, columnist Owen Roberts put forward a perspective that’s not often heard in the mainstream media. And that’s the view that  foreign workers are professionals. CBC Radio contacted him for a series of cross-Canada interviews on April 28.   

Workers continue to hold a picket line at the Ontario Food Terminal.  

Since midnight November 7,  Ippolito Produce employees have curbed movement of produce at the Ontario Food Terminal. The 25 employees are striking for better pay.  

A beautiful display showcases the entrants to the National Apple Competition.

The National Apple Competition is held annually at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, now underway from November 3-12. Entries were judged from three provinces.

(L-R) Bill Schenck, vice chair; Jim Morrison, board director; Doug Whitty, 2017 Grape King; Honourable Dave Levac, Speaker of the House; Matthias Oppenlaender, board chair; and Debbie Zimmerman (CEO) celebrate the official 2018 wine picks for the Ontario Legislature.

Ontario’s wines vie for the honour of being selected as official wines of the Ontario Legislative Assembly. For 2018, the red wine winner comes from Sandbanks Winery. The white wine hails from Reif Estate Winery.    

For the first time, Prince Edward Island’s $1billion potato industry is showcased in a 30-second TV ad. What does it take to produce a quality potato? It takes an island.

The pearl-sized Tomberry fits in your hand.

The highly innovative greenhouse industry has initialled another first: the world’s smallest tomato. NatureFresh Farms expects to market the tomato in the spring of 2018.

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Setting the table for the future

Shopping patterns have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are buying different amounts of different products at different times in different places. Columnist Peter Chapman’s advice? Explore each difference to understand the impact on your products and your markets.

Food packaging must help reduce waste, but not at all costs

Columnist Owen Roberts explores the world of food packaging in a new report by Value Chain Management International called Less food loss, less packaging waste. Some tough choices lie ahead for the industry for getting commodities not just out of the fields, but in front of consumers too.

A thanks for carrying on

Growers this year are facing a plethora of additional costs and challenges to maintain compliance with new layers of regulations and ensure the health and safety of their workers writes Bill George. 

Attracting students to agriculture

The federal government is offering up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program and fund up to 700 new positions in agriculture.

Fewer hands, less food

Last July, this display of plenty from Oxford County grower John Den Boer was captured at the Ontario Food Terminal. As the summer of COVID-19 unfolds, the variety and volume of fruits and vegetables may not be in such grand array because growers do not have timely access to enough seasonal ag workers for essential planting and harvesting. The legal case of Brett Schuyler signifies the height of the hurdles faced by growers across Canada. 

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