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Profiting in a Low Margin Industry

Profiting in a Low Margin Industry – Martin Gooch Food loss and waste (FLW), quite rightly, is receiving considerable attention. However, the business case for reducing FLW often gets missed. I view FLW as a visible symptom of underlying inefficiencies and...

Pink Colour and Pink Eye on Potatoes

An Update from Jeffrey Honey – Pink Colour and Pink Eye on Potatoes I was asked a question recently about pink colour on potatoes. The person who sent me the photographs was wondering if the inbound load that they were checking had pink eye. Don’t bother running...

Using Canada Grade Names in Advertising

An Update from Jeffrey Honey – Using Canada Grade Names in Advertising I recently saw an ad in a weekly flyer with Canada No. 1 grade on an ungraded commodity. I wondered if the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) would deem this...

Requesting and Submitting a Dump Certificate

An Update from Jeffrey Honey – Requesting and Submitting a Dump Certificate Written with contributions by Jaime Bustamante, Trading Assistance Manager, DRC You received a shipment of fresh produce, but it is in poor condition. How should you handle the situation...

Reading CFIA Certificates

Reading CFIA Certificates – An Update from Jeff Honey Recently, I have been assisting a marine surveyor on a claim. The case involves two air shipments of product that came from Europe. The actual commodity is unimportant. They came from the shipper and...

OPMA Membership & Sponsorship Drive

OPMA Membership & Sponsorship Drive The OPMA 2019 Membership & Sponsorship Drive is underway and we are excited to offer members exciting new opportunities! We encourage members and sponsors to review their options and respond promptly. This year we are...

Promoting Local Ontario Produce

Promoting Local Ontario Produce The OPMA is excited to be ramping up for the local Ontario growing season! Grower retailer commodities will be promoted through Produce Made Simple beginning with asparagus in May and ending with carrots and onions in December. The...

What size is this stuff supposed to be?

What Size is this Stuff Supposed to be? An Update from Jeff Honey How much do you know about sizes on US fruits and vegetables?  “How much is there to know?” you ask.  Well, here is a little test for you.  Let’s see how well you do. You receive a load...
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