United Fresh Produce Association announced the recipients of the 2019 ‘Retail Produce Manager Awards.’ Two Canadians, Mike Burdi of Metro Ontario Inc. in Toronto and Elaine Fong of Calgary Co-op are among the 25 winners.
Dr. Ian Potter has been named the new CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, effective April 1, 2019. He comes from senior leadership roles with the National Research Council (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF).
Fifteen volunteers have been named to the Ontario agriculture minister’s advisory group, including representatives for apples, grapes and tomatoes. Chris Van de Laar, the 2019 Grape King, is one of those volunteers.
Nova Scotian apple grower Lisa Jenereaux has taken on the role of president of the International Fruit Tree Association for the next two years. She’s supported by her family operation, Spurr Bros., based at Melvern Square.
Mastronardi Produce has teamed up with John Paul DeJoria to make quality, flavourful produce more widely accessible. The concept? To develop advanced high-density farming systems for underserved markets around the globe.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has announced 15 winning participants for the 2019 ‘Passion for Produce’ program at this year’s convention and trade show in Montreal. Kara Badder is one of eight women nominated to attend.
The Canadian Horticultural Council honoured Murray Porteous with its annual Doug Connery Award at the 97th annual general meeting in Halifax. He’s an asparagus, apple, pear and sour cherry grower from Simcoe, Ontario.
Halifax hosted the annual general meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council from March 5-7, 2019. Ontario apple grower Brian Gilroy remains president while Ontario greenhouse cucumber grower Jan VanderHout moves into the vice-president’s role.
Mary Robinson is the new president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, stepping up as the first female president in the organization’s 84-year history. The Prince Edward Islander is joined by Keith Currie, Ontario and Chris van den Heuvel, Nova Scotia.
Ontario’s sweet and hard cider competitions at the recent Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention were hotly contested with some well-known entrants and some new names. Larissa Osborne, market and production analyst for Ontario Apple Growers, serves samples.