Canadian Packaging

CPMA and DRC host successful event for International Embassies in Ottawa

Event hosted 23 embassies and 11 industry reps. in effort to encourage representation at upcoming CPMA event.

September 6, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

OTTAWA—On August 31, 2016, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) hosted 23 embassies and 11 industry representatives at a luncheon event in Ottawa.

Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Agricultural Minister-Counselors received valuable foundational information on how their vendors can ensure they are “export ready” and to encourage country delegation participation in the upcoming CPMA Convention and Trade Show in Toronto, May 9-11, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Participants were impressed with the breadth of information provided and affirmed that events such as these are essential to continue engagement with the embassies and their commercial trade offices to facilitate the smooth export and import of fresh fruit and vegetables. This included understanding the seasonality of Canadian production so that international exporters understand when there are gaps in availability that they can fill.

Industry participants were pleased with the chance to discuss potential trade opportunities with the countries represented, and expressed interest in participating in future events.

Some of the participants included representatives from: Dominican Republic, Pakistan, South Africa, Turkey, Panama, Poland, France, Guatemala, United States of America, Mexico, and Israel.

Industry representatives included: Canadawide Fruits, Walmart Canada, The Oppenheimer Group, Krown Produce, Costco Canada, and Metro.

To find out more about the CPMA and DRC, and the 2017 CPMA Annual Convention & Trade Show,  contact:
Vanessa Schwarz
Manager, Communications
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
T: 613-226-4187 ext. 225

Andrea Bernier
Manager, Communications & Membership
Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation
T: 613-234-0982

Image above shows, from left to right: Kerem Soyak, Commercial Expert, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey; Steve Young, The Oppenheimer Group; David Dube, Krown Produce; Oleen Smethurst, Costco Canada; Alberto Arosemena Medina, Ambassador of Panama; Ron Lemaire, CPMA. Image courtesy of CPMA.

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