National Editor Tom KarstChecking in with one industry leader yesterday, he said the failed merger of United and PMA is having a real cost to the industry now. With both PMA and United Fresh engaging members for a comprehensive response to the FDA proposed produce safety and preventive control rules (plus more to follow), it will mean some duplication of effort by member companies. What do readers think? Is it overkill to have both organizations working full tilt on food safety regulations, or will that redundancy somehow pay off?
I noted one headline this morning in the OC Weekly "Be ready to pay more for lettuce - a lot more" The blog post went on to refer to The Packer's coverage of temperature swings in desert growing areas. pimping the pub as the "bible of the produce industry." Check out one of the apostles, Mike Hornick, and his coverage of the desert lettuce deal here.
Another headline from around the Web detailed the NPD's report on fresh fruit and snacking. The NPD report is only teased in this news release, headlined "Fresh fruit is top and fastest growing snack in America."
The NPD research found, according to the release, that for the two-year period ending March 2012, fresh fruit was consumed as a snack in 10 more times a year than chocolate and and 25 times more than potato chips. Those are the second and third most popular snack foods, NPD says.
NPD researchers found that fresh fruit ranks number one in five of the six needs states: health and weight, hunger satiety, convenience, routine/habit and satisfying a craving.
Also working favor of fruit is the fact that it is a snack option that transcends all ages. Teens eat the least amount of fruit but they eat more as they get older, and consumers over 65 eat the most fruit.
The Drudge Report this morning featured a story with the headline "New data show 1 in 4 children on food stamps." From the story, sharp criticism for Ag Secretary Vilsack: