Testing the farmers market myth

- Analysis
It’s farmers market season in Midwest and Northern areas, and that should provide some local produce bargains for consumers. Right?

Checkout lines: Soon a matter of nostalgia?

- Analysis
Not so far in the future, a parent is going mention grocery checkout lines, and the child is going to say, “What are those?”

The role of execution in success

- Analysis
When I reflect on my career in the produce industry, I often think about two management books that had a significant impact on how I viewed decision making, and they're still relevant today.

Don’t let disruption change your ethics

- Analysis
Would you rather be the disruptor or be disrupted?

A visit to an Indian supermarket

- Analysis
In addition to a large and appealing stock of more familiar types of produce (as well as recognizable but still somewhat unusual items such as long beans and fresh peanuts), Patel Bros. carries many Indian specialties.

We have to keep an eye on Uber Freight

- Analysis
As Uber gets heavier into the transportation industry, I see two easy lines of thought on their influence.

Establish trust every day

- Analysis
There is one word that defines business more than any other. Everyone knows what it means; the problem is establishing and maintaining it.

Private label makes branding tougher

- Analysis
Produce companies know how difficult and expensive it can be to create and maintain a consumer brand. Retailers can complicate the effort.

Mexico tariffs off for now

- Analysis
The good news is that no tariffs will apply to Mexican produce coming into the U.S. The bad news is that fresh produce, and agriculture in general, will continue to be a pawn in trade negotiations.

Here’s why liquidity is a good thing

- Analysis
Cash or near cash is used for two primary purchases traditionally: investments and stock buybacks. But you should consider how critical it is for prompt payments and your rating.