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Conversations at United — Michael Castagnetto with Robinson Fresh

Robinson Fresh had been laying the groundwork to help customers handle more e-commerce business since before the pandemic, and at United Fresh Live! they talked with booth visitors about their findings in that area.

Conversations at United — Amber Maloney with Wish Farms

Plant City, Fla.-based Wish Farms introduced a brand refresh and new labels at the United Fresh Live! virtual trade show.

Strawberry volume headed upward

As of the first week of June, strawberry movement was on track to beat last year’s 202 million trays by a little over 16 million, according to the Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission.

Weather delays Ohio vegetables, but growers optimistic

A cold, wet spring may have gotten Ohio vegetables off to a slow start, but growers look forward to warmer days ahead and strong demand for local produce. 

Fresh fruit boosts produce sales growth in early June

Fresh produce dollar sales remained 13% above 2019 in the first week of June, boosted by solid performance from the fruit category.

Packaging sees brisk business in wake of pandemic

Many unanswered questions still hang over the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, but the health crisis, which froze some food sales outlets and forced major alterations in others,  also changed consumer buying habits.

Apple growers question why USDA payments bypass them

A dozen groups representing state and regional apple growers has asked the USDA to reconsider its method of determining direct payments for apple losses through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

Cold temperatures, rain delay Mid-Atlantic’s crops

Summer harvests are later than usual after a cold, wet spring delayed some plantings in the mid-Atlantic states of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Dole’s slaw kit celebrates 100-plus years of Hawaiian pineapples

CORRECTED: Dole Food Co. is honoring nearly 120 years of growing pineapples on Oahu, Hawaii, with the Hawaiian Slawsome! Kit.

COVID-19 redefines school foodservice

When COVID-19 arrived in March, the students and the salad bars in school cafeterias disappeared.