Produce Talks

Canadian Produce Marketing Association

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. Learn more about our ever-changing industry as we feature special guests from across the produce sector.

All Episodes

This edition of Produce Talks is a recording of our October webinar on the 2021 federal election results and the impact on the fresh produce industry. David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, shares his election analysis and insights, followed by a roundtable discussion with industry leaders on issues requiring federal government action. Current issues such as supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, sustainability, and the need for a Canadian financial protection tool for produce sellers are discussed.Be sure to check out this insightful and engaging conversation featuring the following panelists:• David Coletto (Abacus Data)• Ron Lemaire (CPMA)• Guy Milette (Courchesne Larose)• David Dube (Krown Produce)• Quinton Woods (Gwillimdale Farms)• Larry McIntosh (retired from Peak of the Market) Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsors, Nature Fresh Farms and Fresh From Florida.                 

Nov 30

59 min 25 sec

In this episode, Ron Lemaire has a discussion with Larry McIntosh, a past Chair of CPMA and the 2021 Produce Person of the Year. Larry has spent 27 years in the produce industry, recently retiring as CEO of Peak of the Market. We talk about how the produce industry has evolved over years, the resilience of our sector and the future hurdles that we will continue to overcome. Among many other topics, Larry tells us that he feels CPMA’s Passion for Produce program is the best program in the industry for young professionals and shares his advice for PFP participants to achieve success in business. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsors, Nature Fresh Farms and Fresh From Florida.                 

Oct 27

32 min 31 sec

In this episode, we feature a discussion with the CPMA 2021 Produce Champion, Ontario Senator Rob Black, who is a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. CPMA's annual Produce Champion award is given to one or more Member(s) of Parliament and/or Senator(s) who have been supportive of the produce industry and effective at bringing industry issues to the forefront on Parliament Hill. Senator Black shares his story on how he became a Senator and how he has worked to further the interests of agriculture in Canada, throughout his professional career and, more recently in Ottawa. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Sep 30

31 min 23 sec

Sustainability has been a focus for the produce industry for many years and is a complex issue with multiple areas of focus. In Canada current areas of focus include the potential of a Canadian index to benchmark Agri-food sustainability, government focus on issues such as carbon credits and industry-led initiatives to improve sustainability. This episode provides industry insight on some of the key areas of focus including Canada’s Sustainability Index, greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration, biodiversity and regenerative agriculture. Guests on this episode include Scott Ross of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Keith Kuhl of Southern Potato, Quinton Woods of Gwillimdale Farms, and David McInnes representing the National Index of Agri-Food Performance. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Sep 30

31 min 37 sec

Foodborne illnesses continue to bed a source of concern within the fresh produce industry. CPMA asked two of Canada's top food safety professionals to join us in discussing recent outbreaks, the challenges in identifying outbreaks and what the future of outbreaks may look like. Lisa Sparrow-Moellenbeck, Food Safety Manager, Federated Co-operatives spoke with Joyce Cheng - Acting Manager Outbreak Management, Public Health Agency Canada and Dr. Lawrence Goodridge - Director - Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS), Graduate Coordinator - Food Safety & Quality Assurance Program, University of Guelph. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jul 26

44 min 12 sec

On this special 100th episode of Produce Talks, Ron Lemaire, President of CPMA moderates a roundtable discussion with our Chair, Guy Milette of Courchesne Larose, and nine past CPMA Chairs including: Davis Yung of Fresh Direct Produce, Oleen Smethurst of Costco Wholesale Canada, Les Mallard of Fyffes, Rick Alcocer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Mike Furi of Federated Co-operatives Limited, Walt Breeden of Oppy, Jim DiMenna of Red Sun Farms, Prentice Dent of Pear Bureau Northwest, and Larry McIntosh, former President and CEO of Peak of the Market.This group of produce professionals brings well over 200 years of produce experience, and each looks back at his/her term as CPMA’s Chairs, revisiting how the industry and the Association operated, and how we collectively overcame adversity. The group also looks at how the pandemic has reshaped our market and ways that members and industry partners can navigate the future. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jun 23

