With this post, we are halfway through the year in reviewing some of the top fruit and vegetable news, both for The Packer and for the consumer press.

Previous posts have considered JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril and May.

With some foodborne illness outbreak-related news and crop outlook stories, here is a list of some of the top performers for The Packer in June 2019:

UPDATED: FDA links Mexican papaya to outbreak, asks for halt to sales

Guess what vegetable is tops in Green Giant poll

Driscoll’s Rosé and Sweetest Batch brands offer unique berries

Wayne Bailey Produce named in $8.1 million PACA complaint

Celery’s jaw-dropping run showing signs of fatigue

Michigan apple industry expects a big crop

PACA: Southern Produce Distributors owes $3.49 million

Grimmway acquires Generation Farms

UPDATED: FDA links Mexican papaya to outbreak, asks for halt to sales

Late start for California grapes


The consumer media had several articles of note in June, particularly one that had quite a bit of run that said millions are dying because of a dearth of fruit and vegetable consumption. Here is that one and a few more...

Low fruit and vegetable intake may account for millions of deaths

How He Got 200,000 People to Buy Ugly Fruits and Vegetables

‘Nobel for food’ winner tells ailing world to eat more veg

State of obestiy

Avocado prices keep rising

A Time of Reckoning in the Central Valley

Men’s fertility irreversibly damaged by age of 18 thanks to Western junk food diet,

Study finds4 grocers that are turning stores into destinations

American fitness index

Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat

Dollar General is No. 1 retailer for opening stores this year

Food ‘farmacies,’ produce prescriptions gain lawmaker support



At Google Trends, here are the results of search box queries on “fruits and vegetables” in June, illustrated by a list with the top searches and a second list  with the fastest rising searches.

Category: All categories
fruits and vegetables: (01/06/2019 - 30/06/2019, United States)


  • Vegetable
  • Fruit
  • Eating
  • Diet
  • Vitamin
  • Carbohydrate
  • Protein
  • Produce
  • Weight loss
  • Protein
  • Diabetes
  • Farmer
  • Organic food
  • Dietary fiber
  • Meat
  • Apple
  • Low-carbohydrate diet
  • Cause
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Vitamin D
  • Farmers’ market
  • List of culinary fruits
  • Marketplace
  • Smoothie
  • Sodium



  • Farmers’ market
  • Smoothie
  • Liver
  • Amino acid
  • Iron deficiency
  • Chemical substance
  • Essential amino acid
  • Autumn
  • Diabetes
  • Vitamin D
  • Protein
  • Marketplace
  • Sodium
  • Immunity
  • Glycemic index
  • Humidity
  • Cause
  • Farmer