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New directors elected to DRC

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that new directors were elected to the board at its annual general meeting held virtually from June 2-4, 2021. Representation is broad from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile.

Senator Rob Black named 2021 Produce Champion of the Year

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association names Ontario Senator Rob Black as 2021 Produce Champion for his efforts bringing industry issues to the forefront on Parliament Hill. 

BC Blueberry Council board elects new chair

Dalbir Benipal is the new chair of the BC Blueberry Council, representing 600 growers in the province. He’s the first Indo-Canadian to be elected to the role.

Canadian Produce Person of the Year honoured

Larry McIntosh, recently retired as president and CEO of Peak of the Market for 27 years, is this year’s winner of the Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  A virtual event is to be held July 21, 2021 when Tom Karst, editor of The Packer and Ron Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association present the award.  

Peak of the Market appoints new CEO

A Manitoba household name, Peak of the Market, has appointed a new CEO to carry forward the marketing strategies for more than 100 different varieties of locally grown produce.  She’s Pamela Kolochuk, most recently the company’s chief financial officer. 

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USITC releases investigation results on raspberries

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Mexican raspberries are not a trade threat to the Washington state processed raspberry market. Neither is Canada’s small raspberry sector, concentrated near Abbotsford, British Columbia. The final report contains a chapter of insightful statistical analysis of fresh and frozen markets in Canada.

Life after vaccination

Washington State has reversed guidance to its fully vaccinated farm workers, releasing them from having to wear a mask or socially distance to work or in congregate housing. Farm groups lobbied for the change. 

U.S. 2021 exports of fruits and veggies to remain stable

While USDA forecasts a record $164 billion in ag exports for 2021, none of that increase is expected in fruits or vegetables. 

U.S. Apple Association to meet in Chicago

The annual crop and outlook marketing conference of the U.S. Apple Association will take place in person August 19-20 in Chicago. 

 

Grape packaging wins prize for convenience

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

Canada’s potato storage holdings are nine per cent below the three-year average. This is one of the lowest stocks on hand for several years, says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager, United Potato Growers of Canada.

After two years of research and pilots, Luci Faas was successful in identifying a home-compostable cucumber wrap for Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is honouring her as one of 10 Women in Produce nominees. 

RELATED NEWS

New directors elected to DRC

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that new directors were elected to the board at its annual general meeting held virtually from June 2-4, 2021. Representation is broad from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile.

Senator Rob Black named 2021 Produce Champion of the Year

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association names Ontario Senator Rob Black as 2021 Produce Champion for his efforts bringing industry issues to the forefront on Parliament Hill. 

BC Blueberry Council board elects new chair

Dalbir Benipal is the new chair of the BC Blueberry Council, representing 600 growers in the province. He’s the first Indo-Canadian to be elected to the role.

Canadian Produce Person of the Year honoured

Larry McIntosh, recently retired as president and CEO of Peak of the Market for 27 years, is this year’s winner of the Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  A virtual event is to be held July 21, 2021 when Tom Karst, editor of The Packer and Ron Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association present the award.  

Peak of the Market appoints new CEO

A Manitoba household name, Peak of the Market, has appointed a new CEO to carry forward the marketing strategies for more than 100 different varieties of locally grown produce.  She’s Pamela Kolochuk, most recently the company’s chief financial officer. 

Ontario growers should note that April 22 is the intake opening date to apply for a maximum of $15,000 to help offset costs of personal protective equipment and redesigned work stations. It’s first-come, first-served for the $10 million provincial program.

Cultivar, a produce company based in Spain, has won first prize in the “Best Convenience Packaging” category of the World Food Innovation Awards. The jury praised the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the paper-based format, while noting the reduction of plastic.

RELATED NEWS

USITC releases investigation results on raspberries

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that Mexican raspberries are not a trade threat to the Washington state processed raspberry market. Neither is Canada’s small raspberry sector, concentrated near Abbotsford, British Columbia. The final report contains a chapter of insightful statistical analysis of fresh and frozen markets in Canada.

Life after vaccination

Washington State has reversed guidance to its fully vaccinated farm workers, releasing them from having to wear a mask or socially distance to work or in congregate housing. Farm groups lobbied for the change. 

U.S. 2021 exports of fruits and veggies to remain stable

While USDA forecasts a record $164 billion in ag exports for 2021, none of that increase is expected in fruits or vegetables. 

U.S. Apple Association to meet in Chicago

The annual crop and outlook marketing conference of the U.S. Apple Association will take place in person August 19-20 in Chicago. 

 

Cucumber imports examined by U.S. International Trade Commission

The latest American investigation into the effects of imports on U.S. seasonal markets is mostly driven by concerns about Mexico’s produce and its effects on Florida and Georgia growers. However, Canada is drawn into the fray, with industry experts testifying virtually on April 8.

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  • New directors elected to DRC

    The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that new directors were elected to the board at its annual general meeting held virtually from June 2-4, 2021. Representation is broad from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile.

  • Senator Rob Black named 2021 Produce Champion of the Year

    The Canadian Produce Marketing Association names Ontario Senator Rob Black as 2021 Produce Champion for his efforts bringing industry issues to the forefront on Parliament Hill. 

  • BC Blueberry Council board elects new chair

    Dalbir Benipal is the new chair of the BC Blueberry Council, representing 600 growers in the province. He’s the first Indo-Canadian to be elected to the role.

  • Larry McIntosh, pictured on the trade show floor of a Canadian Produce Marketing Association annual convention.
    Canadian Produce Person of the Year honoured

    Larry McIntosh, recently retired as president and CEO of Peak of the Market for 27 years, is this year’s winner of the Canadian Produce Person of the Year.  A virtual event is to be held July 21, 2021 when Tom Karst, editor of The Packer and Ron Lemaire, president of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association present the award.  

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Grape negotiations concluded in Ontario

Grape Growers of Ontario and processors have agreed to an overall 1.76 per cent increase in prices for the 2021 harvest.  Prices range according to varietal.  

Benchmark study details on-farm generation of ag plastics

Cleanfarms has released a first-ever national report that benchmarks how much of agricultural plastics are generated by sector and region across the country.  Vegetable production, whether in field or in greenhouses, accounts for 10 per cent of the annual total. 

New directors elected to DRC

The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation has announced that new directors were elected to the board at its annual general meeting held virtually from June 2-4, 2021. Representation is broad from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Chile.

Plans for Priority Setting Workshop underway for 2022

The Pest Management Centre has announced that the 2022 Priority Setting Workshop will be held virtually in February and March.  

Ontario potato open house slated for August 11

The Elora Research Station will host an open house for chipping, fresh market and French fry potato lines on August 11. COVID-19 safety rules will apply for the Ontario event.  

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