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Amazon: The COVID grocer

- Analysis
Amazon is big, and it’s up-front.

Amazon Fresh: Not for those who love to cook

- Analysis
Grocery stores do not mix it up that much on a regular basis, apart from the occasional festive popcorn and chips endcap. So when my husband asked me to check out the new Amazon Fresh store that recently opened in Naperville, IL, I was game.

Mexican blueberries gain U.S. market share

- Analysis
Seeing how 2021 is being billed as the year of the fruits and vegetables, it is only fitting that we start the year off with a squabble of sorts.

ProduceIQ: Markets cool off

- Analysis
Far surpassing prior years, corn continues to soar at historic prices. Since this extreme price event is caused by low yields, corn farmers aren’t necessarily realizing big profits.

ProduceIQ: Hot markets during cold temps

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Customers that didn’t build inventory going into the holidays now need to replenish quickly. In a regular year, produce markets typically fall the first week of January.

Q&A: American Blueberry Growers Alliance

- Analysis
In December 2020, U.S. growers responded to rising blueberry imports by forming the American Blueberry Growers Alliance. The Produce Reporter interviewed Jerome Crosby, Georgia blueberry farmer and chairman of the Alliance’s executive committee.

VIDEO: Consumer demand shows holiday blues

- Analysis
Consumer demand at retail is down from normally high levels, and foodservice demand is at record lows with many locations forbidden from opening to customers.

Labor Outlook: H-2A, machines, and imports

- Analysis
What’s the outlook on farm labor? In a recent interview, Philip L. Martin, a professor at the University of California at Davis and one of the nation’s leading experts, made three major points.

Roger Pepperl’s wisdom on raising consumption

- Analysis
In addition to his job selling fresh produce first in retail and then in the Northwest, Roger Pepperl has been a champion of raising produce consumption his whole career.

Workers’ Rights: Treat them with respect and dignity

- Analysis
There is no single box to check for corporate social responsibility. It’s not a simple and quick solution. It’s a commitment to doing what is right and making continuous improvements by constantly engaging your employees.