Opinion: At one major wholesale market in U.S. the winds of change are blowing

As a young woman coming into this industry, I have realized there are not many people my age in the wholesale produce business — especially buyers. Youth is scarce in the terminal market, and I am curious as to what will happen as our buyers begin to “age out.” Traditionally, terminal market operations have relied […]

Avocado leader Mission Produce announces distribution centre in Dartford

Avocado company Mission Produce has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art ripening, packing and forward distribution centre (FDC) in Dartford, England, in 2023. Strategically located with direct access to major international ports and transportation networks, the facility is expected to strengthen Mission’s expanding international footprint and optimize product distribution to the company’s European customer base. […]

What are grape varietal innovations worth? A professor paints the picture

We have carefully followed the VitisGen and VitisGen2 project for a long time. It is a multi-institution research collaboration, funded by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative and focused on enabling the production of new grape varieties. At the most recent New York Produce Show and Conference in December 2021, we had an important presentation: Consumers, Grapes and Gene Editing Cornell’s Brad […]

Aldi’s move into Big Four shows power of discounting, inflation

Although Aldi’s rise into the Big Four of UK supermarkets ahead of Morrisons was not a surprise given its surge in the past two years, it nonetheless showed the power of discount chains in a budget-crunched sector for consumers. With inflation soaring to 12.4%, Aldi pulled down a 9.3% share to leap ahead of Morrisons […]

Raspberry development in processing and fresh sectors

On a recent trip to Chile, I took this photo in a raspberry production field. For me, it very neatly summed up the progress that has been made in raspberry breeding in the recent past. The variety on the left has been the industry standard type in the country for the last few decades. On […]

Tackling social sustainability in fresh produce

Social sustainability can best be described as a company’s desire to “make a positive difference to people’s lives and futures, with a focus on their position in the environment.” Social sustainability projects can create great support for and understanding of sustainability. Quite a few fresh produce companies aspire to become a supply chain partner that […]

Wait a minute: Aren’t we the plant-based diet?

By Anne-Marie Roerink Life has been a rollercoaster ride for more than two years. At the onset of the pandemic, consumers focused on comfort food, but immunity and healthful eating quickly took a front seat. When you type in “healthy” in any one of the search engines, then click images, every picture that pops up […]

Shoplifting putting further strains on retailers, including Tesco

Little Helps? Tesco to have shareholder vote on tackling obesity in UK

Rising inflation and strains on budgets have furthered the wave of shoplifting in retail shops across the UK in the past few months, including Tesco, which has taken additional steps to try to protect food items from being stolen. The retailer has gone so far as to wrap some higher-priced products in netting with security […]