Courtesy Canadian Produce Marketing AssociationCanadian produce industry members recently met with members of Parliament to foster improved cooperation and an understanding of issues facing the industry. Participants included Canadian Horticultural Council President Jack Bates (from left), council executive vice president Anne Fowlie, Canadian Produce Marketing Association mascot Freggie, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Minister Gerry Ritz, CPMA Chairman Tom Byttynen and CPMA President Ron Lemaire.The Canadian Horticultural Council and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association played host to representatives from the produce supply chain in Ottawa Nov. 22-23. Participants of the event attended meetings with members of Parliament from across the country, as well as with Revenue Minister Gail Shea and Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz.
Representatives from the produce industry and the government met to discuss ways to increase collaboration and strengthen the effects of produce on the health of Canadians, according to a news release.
After the event, the horticulture council and CPMA donated more than 270 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to The Ottawa Food Bank.