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Questions on romaine losses continue in Canada

Canada’s Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corp. has received numerous calls from companies importing U.S. romaine regarding who’s responsible for losses in the E. coli outbreak in both countries.

Ontario groups provide fresh produce for the holidays

The Ontario Produce Marketing Association is working with Ontario Food Terminal wholesalers to offer Toronto-area families healthful food through the Christmas FoodShare program.

Canada adds import rules for romaine from the U.S.

All romaine products — and salad blends not containing romaine — exported to Canada face new standards in the wake of new labeling in the U.S.

Canada adds to outbreak count, romaine investigation continues

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added to the number of cases of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce in that country.

Quebec’s grocery scene has a flair of its own

Quebec’s retail grocery environment is dominated by the same retail forces as those Ontario, but there are differences in approach, one analyst believes.
Nov 19, 2018 by Tom Karst #Montreal, #Produce Retail, #Canada

Canada’s organic demand going up, marketers say

As sales of organic fruits and vegetables continue a steady rise in the U.S., growth may be even more dramatic in Canada, marketers say.

Lakeside Produce sets stage for rebrand at Fresh Summit

Visitors to the Lakeside Produce Inc. booth at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit will notice some changes, with the company undergoing a complete rebrand.

Progress, barriers examined by USDA trade leader

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defending the administration’s trade agenda but warning friction with China may not end soon, a trade official said the administration is hopeful Canada will approve an updated trade agreement.
Sep 25, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Exports, #Mexico, #China, #Canada, #USDA

NatureFresh helps rescue fresh greenhouse vegetables

Greenhouse grower NatureFresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario, is donating vegetables to Forgotten Harvest, which provides food to 250 metro Detroit emergency food providers.

QPMA’s Pillar of the Industry: ‘Relationships matter’

LA MALBAIE, QUEBEC — When Pat Calabretta joined the produce industry 21 years ago, he’d never heard of a red potato, but he knew how to buy television sets from his job at Costco.