A black pickup truck emerged from the dawn fog on a chilly December morning, pulling into the hotel driveway in upstate New York. In the driver’s seat was Jim Allen, vice president marketing at New York Apple Sales.
On a daily basis, The Packer sees a number of ways in which lives are being changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, from foodservice operators and the companies that supply them to farmers who’ve been forced to waste crops.
When this chapter is over, many pundits will reflect on what could have been done differently, what we should still be doing now, and what everyone can do to minimize the fallout should another pandemic fall upon us.
Ohio, where I live and work, has issued an order for everyone in the state to shelter in place. Restaurants and schools have been closed, large gatherings are prohibited — and the world of produce has suddenly changed.