Produce events that changed history

09/16/2013 12:51:00 PM
Tom Karst


That’s only just a taste of the “100 who made a difference” identified by The Packer. Apart from the personalities, what do readers think were the most important “events” in the produce industry? Immigration events, food safety outbreaks, the Food Safety Modernization Act, citrus greening; for the past 30 years, what are the top three most significant events for the U.S. produce industry? What would your top three look like?

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AZ  |  September, 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Difficult question for a top 3. The produce industry can change history and just as often, it is changed by history. Assuming farmers are usually the lowest men on the totem pole, I'll try going for the demand side. 1. The rise of fast-food and continuing trend for convenience and eating out of the home (many reasons for that). 2. The growth of mega-retailers like Walmart and accompanying buy side consolidation and quest for supply-side efficiency. 3. GATT,later WTO and widespread trade liberalization offering both challenges and opportunities.

Tom K    
Lenexa  |  September, 17, 2013 at 05:09 PM

Those are strong. I especially like 2 in your list. Luis. Tom K

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