Heidi Klum wants more fruits and veggies in 2013: works for us

01/09/2013 08:15:00 AM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom Karst  One of the top ranked fresh produce stories this morning on Google refers to supermodel Heidi Klum's  Facebook declaration "2013... more fruits and vegetables." Another example of the great PR that fresh produce gets without even trying. Imagine what could be accomplished if the industry actually funded celebrity endorsements!

Among the news items for retailers on Google is a story about the opening of a new convenience store by United Supermarket in Texas. The "fresh to go" concept is being emphasized, with offerings of fresh fruit among the new shopper attractions.

One troubling report I stumbled upon is a study about reuseable shopping bags and a link to foodborne illness. Turns out bans on plastic bags can have a negative health effect on the community.

Among federal rules issued today are these:

Increase in assessment rate for South Texas orange and grapefruit

U.S. notice on pest risk assessment for Israeli dates

Assessment rate increase for California desert grapes

Although my Klout score is bigger than the Perishable Pundit, he is the commentator that carries the most weight relating to Fresh & Easy analysis. Check out his thoughtful, if long-winded, take here.

Highlights from the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group this morning...

On a scale of 1 to 10, how optimistic are you about the fresh produce business in the next year?


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