Fresh produce industry in Montreal sees rebounding economy, local produce push

11/10/2010 10:35:37 AM
Cynthia David

The South American deal went well for most items, Bono said, including minneolas from Peru. Watermelon was fantastic, he said, starting in Florida and finishing in Delaware, then back to Mexico.

The high Canadian dollar and low prices on California crops all summer made it harder than usual for Quebec growers to export product to the U.S., said Andre Plante, executive director of the Quebec Produce Growers Association.

But since summer heat waves destroyed up to 25% of the province’s early crop, he said, in the end the lower yields helped keep prices fair all season long.

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