We are all looking ahead, sometimes finding it more fruitful to think about the road ahead than the path we are on.
Along that vein, I asked a new question to the LinkedIn Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group:
With more than 100 votes received, the opinions were distributed as follows:
- More private label 15%;
- Continuing rise of organic 32%;
- Greater online purchasing 42%; and
- Other (please comment) 12%.
Here are some excerpts of responses from the group:
- All of the above..... A greater rise in online purchasing of organic private label items;
- Nutrient-dense or eating for nutrition;
- Fairtrade! ;
- Growth of consumers adopting habits by choosing food for health and wellness;
- The merchandising counterpart to ‘analysis paralysis” is “selection saturation”. Are we past diminishing returns to the point of negatively impacting many categories with SKU proliferation? ;
- The invasion of the produce department by manufactured products;
- Global warming could change growing regions and this could take a toll on the produce industry; and
- Countries being better at growing our own produce year-round and not import so much.
Last week’s poll in the LinkedIn group was closed with fairly diverse results.
- Nothing .. the market is working: 33%;
- Tariffs or quotas selectively: 16%;
- Subsidies to U.S. growers: 17%; and
- Promotions effort USA grown 35%
At least for those voting, there is comparatively less appetite for measures to protect and subsidize U.S. growers than there is for a domestic produce promotion campaign.
Caught from the web:
How do grower, wholesale and retail prices of all fresh produce compare with the last two years? Details from the USDA below!