(Clockwise from top left) News editor Chris Koger, retail editor Ashley Nickle, editor-in-chief Tom Karst, Northeast editor Amy Sowder ( The Packer )

The Packer's team catches you up on the news of the week, from the Washington Conference to the Sustainable Produce Summit to stricter traceability rules for certain produce items.

Check out the video for discussion by editors Tom Karst, Chris Koger, Amy Sowder and Ashley Nickle, and see the links below for more in-depth coverage of the various topics. Thanks for reading and watching!


Sonny Perdue details relief plans at Washington Conference — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue detailed the highs and lows of federal programs created to help growers and distributors suffering from the crisis with a dramatic drop in sales, labor shortages and extra costs in creating safe work environments.

Biden, Trump reps debate, pollster predicts at Washington Conference — Forty days before the presidential and congressional elections, the United Fresh Washington Conference gathered representatives from Joe Biden’s and Donald Trump’s campaigns in a virtual session attended by more than 220 people.

FDA proposes heightened traceability rules for certain produce — The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new traceability rules that seek elevated record-keeping for many fresh produce items, from all fresh-cut products to leafy greens and tomatoes.


Growers want more reward for sustainability efforts — Nearly all growers say sustainability is important, but many say buyers are not rewarding them for their efforts.

Packaging panel considers sustainability progress — Substantial investments in recycling and industrial compost facilities will be necessary to bring greater sustainability to produce packaging.

Industry leaders detail sustainable changes, opportunities ahead — Produce executives including Bruce Taylor and Rod Braga discussed during a Sustainable Produce Summit panel the evolution of the industry and the opportunities that exist for companies to make their operations more sustainable.