Let’s narrow that broad statement down to one topic near and dear to all readers of The Packer — fresh fruits and vegetables.
The U.S. is blessed with a bounty of fresh produce grown across the nation, from heavyweight producers like California all the way down to countless local growers.
We’re also fortunate to have a couple of great neighbors — Mexico and Canada — who serve as markets for U.S. fruits and vegetables as well as suppliers to our market.
That’s why I was irritated, but not surprised, by some stats presented during a panel discussion at the recent AMHPAC convention.
AMHPAC, which represents Mexican greenhouse and shade house producers, assembled a panel of U.S. retail, foodservice, food safety and supplier executives to address the question of whether Mexico is the ideal candidate to supply vegetables to the continent.
One of the panel members, Robert Garfield, senior vice president of Washington, D.C.-based Food Marketing Institute’s Safe Quality Food Institute, said 63% of U.S. consumers express confidence in food produced in Latin America, compared to 97% for U.S. food.