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2020: A Year Like No Other for the Produce Department

- Retail
In December, consumers’ trip frequency fell below last year’s levels, much like it had in early April, while e-commerce transactions made a return to spring levels.

November retail produce sales continue tracking ahead of 2019

- Retail
Looking toward the end-of-year holidays, 44% of Americans are worried that the holiday celebrations will cause a spike in COVID cases and over one-third are not looking forward to the holiday season as much as usual because their celebrations will be curtailed.

Thanksgiving grocery trends bring December holiday insight

- General News

Survey insights predicting planned Thanksgiving 2020 celebrations pointed to a very different holiday that included smaller …

Thanksgiving retail buying alters the produce mix

- Analysis
Many families may opt for meats other than traditional turkey for the smaller holiday meal, which will change the vegetable buying mix.

October fresh produce gains continue at retail

- Retail
Eight months into the pandemic, the virus remains in firm control of how and where people spend their food dollar. Everyday sales have been on a slow march back to normal and restaurant transactions had come within 10% of prior year levels.

We need your input on packaging, food waste, and more

- Analysis
Food waste, package waste, carbon footprint and other sustainability-focused initiatives have become areas of cross-population interest. Now we hope to understand the measures the produce industry is taking in response — from the grower/shipper down to the retailer.

Retail produce sales close out summer on high note

- Retail
Excluding weeks that were affected by the 2019 or 2020 holiday demand, everyday demand is normalizing at around 10% above year ago levels.

Retail produce sales up 5% against 2019 Labor Day, month-end budgeting

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For the week of August 30, fresh fruit and vegetable sales increased 4.7% over 2019. Frozen fruits and vegetables had a much higher percentage increase, at +17.7% but is the smallest of the three temperature zones.

Strong summer fruit performance augments continued vegetable gains

- Retail
Between January and August 16, produce sales in calendar year 2020 are $4.5 billion ahead of 2019 sales, with an additional 2.9 billion pounds of fresh produce sold. Fresh produce appears to be settling into an everyday demand pattern that sits about 10% above last year’s levels.

Produce demand holds as fruit sales strengthen

- General News
The second full week of August was the fifth of eight non-holiday weeks between Independence Day and Labor Day, in which everyday demand alone had to drive the sales performance.