The Packer's editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the big stories of the week, from Farmers to Families Food Box Program contracts to USMCA to new store formats for Raley's and Schnucks.
Check out the team's full coverage of these topics at the articles below.
USDA announces new Farmer to Families Food Box contracts — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $512 million for fresh produce purchases through renewed contracts to companies packing and distributing in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
UPDATED: No big changes anticipated with start of USMCA — The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement became effective July 1, but it brings no sweeping changes to North American produce companies who have operated with the North American Free Trade Agreement for more than two decades.
Tale of the tape: NAFTA era trends in U.S. produce trade — Now that the USMCA has begun, what can we say about the North American Free Trade Agreement?
Behind the scenes: The produce department at Raley’s O-N-E Market — The first Raley’s O-N-E Market made its debut in late June in Truckee, Calif., its produce department filled with organic fruits and vegetables.
Schnucks vice president of produce talks new EatWell format — Fresh produce plays a starring role at EatWell, the new natural store format St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets debuted in late June in Columbia, Mo.