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Peruvian asparagus production falls during pandemic

- International
Peruvian asparagus was down the first half of 2020, and not surprisingly, it’s due to the pandemic. But COVID-19 regulations on labor are a bigger factor than any other pandemic effects.

PMA announces second Impact Award winner

- General News
Produce Marketing Association has announced the second winner of the PMA Impact Award, Georgia Organics’ Food Fight GA initiative in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perdue: Time to end the food box program

- General News
With USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program set to end October 31, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Trump Administration would prefer to end the program and let the market do its job.

Nature Sweet faces the coronavirus

- Analysis
Recently we checked in with NatureSweet to see how they had been faring in the rocky months of 2020.

Assessing lessons learned during COVID

- General News
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing lost business and increasing costs for fresh produce growers.

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.

FMCSA extends hours of service waiver for grocery carriers, including food

- General News
This notice extends the exemption through December 31, 2020, subject to the restrictions and limitations.

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.

COVID-19 testing confirms Gebbers Farms prevention measures work

- General News
State COVID-19 testing at one of Washington’s largest fruit growers indicates that Gebbers Farms’ preventive measures have been effective at protecting workers, though the family-owned company continues to mourn the loss of three team members earlier this summer.

Exploring COVID grocery trends

- General News
Now that we have several non-holiday weeks in a row to establish somewhat of a baseline, it was time to really look at the "why" behind the numbers.