We forget a lot in a year, much less a decade - The Packer

We forget a lot in a year, much less a decade

12/28/2012 10:31:00 AM
Greg Johnson

Year in ProduceWhen looking at a year-end top-story list, sometimes it’s as much about remembering as it is realizing how quickly you’ve forgotten about something and moved on to the next thing.

The failed PMA/United merger seems longer ago than just July, doesn’t it?

It’s also interesting to see how the industry has responded to the news.

As for 2012, there hasn’t been much time to see the industry response to top issues. For example, the Mexico/Florida tomato dispute is far from settled, and the nation awaits the results of the Food Safety Modernization Act and what another four years of an Obama administration will mean.

This Year in Produce special report holds the top 10 stories of the year as determined by The Packer staff. We vote and determine this every year.

The Year in Produce 2012
1 Chamberlain Farms cantaloupe outbreak.
2 Inaction on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
3 Mexico/Florida tomato war.
4 United Fresh/PMA merger fails.
5 Tainted mangoes cause widespread illness.
6 Michigan apple crop devastated.
7 Sprout illnesses force national chains into menu changes.
8 McDonalds, Wendy’s, other fast-food chains make fresh produce more of a priority.
9 School meals include more produce.
10 Locally grown produce movement continues to rise.

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