The largest fresh produce event in the Canadian industry, the CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show, provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders to enhance existing relationships and develop new business opportunities in Canada. After the successful 2019 edition, with over 300 exhibiting companies and 3,400 visitors from 27 countries, the 95th CMPA Convention & Trade Show will take place in Toronto from May 12th to May 14th 2020. “We want to focus on what companies can do to push flavour further.
CPMA Convention & Trade Show 2020 looking to ‘push flavours’
Agricultural Valle Alto, looking to expand to Europe and Canada
Located in Petén, Guatemala, Agrícola Valle Alto is a producer, packer and marketer of the Tainung 1 papaya variety. "The weight of the fruit is 0.9 kilos to 2 kilos per unit, with a brix of 9 to 13, and its colour is orange," said Alex Palma, commercial manager. With year-round production, the 312-hectare farm produces between 20,000 and 30,000 15kg boxes per week, which are exported mainly to the US (transit time by ship is 4-5 days) and to Central America.
Cannabis-based products to become legal in Canada from October
From October, Canadian companies will be able to market products based on cannabis. Indeed, companies are already well on their way to developing a range of new products that is likely to include edibles (like chocolates), as well as other kinds of drinks, snacks and oils.
Even cannabis beer is being trialled. This would be made from cannabis stalks, stems, and seeds. In recent times, medical research has indicated a range of benefits to be accrued to using CBD – a component of cannabis which can be used to treat symptoms ranging from epilepsy to anxiety.
Mission Produce opens Ripe Center in Calgary
The Ripe Center, based in Calgary, Canada, will service customers in Western Canada with ripe fruit throughout the year. Mission has operated a distribution center Toronto since 2010, and the addition of the new center in Calgary allows the company to service the Western half of the country from a center that is designed to deliver to customers from Winnipeg to Vancouver. According to Ben Barnard, Mission’s Senior Director of Operations, the Ripe Center implements new technology designed specifically for avocados.
Loblaw lists Canada’s new food trends
Plant proteins, turmeric and meal kits feature high among the important food trends expected to be seen in Canada in 2017.
Based on its own data and input from experts, Canada’s largest retail chain, Loblaw, has released a list of the main ways the country’s food landscape is likely to change in the year ahead.
Under the marketing tagline ‘Taste the New Next, Loblaw predicted the following five themes will be the biggies for Canadian kitchens:
Canada’s apple imports to dip 2%
Canada’s imports of fresh apples in the 2016/17 marketing year are set to slip 2% on the previous year to about 225,000 tons.
A recent GAIN report also says that based on forecasts from a USDA post in Canada, the US, Canada’s main supplier of fresh apples, will retain a stable market share of about 80% of those imports.
Oppy reports strong growth in sales of Envy™ apple
Sales of the Envy™ apple nearly doubled in volume between 2014 and 2015, reports Canada’s Oppenheimer Group (Oppy).
And Envy’s dollar contribution rose by over 120%, growing faster than all other premium apples in both measures, according to FreshLook data.
Vancouver-based Oppy, a leading fresh produce sales, marketing and distribution company, said Envy demonstrated the strongest growth in pounds and also the strongest growth in retail sales of 11 premium apples in 2015 compared to 2014.
Walmart to open 15 supercentres across Canada this month
Walmart Canada will grand open 15 supercentres this month – representing an investment of more than $100 million – and completing its expansion plan for the company’s current fiscal year, ending January 31, 2016, according to a company media release.
New midweek format for CPMA 2016
Canada’s biggest fresh produce event, the CPMA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show, will take place from April 12 -14, 2016, in Calgary, Alberta.
It is the first time the event will run from a Tuesday to Thursday and the CPMA (the Canadian Produce Marketing Association) says the midweek format aims to make visiting the show easier for retail and foodservice members and to increase traffic on the trade show floor.
Canada moves to new, more profitable apple varieties
An interesting shift in consumer preferences in apples in Canada is outlined in a recent report by the USDA’s Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN).