What’s New in the Fresh Produce Industry?

WaudWare – Proud OPMA Sponsor… We’re pleased to announce that once again we’re The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) Silver Sponsor for the 30th Anniversary and 2020 Awards Ceremony. Sponsorship allows many events and webinars to take place, such as the OPMA Virtual AGM, the OPMA 30th Anniversary and 2020 Awards Ceremony, Speaker Series, Panel…Read More

Welcome to July at WaudWare

WaudWare Celebrates 30 Years in Business After 30 years in business, you can still count on WaudWare to deliver exceptional support and outstanding software solutions for your fresh produce business with Produce Inventory Control System (PICS). Thank you to all of our customers, colleagues, vendors, friends and family members who have supported us over the…Read More

OPMA Welcomes New President

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is welcoming Michelle Broom as its new president. Michelle is an experienced business leader and nutrition specialist with a particular interest in reducing chronic disease and improving food security in our community. Michelle’s LinkedIn profile identifies her skill sets in: Program and Business Management – Six years experience managing programs…Read More

WaudWare Silver Sponsor of OPMA

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association (OPMA) says, “The generous contributions of our sponsors allow us to improve the services we provide to our members and help us to fulfill our marketing initiatives. These marketing and promotion initiatives promote increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables thereby contributing to the improved health of the people of…Read More

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