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

Entertaining on a Budget with Korey Kealey

Want to entertain on a budget? Who doesn’t at this time of year! See how Korey Kealey creates a fabulous five course meal for $67. While you’re there, dig into the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s guide to Produce Made Simple, featuring 23 pages of simply sensational recipes for appetizers, breakfasts, desserts, holiday entertaining, lunches and…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

New Fees for CFIA’s Destination Inspection Service

In 2007, the industry supported the development of a dedicated Destination Inspection Service (DIS) that would have improvements made to the timeliness of inspections and improved service delivery.  The DIS is entering its final phase of a three-year process to implement full cost recovery (100% of the cost of the Service). You will recall that…Read More

Produce Made Simple with Celebrity Chef Kary Osmond

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association recently announced the launch of their new promotional campaign, “Produce Made Simple” with celebrity chef Kary Osmond, former host of CBC’s Best Recipes Ever cooking show. The campaign’s “back to basics” approach provides easy to understand information, through a blog-style website, how-to videos and social media on how to pick,…Read More

The OPMA Tips Its (Cowboy) Hat!

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association corralled 460 growers, packers, shippers, wholesalers and retailers on November 9, 2012 at the Liberty Grand to honour the best of the best of the produce industry at The OPMA Gala. WaudWare congratulates these “good guys and gals”: Fresh Award: Ashlee Mclean, Ontario Produce Marketing Association Outstanding Achievement Award: Partners…Read More

Learn, Live, Love Local

Let’s help The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) spread the word on healthy eating with local fruits and veggies! Until October 31, 2012 the OPMA will donate $1 for every “LIKE” on their Facebook fan page to their partnering charities, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart & Stroke Foundation to a maximum of $5,000.…Read More