CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group Hosts Successful Meetings in Toronto

New CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group…

Everyone at WaudWare was thrilled to read this bulletin on the new CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group and see so many familiar names on the list of participants.

cpma logoCPMA says, “Plastic packaging is currently the subject of significant debate, both in Canada and globally. From a G7 perspective, efforts to address plastics are already underway with the June 2018 commitment to the Ocean Plastics Charter. The charter included commitments to work with industry to achieve significant reduction and recyclable goals by 2030 and 2040, respectively. In Canada, this led to commitments from the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) to work together to address plastic waste.”

[Source: CPMA Newsletter July 12, 2019]

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s (CPMA) Plastics Packaging Working Group met on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, to take part in a variety of educational workshops, research presentations and planning sessions, helping to form the vision and next steps for the group.

Presentations featured subject matter experts speaking on topics including general industry landscape related to plastic use, Canadian regulatory review, economic analysis, public opinion studies, the psychology of consumer decision making, and challenges and opportunities in both our current state of recycling and our current state of plastic packaging. The group also heard an update on the Government of Canada’s plastics initiative from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The focus of the Canadian Government to achieve a circular plastics economy which addresses prevention, recovery, clean-up and collection of plastics is extremely complex, not only within our sector but across Canada and internationally. Focusing discussion on the opportunities and challenges surrounding the government’s goal to reduce single-use plastics identified unique challenges which the working group began considering during the full-day workshop.

The presentations, along with the individual expertise and experience of the working group members, led to very robust discussions within breakout groups to begin framing a path forward on the topic of plastic packaging in produce.

“All members of the CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group displayed incredible professionalism while sharing their knowledge and insights at our first official working group meeting,” said CPMA President Ron Lemaire. “This group brought to light the importance of plastics in our industry and the complexity of the issue. There will be no single solution to addressing single-use plastics and it will be vital that we work together to meet commitments being discussed regionally, nationally and internationally by governments.”

The Plastics Packaging Working Group is comprised of industry representation from the following organizations:

Costco Wholesale Canada
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.
EarthFresh
Federated Co-operatives Limited
Fresh Advancements/Freshline Foods
Global Citrus Group Inc.
Highline Mushrooms
Hydroserre Inc. (MIRABEL)
Loblaw Companies Ltd.
Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.
Markon Cooperative Inc.
Metro Inc.
Mucci International Marketing Inc.
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)
OPPY (The Oppenheimer Group)
Save-On-Foods Limited Partnership
Sinclair
Sobeys
Sunset (Mastronardi Produce Ltd.)
Taylor Farms
The Little Potato Company Ltd.
The Star Group
Toronto Wholesale Produce Association
Veg Pro International Inc.
Walmart Canada Corp.
Westcoast Produce Wholesalers (Buy Low Foods)