These hearty greens are popular among most all demographic groups. The likelihood of a spinach purchase slipped two percentage points from last year.
Treating meat and produce with selected types of bacteria-killing viruses could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli pathogens, according to a Purdue University study.
The Food Drug Administration has rebuffed consumer groups, stating that lettuce and spinach may be irradiated to eliminate pathogens and extend shelf life.
Norway-based Tomra Sorting Solutions is targeting U.S. lettuce growers and processors with technology featuring laser sorting based on chlorophyll content, plus foreign material detection.
Downy mildew proliferation could bring organic spinach production to a crisis point in less than three years if steps aren’t taken to fend it off, according to scientists and industry representatives at a Yuma, Ariz., symposium.
Eric Schwartz has been named chief executive officer at United Vegetable Growers Cooperative.More Packer Stories for Spinach
Market Scope - Spinach — F.o.b.s as of April 21
CENTRAL COAST, CALIF. — Shipments (4-12-11) — Movement expected about the same. Trading early fairly active, late fairly slow. Prices lower. Cartons bunched flat 24s mostly $16.35-18.65. Quality generally good.