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USDA confirms end to Trump food boxes

- Analysis
The Biden administration hinted that the Farmers to Families Food Box program may end, and USDA confirmed it.

Cosmic Crisp and the ‘feel-like’ factor

- Analysis
Most foods are manufactured and therefore standardized products. This doesn’t apply to produce, of course. One nectarine may be much sweeter and juicier than the one next to it on the shelf. And consumers know this.

The LGMA: A Progress Report

- Analysis
At this point we might want to look at the success of the program since its inception in 2007. Its members include producers of 90 percent of the lettuce grown in the United States.

The force of Easter is powerful, rising markets

- Analysis
The theme for the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure event this week, “The rise of produce,” captures the current state of produce markets wonderfully.

Foodservice Recovery Part 3: Lessons Learned

- Analysis
For the last year, the Produce Marketing Association has met with a group of members weekly to discuss the state of produce in foodservice. As PMA predicts that the business will start to come back by summer, the group projects where the industry will go next.

PMA-United’s big merger opportunity

- Analysis
The long anticipated merger between United Fresh and PMA hit on the last day of Q1 2021. Why now and what's next?

Foodservice Recovery Part 2: Longterm Change

- Analysis
For the last year, the Produce Marketing Association has met with a group of members weekly to discuss the state of produce in foodservice. As PMA predicts that the business will start to come back by summer, the group projects where the industry will go next.

Feds turn off tap in San Joaquin Valley

- Analysis
The reason for the cutoff is a dearth of water at the principal supply of water for the federal Central Valley Project: Lake Shasta in the extreme north of the state. It will force some changes.

ProduceIQ: Supply shortages drive prices higher

- Analysis
Prices are on the upswing, climbing another 7 percent on an industry-wide basis.

The Produce Reporter Week in Review – March 26, 2021

- Analysis
Pamela checks in from Dallas at the Viva Fresh, the first in-person produce industry event in more than a year.