VANCOUVER -- Select attendees of the 2018 Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention got a feel for the retail scene in this picturesque harbor city via a tour to three of the most popular retail destinations for fresh produce.
On the morning of April 24, tour attendees boarded two trollies and headed to Loblaw's City Market, a midsized location that offered the most tradition retail experience of the three stops.
The tour then headed to the Granville Island Market, where vendors of all types operate in a common market area. Here, mainstream and exotic produce is available, along with a multitude of seafood, meat, cheese and flower stalls.
After departing Granville Island, the tour made its final stop at a T&T Market in Chinatown, where Asian specialty produce takes center stage, complemented by some mainstream offerings.
Loblaw's City Market, the first stop on the retail tour, offered attendees the most traditional retail experience of the three stops.
An attractive fruit and fresh-squeezed juice display at the entrance of the Loblaw's City Market location.
Robert Johnson, produce operations manager for Country Grocer, who organized the retail tour in conjunction with CPMA, speaks with Freddy Procel Hoyos and Gabriel Trelles Ortiz of ProEcuador at the Loblaw's City Market location.
A Loblaw's City Market produce employee stocks a display of Ambrosia apples.
Kellee Harris of Giumarra Cos. examines some Mexican mangos at the Loblaw's City Market location.
Trucks lined up outside the Granville Island Market to deliver produce and other food items for sale at the market.
Workers diligently sort and pack berries for sale at the Granville Island Market.
A worker fills a ginger display at the Granville Island Market.
At a restaurant within the Granville Island Market, a chef unpacks a box of Dole celery.
A fully stocked blueberry display featuring fruit from Family Tree Farms at the Granville Island Market.
Mango growers Yael Ziv and Moshe Meiri of Yonatan Packing and Marketing in Yonatan, Israel, examine some Peruvian mangos on display at the T&T Market in Chinatown.
Robert Johnson, produce operations manager for Country Grocer, who organized the retail tour in conjunction with CPMA, speaks with Sophie Perreault of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association and Annie Riendeau of Vegco in Sherrington, QC.
A worker stocks a mango display at the T&T Market location in Chinatown.
A display of red chili peppers at the T&T Market location in Chinatown.
Bags of small avocados are also popular in Vancouver, with Del Monte's offering on display at the T&T Market.
Gopal Gupta and Fazleen Khan-Gupta of City Wide Produce in Surrey, BC, at the T&T Market in Chinatown. The couple had run a retail establishment in Vancouver before selling the store and opening their wholesale operation in 2010.