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Produce Talks is a monthly podcast produced and hosted by CPMA. Each episode explores current issues and the latest news in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, including new research, industry trends, innovations and much more. Listeners can be sure to gain valuable insights into our ever-changing industry as we feature special guests from across the produce sector.

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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.

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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.

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New Food Safety Regulations: Impacts on Industry

The new CFIA Safe Food for Canadians Regulations came into force in January 2019. Any time 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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Cultivating Corporate Culture for Business Performance

We’re back for 2019! On this episode we explore corporate culture and discuss 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!

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Growing Produce Skills – LIVE from the CPMA Trade Show Floor!

When matching career expectations, communication is key. With today’s generational shift, discussing changing career priorities is becoming paramount to staff retention. Join us for an open conversation on current professional development expectations from young professionals in the industry and how those expectations align with the vision business leaders have for their employees.

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The Future is Floral - LIVE! From the CPMA Trade Show Floor

In this presentation from the CPMA Trade Show Floor we're exploring Fresh Trends in Floral. Pulling from his over 35 years of experience and unique insights into this part of the fresh category, J Schwanke  (ubloom.com) will discuss how the latest trends in the floral department are poised to influence the future of both the produce department and the broader retail industry.

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Retail and the Industry Today - LIVE! From the CPMA Trade Show Floor

From the Learning Lounge on the CPMA Trade Show floor, CPMA has queried industry leaders to create a series of questions for our retail panel that identify the biggest issues and hot buttons for retail and their expectations from their suppliers as they navigate the ever-changing Canadian retail landscape.

Speakers:   Frank Gambioli, Loblaw Companies
                    Jim Waites, Overwaitea Food Group
                    Reza Bafandeh, Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc.

Moderator:  Les Mallard, Fyffes North America Inc.

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My Produce Story featuring Angela Santiago and Brian Faulkner – Live from the CPMA Trade Show Floor

This episode we’re taking you back to the Learning Lounge on the CPMA Trade Show Floor for a session featuring two interesting career stories. How often do you get a chance to sit down with a top level produce professional to find out about their produce story? How did they get to where they are and who helped them along the way? This session will feature a deep dive into the careers of two such individuals:

  • Angela Santiago, CEO and Co-Founder, The Little Potato Company
  • Brian Faulkner, VP Sales & Marketing, BC Fresh Vegetables Inc.

The discussion was moderated by Mario Masellis from Catania Worldwide.

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Produce Disruptors: Trade, Transportation and Technology Live from the CPMA Trade Show Floor

This month on Produce Talks we’re bringing you to our Learning Lounge on the CPMA Trade Show Floor for the session on produce disruptors. NAFTA, ELDs, and other acronyms are having huge impacts on how businesses need to approach trade, transportation, and technology. So how do we mitigate these produce disruptors and ensure we’re prepared for what’s to come? Our panel of senior industry executives debate what they see as the essential details that companies need to pay attention to moving forward. This panel featured Brent Lloyd, The Star Group, Guy Milette, Courchesne Larose Ltée, Stewart Lapage, The Oppenheimer Group and was hosted by Alison Robertson, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

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Stewardship and Produce

In Canada, there are a number of programs that require companies to take responsibility for their part in creating consumer waste. This month on Produce Talks we’re touching base with Calla Farn the Vice President, Steward Relations at the Canadian Stewardship Alliance to discuss how the stewardship programs work. We’re also touching base with Steve Roosdahl Executive Director of Supply Chain for the Oppenheimer Group to get the industry perspective on how the industry needs to respond.

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Research and the Future of Produce

This month we’re touching base with Dr. Amy Bowen, the Research Director at Vineland Research to discuss how research shapes the produce industry, particularly in Canada. We touch on some of the different types of research being done, the importance of consumers, and why transparency is key.

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Between Two Chairs 2018

This month on Produce Talks we turn the microphone over to Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA, as he sits down for a conversation with Rick Alcocer, the past CPMA Chair, of Duda Farms for the past year, and Les Mallard, the new CPMA Chair, of Fyffes North America Inc.. They discuss the role of the CPMA chair, the direction CPMA will take in the next year, and how young professionals can get involved and make a difference.

