As the industry enters 2020, I am a bit concerned about the state of it. We continue to see many outside factors continually eating away at the margins — issues such as recalls, labor, technology and sustainability.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate why produce-grower prices have stayed stagnant or declined while prices have increased along the supply chain.
BOSTON — This Northeast U.S. region marked by wealth, smaller independent retailers, ethnic diversity and high-end foodservice keeps adjusting to today’s challenges to feed its people and those beyond its borders.
In anticipation of The Packer’s 125th-anniversary issue, we have enjoyed publishing past anniversary articles from the Century of Produce and also posted industry columns for the 125th-anniversary edition.
Business on the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market seemed to be off to a slow start this summer, while the supermarket industry continues to evolve and organic, specialty and foodservice categories thrive.
Long-time Twin City produce companies H. Brooks & Co. and its affiliates, and J&J Distributing are being acquired and consolidated into a new company, known as New Harvest Foods, helmed by industry veteran Ron Carkoski.
Debt-to-asset ratios are on the rise, working capital is eroding and farmers’ sentiments are on the decline. Despite the negativity surrounding prices and outlooks, Famer Mac is providing a voice of optimism.