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Archive for February 2016

RPCs A letter to produce suppliers from Loblaw

Dear Valued Produce Suppliers shipping to Loblaw in RPC’s Amended and effective April 23, 2015 This only applies to products that have been converted to RPC’s. Attached please find print specifications for Loblaws new 4”x2” RPC label format. This new format has been approved for use by CFIA effective April 27, 2012. The new format is designed for ease of…

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CHC Trophy awarded at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

This year’s winner of the CHC Trophy awarded at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is Verger Francois et Luc Turcotte from La Côte-de-Beaupré et l’Île d’Orléans, Québec. The Royal Winter Fair National Apple Competition was resurrected in 2008 after a 44-year absence.  There are over 300,000 visitors from around the world to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair each year and…

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CHC Apple Working Group position on COOL tariffs

Canadian Apple farmers have deliberated the possible eventuality of tariffs on fresh apples from the United States and, while this position is not unanimous across all growing regions, there is majority support for the inclusion of apples on the list of products subject to retaliatory tariffs. Read the full letter

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University of Guelph releases 2016 Food Price Report

The average Canadian household paid an average of $325 more for food in 2015.  Lower crude oil prices, lower interest rates and a Canadian dollar that dropped $.14 in 2015 are all key factors. Also, important to fruit and vegetable prices in Canada is the fact that 81% of fruit and vegetables consumed in Canada are imported.  The University…

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ChemChina cash offer to acquire Syngenta at a value of over US$ 43 billion

February 3, 2016 – Syngenta has announced that ChemChina has offered to acquire the company at US$ 465 per ordinary share plus a special dividend of CHF 5 to be paid conditional upon and prior to closing. Syngenta’s existing management will continue to run the company. After closing, a ten member Board of Directors will be…

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CHC provides support for the National Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Fruit and Tree Nut Industries

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) on behalf of Canadian fruit producers has provided its support for the National Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Fruit and Tree Nut Industries.  Likewise, the CHC on behalf of Canadian greenhouse producers has provided its support for the National Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery, and Floriculture sectors.  CHC, through representation on the Biosecurity…

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WTO Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) and Technical Barrier to Trade (TBT) Notifications

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Enquiry Points regularly distribute notifications by member countries on changes to their import policies which may impact exports of Canadian products.  While Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s policy officers make efforts to review these notifications and advise industry if the proposed changes are deemed to have potential to negatively impact their business activities, the volume of notifications…

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