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Online to in-store mix: still far from clear

- Analysis
It is by now obvious that the future of retail grocery will contain some mix of online and in-store shopping. But no one knows how this mix will break down.

ProduceIQ: Avocado growers prepared to fight in defense

- Analysis
Many nuances exist in avocados. Based on average industry sales for this week #29, avocados have the 2nd highest index weight, 10.4%, only trailing cherries. Both old and new crop face the eminent threat of rainy season in Mexico.

Mexican growers arm against cartels

- Analysis
American growers certainly face many challenges. But they can be grateful for the fact that they usually don’t have to face down organized crime.

ProduceIQ: Battered summer production is ready for Olympic fight

- Analysis
Scattered growing regions, each with their own challenges, characterize the current state of produce markets.

Ghost kitchens don’t work for everyone

- Analysis
While the past 18 months have been brutal for the foodservice industry, one area has been booming. So-called “ghost kitchens” are expanding rapidly, especially with seed money from start-up investors.

The yin and yang of upcycled food

- Analysis
The concept of “upcycled food” creates cognitive dissonance for me.

Trust: 30 percent of your company’s value

- Analysis
American business is relentlessly—often excessively—quantitative. If it can’t be measured, it might as well not exist.

ProduceIQ: Western heat impacts are widespread

- Analysis
The West Coast is bracing for yet another heat wave this weekend. Embattled growers are developing creative solutions and seeking government aid to address heat related issues with summer crops.

In-store grocery shopping is here to stay

- Analysis
Amazon’s entry into retail grocery reminds me of the Cold War.

ProduceIQ: Markets uncertain as Elsa foreshadows busy hurricane season

- Analysis
Market direction is uncertain. Will demand exceed supply when both are falling?