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The Social Side of Produce – Part 2

We’re picking up on the Social media conversation with our panel once again, this time the conversation revolves around some key points for any business. How are produce companies looking at their return on investment when it comes to social media. The panel shares their thoughts on best practices, and shares some examples of companies outside of produce who are great examples to learn from.

Our Panel includes:

  • Cathy Gomez, Markon Cooperative Inc.
  • Heather Klein, Peak of the Market
  • Kara Badder, NatureFresh Farms
  • Yumiko Hayashi, FreshPoint Vancouver

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The Social Side of Produce – Part 1

Social media is no longer a side of the desk product, and is now usually either embedded or is the entirety of a company’s communication strategy. This month on produce talks we touch base with those responsible for social media from several CPMA member companies to discuss the changing landscape of social media, different strategies they are employing and best practices. This month’s guests include:

  • Cathy Gomez, Markon Cooperative Inc.
  • Heather Klein, Peak of the Market
  • Kara Badder, NatureFresh Farms
  • Yumiko Hayashi, FreshPoint Vancouver

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ELD’s: Changing The Way Produce Moves

With Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) being phased in to trucks in the United States and Transport Canada looking at a similar requirements, we took the opportunity to connect with Jaret Moch, Senior Director of Logistics at Star Produce to discuss what this could look like for the Canadian produce industry.

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A Seat at the Table – Taking a Closer look at the NAFTA Negotiations

With the latest round of NAFTA negotiations concluding in Montreal we’re connecting with the CPMA team that was there on behalf of the produce industry. Troy Sherman, the CPMA Manager, Policy lets us in on what it’s like to be at the negotiations, what the role of the CPMA is at the table, and why it is important for CPMA and other association to be there and available.

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Looking Towards 2018 Trends with Industry Media

Looking back at 2017, we’ve already seen how new trends and innovations are changing the landscape of the fresh produce industry. As with previous years, we’re using our year-end episode to connect with industry media for a brief glimpse into what they’re seeing in terms of trends and innovations that are influencing the industry into 2018 and beyond.

Presented in two parts, we touch base with:

  • Greg Johnson – The Packer – The consumer statistics behind the continuing growth of organics.
  • Karen Davidson – The Grower – Smaller non-agriculture tech companies innovating with growers.
  • Matthew Ogg – Fresh Fruit Portal – Expanding product lines and the pressure of smaller retail stores.
  • Maggie Giuffrida – The Produce News – The youth movement and the impact of social media on produce.
  • Dr. Sara Celik – Renew Life on behalf of Grocery Business – How gut health is starting to influence consumer choices.

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Tackling Waste for Organizational Success

Waste is a word that not many people see as a positive, but according to Martin Gooch, “where there is waste there is opportunity.” The Value Chain Management International co-founder connects with us on this month’s podcast for a deeper discussion on how examining waste can create opportunities for organizations. We also touch base with Brad Wiseman from EarthFresh about his company’s participation in a case study on improving table potato quality and pack-out.

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Ready, Click, Cook — Online meal kit solutions

Just three years ago if you brought up the idea of a meal kit in a box almost everyone would picture the traditional frozen dinner that you might have to chip out of a block of ice in a freezer - that’s definitely not the case anymore! With rising consumer confidence there has been a swell in online grocery and meal kit purchases. This month on Produce Talks we touch base with Daniel Henderson, VP of Culinary & Strategic Sourcing for Chef’s Plate and Reza Bafandeh, VP of Supply Chain for SPUD.CA to discuss online purchasing, meal kits, and how this part of the industry is evolving.

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Globalization of Produce – A View Across the Supply Chain – Part 2

This month on Produce Talks we present the second part of a conversation recreating a panel discussion from CPMA’s Learning Lounge at CPMA’s Convention & Trade Show. Rich Dachman, Sysco; Hans Maurer, The Agri-Chain Center, Mario Masellis, M L. Catania Co. Ltd; discuss how the industry is changing as consumers demand access to produce grown around the world.

