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T.O. and the OFT

This city and market make an unbeatable team
TO and the OFT

Organics & Locally Grown
In addition to an increase in ethnic fruits and vegetables, the Ontario produce industry has also seen an uptick in organics. “Organic sales continue to increase,” confirms Ian MacKenzie, outgoing president of the Ontario Produce Marketing Association (his replacement, Virginia Zimm, takes over in January). However, he points out that it’s hard to tell whether the trend is due to an increase in consumer interest for organic produce or steadily decreasing prices. “Supplies of organics have increased to the point that prices are coming down to be more in line with conventionally grown produce,” he explains.


165 The Queensway
Toronto, Ontario M8Y 1H8
Phone: 416-259-5479

Established: 1954

Monday – Saturday: 4 am to 2 pm
Sunday: 6 am to 11 am
Deliveries accepted 24/7

40 acres (1.74 million square feet)

Cold Storage Space:
100,000 square feet of commercial cold storage

Number of Tenants:
21 warehouse tenants, 40 office tenants and
350 farmers’ market tenants

Wholesale Buyers:
More than 5,000 registered wholesale buyers

Farmers’ Market:
8 acres and 550 stalls
Open Saturdays, May through October

4 acres with space for 575 cars

 “Forward-thinking retailers have a big interest in organics,” asserts Robert Chapman, vice president of sales and marketing with Pride Pak Canada Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario. “The organic section in most supermarkets is increasing in size year over year.”

Consumer demand for locally grown produce has also skyrocketed in Ontario. “There is no stopping the interest in locally grown produce,” MacKenzie says. “Consumers prefer to buy local when they can, at reasonable prices, because they feel more comfortable knowing the produce came from the local growing area.”