Pick the leader of the combined PMA/United Fresh and other news

05/17/2012 02:55:00 PM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstAll is quiet on the United PMA merger front, but someone told me that the two boards are still expected to vote June 4 somewhere in California.

I have a couple of links from the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group to share on the topic. One is the discussion thread about the merger, which you can find here.

Another is a poll question I just rolled out a couple of days on the FPIDG, with the question that nobody really wants to answer.

If a merger does happen, who should lead a unified PMA/United Fresh organization?

The beauty of these polls is that you must vote to see the results of the poll. I won't give you an inkling, but one of the multiple choice answers is drawing a strong majority of support from members so far.

In other news around the nation today,the USDA's farm labor report shows that 575,000 workers were directly on farms in mid-January, down 5% year ago. The average wage was $11.52 per hour, up about 2% from year-ago levels.

The Census Bureau released a widely noted report that was something of a watershed moment in our country's demographic makeup. And produce marketers should play close attention.

The CB reported 50.4% of the U.S. population under one year old were minorities as of July 2011. That's up from 49.5% in April 2010.

Taking the population as a whole, the Census Bureau said 36.6% of the population is represented by  minorities, compared with 36.1% in 2010. Five states had populations represented by "majority minority" populations, including Hawaii (77.1%) the District of Columbia (64.7%), California (60.3%), New Mexico (59.8%) and Texas (55.2%).

The Hispanic share of the U.S. population rose from 16.3% in 2010 to 16.7% in 2001, making Hispanics the fastest growing minority group.

And by the way, we're getting old. The average median age rose from 37.2 years in 2010 to 37.3% in 2011. Those 65- and older increased 40.3 million in 2010 to 41.4 million in 2011.

And the young adult population is under heavy financial pressure, a new report states.This coverage by Mybanktracker soberly observes that one in four of Gen Y(also Millennial, 18-34) don't have cash to cover basic necessities.


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