For the second consecutive year, consumers rated Farm Boy as the best customer experience of Ontario’s competitive grocery offerings. The research was conducted by Léger based in Montreal.    

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is hosting Q & A sessions in advance of changes to the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations effective January 15, 2010. Watch the video first!

A surprise snow storm in southern Ontario on November 11 has bogged down harvesting of root vegetables. Anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent of the carrot crop is yet to be dug, depending on geography.  

The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association recognized CropLife Canada’s outreach activities with three awards in its annual competition on November 14.  One was for its Real Farm Lives video series. Shane, Gail and son Kyle Ardiel, apple growers at Clarksburg, Ontario were one farm subject.

The California company that has engineered an edible covering for fruits and vegetables is opening offices in key countries:  Mexico, Netherlands and Peru. 

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Fruit Logistica Innovation Award nominees

The showcase of 2020 Innovation Award nominees will be a top attraction in Berlin from Feb 5-7.  One of them is a cross between Chinese green cabbage and broccoli with a distinctive purple stalk. 

Tweaks needed for robotic harvesting of apples

Will 2020 be the year for commercializing robotic harvest of apples? Technical obstacles remain for the companies trialling in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. 

Asia Fruit Logistica moves to Singapore

Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show will relocate to Singapore from its traditional home in Hong Kong in September 2020. 

Mexico is #3 in strawberry exports

Mexico is a produce powerhouse. Globally, it’s one of the largest exporters of strawberries, eclipsed only by Spain and the United States.    

 

Pure Flavor hosts U.S. ag secretary in Georgia

Pure Flavor, a Canadian-owned greenhouse grower, hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue earlier this fall at its Fort Valley, Georgia location. The former two-time Governor of Georgia is originally from Perry, located just 10 miles from the greenhouse.

RELATED NEWS

Fruit Logistica Innovation Award nominees

The showcase of 2020 Innovation Award nominees will be a top attraction in Berlin from Feb 5-7.  One of them is a cross between Chinese green cabbage and broccoli with a distinctive purple stalk. 

Tweaks needed for robotic harvesting of apples

Will 2020 be the year for commercializing robotic harvest of apples? Technical obstacles remain for the companies trialling in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. 

Asia Fruit Logistica moves to Singapore

Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show will relocate to Singapore from its traditional home in Hong Kong in September 2020. 

Mexico is #3 in strawberry exports

Mexico is a produce powerhouse. Globally, it’s one of the largest exporters of strawberries, eclipsed only by Spain and the United States.    

 

Pure Flavor hosts U.S. ag secretary in Georgia

Pure Flavor, a Canadian-owned greenhouse grower, hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue earlier this fall at its Fort Valley, Georgia location. The former two-time Governor of Georgia is originally from Perry, located just 10 miles from the greenhouse.

The 28th annual Ontario Produce Marketing Association Gala shone a light on four of the industry’s brightest and best on November 15. One of them was Steve Bamford who won the Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award.

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Processing veg growers elect first and second vice-chairs

The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers confirmed its 2020 board. The sector earned just under $90 million in farmgate sales in 2019. Sweet corn had its strongest showing in four years with an estimated $8.017 million in farmgate value.  

Scott Hodgins joins Plant Products Inc

Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario, Plant Products Inc. is building on its core greenhouse base to include outdoor fruits and vegetables with the addition of a crop protection veteran. 

Cathy McKay to chair Ontario Apple Growers

After serving as vice-chair since 2013, Cathy McKay becomes chair of the provincial organization that includes 200+ members.The Port Perry apple grower is confident there are lots of growth opportunities.

CanadaGAP announces stakeholder advisory committee

Ontario apple grower Cathy McKay has been reappointed chair of CanadaGAP’s stakeholder advisory committee for 2020. It consists of volunteers who serve a technical role to the CanAgPlus board of directors. 

Local Food Champion opens second farm market

The constant stream of traffic is a telling sign that Howe Family Farms got it right on its second farm market location near St. Thomas. Grower Kevin Howe is celebrating the 2019 Local Food Champion award given by the local MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. 

CPMA and PMA will stop issuing generic Universal Product Codes at the end of December, 2019.  Instead, brand owner-specific codes or global trade item numbers will be used.  One benefit: enhanced traceability efforts in the case of a food recall.

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    A new Eco-Lok closure offers the same safety, quality and rigidity as former plastic closures with lower carbon footprint.

  • Latest technology at FutureTEC Zone

    United Fresh 2019 offers a glimpse into the future with a TEC Zone featuring 24 top ag tech start-up companies. One of those is Montreal-based Motorleaf, which uses artificial intelligence to automate harvest yield estimates and disease scouting in tomato and pepper greenhouses. 

  • Tiny package, huge benefit for cherry growers

    Hazel Technologies Inc., based in Salinas, California, has developed a small, biodegradable and food-safe insert to extend the shelf life of a carton of fresh fruit. Now the post-harvest sachet is being launched for one of the most challenging fruits to keep fresh – cherries.

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    Potato common scab research unveils surprising results

    Scabby potatoes are unmarketable. However, molecular technology has determined that the most predominant species in Ontario might be one that could be controlled with cultural practices.

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Olympic qualifier supported by CPMA

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announces a Half Your Plate partnership with 2020 Olympic team qualifier Florence Maheu. The kayaker has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Online waste management tool launched

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has launched an online resource to its members that addresses waste and recurring procedural problems. 

Safe Food for Canadians regs in effect

January 15, 2020 is a milestone for new regulations that focus on prevention and allow for faster removal of unsafe food.  The rules apply to importers, exporters and all those engaged in interprovincial trade. 

Funds for horticultural research at University of Saskatchewan

Two projects have received funding for further research. One is identifying potato varieties that reduce environmental impact and cost. The other is turning haskap and Saskatoon berries into anti-oxidant-rich nutritional supplements.

Produce Almanac available

Execulytics Consulting is launching the Produce Almanac, 2020 edition. One key asset is the retail price comparisons weekly 2019 vs 2018, weekly organic vs conventional, varieties within a category, size premiums and source differences.

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