1 hr 1 min

This episode we feature a panel of women in produce and recognize the achievements of women leading the promotion of produce in Canada. Earlier this year, CPMA partnered with Grocery Business Magazine to recognize some of the exceptional women in the industry. The Grocery Business article was released in the March/April edition recognizing ten outstanding women in produce. Joining this episode were Michèle McMillan with Thomas Fresh, Ashley Pinto at Loblaw and Luci Faas at Nature Fresh Farms. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

May 21

31 min 53 sec

In this episode, we turn to a panel of young leaders in produce as we continue our focus on the development of young professionals in our sector. This panel webinar was held in February and featured past Mary Fitzgerald Award Winners Mike Catalano of POM Wonderful, Stephanie Lariviere of Erie James, and Ryan Goad of Loblaws. The discussion focuses on several topics including leadership, mindset, mentorship and what makes the produce industry unique to develop and grow in. Joining the podcast is Greg Ogiba, Principal of GRO Advantage who moderated the panel. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Apr 30

1 hr 1 min

The Suez Canal crisis, COVID-19 implications and ongoing port labour disputes have all showcased that moving product globally day in and day out is an incredible feat. There are implications when one link in a global supply chain breaks and this episode we’re talking about the movement of produce across borders, through ports and around the globe. We dive into factors and initiatives at the border impacting produce importers and exporters. Guests on the show include Stephen Devries, Director of Commercial Compliance at the Canadian Border Services Agency and Shannon Sommerauer, Director of Government Relations at CPMA. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Apr 6

38 min 27 sec

This episode dives into sustainable agriculture and looks at alternative production practices that we are seeing across Canada. It is estimated that by 2050, the world's population will rise to almost 10 billion people with over 67% expected to live in urban areas. In order to feed this growing population, the United Nations estimates that food production will have to increase by 70%. We explore the growth and considerations of vertical farming, hydroponics and urban agriculture as methods of furthering the sustainable supply of fresh fruit and vegetables across Canada. Guests on this episode include Evan Fraser from the Arrell Food Institute, Emma Tamlin from Raised Roots Consulting and Darby McGrath from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Feb 26

50 min 37 sec

As supply chains, investors, and government all push to reduce impacts on the environment, the ability to measure and demonstrate sustainability credentials from farm to retail becomes paramount. On this episode, we widen the lens on sustainability and talk about Canada’s agri-food system including a collaborative project to benchmark and demonstrate Canada’s sustainable agri-food performance. Guests on the show include David McInnes, the project coordinator of the National Index of Agri-Food Performance, John Uhren, Head of Sustainable Finance, Product and Strategy at BMO along with Bridget Schrempf, Senior Manager of Sustainable Food Systems at CDP Worldwide.   Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jan 29

57 min 12 sec

This episode features a panel of young professionals in the produce industry with a lens on the development, recruitment, and retention of young talent in our sector. We look back on 2020 and explore several themes such as resiliency, adaptability, value alignment, mentorship, and more. Panelists included Passion for Produce (PFP) Alumni Kara Badder from NatureFresh Farms, Kevin Sorichetti from EarthFresh, and Vaughn Smith from Global Citrus.   Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Dec 2020

32 min 58 sec

With greater demand and sales on-line, customer experience enhancements, and COVID-19 protocols in place, the retail landscape has changed dramatically in 2020. This episode dives into retail trends and changes with a look ahead to 2021. We look at what makes a good on-line grocery experience, merchandising opportunities and considerations, and the new normals that are here to stay. Guests on this episode include Colleen Martin of market research firm Caddle, Mike Mauti of Execulytics, and Daniel Kats from Infarm.   Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Nov 2020

53 min 54 sec

On this episode, CPMA President, Ron Lemaire speaks with 2020 CPMA award winners about their careers, key focuses, and the industry changes they have seen and experienced through the years. Ron first talks with the 2020 CPMA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Mike Ecker, along with Oleen Smethurst, The Packer's 2020 Canadian Produce Person of the Year. This is followed by a conversation with the CPMA Produce Champion advocacy award winner, Member of Parliament for Cowichan–Malahat–Langford and NDP Critic for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Alistair MacGregor.   Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

