The Environmental Working Group has again released a version of its Dirty Dozen list, prompting industry objections that the list has been discredited by scientists, is not based upon risk and has now been shown to poten
Whether it's the looming feeling of uncertainty around today's political climate or the chill of winter in the air, chefs and food pundits are finding many people are seeking culinary solace in comfort food
Before official produce safety rule inspections begin in 2018 and later, many states are expected to offer a kind of dress rehearsal to help fruit and vegetable growers see how their operations align with food safety reg
I was enjoying a quiet morning cup of coffee when Russ T. Blade pried himself out from the top drawer of my desk. â€˜Rusty,â€™ as readers know, is the miniature and imaginary produce manager who drops by on occa
Heading to the United Fresh Washington Conference from Sept. 12-14, I look forward to hearing conversations about the immigration, the presidential race, the next farm bill, nutrition programs, the implementation of food
The Twitter account of President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump, promised this on the evening of Jan. 24: â€œBig day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!â€
(UPDATED, Jan. 31) President Donald Trump is considering a 20% tax on imports from Mexico to fund construction of a border wall, and United Fresh Produce Association president Tom Stenzel has warned such a move could sta
My oldest son, in his early 30s, is a pescetarian. For the uninformed â€‘ as I counted myself until mere weeks ago â€‘ the web tells me that pescetarianism, or pesco-vegetarianism, means being vegetarian while
I grew up in a family where the general rule in place at the dinner table (yes, we all sat down for dinner together, an alien concept to some of my peers even then) was to eat what was served to us, including vegetables.
We turn to the reader’s file this week. I received an inquiry from a chain merchandiser, looking for tips to better handle the winter holidays. New Year’s Day and Christmas are very busy weeks in the produce aisle.
To the applause of the School Nutrition Association and others, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published an interim final rule that will give schools flexibility in meeting whole grain requirements.
Despite the chatter we’ve been hearing about prices, traffic and private-label integration, I’m not sure we’ve yet seen the true grocery (specifically fresh produce) effect of Amazon buying Whole Foods.
As I am writing a few stories about strawberries for an upcoming section for The Packer, I asked the Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group about what changes or trends they see in the strawberry industry.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Organic produce looks poised to continue its steady growth, buoyed by “true believers” that market organic exclusively and by grower-shippers who simply want to meet the full spectrum of demand.
Ever since the introduction of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans basically doubled the recommendation on fruits and veggies, the Total Daily Per Capita Consumption for Americans has gone nowhere.
I think about repeat sales, especially in so many walks of life, such as when I get my hair cut. My neighborhood barber shop (Louie’s) is always there for me and countless others, to trim and tidy up what nature grows.
Brexit has become an all-consuming issue for many in the United Kingdom. Hardly a day goes past without some new angle or discussion in the media and political world about what sort of Brexit we might be heading for.
Are you selling a suspicious amount of cheap bulk items at self-checkouts? Bananas, pinto beans, onions and carrots are a common PLU thieves use to swipe items like avocados, and it can add up quickly.
CHICAGO — Sales of plant-based meat and dairy alternatives are up 8% over the previous year. Produce companies should ask themselves if this is a trend they should partner or support. For most, I’d advise against it.
The eastern part of Salinas is rife with gang violence, drug activity, and hundreds of shootings every year. Yet, if you don’t live on the east side of town where most of the violence occurs, it's easy to feel immune.
The Equitable Food Initiative is a third-party food certification proposal to “bring greater transparency to the supply chain” by convincing retailers to force suppliers to adopt its certification program.
As consumers become increasingly distrustful on big tech companies, produce companies and organizations need to consider carefully how collection and use of consumer data affects trust and brand reputation.
One of the best things a produce manager could say about a clerk, wasn’t that the person was the fastest stocker. Or that the person was thorough or neat or prompt — although these are certainly desirable traits.
Aldi is a company that I have always been fascinated by; with over 1,800 locations in 35 states, it has a revenue projection by retail analysts just north of $11 billion in 2018, yet they largely fly under the radar.
LAS VEGAS — Retailers and consumer packaged goods companies have been making major investments to be relevant in the increasingly important online space, and new event Groceryshop showed how they are doing it.
I visited 12 grocery stores in the Kansas City area the evening that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked another E. coli outbreak to romaine, and the Nov. 20 trip was far more revealing than I expected.
Holi-daze. As the year’s end fast approaches, and two holiday waves are about to crash into the produce aisle, I’m reminded of doling out a few tidbits of advice to new produce managers flush with stress.
You sit down to negotiate with your trading partner, perhaps to finalize a new annual contract or maybe just a weekly ad opportunity, and you think to yourself, “I’m as prepared as I’m ever going to be.”
After seeing in three short months the busy pace that produce industry professionals keep up — especially at the expos and conferences — it’s no wonder that there’s a high risk for burnout, no matter who you are.