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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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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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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