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Produce Talks: Globalization of Produce – A View Across the Supply Chain – Part 1

This month on Produce Talks we present the first part of a conversation recreating a panel discussion from CPMA’s Learning Lounge at CPMA’s Convention & Trade Show. Rich Dachman, Sysco; Hans Maurer, The Agri-Chain Center, Mario Masellis, M L. Catania Co. Ltd; discuss how international boundaries have slipped away as produce moves around the globe to meet the ever-increasing consumer appetite for all produce, year round. What has the impact been to industry, how have companies across the supply chain adjusted to this new business model?

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Produce Talks: Moving Product – Part 2

This month on Produce Talks we continue our conversation with Kristina Goodall, Director of Operations for NFI, and Jennifer Morris, VP Sales for Two Roads Logistics, to discuss the transportation and third-party logistics side of the produce industry.

In the second part of our discussion, we explore changes happening in the transportation and third-party logistics business, including the impact of changing trade agreements.

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Produce Talks: Moving Product – Part 1

This month on Produce Talks we connect with Kristina Goodall, Director of Operations for NFI and Jennifer Morris, VP Sales for Two Roads Logistics, to discuss the transportation and third-party logistics part of the produce industry. In Part 1 of our conversation, we discuss how changes in technology are affecting how produce is transported and the workforce that moves it.

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Between Two Chairs – Part 2

This month on Produce Talks, Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA, continues his conversation with Sam Silvestro, Past Chair of CPMA, and Rick Alcocer, the new CPMA Chair, of Duda Farms. In this part of the conversation, Rick outlines the priorities for his upcoming year as chair, and we get to learn just how much CPMA’s first international chair knows about Canada..

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Between Two Chairs – Part 1

This month on Produce Talks we turn the microphone over to Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA, as he sits down for a conversation with Sam Silvestro, Chair of CPMA for the past year, and Rick Alcocer, the incoming CPMA Chair, of Duda Farms. They’ll discuss the role of the CPMA chair and the direction of CPMA.

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The Power of Data on Operations

One of the real advantages of investing in technology is the ability to collect and analyze data across all parts of a company’s processes. But how does a business take all that data and synthesize it to make a positive change?.

This month on Produce Talks, we touch base with NatureFresh Farms about recently being featured in an Intel case study, and how NatureFresh has taken information from data to improve its procedures.

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Vertical Farming: Toward the Future

Vertical farming has started to find its own space among growing methods. This month on the Produce Talks podcast, we are joined by Greg Veinott, Manager of Business Development for Good Leaf Farms, based in Bible Hill, NS. In our conversation, we explore the specifics around indoor vertical farming, including technology, unique characteristics of the plants, and how this method of growing could affect the future of the produce industry.

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Episode 40 – Ethnic and Exotic Produce – Part 2

There has been a steady growth the variety and origin of produce over the past ten to fifteen years. In part one we explore some of the factors that are contributing to this growth, including the influence the rising number of newcomers to Canada are having on the produce departments. We assembled a panel to discuss how the produce department is changing and the opportunity that exists with this trend.

This month we have the privilege of being joined by:

  • Davis Yung, President, Fresh Direct Produce
  • George Pitsikoulis, President, Canadawide Fruit Wholesalers
  • Michael Baird, Category Manager Ethnic, Loblaw Companies

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Media Talks: 2016 Retrospective on Produce

This month on Produce Talks, we turn the mic over to Ron Lemaire the President of CPMA as he sits down with a panel of the media who cover our industry to review the year that was 2016 and predicting the major stories of 2017.

This episode is the first half of a conversation with:

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Episode 38 – Ethnic and Exotic Produce – Part 1

There has been a steady growth the variety and origin of produce over the past ten to fifteen years. In part one we explore some of the factors that are contributing to this growth, including the influence the rising number of newcomers to Canada are having on the produce departments. We assembled a panel to discuss how the produce department is changing and the opportunity that exists with this trend.

