Online waste management tool launched

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has officially launched the CPMA Waste Efficiency Tool. Developed collaboratively with Value Chain Management International (VCMI), the online resource provides businesses with a proven means to generate high returns on investment (ROI) by addressing waste and recurring procedural problems in a structured manner.


Businesses having already used the tool have improved their bottom line by at least 10 per cent.


Presented in 14 easy-to-navigate steps, the resource contains clearly understandable processes and techniques that are most commonly used at the start of a continuous process improvement initiative. Examples of inefficiencies that the tool helps to address include food waste (products/produce), equipment failure, lost production, energy, labour, packaging, transportation and more.


Outcomes achieved by businesses that have completed the online resource include:

  • Reduced labour costs – by having implemented more effective daily management systems; 
  • Reduced transport costs – by having modified transportation routes and protocols; 
  • Reduced input costs – by having lessened the occurrence of wasted or damaged products; 
  • Increased revenue – by having accessed new markets or increased sales in current markets; and 
  • Increased margins – by having improved the consistency and predictability of product quality.


The CPMA Waste Efficiency Tool is exclusively available to CPMA members. Members can register to access the tool at Non-member companies interested in accessing the tool can learn more about CPMA membership at


Source:  Canadian Produce Marketing Association January 15, 2020 news release

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

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