Produce Market Guide News

Produce Market Guide News

Lettuce growers optimistic despite tough start

A springtime outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, along with erratic weather in California, rising freight rates and the usual competition from regional deals presented a challenge for California leaf and lettuce growers.

Fresh produce bin engineered to reduce shrink

JMT US and Macro Plastics are launching bin for fresh produce specifically engineered for controlled atmosphere environments to extend shelf life.

India postpones retaliatory tariff on apples

Aug 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples
The government of India has given Washington apple shippers a six-week delay on the implementation of a 25% retaliatory tariff against U.S. apples.
Aug 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Will today’s food safety initiatives solve tomorrow’s problems?

The 2006 North American spinach E. coli outbreak was the largest in U.S. history, causing at least 276 consumer illnesses and 3 deaths because of tainted produce.

Sakata Seed America sells onion breeding program

Sakata Seed American, Morgan Hill, Calif., has sold its onion breeding program to Cape Town, South Africa-based Zaad Holdings Ltd.

NC McDonald’s illnesses not related to cyclospora outbreak

A wave of illnesses traced to a Brevard, N.C., McDonald’s restaurant is norovirus, and the county health department said it’s not related to a multi-state outbreak from cyclospora in the fast food chain’s salads.

How the pros parse trends

Aug 06, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #Opinion, #Foodservice, #PMA
Trends excite consumers and therefore intrigue retailers and restaurant operators as well — especially in the Instagram era.
Aug 06, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #Opinion, #Foodservice, #PMA

Lawmaker criticizes FDA handling of cyclospora outbreak

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is pressing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for specifics about the investigation of the cyclospora outbreak linked to product sold by Fresh Express.

Peru asparagus to ramp up as U.S. winds down

Importers report good volume and quality for Peruvian asparagus, with interest expected to tick up as production in numerous other regions finishes up.

Packer Insight — Leafy greens task force and China tariffs

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the big stories of the week, including recommendations from the Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force and the latest back-and-forth with China on trade.