OPMA Hires New President to Succeed Ian MacKenzie

With the impending retirement of OPMA President, Ian MacKenzie, at the end of December, the Board established a Selection Committee to find his replacement.  The Committee is pleased to announce that Virginia Zimm, president of Faye Clack Communications Inc. will take over from Ian MacKenzie as president of the OPMA in January 2016. A long-time…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

Join the Walk to Fight Arthritis on Sunday, June 7

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) will be supporting the Walk to Fight Arthritis in Toronto at Woodbine Park, and Hamilton at Dundurn National Historic Site on Sunday, June 7. The Ontario Produce Marketing Association has partnered with the Arthritis Society with the goal of helping to spread awareness about the importance of eating a…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

How Your Receiving Staff Can Save Your Organization Money!

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) is offering its Fall Quality Controllers’ Information & Training Seminar on October 22, 29 and November 5 at the Ontario Food Terminal in Toronto. The purpose of the three days will be to familiarize staff with the most efficient ways of receiving and checking a load of produce on…Read More

Canadian Border Services Agency Approves Best Practices for Produce Examinations

Distributed by The Ontario Produce Marketing Association As a result of ongoing concerns brought forward by the produce industry regarding damage to produce during inspections and off-loading at Canadian border crossings, a working group was established to investigate the process at the border.  As a result, a best practices document was developed for both industry…Read More

OPMA’s 7th Annual Produce Industry Curling Bonspiel

With a crisp hint of winter in the air and the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials underway in Winnipeg for the 2014 Winter Olympics, OPMA is now looking for curlers for this year’s Bonspiel.  This is the 7th Annual, and the event is shaping up to be another fun-filled day out on the ice!  Come join…Read More

OPMA Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony

We’d like to take a moment to offer our congratulations to the OPMA for another memorable Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony and all the 2013 OPMA Award Winners announced November 8th: OPMA Fresh Award: Ben Alviano, Mann Packing Outstanding Achievement Award: Nature Fresh Farms Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year: Noel Brigido, Freshline Foods…Read More

See you at the Fair? (The Royal Winter Fair)

In keeping with the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s mandate to encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables by promoting our members’ products and services, OPMA announces their participation in the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair this November. OPMA is planning on having our celebrity spokesperson, Kary Osmond, feature sponsored fruits and vegetables using our Produce Made…Read More

OPMA Produce Made Simple WebSite Survey

The Produce Made Simple survey will provide answers to questions to help us make improvements and enhancements to the site.   The site educates consumers by using a “back-to-basics” approach on how to pick, store and prepare fresh fruits and vegetables, and has already proven to be a huge success with consumers. The OPMA is reminding…Read More