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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TBD 2018

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

www.graniteclub.com

OPMA’s 3rd 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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TBD 2018

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

www.planetbowl.ca

Reducing Food Loss Workshops

The next workshop will be held at Country Heritage Park on October 18th. To register or learn more, please contact dee@theopma.ca.

Latest news update on OPMA’s food waste project …

As part of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s (OPMA) food waste reduction initiative, Value Chain Management International (VCMI) worked with EarthFresh Foods and growers to identify ways to reduce waste by increasing the quality and value of table potatoes, from field to consumer.

The case study, the first of four being developed during the project, describes how tools and techniques presented at workshops hosted by OPMA help businesses reduce all types of waste. This is because food waste is a visible symptom of wider opportunities to improve business performance.

The case study describes causes found to influence the production, handling, storage and grading/packing of table potatoes, and how these causes can be managed to enable table potatoes to be marketed strategically. This results in producers and downstream businesses having the opportunity to increase revenues and reduce costs in ways that are not otherwise possible. Examples of what is achievable from proactively managing the determinants of quality and value include the fact that a 29 per cent increase in pack-out rate* equates to a 74 per cent increase in grower margin. On a 50,000 lb load of potatoes, this amounts to a $6,000 increase in grower returns. Potatoes typically cost $4,000 an acre to grow.

Tom Hughes, President of EarthFresh, stated, “EarthFresh is very pleased with the results of the OPMA potato study undertaken in cooperation with Value Chain Management International. We feel that everyone can improve their potato operations in some way. This study shows how important it is to try to do even the little things correctly; and that, if you succeed, the rewards can be very substantial. Thank you to both VCMI and the OPMA for producing such an inspiring report.”

Click here to access the full case study.

The three remaining case studies in development include those of a retailer, distributor and producer/packer. Updates will be made as the project progresses at theopma.ca. or www.producemadesimple.ca

*Pack-out rate is the percentage of potatoes from a specific shipment (usually a 50,000lb load) that meets customers’ specifications. Potatoes that do not meet customer specifications for size and quality are called the culls. The more culls that are graded from a shipment due to size and quality issues, the lower the pack-out rate.

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.

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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

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Country Heritage Park
8560 Tremaine Rd
Milton, ON L9T 2X3
905-878-8151