Michel Camp, CP Farms Ltd., seeding potatoes near Taber, Alberta.

Favourable weather has helped potato growers plant the 2020 crop, with most acres across the country 70 to 90 per cent seeded, according to United Potato Growers of Canada. British Columbia growers will start digging the early-planted Warba variety in early June.  

Photo by Krystle VanRoboys

A “Growing Stronger” project is launching between the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute to shape future research and discussion in the post-COVID era.  

Ontario’s fruit specialist, Erica Pate, is hosting a Zoom meeting to discuss different approaches for pick-your-own operations this season. Sign up for June 2.

Shopping patterns have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers are buying different amounts of different products at different times in different places. Columnist Peter Chapman’s advice? Explore each difference to understand the impact on your products and your markets.

Borealis, an Austrian-based company, is producing mono-resin laminate bags.

Columnist Owen Roberts explores the world of food packaging in a new report by Value Chain Management International called Less food loss, less packaging waste. Some tough choices lie ahead for the industry for getting commodities not just out of the fields, but in front of consumers too.

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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

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. 

AALP class 18 extended four to six months

The Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program is pushing back delivery of its seminars into winter 2021 to offer a robust experience in a safe manner.  

Governments increase support for eligible farmers experiencing labour challenges

The Canadian and Ontario governments are enhancing AgriInsurance coverage for the 2020 growing season to include labour shortages due to COVID-19. Ontario is the first to provide this coverage. 

Vineland seeks new directors

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is seeking individuals to join the Board of Directors and inviting nominations for membership.  

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