Achieving What’s Possible for Canada’s Agri-Food Sector

Should Canada aim to become the most trusted food system in the world? Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and Canada 2020 recently held a forum to address that question. Many countries are trying to sort out how to ensure the future economic growth of their food systems while addressing climate change and responding to a…Read More

Would “Real Time Alerts” Improve Your Business?

We have been asked by a customer to add code to Produce Inventory Control System (PICS) software so that when certain events occur, they get emailed immediately. In their case, they want to know when a stock item falls below a certain inventory level, as well as when the quantity in a lot goes to…Read More

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) Resources and Support for Processors.

In Ontario, Growing Forward 2 (GF2) provides funding to develop resources and training and at no cost for agri-food and agri-based bioproducts processors. Here’s a list of GF2 resources and support for processors. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Traceability and Food Safety Self-Assessments: Completing a self-assessment is an important step when…Read More

Run Your Business Like The Coca-Cola Company!

Guest blogger, Wendy Marlow, marketing and sales strategist with The Art of Marketing shares The Shocking Truth Behind Successful Brands – secrets of getting and keeping teams on the same page. Learn from real life examples of some of the most respected brands, such as The Coca-Cola Company and The Hospital For Sick Children. Download…Read More

CPMA and CHC Applaud Liberal Commitment to Restoring PACA Access for Fruit and Vegetable Growers and Sellers

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) applaud the commitment from the Liberal Party of Canada and Liberal Agriculture Critic Mark Eyking yesterday to establishing a comparable Canadian mechanism to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) in the United States and to restoring Canada’s preferential access to PACA programs. “CPMA…Read More

Handling High Pressure Situations

Leadership expert and best-selling author, Jeremy Kingsley wrote, “High-pressure situations can happen anytime, anywhere. Maybe it’s a predictable crunch time that rolls around every quarter or year, maybe a request from an important client on a difficult timetable, maybe an error or an audit or an unexpected staff shortage—or more than one of these together.…Read More

OPMA: Re-Assignment of Price Look-Up Codes

The long term objective of the IFPS [International Federation for Produce Standards] is to improve supply chain efficiency of the global fresh produce industry through developing, implementing and managing harmonized international standards. As the adoption of price look-up codes (PLU) has gained traction, the IFPS has committed to transitioning the previously unused ‘8’ prefix to…Read More

Growing Forward 2 Update

This is a reminder that Producers and Processors can apply for Growing Forward 2 cost-share funding starting November 16 to December 3, 2015. Get a copy of the Processor guidebook to learn how to prepare a successful application today! Visit or call 1-877-424-1300 to get a copy mailed to you. Individual businesses may be…Read More

Self-Management: The Other Half of Self-Awareness

“Everyone says self-awareness is essential to effective leadership. It is, but there is another aspect to awareness that may be equally compelling and sadly overlooked. It’s self-management.” That’s what John Baldoni, chair of leadership development at N2Growth says. John is an internationally recognized leadership educator and executive coach. “It’s one thing to know yourself. We…Read More

Small Business: Build Teams and Have Fun!

Mike from crowdSPRING wants to know, “Who says business can’t be fun? Leadership is not just about productivity, strategy, and tactics – much more important is the fact that great leadership is about people. Strong leaders never lose sight of the individuals who make up their team and never stop working to make the team stronger.…Read More