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System allows avocado shippers to determine ripeness

A rapid and non-invasive way to measure dry matter content, which would help determine ripeness in avocados, is close to commercialization.

Millennials Eat — Plums!

Retail editor Ashley Nickle and The Packer's copy editor and designer Amelia Freidline discuss purchase statistics related to plums and why millennials report buying them less.

Fresh Express tackles cyclospora head on with expert panel

Fresh Express, whose salads were pulled from about 3,000 McDonald’s restaurants after they were linked to a cyclospora outbreak, has a panel of food safety and industry experts to study the parasites.

Trump trade tactics bring out doubters, but believers persist

I was visiting with my 30-something son last night and he was remarking about President Trump’s incredible energy. He also marveled at how Trump simplifies all the issues he deals with to black and white.

Macro Plastics joins 1% for the Planet network

Agricultural bin manufacturer Macro Plastics has joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of the annual sales of its Hybrid bin line to support environmental nonprofits.

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.