This month we have the privilege of being joined by:

  • Davis Yung, President, Fresh Direct Produce
  • George Pitsikoulis, President, Canadawide Fruit Wholesalers
  • Michael Baird, Category Manager Ethnic, Loblaw Companies

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Episode 37 – Social License to Operate – The Produce Perspective

In our last episode we explored the concept of Social License by connecting with Janice Tranberg, Executive Director of SaskCanola about their documentary License to Farm. This month we explore Social License from a different perspective when we talk with Steve Roosdahl, Executive Director of Supply Chain for The Oppenheimer Group. Steve gives us his perspective on Social License, how it is viewed at Oppy, and where a company can start to build a Social License plan.

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Episode 36 –Social License to Operate - License to Farm

Social License is a term that has become more prominent in the last couple of years. Closely linked with Corporate Social Responsibility, Social License has emerged as a concept that more companies are focusing on. On this episode of Produce Talks, we connect with Janice Tranberg, Executive Director of SaskCanola. Under her leadership, SaskCanola produced a documentary call License to Farm that explores the concept of social license. The document provides an overview of how producers can handle controversial topics and how it is crucial for producers to engage with the public to maintain public confidence.

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Episode 35 – Order up! A Look at Produce in Food Service — Part 2

This month on Produce Talks, part 2 of our conversation with a panel of experts on the Food Service side of the produce industry. This panel tackles everything from how technology is changing the industry, what is happening with the overlap between food service and retail operations, and what changes will come to the distribution chain within the next 10 years.
Please welcome to the podcast:

  • Dan Martin, Senior Director Produce, Sysco Canada
  • Colleen Goto, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FreshPoint Vancouver
  • Sean Walsh, North American Director Fruits, Vegetables and Dairy, Gordon Food Service
  • Tim York, President, Markon Cooperative Inc.

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Episode 34 – Order up! A Look at Produce in Food Service — Part 1

This month on Produce Talks, we have assembled a panel of experts on the Food Service side of the produce industry. This panel tackles everything from how technology is changing the industry, what is happening with the overlap between food service and retail operations, and what changes will come to the distribution chain within the next 10 years.
Please welcome to the podcast:

  • Dan Martin, Senior Director Produce, Sysco Canada
  • Colleen Goto, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, FreshPoint Vancouver
  • Sean Walsh, North American Director Fruits, Vegetables and Dairy, Gordon Food Service
  • Tim York, President, Markon Cooperative Inc.

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Episode 33 – Women in Produce – Part 2

Once again, we’re turning the microphone over to Jane Proctor, Vice President of Policy & Issue Management at CPMA, for the second part of her conversation with female leaders in the industry. In the second half of the conversation our panelist provide their advice for young people entering the produce workforce and reflect on the near future of the produce industry.
Please welcome to the podcast:

  • Angela Santiago, CEO, Co-Founder, The Little Potato Company Ltd.
  • Bernadette Hamel, Vice President, National Procurement, Produce and Dairy, Metro Richelieu Inc.
  • Beth Pattillo, Director of Marketing, Kings Produce Ltd.
  • Stéphanie Larivière, Sales Regulatory Manager, Erie James Limited

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Episode 32 – Women in Produce

This month, we’re turning the microphone over to Jane Proctor, Vice President of Policy & Issue Management at CPMA to take a look at how the produce workforce is changing. With more women taking on senior roles in the industry and the increase of female participation in Passion for Produce both indicate a fundamental shift in the demographics of the industry. We’ve gathered together a small group of women to reflect on their different experiences, and what the future of the industry looks like for young women entering today. Please welcome to the podcast:

  • Angela Santiago, CEO, Co-Founder, The Little Potato Company Ltd.
  • Bernadette Hamel, Vice President, National Procurement, Produce and Dairy, Metro Richelieu Inc.
  • Beth Pattillo, Director of Marketing, Kings Produce Ltd.
  • Stéphanie Larivière, Sales Regulatory Manager, Erie James Limited

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Episode 31 – Connecting with the CPMA Chair and Past Chair

This month on Produce Talks we turn the microphone over to Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA as he sits down for a conversation with Mike Furi from The Grocery People (CPMA Past Chair), and Sam Silvestro from Walmart Canada (CPMA Chair) to discuss the role of the CPMA chair and the direction of the CPMA organization. This month we are splitting the conversation into two episodes.

