Q&A/Quiz

Q: What is tasteU.S.?
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tasteU.S. is an initiative designed to increase the awareness of cooperative promotions with a strong focus on commodities. We work with over 40 U.S. cooperators and other food and agricultural organizations to bring quality and nutritious food, beverage and pre-packaged goods to Canadians. More importantly, the U.S. ag partners are committed to educating the trade and consumers alike on the unique qualities and benefits of fresh food products from the U.S.

Q: What are cooperators? What do they do?
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A cooperator is an organization representing growers and producers of a particular agricultural commodity.  The U.S. cooperators that tasteUS! works with create awareness and educate consumers and the trade about the special features of their respective commodities.  They help to ensure that all the foods coming from their producers adhere to the highest of standards in terms of health and safety.

Q: Where can I find out more about the different cooperators that work with tasteUS!?
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For a full list of our cooperators and more about what they do click here.

Q: How does seasonality affect the kinds of agricultural products coming to Canada from the United States?
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Certain products are produced more easily in certain seasons; however, our cooperators represent many farmers, some of whom operate in warm climates that can produce food and beverage products all-year-round.

Q: Does being produced at “big agriculture” facilities affect the quality of agricultural products?
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Our products come from hardworking producers, including multi-generational family-owned businesses. All of our producers are proud of their livelihood and very stringent when it comes to providing the highest product standards.

Q: How is the quality of products maintained during transport?
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Due to geographical proximity and advancements in transportation, much of the fresh produce is shipped in refrigerated trucks, or air freighted ensuring that U.S. products arrive in the Canadian marketplace fresh and nutritious.

Q: How safe are the products that are being imported from the U.S.?
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The products produced by cooperators adhere to the strict health and quality standards and are safe to eat. Ensuring that their products are safe is a top priority for our producers.

Q: How do I import food and beverage products from the United States for my business?
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If you would like to learn more about importing from the United States click here.

Q: Where can I buy American agricultural products in Canada?
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Our cooperators’ products are readily available in grocery stores across Canada. Look for the “Product of” label that identifies a U.S. origin.  If you are having trouble locating a certain product, please contact us.

Q: How do American agricultural cooperators regulate the use of pesticides?
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Our cooperators’ products must adhere to the strictest of standards when it comes to quality assurance. In particular, the use of pesticides is diligently regulated in North America to ensure the products are safe.

Q: How many American agricultural products are imported into Canada annually?
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In 2014, U.S. agricultural exports to Canada reached US$ 22 billion. American products account for more than 60% of Canada’s total agricultural imports.

Q: How do I know where in the United States my food is coming from?
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All of our products are marked with labels that detail their point of origin in the United States.

Q: How can I learn more about specific products coming from the United States?
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To see the products managed by our cooperators click here.

Q: How do I determine the availability or seasonality of particular products?
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To find out when certain agricultural products are available, use our seasonal calendar.

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