Food safety has become a more and more prevalent topic for the produce sector and for regulators. This episode focuses on food recalls and the impacts and processes when a foodborne illness outbreak occurs. We specifically unpack the processes behind food recalls and advisories, the impacts on consumer confidence, the role and improvements in traceability, and the importance of instituting a culture of food safety. Guests include CPMA Food Safety Specialist, Jeff Hall and National Director of Produce at Sysco Canada, Tom Bak.   Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Oct 2020

39 min 20 sec

On this episode, we unpack new developments and barriers to automation and technology across the produce sector. As labour gaps remain, the future of automation, robotics and innovation is a large focus from farm to fork. We talk about several factors influencing the shift to automation such as measuring return on investment, system integration, and the evolving expansion of artificial intelligence and big data. Featured guests on this episode include Hussam Haroun from Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Shelley Fellows from Automate Canada, and Jason Smith from BC Blueberry Council.  Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Aug 2020

54 min 42 sec

On this episode of Produce Talks, we feature an interview with CPMA Chair Davis Yung of Fresh Direct Produce and CPMA Past Chair Oleen Smethurst of Costco Canada for our annual Between Two Chairs special. We take a look back at the last several months, revisiting the ways that CPMA continues to support the produce industry with new resources and advocacy efforts. We also take a look at what is ahead and talk about some of the ways that members and industry partners can get engaged with CPMA.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Aug 2020

29 min 30 sec

This episode, as we hit the three month mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we revisit the impacts along the supply chain and unpack the key takeaways since March as businesses continue to adapt and prepare for a busy summer and harvest season. Featured guests Stéphanie Levasseur, President of Quebec Apple Growers, Satri Alpine, Director of Talent and Culture at Oppy and Tammy Vautour, Quality Assurance Director at Metro cover a variety of topics including the temporary foreign worker program and labour, corporate culture, the supply chain, product availability and much more.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jun 2020

39 min 22 sec

Ensuring food quality, sustaining food availability, reducing waste, minimizing costs to consumers and maximizing recyclability – all while mitigating the impacts on the environment – makes the conversation on sustainable packaging and preferred packaging materials remarkably complex. On this episode, guests talk about their work in the area of sustainable packaging and highlight the need for continued collaboration and communication across the supply chain to make the most sound and informed sustainable packaging decisions. We were joined by Dan Duguay of Tactix Government Relations and Public Affairs, Ian Gordon, Senior Vice President of Loblaw Brands, Emily Murracas and Fernanda Albuquerque from Mucci Farms, and Scott Howarth from Sinclair International.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

May 2020

1 hr 9 min

This episode, we unpack fairtrade practices as an influential method to sustainability. We spoke with Jennie Coleman, President of Equifruit about their approach to sustainability and the Fairtrade certification. We also brought Mimmo Franzone, Director of Produce and Floral with Longo’s into the conversation to talk about their Fairtrade organic banana program with Equifruit and the added value for their guests. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Apr 2020

37 min 20 sec

On this episode, we dive into the impacts, responses and anticipated future risks of the COVID-19 outbreak across the entire produce supply chain. We feature interviews with industry leaders Davis Yung of Fresh Direct Produce, Angela Santiago of The Little Potato Company, and Tim York of Markon Cooperative to talk about their approaches in addressing these unprecedented challenges and how it has impacted their views on crisis management. We also spoke with the Executive Medical Advisor of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch at the Public Health Agency of Canada to cover the measures that companies and individuals handling produce can take to keep themselves and their employees safe. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Mar 2020

58 min 50 sec

Dietitians are critical in supporting the health and wellness of Canadians. On this episode, we dive into the diverse roles and responsibilities of dietitians and how they impact the eating habits of individuals at the consumer, community, and national level. We’ll sit down with CPMA’s very own dietitian, Jennifer Ong Tone, Loblaws retail dietitian, Jackie Villeneuve, and Ottawa Public Health dietitian, Marketa Graham. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Mar 2020