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Episode 30 – The Kids are Alright: Connecting with Post-Secondary Food Service

This month on Produce Talks we’re taking a look at foodservice at post-secondary institutions. To provide us with an informed perspective we’ve connected with Brent Brownlee, Director Ancillary Services at Algonquin College in Ottawa. The conversation with Brent went in a few directions but we mostly focused not only on finding out about the different changes that have come about in the foodservice part of post-secondary, but also what those changes could mean for changing consumer expectations as students complete their studies and gain purchasing power in the next stage of their lives.

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Episode 29 – Sub-zero Produce

This month, on Produce Talks, we turn our attention to a project aimed at addressing food security issues in northern communities. Glenn Scott, from Agriartic, joins us to discuss the Agridome, a controlled environment growing facility that is operating year round in Whitehorse, Yukon. Currently, Glenn is conducting a feasibility study supported by Yukon Research Centre – Cold Climate Innovations, Yukon Agriculture, HydeAway Domes and däna Näye Ventures to determine the viability of commercial production facilities throughout the north.

With a consistent drive to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables it’s easy to see why projects like this one are intriguing, but what impact can this have on the capacity of communities in the north to grow their own fruits and vegetables year round? Glenn shares with us the origin of the project, how it all came together and his our look on the future of year-round northern agriculture.

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You can find more information on the project by visiting Agriarctic, their Facebook and Twitter.


Episode 28 – Project Veggie and Space Lettuce

This month on Produce Talks, we connect with Trent Smith the Project Manager for the Veggie facility on the International Space Station. Trent was able to explain some of the unique considerations that exist when trying to provide plants with just the essentials of soil, water, and light. Project Veggie has implications not only for long-term space travel, but some of what they are learning can have impacts on production practices back on earth.

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Trent was kind enough to provide us with a few links for more information on the Veggie project, as well as, links to some of the content discussed on the podcast. Click on the embedded links below to access the pictures, videos and tweets.

Space Station Live: How Does Your Garden Grow in Space?

Veggie Plant Growth System Version-5

Wringing out a Washcloth in Space


Media Talks: 2015 Retrospective on Produce, Part 2

In part 2 of the Produce Talks year in review, we have turned the mic over to Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA, to continue his conversation with a panel of media who cover our industry to review the year that was 2015 and predicting the major stories of 2016.

This episode is the second half of a conversation with:

In this episode, the panel reviews some changes in international trade, technology impacts, marketing trends, and predicting the big stories of 2016.

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Media Talks: 2015 Retrospective on Produce, Part 1

This month on Produce Talks, we turn the mic over to Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA as he sits down with a media panel who cover our industry to review the year that was 2015 and predicting the major stories of 2016.

This episode is the first half of a conversation with:

In this episode, the panel reviews some of the major events around sustainability, food trends, and food safety and regulation.

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Episode 26 —The Underwater Greenhouse

This month on Produce Talks, we connect with Luca Gamberini from the Ocean Reef Group about a project they have been working on for the past three years call Nemo’s Garden. Nemo’s Garden is a project investigating the benefits of creating underwater greenhouses. Currently in operation off the coast of Italy, Luca explains how the project works, what they have learned, and what the future of underwater gardening could look like. You can find out more on their Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube channel.

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Episode 25 — Conversation with Retailers V The Produce Workforce And a Greenhouse on the Go Recap!

This month on the podcast we conclude our year-long conversation with Eric Biddiscombe from Loblaw, and Jean-Guy Mazerolle, formerly of Co-op Atlantic. In this episode, we speak to both of them about the produce workforce, how changing demographics will affect it, and the importance of training.

