Produce Market Guide News

Produce Market Guide News

Mexican apple output way up, but Canada down slightly

CHICAGO — Canada’s apple output is down slightly, but Mexican apple production is way up this year, according to industry reports at the U.S. Apple Association’s Marketing Conference.

Kroger produce executive urges innovation, customer focus for apples

Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Apples
CHICAGO — Lending insights on consumer apple demand from a retail perspective, Randy Riley outlined the challenges and opportunities he sees for the apple category.
Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Apples

New York Apple Association celebrates milestone

Aug 23, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Eastern Apples, #Apples
As the New York Apple Association celebrates 25 years, it’s coming out with new merchandising materials and marketing strategies for its more than 600 growers across six regions and more than 50,000 acres of orchards.
Aug 23, 2019 by Amy Sowder #Eastern Apples, #Apples

U.S. Apple Association apple estimate 2.2% lower than USDA

Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Apples, #USDA
CHICAGO — The U.S. Apple Association estimate for the 2019 crop is forecast at 247.76 million (42-pound) cartons, 2.2% lower than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 253.09 million cartons.
Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Apples, #USDA

AFF, Markon wrap up “Facts, Not Fear” Produce Safety Media Tour

The Alliance for Food and Farming and Markon Cooperative hosted the third “Facts, Not Fears” Produce Safety Media Tour for registered dietitians, health and nutrition writers and bloggers.

Sweet potato growers expect supply comeback

After unfavorable weather conditions last fall, sweet potato yields dropped from 224 cwt. per acre in 2017 to 190 cwt. per acre in 2018. This season producers are looking forward to the new crop to bring better yields.

The current state of the food waste movement

Aug 23, 2019 by Ron Clark #Opinion, #Produce Retail
Let’s take a moment to take a look at the current food waste movement from the grower perspective.
Aug 23, 2019 by Ron Clark #Opinion, #Produce Retail

USDA mushroom report change surprises industry

Aug 23, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Mushrooms, #USDA
The USDA's 2018-19 mushroom production report had some surprises for the industry, showing an 8% drop in both sales and volume, which at 846.5 million pounds is the lowest production since 2009-10.
Aug 23, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce Crops, #Mushrooms, #USDA

West Mathison honored as Apple Man of the Year

CHICAGO – Twenty three years after his grandfather Tom Mathison won the same award, Stemilt Growers CEO and president West Mathison was recognized by The Packer as the 2019 Apple Man of the Year.