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Food futurist to speak at NEPC expo this fall

- General News
The New England Produce Council Inc. has announced that Suzy Badaracco, president of Culinary Tides Inc., will speak about “a future without fear” at the NEPC Produce, Floral & Food Service Expo, scheduled to take place Sept. 29-30 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

Asia Fruit Logistica cancels September event, looks to 2022

- General News
Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show cannot take place in September this year because international business travel remains severely limited.

Washington ag groups win lawsuit against restrictive state COVID rules

- General News
Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson ruled in favor of agriculture groups, prohibiting the State of Washington from enforcing unreasonable emergency COVID-19 regulations farm leaders say don’t incorporate best science, the arrival of vaccines, and are pushing farmers out of business.

U.S. online grocery sales for March 2021 up 43% vs. year ago

- Retail
The U.S. online grocery market finished March with $9.3 billion in sales, a return to January’s record spending levels, as over 69 million households placed an average of 2.8 online orders during the month, according to Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey fielded March 26-28, 2021.

Canadian consumers show high COVID anxiety

- General News
Canada’s COVID-19 experience has been different than the U.S., and that’s causing the Canadian consumer to act differently.

Datassential: 10% of all U.S. restaurants have closed permanently

- General News
Datassential revealed that 10.2 percent of U.S. food establishments have closed permanently since the pandemic began, citing new data from the company's proprietary Firefly database released today.

USDA announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’

- General News
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions.

Study shows critical role of food and ag sectors in feeding economy during pandemic

- General News
Over the past year, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has served as a reminder of the critical role that the United States food and agriculture industries still play in a resilient food supply chain, fueling our nation and ensuring that Americans are supplied with an abundance of safe food during this time of need.

USDA, FDA reaffirm no evidence shows transmission of COVID-19 through food or food packaging

- General News
After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the USDA, the U.S. FDA and the U.S. CDC continue to underscore that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19.

California cantaloupe farmers begin vaccinations for essential workforce

- General News
This week over 800 arms that work hard to pick, pack and cultivate cantaloupe will receive shots -- all thanks to the quick work of a team comprised of Patricio, California Secretary of Food Agriculture Karen Ross, local health care provider Valley Health Team, the Fresno County Department of Public Health and the Fresno Ag Commissioner’s office.