As a bonus, we also check in with Ray Wowryk from Nature Fresh Farms. In our June podcast, we heard about their mobile greenhouse operation. Ray joins us to tell us all about how their summer went and a bit about their future plans for the project. You can check out the Nature Fresh Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for some great pictures of the mobile greenhouse in action.


Episode 24 — All About the Beacons

This month on the podcast we explore a topic that has been popping up over and over again, beacon technology. Beacons are heralding a new way to interact with consumers, and the technology has potential to impact every level of the produce supply chain.

We are joined by Doug Thompson CEO and Co-Founder of Dot3 Ltd. As well as being a leading expert in the field Doug is the author of beekn.net, a blog that explores the latest developments in beacon technology.

Also joining us is Roland Hung, an Associate with McCarthy Tétrault. Roland has authored an article titled, "Beacon Technology: A Primer for Retailers". Roland speaks to us about how existing privacy legislation and Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation may impact any beacon technology strategy.


Episode 23 - Conversations with Retailers Part IV

This month on the podcast we continue our year long conversation with Eric Biddiscombe from Loblaw and Jean-Guy Mazerolle formerly of Co-op Atlantic. In this episode, we explore the different nature of the relationships with international vendors and some of the challenges that come up with sourcing international product.


Episode 22 - Village Farms Landfill Gas Project
This month we connect with Village Farms to discuss a new study that they have commissioned to examine the feasibility of using gas from retired landfills as a source of carbon dioxide. Jonathan Bos a development director from Village Farms is able to join us to walk us through how the project came about, what are the potential benefits, and the partners they have gained along the way.


Episode 21 - Greenhouse On The Go!
There are many different ways that partners in the produce supply chain help to drive the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.  We have already done a podcast on the CPMA's major program the Half Your Plate program.

In this episode we connect with a member that is creating consumer education opportunities all over the place by using a mobile greenhouse.  Peter Quiring, President of Nature Fresh Farms joins us to discuss the project, how it all started, and some of the conversations he's having with people along the way.  

You can check out the Nature Fresh Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for some great pictures of the mobile greenhouse in action.


Episode 20 - Conversations with Retailers III Vendor Relationships

We continue to connect with retail members of the CPMA to discuss issues relevant to the produce industry. This is the third part of our conversation with Jean-Guy Mazerolle from Co-op Atlantic and Eric Biddiscombe from Loblaw. In this episode, we discuss what it takes to build and manage business relationships between vendors and retailers.

 

Episode 19 - CPMA Chair Address

In this episode we are pleased to bring you the speech from the new chair of CPMA, Mike Furi, of The Grocery People. Mike addressed the members in attendance to describe some of the activities that he expects CPMA to accomplish over the coming year including upcoming Town Hall events.

 

Episode 18 - Conversations with Retailers - Session 2

Over the course of the coming year we will be connecting with retail members of the CPMA to discuss issues relevant to the produce industry. This is the second of our conversations where we connect with Jean-Guy Mazerolle from Co-op Atlantic and Eric Biddiscombe from Loblaw to discuss expectations when working with vendors.

 

Episode 17 - The Half Your Plate Program

In this episode we will learn about this joint initiative from The Canadian Produce Marketing Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian Cancer Society to improve fruit and veggie consumption in Canada. Featured are Sue Lewis, Director of Market Development at CPMA; Carol Harrison, a Registered Dietician; and finally Ethan Adeland - Managing Director, Partnerships & Marketing with Food Bloggers of Canada Inc.

 

Episode 16 - Conversations with Retailers – Session 1

Over the course of the coming year we will be connecting with retail members of the CPMA to discuss issues relevant to the produce industry. This is the first of our conversations where we connect with Jean-Guy Mazerolle from Co-Op Atlantic and Eric Biddiscombe from Loblaw to discuss upcoming and ongoing trends for 2015.

We are also pleased to welcome our sponsor for the year, Martin’s Family Fruit Farm.

