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How businesses interpret the PMA/United Fresh Ethical Charter

The grower industry is suffering from a critical labor shortage, but berry farms that supply Driscoll’s of the Americas have a competitive advantage because they pay their laborers more.

Romaine industry adopts new labels, product to return to stores

​​​​​​​The FDA says romaine lettuce is now safe to eat following the “purge” of product on the market, and grower-shippers agreed to new labeling standards that will include where the lettuce is grown.

Federal agencies to industry: stop shipping romaine

Federal agencies are asking romaine lettuce shippers to stop packing and selling their product as a second E. coli outbreak traced to the lettuce is under investigation.

EFI looks to give certified suppliers preferred status

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Equitable Food Initiative hopes that its “Responsibly Grown Farmworker Assured” label will elevate the status of those suppliers in the eyes of the produce buying community.
Nov 15, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Labor, #PMA, #United Fresh

United Fresh opens nominations for retail produce manager awards

The United Fresh Produce Association is accepting nominations for the 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program.

United Fresh to honor Carkoski with Lifetime Achievement Award

The United Fresh Produce Association has chosen Ron Carkoski to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Packer Insight — Washington Conference and Walmart plus blockchain

Tom and Ashley recap the United Fresh Produce Association's Washington Conference and discuss the news that Walmart will require its leafy greens suppliers to be on its blockchain system next year. 

Heitkamp urges bigger voice on trade 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — North Dakota Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp said she can’t be the only one “bitching” about mistakes in U.S. trade policy.

North Bay Produce wins United Fresh advocacy award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Traverse City, Mich.-based North Bay Produce was recognized with the 2018 United Fresh Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award.

Congressmen stress compromise on agricultural issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Rep. Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., set the stage for the March on Capitol Hill fresh produce industry leaders on Sept. 25.