Despite the bottom dropping out of the restaurant industry as businesses closed in response to the spread of the coronavirus this spring, mushroom companies saw volume drop just 2% for the year that ended June 30.
Produce industry operations in Salinas had mostly returned to normal Aug. 27, one week after two wildfires threatened the region, prompting evacuations, dumping ash onto crops, and significantly worsening air quality.
Consumer Reports has published a list that rates dozens of fresh produce items based on pesticide residue. The ratings use the same EPA reports that the EWG uses for its annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists.
Frank Padilla, vice president and general merchandiser manager for produce and meat for Costco, discussed increasing organic assortment and a continuing commitment to the category during a recent OPN virtual event.