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Packer Insight — School foodservice, NY seasonal update, retail

Editor-in-chief Tom Karst, retail editor Ashley Nickle and Northeast editor Amy Sowder discuss key topics from the week, including how growers, school foodservice and retail are adjusting amid COVID-19.

Local, regional produce gains consumer interest

Companies have their own definition of what “local produce” means, but the consensus is the closer the better. 

PMA serves up Foodservice: Delivered

With more than 2,000 attendees from nearly 40 countries registered days before the show, expectations are high for the July 20-24 Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice: Delivered virtual event.

Progressive Produce finds success with Hollywood Fries

Los Angeles-based Progressive Produce is expanding its year-round Hollywood Fries program.

B&W Quality Growers introduces foodservice baby leaf blend

B&W Quality Growers, Fellsmere, Fla., has a new blend of greens for the foodservice sector.

Restaurants’ COVID-19 challenges continue

While we’ve all felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in our homes and in our businesses, no industry has been more affected than the restaurant industry.

PMA unveils details on Foodservice: Delivered sessions

The Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association has released more details on the Foodservice: Delivered virtual event, set for July 20-24.

Fresh Direct Produce acquires organic distributor Mike and Mike’s

Fresh Direct Produce Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, has acquired organic produce distributor Mike and Mike’s Inc.

USDA announces new Farmer to Families Food Box contracts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $512 million for fresh produce purchases through renewed contracts to companies packing and distributing in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

Inflation ticks higher for groceries

U.S. retail grocery prices increased 0.8% in May and are running nearly 5% above a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.