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Trump administration considers changes to hours of service rules

After months of complaints tying new electronic logging device regulations for truckers on increased costs and shipping delays, the Trump administration is considering changes to its hours of service regulations.

QPMA’s Pillar of the Industry: ‘Relationships matter’

LA MALBAIE, QUEBEC — When Pat Calabretta joined the produce industry 21 years ago, he’d never heard of a red potato, but he knew how to buy television sets from his job at Costco.

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.