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IFPA Retail Conference: Adapting to the turbulence

- General News
The International Fresh Produce Association Retail Conference, June 9-10 in suburban Chicago, was well attended and tackled many vexing challenges for suppliers and grocery stores.

Late Easter sales results in dollar gains for fresh produce

- Retail
Inflation not only took the headlines for the Easter holiday, but also dominated everyday spending.

Two years later: Fresh produce sales in March 2022 versus the peaks of 2020

- Retail
Inflation has reached a 40-year high and consumers are extremely aware.

Inflation having outsized role in retail produce department

- Analysis
The U.S. consumer price index increased +7.9% for the 12 months ending February 2022. This was the largest 12-month increase since July 1981, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How retailers appeal to consumer value demands

- General News
Inflation is hitting consumers hard enough right now that price has risen to the top factor for them to purchase fresh produce, according to the latest Power of Produce report.

Price jumps to prominence among fresh produce shoppers

- Retail
The 2022 Power of Produce was conducted by 210 Analytics and made possible by the Southeast Produce Council (SEPC), Invafresh and Yerecic Label. The report was presented at SEPC’s 2022 Southern Exposure conference.

High inflation boosts produce dollars at retail but volume pressure persists in January

- Analysis
Coronavirus concern levels among primary grocery shoppers have remained mostly flat between September 2021 and January 2022, according to the monthly primary shopper survey series by IRI.

Focus on Fresh: Five trends to watch in 2022

- Produce with Pamela
A year ago, when I started writing the Focus on Fresh for the 2021 Know Your Commodity Guide, I had no idea we’d still be talking about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on consumer spending habits in 2022. And yet, here we are.

Winter holidays brought bigger parties, strong retail produce sales in December

- Analysis
The latest COVID-19 wave has not resulted in the same levels of concern as those early in the pandemic.

Vegetable sales improve at retail but inflation takes toll on volume

- Analysis
November 2021 picked up where October left off: grocery shopping and food consumption patterns remained in flux, especially as holiday purchases started much earlier.