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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.

SEPC announces Power of Produce 2022 retail panel

- General News
The Southeast Produce Council has unveiled the stellar panel of retail superheroes that completes the highly anticipated SEPC University Educational Session – Power of Produce 2022.

Inflation, supply chain fears push consumers to frozen, canned

- Retail
Just 9 percent of consumers don't plan to have a Thanksgiving celebration this year, and a third of shoppers are stocking up early.

Inflation prompts shifts in fruit, vegetable demand

- General News
September continued where August left off in retail produce sales.

Fresh produce reaches highest year-on-year gain since March 2021

- Analysis
The multi-month normalization of grocery shopping patterns came to a halt in August.

SEPC study finds that innovation drives produce category growth and engagement

- General News
Today, the Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) in conjunction with 210 Analytics released What’s New: The Consumer Take on Produce Innovation and Technology 2021 in one of two educational sessions at its fall show, Southern Innovations.

How high inflation is affecting fresh produce promotions

- Retail
Pamela talks with Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics about some of the most widespread food inflation numbers she's ever seen, and how that challenges consumers with budgets, and retailers with promotions.

Foodservice demand cuts retail produce sales below 2020 levels

- Retail
The battle for the food dollar is intensifying as shoppers are ramping up their engagement with restaurants.