What’s New With Growing Forward 2?

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs “Growing Forward 2” (GF2) program is a project-based cost-share funding assistance program that helps agri-food businesses grow profits, expand markets and manage risks. Individual businesses may be eligible to receive up to $350,000 over the life of the program. Applications can be submitted from November 16,…Read More

5 Ways To Save Your Middle Managers From Burnout

“Stepping into a management role requires shifts in perspective and responsibility,” says Peter Walsh Senior Director of Global Marketing at Harvard Business Publishing. In this Fast Company article, Peter goes on to share how we can help middle managers become the best leaders possible, without burning out. “If you want a recipe for disaster, just…Read More

How the Canadian Produce Marketing Association Supports Produce Traceability

Regulatory requirements and the increasing need to trace and track fruits and vegetables through the supply chain have resulted in strong industry attention to traceability. At the core is the need for accurate and timely identification of fruits and vegetables, their origin, location within the supply chain and the ability to execute an efficient recall.…Read More

The Who’s Who of Food in Canada

Agri-food Management Institute The Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) promotes new ways of thinking about business management and aims to increase awareness, understanding and adoption of beneficial business management practices by Ontario farmers and food processors. Craig Richardson Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) The IFPT is located at the Conestoga College campus in Cambridge. The…Read More

Grow Your Business

Strategies for Getting to the Next Level. Enjoy these excerpts from “A guide to hitting your next business milestone” by Brian Moran, Founder & CEO, Brian Moran & Associates. “Part of any successful business is setting professional and personal goals and putting long-term plans in place. We should measure our businesses against benchmarks and implement new plans of…Read More

CFIA Releases Proposed Regulatory Text

In an unprecedented move, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has released the draft (preliminary) text for the complete set of regulations covering all food, following the adoption in 2012 of the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA).  Typically proposed regulations are made public during the formal Canada Gazette process, but the decision was made…Read More

Making Sustainable Obtainable

Provision Provides Plant Support for its Online Sustainability Portal. Drive your business forward and be responsive to customer demands about the sustainability of your operations. Provision Coalition is now offering portal coaching and support to food and beverage manufacturers ready to integrate sustainability into their business operations and culture. Enjoy the benefits of lower production…Read More

North American Food Safety Summit

Engage with industry leaders and adapt to the evolving demands of North America’s food industry at the EMC11th Annual North American Food Safety Summit, March 4-5, 2015 in Toronto. Hear the latest findings on North America’s most notable food recalls and source prevention strategies and witness how leading food manufacturers are ensuring food safety across…Read More

Enhancing Fair and Ethical Trading in Canada’s Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Industry

Currently, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is drafting new regulations to replace the existing Licensing and Arbitration Regulations (LAR) and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations under its new the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA). The SFCA is intended to strengthen and streamline legislative authorities across Canada, making food safer while increasing trade…Read More

OPMA Members Asked to Write/Visit Their Local Member of Parliament

Ontario Produce Marketing Association Meets with Minister of Finance, Joe Oliver regarding PACA-like Trust Provisions. The OPMA is asking members to write or visit their local Member of Parliament to (a) generate awareness for the OPMA’s request to establish a deemed trust, and (b) understand the importance of this issue to the produce industry. The…Read More