Much More Data Needed in Studying Food Pantries

There is little question that giving away anything for free tends to increase use or consumption of that item. If we give away healthy produce, but people still have to pay for unhealthy items, people’s diets will likely show some shift to healthier items. Despite its claims, the report below provides no evidence that 300 […]

In U.S. and across globe, retail success may be hard to sustain

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. Though the produce category had a record year at retail in 2020, foodservice was, of course, way down as so many restaurants were closed as were institutions such as schools and their lunch and meal programs. The statistics are not all in yet, but there is […]

Global fresh produce trade volumes trend downward

Freshfel launches 'SpeakUp' campaign as Year of Fruits and Vegetables kicks off

Global volumes of fruit and vegetable trade have followed a downward trend over the last few years, as was discussed in Freshfel Europe’s virtual Annual Trade Meeting recently. The discussion evaluated long and short-term global trade figures for the fresh fruit and vegetable sector with a focus on European exports, imports and intra-EU trade trends. […]

Wholesale Market: Finding a home for every piece of produce

This article first appeared in the May 2021 edition of Produce Business magazine Imagine you’re a farmer. You’ve spent the entire growing season investing your energy and passion into growing delicious, high-quality, good-for-you fruits and vegetables. You’ve done everything within your control, and you’ve also overcome conditions outside of your control (such as our good […]

Using Social Media To Affect Produce Buying Decisions

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. The influence of social media ballooned during 2020, fueled by the pandemic and consumer habits. “As the importance of social media continues to grow, a brand’s relevancy will be largely determined by its social relevance,” says CarrieAnn Arias, vice-president of marketing for Naturipe in Salinas, CA. “Ultimately, these […]

UK retailers resume avocado supplies from Kenya after boycott

Large Hass avocado to remain scarce amid strong green-skinned demand

Kenyan agricultural firm Kakuzi will soon resume exports of avocados to supermarkets in Europe which stopped buying its produce in October last year when the firm was accused of serious human rights abuse, Business Daily Africa reports. Supermarket chains Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Lidl suspended Kakuzi supplies in the wake of reports of rape and violence at Kakuzi […]

Sun World expands table grape footprint in Egypt, Italy

Autumn Crisp and Adora Seedless driving Sun World’s global growth

Sun World has recently granted six additional licenses to Egyptian table grape grower-marketers and two new Italian grower-marketers, bringing the total to seven and ten licenses, respectively. These appointments come as part of the company’s strategy to extend its reach in “high-potential gateway markets”. One of the primary motivations for this expansion is to satisfy […]