Tom Burfield

Tom Burfield

Sales of fresh herbs bounce back at retail

After being hard hit early in the coronavirus pandemic, the herb category seems to be bouncing back, some say with significant double-digit growth.

Garlic in high demand

Garlic supplies were ramping back up in early summer following a spring when the pungent bulbs sometimes were hard to find.

Good year for dates, marketers say

Another good year should be on tap for the date industry following the 2019-20 season that was marked by a significant sales uptick resulting at least in part from COVID-19.

Los Angeles supermarkets thrive amid COVID-19

Despite myriad COVID-19 -related challenges, Los Angeles area grocery stores have fared well from a sales perspective since the pandemic broke out.

Produce sales rebounding for Los Angeles suppliers

The produce business seems to be gradually rebounding in Los Angeles as stores and restaurants start to reopen after more than two months of shutdowns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New grape varieties enhance retail sales

Table grapes are available year-round, thanks to offshore export programs, but they seem to be associated more with the warm, summer months and outdoor eating occasions.

Coachella Valley grapes off to late start

Good-quality table grapes are coming out of California’s Coachella Valley after a “really late” start this season.

Strawberry volume headed upward

As of the first week of June, strawberry movement was on track to beat last year’s 202 million trays by a little over 16 million, according to the Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission.

Solid season seen for upcoming summer berries

A fruitful season should be in store for the summer berry categories, as grower-shippers report ample supplies of good-quality fruit.

Good quality seen as California grapes kick off

California table grapes already are shipping out of the Coachella Valley, and grower-shippers expect good-quality fruit to kick off in the San Joaquin Valley to the north sometime in July.