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EarthFresh built a new potato handling facility a year ago in Burlington, Ontario. New technologies protect workers from injury and food from tampering. Six new processing lines sourced from Weening Brothers Manufacturing have improved productivity. Worker Anthony Griffin keeps an eye on the fast-moving line. Photos by Glenn Lowson.

Making high grades in potato food safety

 Not everyone gets to start from scratch. A year ago, EarthFresh was fortunate in moving into a 60,000-square foot facility in Burlington, Ontario, leaving behind an outdated plant on the outskirts of Toronto. “This is the right size for today,” says Tom Hughes, president of EarthFresh. “It took years … [read more]

Potato growers to investigate ‘predatory pricing’ in the Ontario market

Productivity is going up and prices are going down for Ontario potato farmers. Frustrations are boiling over regarding the depressed state of fresh pricing as well as eroding government support for safety nets. The farmgate value of the 2014-2015 crop was $63.9 million, the lowest receipt in the last five … [read more]

With volumes down, Ontario grape growers are banking on quality

With two tough winters at their backs, Ontario grape growers are positive about the quality of the 2015 crop. At a December 4 news conference, Bill George, Grape Growers of Ontario (GGO) chair, announced 52,888 … [read more]

The power of perception

 Social licensing is a term that continues to gain traction and will become more prominently spoken in our on-farm vocabulary. Social licence refers to the level of public trust granted to a corporate entity or … [read more]

Reflections of the past, visions of the future

 The best way to know where you are going is to understand where you have come from. Several years ago, the actions of the governments in Canada affecting horticultural growers were primarily done through the provincial … [read more]

Alberta-style farm safety legislation will ripple across Canada

The New Year is bound to bring a new focus on farm safety across Canada, based on what’s going on in Alberta right now. In mid-November, the Alberta government brought forward a farm safety bill called … [read more]

Ontario environmental issues: a year in review

BRUCE KELLY As we close the books on 2015, the International Year of Soils, let’s look back at the events related to weather and water that impacted our cropping year. The weather at planting was almost ideal. … [read more]

Spinach grower converts CanadaGAP manuals into GAP App. Saves data input and retrieval costs.

 So much has happened on the food safety front since the E.coli-contaminated spinach crisis of 10 years ago, that the U.S. case history is just that – ancient history. Fast forward to 2016 and consider … [read more]

Safe Food Canada aims to modernize how industry learns food safety

 Food safety is not a static concept. Despite improved efforts to prevent food contamination from bacterial diseases such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli, these lurk every day on every food line in North America. “Lots … [read more]


 Take a big breath: it is about to get started all over again! This is the start of the season for resolutions to be taken forward to annual meetings, including for the OFVGA and the … [read more]


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