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News & COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates New E-commerce Support from the Government of Canada and Ontario The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business...

Marine Surveyor Report on Table Grapes

An Update from Jeffrey Honey – Marine Surveyor Report on Table Grapes I received e-mail last week from a marine surveyor asking about a container of Thompson seedless grapes and how well they could stand a transportation delay of nine days. Although the...

In-House Specs and Your Suppliers

An Update from Jeffrey Honey – In-House Specs and Your Suppliers Sometimes I am asked to take a look at situations that our members find themselves involved in. Usually, it is something that can be resolved with a reference to a grade standard or some other type...

Canadian Food Trends

Guest Article: Canadian Food Trends, by Leger Communications Leger knows Canadians. Research conducted at the beginning of the New Year reveals that Canadians have eaten a wide variety fruits and vegetables in the last twelve months (even Brussels sprouts!). The top...

Repeat Business Depends on your Graders

An Update from Jeffrey Honey – Repeat Business Depends on your Graders I recently spent some time with a grower/packer/shipper doing some in-house training. The room had representation from food safety, quality control, production supervisors and even logistics,...

One in four Canadians seek plant-based foods

Written by: Michelle Broom, President of the OPMA and Dietician KFC launched a plant-based chicken burger in Toronto this week. There was a line up before they opened and it sold out in just a few hours. While the popularity of this plant-based burger might appear to...

When shiitake happens… call Second Harvest.

When shiitake happens… call Second Harvest. The food system is imperfect: from unsold sandwiches to surplus shiitakes, unexpected surplus and shrink happen across all food categories and at all stages, not just produce. All businesses strive for better efficiencies,...

Where’s the heat?

An Update from Jeff Honey – Where’s the heat? What a Summer! Hot, cool, rainy, or dry weather is hard on crops. Things do not always grow evenly, so we see things that are small, misshapen, or have growth cracks or fresh splits. These are things that we...
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