The CPMA retail tour started with a visit to a City Market from Loblaws on Arbutus Street in Vancouver. It's a smaller store concept, designed for urban areas.
Berries were heavily promoted at the City Market. These clamshells with 2 lbs. of California-grown strawberries were positioned at the store entrance. The clams are CAD 4 each.
Fresh juices on display at store entrance.
Promoting Pink Muscat grapes and blueberries under Loblaw's private label brand President's Choice. The grapes are imported from Chile and the blueberries are sourced in Mexico.
Pineapples from Costa Rica, avaialable for CAD 4.49 each.
For the size of the store, the fresh produce selection was pretty significant. Nectarines and plums from Chile, available for CAD 3.99/pound.
Overview of the citrus isle.
Emily Ross with Manbulloo from Australia and Kellee Harris with Giumarra. Emily works for Australia's largest grower of Kensington Pride mangos and is taking a look at availability of mangos in Canadian stores.
Different varieties and merchandising options for mangos. Available in bulk as well as mesh bags.
A large selection of berries, all on promotion.
Jacques and Carolien Luteijn with Samrt-snacking attended the retail tour and were particularly interested in packaging for berries.
Apples can be bought by the piece as well as in bags.
Naturally Imperfect mesh bags with avocados from Mexico. 3 lbs. for CAD 7.99.
Two long English cucumbers packaged together. Local and greenhouse-grown in Delta, BC.
Sold on a tray and wrapped in plastic: asparagus, broccoli, squash, cauliflower and sweet corn.
Rhubarb, locally-grown in the Delta, BC area.
Living lettuce, greenhouse-grown in Coaldale, Alberta.
Ready-to-go products that have been organized by occasion. They include fruit and vegetable juices as well as pre-cut options in single-size and larger family packs.
Pomegranates on sale for CAD 2.99 each.
Plenty of melon options and below the melons is California-grown organic kiwi fruit available in pouch bags as well as kiwi fruit in regular bags.
Fruit that is ready to leave the store is available at a 50 percent discount rate.
Jim and Jeff Helseth of Twist-Ease are participating in the retail tour.
Promotion of lettuce and salad kits.
Fazleen Khan-Gupta and Gopal Gupta with local Surrey- based City Wide Produce are attending the retail tour.
Bike share station in front of City Market. There are many stations throughout the city and the bikes can be unlocked from one station and returned to any station in the system.
The next stop is Granville Island Market. This public market has many different and unique stores under one roof. Several vendors have stalls with a wide selection of produce, including many exotic items.
Overview of exotic products like star fruit, dragon fruit and coconuts at the Market.
Yael Ziv with Yonatan Packing & Marketing from Israel together with Emily Ross from Manbulloo in Australia.
Rambutan, longan and mangosteen all available at this independent fruit stall.
Rob Johnson with Country Grocer operates seven grocery stores on Vancouver Island.
The displays of produce at the Granville Island Market stores are just beautiful.
Overview of another independent store at Granville Island Market.
Who wouldn't want to buy these?
All fruit is sold by the pound.
Mixed fruit varieties in a tray.
One of the vendors make trays with berries ready for display.
Kellee Harris with Giumarra talks with one of the independent store owners.
Sweetsop, also called sugar-apple is imported from Vietnam.
Yellow pitahaya was widely available at Granville Island Market.
Fruit stall that offers a wide selection of apples.
Dan Harrington with Domex Superfresh Growers looks at the pears on display.
Bartlett pears from Australia, Washington-grown Boscs as well as Honey Belle pears from New Zealand are all available at this fruit stand.
The fruit is beautiful, but comes with a price.
Young coconuts imported from Thailand.
Matt Hernandez and Kenny Kataoka with Melissa's are also participating in the retail tour.
People visit Granville Island Market for the experience. Afernoons and weekends are very crowded. A trip to Granville Island is a true outing.
Overview of one of the stores.
Murray Tweedie with Wild Blueberry Meadows grows wild blueberries in Canada's province of New Brunswick.
Different mushroom varieties sold in bulk by the pound.
Close-up of sugar-apples from a different vendor.
View from the deck at Granville Island Market.
Ocean Concrete is the oldest tenant on Granville Island. To show the support of the artistic side of the island, the company has a number of bright wrapped ready-mix trucks. This truck shows different colors of carrots.
The third and last stop is T&T Supermarket, the largest Asian supermarket chain in Canada. It was founded in Vancouver in 1993 and the chain operates 23 stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
The store has an abundant selection of exotic produce items. This picture contains fresh ginseng, horseradish and long gobo.
Serrano peppers as well as red chili peppers.
Peruvian mango, carefully wrapped and sold for CAD 11.10 a piece.
In-store special of papayas. Sold for CAD 1.69/pound. It is sourced from Mexico/US, according to the sign.
Individually wrapped yellow pitahaya for CAD 9.37/piece.
A group of representatives from Ecuador. Norman Faican Landacay with Anca Tropical Fresh grows yellow pitahayas. Second from left is Luis Salcedo with Pro Ecuador, in the middle is Patricia Novillo with Canchacoto Fruits who grows granadillas. Marysabel Gonzalez with TFO Canada and on the right is Gabriel Alejandro Trelles with EcuaLife's, also grower of yellow pitahayas.
Korean melons from Mexico on special for CAD 2.47/pound.
Gold Nugget mandarins from California.
Loquats. The more exotic fruit and vegetable varieties are all sold on trays and wrapped in plastic.
Fuji apples imported from China and sold for CAD 1.27/pound.
Taiwan cauliflower grown in the US.
Jason Verkaik with Ontario-based Carron Farms and Quinton Woods with Gwillimdale Farms from Ontario.
Chayotes wrapped per two.
Canadian-grown mini/Japanese cucumbers.
Chinese white radish imported from China and Mexico- grown Chinese eggplant.
Different mushrooms in bags: King Oyster, Brown and White Shimeji as well as Enoki. They are all imported from Korea.
Hon pears and Golden pears on sale and imported from China.
Honey Pomelos imported from China.
The berry display at T&T is tiny in comparison to the average grocery store.
Fresh ginseng from Korea.
Hot Pot mix with different Canadian-grown mushrooms available for CAD 9.99.
Overview of the produce department of T&T.
Time to go back on the trolley and make our way over to the convention centre. Thank you to everybody involved for the well-organized tour.