In the wake of trade deals that have left some U.S. produce growers unhappy about an influx of imported fruits and vegetables, the new American Grown campaign is taking its message to consumers instead of lawmakers.
While watermelons remained the No. 1 most searched commodity last week on Produce Market Guide, there was some reshuffling among the top items as cherries, tomatoes and radishes broke into the top five.
Americans are eating less produce, but this decline is largely driven by potatoes, orange juice and lettuce. Meanwhile we’re eating more variety. So, should you be concerned? John Phipps shares his thoughts.
Many of the produce items shipped from West Mexico during the spring are similar to those that arrive in winter. However, fruit items, like melons and mangoes, tend to have a greater presence as the weather warms up.
The latest fiscal 2019 trade estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture raise predictions for fresh produce imports compared with a November forecast but keep the estimate for fresh produce exports stable.
A Michigan company specializing in packaging solutions for small fresh produce such as blueberries is teaming up with an Australian company that specializes in vision grading machines for small produce.
Although Hurricane Michael caused damage to crops in the Florida Panhandle, the central and southern parts of Florida, where the vast majority of the fall produce is grown, were not directly affected by the storm.