Packer Anniversary

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Packer Anniversary

Food as medicine

Fruits and vegetables become part of health care initiatives

Consumer selection builds branding

The transition from mom-and-pop stores to supermarkets and chain stores in the 1930s-40s gave consumers power—the power of choice.

Food safety forces change

1995 - 2019: Outbreak events drive data-driven traceability initiatives

How has technology transformed the produce industry?

Automation of communication, operations and data push produce into the new millennium

1969-1994: Foodservice becomes king

Filling supplies starts the fresh-cut produce industry

Where were we in ’93?

I was thumbing through a copy of “The Packer, a Century of Produce,” published in 1993. It’s a rich collection of reflections, produce and people.

The power of one among many

How can we identify the power of an individual within any sphere of human activity? 

The Constant of Change

It’s certainly been a changing industry these past 25 years. I’d suggest there are three areas where change has reshaped our industry more in the past quarter century than the entire century before.

Biggest changes in produce packaging? Let us count the ways

I have discussed the results of an online survey we put out in conjunction with The Packer’s 125th-anniversary publication several times in this space.