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On July 15, Loblaw’s Patrick Gilbert, one of three vendor development managers in Canada, monitored the start of the yellow plum harvest, sending field reports on size and sweetness to produce category managers. “The variety of Early Golden plums is unique,” he says. “They are a sweet piece of nature’s candy.” He’s pictured here with fifth-generation grower Jourdan Tregunno in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Photos by Denis Cahill.

48 hours from the tree means juicy-in-time, tender fruit

There’s a harder edge to marketing Ontario’s tender fruit this summer. Out front early with buyers and proactive with incentive programs, the Ontario Tender Fruit Producers’ Marketing Board (OTFPMB) isn’t taking retail buyers for granted. “We want buyers to forget about last year’s harsh winter,” says Phil Tregunno, … [read more]

How a sliced apple is worth seven times more than the whole

 What’s so valuable about a 138-count size Ambrosia apple? Plenty says Tony DiMaria, co-owner of Tamarac Fresh Cut Foods in Kelowna, British Columbia. Not only does the flavourful cultivar have crunch, it is a size that the fresh market discounts. So it represents an opportunity for slicing … [read more]

Neonicotinoids caught between politics and science

 The Ontario government is planning to restrict the use of neonicotinoids, a group of insecticides used widely in agriculture. “Neo-nics” -- as they are known in common parlance -- have been controversially linked … [read more]

Competitiveness, complex consumer trends are challenging food processors

 More than $39 billion in sales. That sounds like a big number for Ontario’s food processors but it’s far from what it could be after the closure of high-profile plants: Kelloggs in London … [read more]

New beginnings . . .

  The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) is there to serve its members. When Art Smith announced that he was retiring from his position as CEO of the OFVGA, he left a terrific … [read more]

Less food waste, more consumer understanding

  Food waste leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth -- and I don’t mean just the rotten-to-the-core kind of taste. I mean the kind where people think the waste could have been avoided, but … [read more]

What does online shopping mean for food suppliers?

 Online shopping for food in Canada goes to a new level with the launches from Amazon.ca, Walmart.ca. and more recently Loblaw. Suppliers need to understand the impact on their business. A Google search for ‘online … [read more]

Stackable modules provide flexibility for modified atmosphere storage

 Controlled atmosphere storage is well known to extend the life of pome fruits. But can this concept be modified for a wider variety of fruits as well as vegetables? A French company called Janny MT … [read more]

A packaging makeover gives the stylish shallot its due

 Veg Pro International has proved that packaging can move the stylish shallot from a special occasion treat to a purchase every week. By moving from a 250-gram mesh bag to a 350-gram plastic wrap, the … [read more]

Maturity and storage of ‘Honeycrisp’

 JENNIFER DeELL Determining the optimum harvest maturity for ‘Honeycrisp’ is difficult. Standard maturity indices, such as internal ethylene concentration, starch index, soluble solids concentration and fruit firmness are not always consistent. Current recommendations suggest … [read more]

How worldwide demand for recyclable fibre is impacting the corrugated container market

 DAVID ANDREWS On June 24, the U.S. market intelligence organization, Industry Intelligence Inc., sponsored an online seminar titled “The Changing Landscape of Paperboard.” Led by New York-based forest products and packaging specialist Chip Dillon, a partner in … [read more]

Giving back

As I came back from the 40th reunion of my OAC class, I began to realize that we had just celebrated more than a joint adventure, a common background, and some memories of people, places … [read more]

Rootshield HC & WP biological fungicide label expands

J. Chaput, OMAFRA, Minor Use Coordinator, Guelph The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an URMULE registration for Rootshield WP and Rootshield HC biological fungicide for management of diseases on greenhouse vegetable transplants, … [read more]

Organic field cucurbit producers receive emergency registration

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) recently announced the approval of an emergency use registration for Pyganic crop protection EC 1.4 II (pyrethrins) for control of cucumber beetles on field cucumbers, squash, melons and processing … [read more]

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