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Texas operators consider prospects for selling direct to consumers

The COVID-19 pandemic closed a few doors and opened a few windows for Texas produce operators.

Pandemic spurs greater demand for bagged product

Retail and consumer requests for bagged avocados have been inching upward for the past several years, but the onset of the coronavirus seems to have intensified that demand, grower-shippers say.

Holidays could look different, but spud, onion supplies ample

Potato and onion suppliers say they will have plenty of product on hand for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts in 2020.

Pandemic alters some potato, onion marketing tactics

Potato and onion marketers say COVID-19 has forced them to alter plans in certain channels, but the pandemic hasn’t stopped them.

Consumer retail habits, reshaped by pandemic, aren’t changing soon

The consumer’s wild ride through the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, according to Steve Lutz, senior vice president of insights and innovations for Category Partners.

Supply chain investments needed in labor-saving technology, report says

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in the food supply chain, and a new research paper from Resilience360 says investments in labor-saving technology will be needed over the long-term to counter rising costs.

Low retail inflation holds for fruits and vegetables

In a year that has seen double-digit increases in demand for fresh produce at supermarkets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that retail prices for fruits and vegetables will come in below historical averages.

Marketers expect good season for Chilean blueberries

Industry leaders anticipate a good season for Chilean blueberry production and exports to the U.S. through the winter months.

Thomas Fresh offers bagged pink dragon fruit, young coconut

Thomas Fresh, Calgary, Alberta, is offering two new packaged items: pink dragon fruit and young coconuts.

Retail produce sales strong; fresh share of produce dollar slips

Fresh produce sales at retail totaled $5.04 billion in the four September weeks, up 10.7% from the same period in 2019.