It’s a small blessing that the unprecedented panic about the coronavirus have pushed fears about food into the background. But this doesn’t mean that fears about food safety have gone away.
Greg Johnson spoke with the Richard Owen, vice president of global trade for the Produce Marketing Association about which provisions of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package could benefit the produce industry, and what PMA is doing for members during the COVID-19 crisis.
We are well aware of the stress being placed on the produce supply chain and each of you. The term, business as usual, does not apply to present day market conditions.
Anyone familiar with California agriculture knows that the industry regards the state’s stringent regulations as a curse visited upon it by bureaucrats, environmentalists, and selfish urbanites. Like all simplistic pictures, this one is wrong in certain respects.
Tim York has worked his way through a spinach outbreak crisis and recent romaine lettuce recalls, but he’s never before seen what’s going on now.
Greg was out on vacation last week, and came home to something a little...different.
We recognize the tough job you have. The produce industry is working harder than ever to provide produce to all parts of the world. You need to operate at peak efficiency and make a profit.
Solve this dilemma in my household: do you wash your packaged greens?
In my conversations with supply side companies, logistics firms and the buy side (retailer) over the past couple of days, one thing is abundantly clear: we as a nation are not running out of food and most non-food products.
After observing, reading, and discussing COVID-19 with regards to business, here are my two takeaways.