The organic produce category may not be expanding at the dizzying speed it was a few years ago, but the growth rate remains significant, and grower-shippers don’t see a substantial drop-off anytime soon.
Spun off from DowDupont on June 1, Corteva Agriscience now aims to play a bigger role in the fresh produce industry by putting a greater focus on the consumer and looking for opportunities in the vegetable seed business.
Tom Karst, Ashley Nickle and Amy Sowder discuss their reporting this week, from the Viva Fresh Expo to the first joint conference between the New England Produce Council and Organic Produce Network to Walmart news.
Interest in workers’ rights and global farming mean that consumers are getting vocal about a lot of things these days. Thankfully, the product offered by the fresh fruit and vegetable industry is a solid winner. Consumers continue to clamor for fresh produce, and they’re becoming more conscientious about how it’s produced and where it comes from.
Better protected from the unpredictability of weather, outdoor pests and contamination, indoor growing of all kinds offers more reliability and consistency that means it’s a category to last, say proponents.
The Packer's editor-in-chief Tom Karst and Produce Retailer editor Ashley Nickle discuss one of the big stories of the week, the annual release of the "Dirty Dozen" list by the Environmental Working Group.