Refreshing News from the Canadian Produce Industry

Produce Industry Update, by F. Charles Waud… “The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recently released their Canadian Market Report for 2020. It’s loaded with information on the economics of the produce sector in Canada and also includes a section dedicated to consumer sentiment related to COVID-19. Be informed! Log in to your CPMA member account…Read More

What’s New for Fall in the Fresh Produce Industry?

Produce Industry Update, by F. Charles Waud… COVID-19 has brought tremendous levels of change and uncertainty to supply chains around the world. The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has released two new resources to help members navigate the transition to a post-COVID world, The Canadian Fresh Produce Industry Recovery report and COVID-19 Recovery Resources are…Read More

Two Ways You Can Improve Your Fresh Produce Business!

Upcoming October Food Safety, Regulatory and Quality Assurance Workshop from CPMA and NSF Canada… The next CPMA food safety workshop is coming up on October 20, 21 and 22. The topics covered in the workshop include food safety principles, an overview of the current regulatory landscape, the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and an introduction…Read More

Progress in the Produce Industry

Produce Industry Update, by F. Charles Waud… “Following the success of the initial offering of the CPMA/NSF Canada online Food Safety, Regulatory and Quality Assurance workshops, new workshop dates have been announced. The workshops are specifically targeted toward small, and medium-sized local growers, packers and shippers, however all produce supply chain personnel are welcome and…Read More

Canadian Produce Industry Updates

Recent CPMA Advocacy Efforts Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CPMA has continued its efforts to advocate for our industry’s needs and priorities with government and elected officials, including the need for improved employment incentive programs, supports for businesses purchasing Personal Protective Equipment, flexibility in food labelling requirements, and the implementation of a financial protection tool for…Read More

Thank You Fresh Produce Industry!

Amidst all the negative news surrounding COVID-19 came this email message on March 18th from CPMA President, Ron Lemaire, thanking members of our industry for their continued efforts in ensuring fresh produce availability. Bravo! “On behalf of CPMA, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you, our members, for your significant efforts in ensuring…Read More

Digging In To Fresh Produce News!

Webinar: Generic UPCs and DataBar – Changes Coming in Produce Product Identification… How will these changes benefit your business? Join PMA for a free webinar, where they will discuss the benefits to suppliers and retailers of converting to company specific UPCs as well as the implementation of the DataBar barcode on PLU stickers. Ed Treacy,…Read More

Sink Your Teeth into This Fresh News

3rd Party Software We Use and Recommend… This month’s featured software suggested by WaudWare president, F. Charles Waud. Zoom Video Communication – https://zoom.us/ Zoom offers communications software that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. Based on our experience here at WaudWare, Zoom Video Communication is very easy to use, fast and reliable. There is…Read More

Fresh Produce Industry News from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association…

Safe Food For Canadians Regulations – Traceability. CFIA Releases Guidance, Including Lot Guidance. CFIA recently released updated guidance on traceability requirements (see the notification below which includes a link to the document). A link to “lot” in the document includes the following: Lot code The term “lot code” is not specifically defined in the Safe…Read More

News from the Fresh Produce Sector…

CPMA Releases a Fabulous New Recruitment Video, “I Am Produce”. A recently released video from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association was created to target students and young professionals by increasing their awareness of the diverse and exciting careers that exist in the fresh produce industry. This heart-warming video highlights the amazing people working in our…Read More