On April 6, the federal government updated guidelines for seasonal and temporary agricultural workers. As rules are clarified, Bill George, chair, Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Association, issued an update to all farm employers. 

The average value of Canadian farmland increased by 5.2 per cent in 2019, the smallest increase over the last decade, according to the latest Farmland Values Report by Farm Credit Canada. The statistics do not reflect any impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the critical assets in the food chain is the Ontario Food Terminal. Ken Knox, chair of the board, describes how the crisis team is responding. Look for details in a question-and-answer format with the editor of The Grower. 

Retail Navigator columnist Peter Chapman reports on the upheaval caused by COVID-19. Grocery store employees say Friday, March 13thwas the busiest day they had ever experienced – more sales than any day leading into Christmas or Easter holidays.

The outcome of this industry crisis is not yet known, writes columnist Gordon Stock. “What I do know is that there continues to be a full court press to enable the travel of workers into Canada to secure a supply of fresh produce for the grocery shelves this coming season.” 

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  • United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

    Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

  • Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

    Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

  • Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

    Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

  • Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

    The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

Recent News

McCain Foods to build Farm of the Future in New Brunswick

The future of the French fry may depend on regenerative production practices. That’s why McCain Foods Ltd is building one of its three global Farms of the Future in New Brunswick. 

Quick Service Restaurant offers greenhouse lettuce

Wendy’s Canada is now sourcing greenhouse-grown lettuce for its salads and sandwiches from Whole Leaf greenhouses based in Coaldale, Alberta. The chain has 384 restaurants across the country. 

Temporary foreign workers not easily replaced

A new report from the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, underscores the difficulties in replacing skilled temporary foreign workers in horticulture and other sectors. 

Unique wine-making region to be recognized on Vancouver Island

The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island is now recognized as a sub-geographical indication to help consumers identify the origins of BC wines.  

COVID-19 outbreak at Scotlynn Group declared over

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has declared the COVID-19 outbreak over at the Scotlynn Group, Vittoria, Ontario. All workers have completed the self-isolation period and are back to work. 

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