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FDA still investigating cyclospora in McDonald’s salads

The Food and Drug Administration’s investigation into the source of an outbreak of cyclosporiasis from McDonald’s salads continues, with a focus on distributors and growers of romaine and carrots in the salads.

Packer Insight — Shortages of lemons and iceberg lettuce

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss two big topics this week — the continuing lemon shortage and supply issues for iceberg lettuce. 

Old-fashioned shortcuts still winning over online orders, meal kits

Americans continue to name takeout and restaurants as their go-to time savers when it comes to food, rather than online grocery orders and meal kits.

Report suggests health halo may be fading for produce

The latest FreshFacts on Retail report shows produce sales slowing for a third straight quarter.

Romaine slowly rebounding; iceberg shortage helping demand

Interest in romaine increased in mid-August as iceberg prices rose due to supply issues — an about-face from the situation earlier this year when romaine demand dropped following an E. coli outbreak.

PMA hopes to get ‘primal’ with SXSW panel proposal

The Produce Marketing Association is targeting  an unlikely venue to promote the role of fresh fruit and vegetables in a healthy diet.
Aug 16, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #PMA

Watermelon board caters to event’s ‘Fit Foodies’

Runners at the Fit Foodie Festival and 5K were treated to hydrating slices of watermelon from event sponsor National Watermelon Promotion Board.

UPDATED: Apeel Sciences hires former Sun World exec Gordon Robertson

(UPDATED, 4:15) Charged with building the company’s sales and building out its sales force, Gordon Robertson is the new chief revenue officer at Goleta, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences. 
Aug 16, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #People

Education is Wonderful: program expands opportunities

The Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program’s 90 graduates celebrated their accomplishments as the inaugural class in the program.

Bigger farms bear food safety costs easiest, study says

When it comes to bearing the cost of produce safety rules, the bigger the farm, the better.