Packer Insight — Food box program plus creativity at retail
The Packer's Tom Karst and Ashley Nickle bring you up to speed on a few of the notable stories of the week, from innovative programs by retailers to the latest on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
For more on these topics, check out the following articles:
USDA revamps food box selection process — As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing a third round of contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, to spend the full $3 billion approved for the program.
Tops makes changes in produce to reduce environmental impact — Tops Friendly Markets has moved away from foam produce trays and has switched to a local supplier of greenhouse-grown tomatoes as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the company’s environmental impact.
Farmers market events hit the mark for 99 Cents Only Stores — 99 Cents Only Stores saw fresh produce sales increase significantly at several stores that recently held weekend farmers market events for the first time.