Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Practicality of Plastics: Consumer Insights, Best Practices and a Roadmap for the Future

As the potentially damaging effects of plastic packaging on our ecosystem has grown to be more visible to consumers through mainstream and social media, the issue of plastics in produce has come to the forefront. CPMA has recognized the need for an integrated industry approach that best meets regulatory requirements, while keeping produce safe and affordable for the end consumer. To that end, the CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group was established to identify efforts underway within the industry, determine best practices, and develop an industry-supported roadmap to maintaining food quality and safety while reducing the environmental impact of plastics. On this episode of Produce Talks, we review the results of a consumer insight survey on plastic packaging with pollster David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, and speak with Crystal Howe of Ice River Springs about their water bottles made from 100% recycled plastic.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Consumer Trends in Retail and Food Service

On this episode, we speak with Mary Scianna from Grocery Business Magazine and Chris Elliott from Restaurants Canada, to discuss current consumer trends in grocery and in restaurants. The marketplace is as competitive as ever, and as a result we’re seeing unique strategies to reach specific demographics, while companies vie to position themselves at the top of the market by focusing on convenience, speed, quality, sustainability and much more.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Emerging Technology for Emerging Challenges

Businesses in our sector are continually innovating to meet industry demands and consumer expectations. Challenges around labour, food waste, forecasting and so much more have inspired companies to adapt and develop new innovative solutions. On this episode, we scrape the surface of some of the exciting technology across the supply chain with guests from Flashfood, Motorleaf, Apeel Sciences and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. To learn more about new innovations in our sector, head to the CPMA’s produce innovation hub at

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Taking Your Business to New Markets (LIVE from the CPMA Trade Show Floor)

Last year we saw the development of the new NAFTA and confirmation of additional free trade agreements. The Canadian government, and others around the globe, are focused on removing barriers to product movement, opening new markets and increasing exports for domestic organizations. On this episode we head back to the Learning Lounge on a session in April with Dr. Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist from Export Development Canada. Stephen provides insight into these efforts and how Canadian business can capitalize on these growing opportunities. The session was moderated by President of Consolidated Fruit Packers Ltd., Dariel Trottier.  

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

All About Freggie

“Eat your fruits and veggies.” It can be a tough message to convey to kids, so why not show them the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle? The 5th annual Freggie Fresh Ride is happening August 16th, starting in Niagara and ending in Toronto with a stop at a Freggie event at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton and Hamilton in Oakville. The Freggie Fresh Ride will again be raising money, with 100% of funds going directly to the Freggie Children’s Program. Organizers Greg Ogiba of AMC Direct Inc. and Andrew George of EarthFresh hop on the podcast along with Selena Karkash from CPMA as we discuss all things Freggie.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Let's Tackle Food Waste!

On this podcast episode, we sit down with Dr. Martin Gooch and Dan Laplain at Value Chain Management International as we keep the conversation going on reducing food loss and waste and plan for the release of a food waste reduction tool this summer. We talk about the drivers behind the issue of waste and the ins and outs of the web tool – who can use it, how to use it and the results that companies can expect.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Improving Enterprise Efficiencies to Reduce Food Loss and Waste (LIVE from the CPMA Trade Show Floor)

This month, we're covering food loss and waste as CPMA plans the release of a food waste consulting tool available to our members. On this first food waste episode, we head back to the learning lounge for a panel discussion on how growers and businesses across the supply chain can tackle food loss and waste and improve their bottom line.
Moderator: Mike Ecker - Vineland Growers Co-operative
Speakers:  Dan Martin - EarthFresh Foods, Martin Gooch - Value Chain Management International, Scott Ross - Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Between Two Chairs 2019

This month on Produce Talks we sit down with Past Chair, Les Mallard of Fyffes North America and the new CPMA Chair, Oleen Smethurst of Costco Canada. We discuss the high level issues affecting the produce industry, the role and impact of CPMA volunteers, and some of the areas that CPMA will focus on in the next year.

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Technology Driving the Produce Industry Today (LIVE from the CPMA Trade Show Floor)

We live in a world of constant change where technology creates opportunities to drive organizations to new levels of success. Blockchain, precision agriculture, automation, and much more are embraced by businesses searching to improve how produce is grown, harvested, packed, shipped and sold, while leveraging data to provide better decision making and transparency across the supply chain. Hear how organizations are embracing technology and its effect on the produce sector as a whole.
Moderator:  Davis Yung - Fresh Direct Produce
Speakers:  David Best - Duda Farm Fresh, Keith Kuhl - Southern Potato, Scott Dagondon - Motorleaf

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Monday, 29 April 2019

Influencer Marketing in the Produce Industry

The social media landscape is evolving and has made room for a new kind of celebrity endorsement – influencer marketing. On this episode, we delve into influencer marketing, the relationship between brand and brand influencer, and the importance of credibility in the produce industry. Registered dietitians and content creators Abbey Sharp (@abbeyskitchen) and Noelle Martin (@motherhoodandmeals) share their individual career paths and social media wisdom, as Kara Badder, Marketing Manager at NatureFresh™, gives us insight on their marketing strategy with Noelle and how their partnership has flourished. 

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Canada's Food Guide (with Chef Michael Smith and Carol Harrison, RD)

Food has an immense impact on the health and well-being of Canadians. The new Canada’s Food Guide gives plenty of recommendations on nutrition and healthy eating habits. On this episode of Produce Talks we chat with Chef Michael Smith and registered dietitian Carol Harrison to explore the recommendations and science behind Canada’s Food Guide and unpack some of the social challenges of food and nutrition in Canada.  

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

New Food Safety Regulations: Impacts on Industry

The new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations came into force in January, 2019 through the CFIA. Anytime new regulations come into place, businesses can be impacted. We touch base with CPMA Food Safety Specialist, Jeff Hall and Fred Webber from the Dispute Resolution Corporation to discuss new requirements for produce businesses and the resources available to industry.
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Cultivating Corporate Culture for Business Performance

We’re back for 2019! On this episode we explore corporate culture and the inaugural CPMA Corporate Culture Award. Gaining insights from John Anderson at Oppy and Barrie Carlyle from Waterstone Human Capital, we discuss the challenges and, more importantly, the opportunities that corporate culture presents to the produce industry. We also chat about the inaugural CPMA Corporate Culture Award, an exclusive opportunity for CPMA members to examine their corporate culture and be considered for the award!

Thank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.

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