OPMA’s Annual Golf Tournament

Every year the OPMA hosts a golf tournament for our partners in the fresh produce industry. In the last few years, the OPMA golf tournament has expanded to 36 holes and 288 golfers at the beautiful Lionhead Golf & Country Club.  Everyone from growers to retailers participate, making this a much-anticipated event every year. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never stepped onto a course, this is a great opportunity to network and show your support for the produce industry.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lionhead Golf & Country Club
8525 Mississauga Road
Brampton ON  L6Y 0C1
905-455-4080

www.golflionhead.com

OPMA’s Annual Gala Event

The OPMA’s premier event is a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held every year in the fall. The event is a social outing and networking event bringing together our produce industry partners and their significant others. For those who need an excuse for a fun night out, here it is! This is the most anticipated event of the year in Ontario where we honour and award those partners who have significantly contributed to improving the industry.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Universal Event Space
6250 Highway 7
Vaughan ON L4H 4G3
905-326-8100

www.bypeterandpauls.com

Curling Bonspiel

The OPMA’s Annual Curling Bonspiel. Come out and join members of the produce industry for a fun-filled day on the ice!

The day includes:

  • lessons for all of the rookies
  • awards and great prizes
  • lots of hot coffee and a delicious lunch

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February 25, 2017

Granite Club
2350 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON  M2L 1E4
416-449-8713

www.graniteclub.com

OPMA’s 2nd Annual Family Bowling Tournament

The OPMA’s newest social event! Invite your business associates, customers, or family members and plan for a fun afternoon of bowling. All prices include lunch & shoe rental
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Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Planet Bowl
5555 Eglinton Avenue West
Etobicoke ON  M9C 5M1
416-695-2695

www.planetbowl.ca

Reducing Food Loss Workshops

 In January, The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) announced the launch of a premier project in North America – tackling food loss and waste (FLW) to improve the efficiencies of Ontario’s produce industry. OPMA and Value Chain Management International (VCMI) have partnered in this food waste reduction initiative to raise industry awareness and create the skills required to measurably reduce FLW along the produce value chain: from grower, packer, shipper, wholesaler, distributor, retailer or foodservice establishment, through to the consumer.

OPMA and VCMI, with the help of chosen industry leaders and OPMA members, have created a series of materials and daily management tools that have been shared via a number of workshops, attended by over 80 people. An important insight gained from feedback was the need to highlight how the tools and techniques presented at the workshops can help businesses reduce all types of waste, not just food waste, recognizing that food waste is a symptom of wider opportunities to improve business performance.

On behalf of OPMA, VCMI has been developing a number of case studies involving the produce supply chain. These, when completed, will be published and provide a greater understanding of how the produce business can benefit from reducing FLW. The following are a couple of key highlights ascertained from the studies:

  1. Within the potato industry: a 29 percent increase in pack-out rate, achieved through managing the determinates of quality and value, equated to a 74 percent rise in grower margin; and
  2. Within food distribution: when credits are provided, this can cost businesses more than twice the value of the food item itself.

The next workshop, to be held in Toronto, is taking place on June 28. To register or learn more, please contact dee@theopma.ca. Updates will also be made as the project progresses at theopma.ca.

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Contact: Virginia Zimm, President, The Ontario Produce Marketing Association

Telephone: 416-519-9390

E-mail: virginia@theopma.ca

Website: www.theopma.ca or www.producemadesimple.ca

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

OPMA Boardroom
165 The Queensway
Toronto ON  M8Y 1H8
416-519.9390