The Bosc variety comprises about 30 per cent of the commercial pear production in Ontario.  Watch for them in stores and markets in late September and early October. 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, second from right, with Rick Nicholls, MPP Chatham-Kent Leamington, left; Monte McNaughton, MPP Lambton-Kent-Middlesex and Minister of Infrastructure; and Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture.

Ontario will hold the line on further raises to the minimum wage currently at $14/hour. And a new natural gas program should mean lower heating and fuel costs for fruit and vegetable producers. Premier Doug Ford made the natural gas announcement at the International Plowing Match.

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The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

The United Fresh Washington Conference, Sept 24-26, will be the epi-centre of U.S. discussions on fresh produce trade, markets and related public policy issues.  Ontario industry representatives will be there to ensure members remain current and competitive in this climate of uncertainty.

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New trade opportunities with Europe

The new CETA trade agreement has made trading between Canada and Europe easier.  Spain, in particular, is taking note. 

World Food Day

Hunger remains an enormous challenge in many parts of the world.  World Food Day helps to remind us.

Walmart US adopts blockchain technology

Walmart U.S. will require suppliers to use block chain technology within a year to help traceability efforts in case of outbreaks of E. coliand other diseases in lettuce. Currently, there is no similar requirement from Walmart Canada.

Asia Fruit Logistica award

Awards at the Asia Fruit Logistica trade show, September 5-7, spotlight the growth of fresh produce companies. One example is India’s IG International, the second-largest, cold-chain company by capacity in the subcontinent. It’s doing a big business in apples. 

Sour reaction to Mexican trade pact

Fruit and vegetable growers in Georgia and Florida expressed dismay at the recent U.S. trade agreement with Mexico. Their statements reveal the complex nature of agricultural trade.  

Polymer Logistics’ Canadian profile in reusable containers for transport and merchandising systems just got a boost with the appointment of Eric Biddiscombe.  His long and broad tenure with Loblaw Companies gives him the ‘street creds’ to grow the Canadian arm of the company.

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The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

On opening day of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. announced its name change to A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. to better reflect the company’s mission. The Kingsville, Ont. supplier has been in business since 1982.

The quality and safety of tender fruit at the Vineland Growers’ Cooperative is getting a boost from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with funding to implement new food safety measures. Member Phil Tregunno was an early adopter this past summer at new packing facilities at Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

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Vinelands new Innovation Report available

From labour to energy saving, Vineland’s research focuses on the issues important to Canada’s horticultural industry.  Read the results in its 2018/19 Innovation Report.

Motorleaf moves ahead in greenhouse A.I.

Montreal start-up Motorleaf has announced new investment in their artificial intelligence (AI) capacity to improve yield estimates in greenhouse crops. 

DelFrescoPure partners with CubicFarms

A new system of automated vertical growing machines will make lettuce, basil and microgreens available year-round. 

Walmart to buy Tesla trucks

Walmart Canada is purchasing 40 Tesla semis for use at distribution centres in Mississauga, Ont. and Surrey B.C.  The retailer is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its entire fleet with renewable energy by 2028.

The biometrics process

Growers who rely on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program should be aware that a biometrics initiative is expanding beyond Jamaica to more countries. To accommodate this initiative, Service Canada is suggesting that any farm employer who requires workers in January or February 2019 should apply for workers as soon as possible.

Tomato processors are rushing to keep up with Ontario’s $52 million harvest. And a look back at the stats shows just how far the industry has come in average yield per hectare.

We are starting to explore the different markets in our food distribution network, starting with the biggest market: the entire country.  There are only a handful of retailers who really treat Canada as a market. They are: Walmart, Costco and Whole Foods. We do have other national retailers such as Loblaw and Sobeys however they still operate regions such as Quebec separately.

Walmart Canada is purchasing 40 Tesla semis for use at distribution centres in Mississauga, Ont. and Surrey B.C.  The retailer is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint by powering its entire fleet with renewable energy by 2028.

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Vinelands new Innovation Report available

From labour to energy saving, Vineland’s research focuses on the issues important to Canada’s horticultural industry.  Read the results in its 2018/19 Innovation Report.

Motorleaf moves ahead in greenhouse A.I.

Montreal start-up Motorleaf has announced new investment in their artificial intelligence (AI) capacity to improve yield estimates in greenhouse crops. 

DelFrescoPure partners with CubicFarms

A new system of automated vertical growing machines will make lettuce, basil and microgreens available year-round. 

Funding for improved food safety

The quality and safety of tender fruit at the Vineland Growers’ Cooperative is getting a boost from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with funding to implement new food safety measures. Member Phil Tregunno was an early adopter this past summer at new packing facilities at Niagara-on-the-Lake. 

The biometrics process

Growers who rely on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program should be aware that a biometrics initiative is expanding beyond Jamaica to more countries. To accommodate this initiative, Service Canada is suggesting that any farm employer who requires workers in January or February 2019 should apply for workers as soon as possible.

Alex McKay and Jordan McKay

Brothers Alex and Jordan McKay have won the 2018 Ontario Outstanding Young Farmer competition. They will compete at the national competition in Winnipeg from November 29 to December 2. 

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Lakeside Produce is rebranding

Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

OPMA welcomes new president

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

A.M.A. Horticulture for the future

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  • Parasol fungicide label expanded for pome and stone fruit

    Parasol FL fungicide is now available for pome and stone fruit growers. It’s aimed at fire blight, coryneum blight, bacterial blight, eastern filbert blight, bacterial canker and leaf curl.

  • Chateau label expanded for hops

    The manufacturers of Chateau herbicide have been granted a new label expansion for control of suckers on hops and management of other labeled weeds.

  • Frontier Max label expanded for potatoes

    BASF Canada Inc. (BASF) has been granted a new label expansion for Frontier Max herbicide for control of annual grasses and key broadleaf weeds in potatoes.  In addition to its expanded label on potatoes, Frontier Max is also registered for use on corn, soybeans, dry beans, onions, cabbage and grapes. 

  • Mancozeb and metiram update

    The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has agreed to restart the review process for the commonly used fungicide mancozeb. However, the decision stands on metiram. 

  • Robyn Meerveld, assistant editor, The Grower
    Welcome Robyn Meerveld

    The popularity of “Fresh News from The Grower” with almost 3,000 readers every Monday morning has resulted in a new hire. Robyn Meerveld has joined The Grower team as assistant editor. 

  • Lakeside Produce is rebranding

    Broad appeal and core brand identity were the goals behind Lakeside’s re-branding. Prospective partners, customers and employees will warm to the style of the new logo.

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    Mike Mauti to release Produce Almanac

    A comprehensive report on the 2018 U.S. and Canadian produce industry will be available Jan. 2019, according to its author Mike Mauti.

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    OPMA welcomes new president

    The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. The Australian brings a wealth of international experience to the leadership role.

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PMA Fresh Marketing Summit in Orlando

The Produce Marketing Association’s 2018 summit will focus on big industry innovations and how to take advantage of them.  One of many Canadian exhibitors, Pure Flavor, is ready to unveil its latest new products. 

Courses for fruit & vegetable growers

Advanced farm management and labour resource courses are being offered by OFVGA and the Agri-Food Management Institute.

Lakeside Produce is rebranding

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