 

Episode 15 - Migration Nation

In Canada, as in many counties, immigration is the main driver behind population growth to the tune of roughly 250,000 people per year. With this growth comes an opportunity to tap into a customer base that can be incredibly loyal. This seems pretty important as according to CPMA research 1st Generation Canadians spend more on Fresh produce and shop more often. Joining us this month on the podcast are Robin Brown and Kathy Chen with Environics and the authors of, “Migration Nation,” a book that explores the growing cultural diversity in Canada.

 

Episode 14 - Passion for Produce

In this episode we explore the Passion for Produce program offered annually at the CPMA convention. This program is a once in a lifetime educational opportunity to learn about the produce industry and interact with a group of industry leaders as program mentors. Eric Biddiscombe from Loblaw; Stephanie Lariviere from Erie James, and John Corsaro from Giumarra Companies join us to discuss Passion for Produce and their experiences with the program.

 

Episode 13 - Some like it Mashed

In this episode we talk about all things potato. Kendra Mills, from the PEI Potato Board, was happy to fill us in on different varieties, proper storage, what that green stuff is, and much more!

 

Episode 12 - DRC and the Safe Food for Canadians Act

This month we are pleased to connect with Luc and Andrea from The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC). Luc Mougeot, Vice President of the DRC, provides an overview of the Safe Food for Canadians Act, the recent amendments, and their impact on the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. Luc and Andrea discuss why the act is important and how it will affect the Produce Industry as it comes into effect.

 

Episode 11 - Carol Dombrow – Heart & Stroke Foundation

At the 2014 CPMA/CPHA Health Summit in Toronto, Carol Dombrow, registered dietitian for the Heart & Stroke foundation, speaks about the benefits of consistent messaging.

 

Episode 10 - Heather Thomas – Middlesex-London Health Unit

 At the 2014 CPMA/CPHA Health Summit in Toronto, Heather Thomas, registered dietitian for Middlesex-London Health Unit talks about Cook It Up! a community based cooking program for at-risk youth.

 

Episode 9 - Lorelei DiSogra – United Fresh Produce Association

At the 2014 CPMA/CPHA Health Summit in Toronto, Lorelei DiSogra , VP of Nutrition and Health at United Fresh Produce Association, speaks about global strategies, policy and environmental changes needed to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.

 

Episode 8 - Maxine Meadows – Manitoba Healthy Foods in Schools

At the 2014 CPMA/CPHA Health Summit in Toronto, Maxine Meadows, registered dietitian for Manitoba Healthy Foods in Schools, explains the vegetable and fruit program pilot project.

 

Episode 7 - Mary Lynn Biggley – Introduction to School Boards

 This is another presentation from the 2013 Health Summit. This discussion introduces school boards into the discussion of helping promote healthy eating habits.

 

Episode 6 - David McInnes – Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

 At the CPMA/CPHA Health Summit, David McInnes from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute discusses a new perspective on food systems.

 

Episode 5 - Steve Manske – School Based Efforts to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

At the CPMA/CPHA Health Summit, Steve Manske discusses the various ways schools across Canada are trying to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students.

 

Episode 4 - Hasan Hutchinson, Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion
Discusses the Federal, Provincial and Territorial landscape in regards to nutrition and promotion.

 

Episode 3 - Judy Rudman - Director of Bilateral Agreements with the U.S. Department of Commerce

The agreement signed by the United States and Mexico has implication for any Canadian company who purchases tomatoes from Mexico and decides to sell those tomatoes into the United States. This podcast will help answer any questions you might have about this important new agreement.

 

Episode 2 - Gloria Terhaar – ABC Customs Brokers

This podcast features a discussion about the movement of produce across the U.S./Canada border. Our guest is Gloria Terhaar, from ABC Customs Brokers, where we discuss the basic information anyone would need to begin importing and exporting produce to and from Canada. We also discuss some of the basic information about e-manifest.

 

Episode 1 - Tim York – President of Markon Cooperative Inc.

Tim York discusses the sustainability initiatives undertaken by Markon Cooperative Inc.