32 min 8 sec

CPMA hosts a roundtable discussion with political insiders representing the Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties. We continue the conversation on the political landscape of our new minority government and what it means for Canada’s fresh produce industry, covering issues that are at the top of mind for the sector including: expanding access to export trade markets, tackling labour challenges, enhancing sustainability, bolstering the sector’s competitiveness and much more!The talk is moderated by David Coletto from Abacus Data. Panelists included Caitlin McClung from StrategyCorp Inc., Howard Mains from Tactix Government Relations and Public Affairs Inc. and Cameron Holmstrom from Bluesky Strategy Group Inc. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jan 2020

56 min 31 sec

We're gearing up for the 95th CPMA Convention and Trade Show in May in Toronto and that includes our Learning Lounge sessions on the trade show floor! One of the Learning Lounge sessions that we always love to host is where we learn about interesting and inspiring careers journeys in the produce sector. On this episode, we go back to the Learning Lounge in Montreal to hear from Andrea Palmer of Nova Agri, Daniel Terrault from Hydroserre and Alain Routhier from Courchesne Larose for a session we call My Produce Story. The session was moderated by Rick Alcocer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jan 2020

33 min 55 sec

On this episode, we sit down with David Coletto of Abacus Data to explore the political landscape of our new minority government and what it means for Canada’s fresh produce industry. In the New Year we’ll be back with Part Two of the series with a roundtable discussion covering issues that are top of mind for our sector including: expanding access to export trade markets, enhancing sustainability, bolstering our sector’s competitiveness and much more.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Dec 2019

25 min 25 sec

We dive into all the dynamic components and drivers behind the launch of a new variety – specifically looking at apples and table grapes. We kick off the episode with Kate Evans from Washington State University and Kathryn Grandy from Proprietary Variety Management to talk about the launch of the Cosmic Crisp apple and look more broadly at the breeding processes and innovation behind developing a new variety. We also talk apple varieties with Mac Riggan from Chelan Fresh and table grape varieties with Bill Poulos from Oppy.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Nov 2019

37 min 38 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Oct 2019

34 min 48 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Sep 2019

29 min 45 sec

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 produceinnovationhub.com.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Aug 2019

54 min 52 sec

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.  Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Aug 2019

25 min 18 sec

“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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jul 2019

22 min 2 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jun 2019

44 min 20 sec

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-operativeSpeakers:  Dan Martin - EarthFresh Foods, Martin Gooch - Value Chain Management International, Scott Ross - Canadian Federation of AgriculturePlay the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Jun 2019

33 min 22 sec

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. Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

May 2019

24 min 29 sec

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 ProduceSpeakers:  David Best - Duda Farm Fresh, Keith Kuhl - Southern Potato, Scott Dagondon - Motorleaf Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

May 2019

36 min 34 sec

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.  Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Apr 2019

38 min 2 sec

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.   Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Mar 2019

36 min 45 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.                 

Mar 2019

34 min 39 sec

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!Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Jan 2019

27 min 26 sec

When matching career expectations, communication is key. And 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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Dec 2018

30 min 1 sec

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.  Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Dec 2018

31 min 1 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Oct 2018

34 min 1 sec

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 they got 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 CompanyBrian Faulkner, VP Sales & Marketing, BC Fresh Vegetables Inc.The discussion was moderated by Mario Masellis, from Catania Worldwide.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Sep 2018

30 min 35 sec

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  Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Aug 2018

28 min 5 sec

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 Services 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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Jul 2018

34 min 50 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Jun 2018

30 min 35 sec

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’ll 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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

May 2018

33 min 52 sec

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 MarketKara Badder, NatureFresh™ Farms.Yumiko Hayashi, FreshPoint VancouverPlay the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

May 2018

27 min 35 sec

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 MarketKara Badder, NatureFresh™ Farms.Yumiko Hayashi, FreshPoint VancouverPlay the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Mar 2018

28 min 35 sec

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.Play the PodcastThank you to our podcast sponsor, NatureFresh™ Farms.Remember, if you have an idea for a podcast we want to hear from you.You can subscribe to the podcast. 

Feb 2018

20 min 5 sec