CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group hosts successful meetings in Toronto

Presentations featured subject matter experts speaking on topics including general industry landscape related to plastic use, Canadian regulatory review, economic analysis, public opinion studies, the psychology of consumer decision making, and challenges and opportunities in both our current state of recycling and our current state of plastic packaging. The group also heard an update on the Government of Canada’s plastics initiative from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The focus of the Canadian Government to achieve a circular plastics economy which addresses prevention, recovery, clean-up and collection of plastics is extremely complex, not only within our sector but across Canada and internationally. Focusing discussion on the opportunities and challenges surrounding the government’s goal to reduce single-use plastics identified unique challenges which the working group began considering during the full-day workshop.

The presentations, along with the individual expertise and experience of the working group members, led to very robust discussions within breakout groups to begin framing a path forward on the topic of plastic packaging in produce.

“All members of the CPMA Plastics Packaging Working Group displayed incredible professionalism while sharing their knowledge and insights at our first official working group meeting,” said CPMA President Ron Lemaire. “This group brought to light the importance of plastics in our industry and the complexity of the issue. There will be no single solution to addressing single-use plastics and it will be vital that we work together to meet commitments being discussed regionally, nationally and internationally by governments.”

The Plastics Packaging Working Group is comprised of industry representation from the following organizations:

 Costco Wholesale Canada 

 Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.

 Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc.


 Federated Co-operatives Limited

 Fresh Advancements/Freshline Foods

 Global Citrus Group Inc.

 Highline Mushrooms

 Hydroserre Inc. (MIRABEL)

 Loblaw Companies Ltd.

 Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.

 Markon Cooperative Inc.

 Metro Inc.

 Mucci International Marketing Inc.

 Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)

 OPPY (The Oppenheimer Group)

 Save-On-Foods Limited Partnership



 Sunset (Mastronardi Produce Ltd.)

 Taylor Farms 

 The Little Potato Company Ltd.

 The Star Group

 Toronto Wholesale Produce Association

 Veg Pro International Inc.

 Walmart Canada Corp.

 Westcoast Produce Wholesalers (Buy Low Foods)

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