Produce Talks: The CPMA Podcast

This exciting new tool to support professional development for industry is now ready for use. These podcasts offer industry the opportunity to hear about the latest research, new industry trends, innovations in food science and other topics to help provide insights into an ever changing industry.

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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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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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