Port of Windsor looking forward to a very promising future

Port of Windsor looking forward to a very promising future

After a somewhat disappointing year in 2016, Port of Windsor is rebounding strongly in 2017 with total traffic up by almost 20 per cent at the end of July.

David Cree, the Port’s President and CEO, stated “We had expected a downturn in 2016 after very strong seasons in three out of the four previous years. In 2012, 2013 and 2015, the Port recorded near-record levels of stone and construction aggregates due to the construction of the Right Honourable Herb Gray Parkway which is a major extension of Highway 401 leading to the new Gordie Howe International Bridge; and secondly, the construction of the 100 acre customs plaza which will serve the new bridge. With most of that construction completed in late 2015, we had projected that volumes of stone and construction aggregates would fall off in 2016 and that in fact occurred with volumes declining by approximately 30 per cent”.

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Charting the complexities of produce distribution with a major Western Canadian wholesaler and grocery chain

By R. Bruce Striegler

Buy-Low Foods is a privately held company purchased by the Vancouver-based Jim Pattison Group in 1995. Pattison owns a number of grocery chains and wholesalers in western Canada which include Overwaitea Foods, Buy-Low Foods, Nesters Food Market, Urban Fare, PriceSmart Foods, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Bulkley Valley Wholesale and the distributors Associated Grocers and Van-Whole Produce.

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Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

Online food market may not provide the tasty results operators expect

By Ian Putzger

Amazon’s move to buy Whole Foods may have convinced investors that the online food market is the next Eldorado, but entrants face a number of issues that could spoil the feast for them. Projections for the online food business are decidedly frothy. According to one estimate, by the year 2025, 20 per cent of food will be ordered online and 70 per cent of consumers will order some food over the web.

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Nova Cold Logistics a vital enabler of Nova Scotia’s food export industries

Nova Cold Logistics a vital enabler of Nova Scotia’s food export industries

By Tom Peters

At Nova Cold Logistics there is always a chill in the air. It’s been that way for a quarter of a century. Nova Cold operates approximately 150,000 square feet of cold storage space in three facilities, two of which are located in Burnside Industrial Park and the third in the Halifax Gateway Logistics Park, all in Dartmouth, NS.

In 2015, Nova Cold (formerly Brookfield Cold Storage, Calgary) gained a presence in Nova Scotia with the purchase of Nova Cold Storage, adding an Atlantic Canada location to its operations in Central and Western Canada.

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From an idea in 2000 to six refrigerated warehouses, 45 trucks and a wholesale grocery business on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

From an idea in 2000 to six refrigerated warehouses, 45 trucks and a wholesale grocery business on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

By R. Bruce Striegler

With a population just short of 800,000, Vancouver Island is the largest island on the West Coast of North America, and is comparable to the combined size of the Netherlands and Taiwan. It is separated from the BC mainland by the Strait of Georgia to the east and, to the south and southeast, from Washington State by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Nestled off the coast of Vancouver Island, and between it and the mainland of British Columbia, lies an archipelago of more than 200 islands, many populated with year-round residents, and always a get-away location for local and international visitors. Goods are transported between the mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands by ferry, adding cost and logistics issues to supply chains.

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