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California Strawberry Commission adds coronavirus safety guidance

- General News
Over the past 60 days, the Commission staff has visited nearly every strawberry farm currently operating in California, and provided on-site training, signage and informative materials to keep farm workers healthy, highlighting the Centers for Disease Control guidance on creating a safer work environment, and how to protect oneself through daily activities.

USDA announces additional food purchase plans

- General News
The new funds include $50 million for potatoes, $35 million for strawberries, $25 million for orange juice, $20 million for tart cherries, $15 million for raisins, $10 million for sweet potatoes, and $5 million each for asparagus, prunes and pears.

PMA to deliver virtual foodservice conference

- General News

STATEMENT FROM PRODUCE MARKETING ASSOCIATION CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER LAUREN SCOTT: We have made the difficult, yet …

Is the freezer case a threat to the fresh produce department?

- Produce with Pamela
Pamela talks with Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics about what the latest IRI sales numbers tell us about how consumers are shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Produce Reporter Week in Review – May 1, 2020

- General News

Greg and Pamela discuss changing shopping patterns during the COVID-19 crisis, including how consumers changing the …

Pandemic drops Del Monte first quarter profits

- General News
Sales also were affected by a voluntary product recall by Mann Packing in the fourth quarter of 2019, as sales have not yet returned to pre-recall levels.

8 items with more Vitamin C than oranges

- Produce with Pamela
From tonic water to hand sanitizer and toilet paper, consumers are stocking up on a wide array of things during this pandemic. There’s one, at least, benefitting the fresh produce industry.

Pandemic retail sales barely beat Easter 2019

- Retail
Fresh produce growth for the week of April 19 versus the comparable week in 2019 did increase, but much less so then seen in prior weeks, at +3.3%.

Retail ad strategy needs more produce

- Produce with Pamela
I understand that a lot of categories, like canned vegetables, flour, bread, eggs, and meat, are unpredictable and setting ads has to be a nightmare.

Publix to buy surplus produce for food bank donations

- Retail
More than 150,000 pounds of produce, 43,500 gallons of milk to be donated to Feeding America food banks during the first week of the initiative.