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Dollar General opens 3 stores a day

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Forbes magazine is breathless about Dollar General.

ProduceIQ: Abnormal weather with even higher produce prices

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Week #20 coverage is brought to you by scorching heat, a freak snowstorm, and a megadrought.

New packets keep produce fresh longer

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A new weapon has been brought into the war against food waste. A California startup is rolling out a product that it claims will keep fruits and vegetables longer.

The importance of Mexico opening to U.S. potatoes

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We have seen a day that the potato industry has long awaited.

A few bad apples in farm labor account for nearly 75 percent of violations

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The 5 percent of vegetable farms with the most employment law violations detected by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hours Division (WHD) accounted for 71 percent of all violations from 2005 to 2019. Similarly, the 5 percent of U.S. strawberry farms with the most violations accounted for 75 percent of all violations found on U.S. strawberry farms during fiscal years 2005–2019.

The future of plant-based meat

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Plant-based meats will certainly continue to appeal to a niche market, and as such, they’re not going away. But their likelihood of future market expansion isn’t likely beyond a certain point.

California adds another minimum wage increase

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California governor Gavin Newsom has announced an additional state minimum wage hike, to become effective on January 1, 2023. 

ProduceIQ: Industry index reaches its highest price point

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Merriam-Webster, we have a nomination for 2022's word of the year, inflation. Rising costs are haunting the conscience of the ordinary consumer as they avoid eye contact with the fuel meter at the gas station and warily wander the isles of their neighborhood grocery.

Beyond the Dirty Dozen

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As I also say in the article, I think a much graver and more difficult concern faces the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. In fact, pesticide residues in food don’t even make the list of current top environmental concerns among the public.

Fruits and vegetables prime source of food waste

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What percentage of food is wasted in the U.S.? One third. That amounts to somewhere between 492 and 1,032 pounds per person annually (estimates vary widely).