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Gen Z most likely to shop online, least likely to be satisfied with it

- Produce with Pamela
The online shopping industry is full of customized features, digital try-ons, and savvy algorithms that pop up customized ads and deals--except in grocery.

Texas wedding planner jilted by USDA’s food box program

- General News
As the initial contract period for the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program drew to a close on June 30, media continued to scrutinize the winner of one of the largest contracts, San Antonio-based wedding planner CRE8AD8.

USDA Announces Additional Contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program

- General News
In this second round of purchases, the program will purchase $512 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $288 million in a variety of dairy products, $233 million in meat products and $444 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products.

PMA cancels in-person Fresh Summit, pivots to virtual event

- General News
A Zoom meeting is planned for August 13 for sponsors and exhibitors to outline virtual opportunities.

Hello again, meal kits

- Produce with Pamela
I just wanted someone to take the thinking away from me, but also not feed my family burgers, fried chicken, or pizza – their usual choices for takeout.

Father’s Day provides big boost for produce sales

- Retail
The week ending June 21st was Father’s Day weekend and it resulted in a significant boost for fresh produce, both fruit and vegetables. At the same time, the demand for center-store items, including frozen and canned fruit and vegetables, also remained strong.

Hannaford donates $250,000 to support local farms impacted by COVID-19 across New England and New York

- Retail
As a result of the donation, a total of 250 farms in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Massachusetts will receive funding via the American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund, which provides farmers with grants to help them navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 crisis. 

USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program Reaches 20 Million Boxes Distributed

- General News
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than 20 million food boxes in support of American farmers and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vegetables again lead retail fresh produce sales growth

- Retail
Restaurant transactions and spending gained back ground during the second week of June, but grocery sales, and produce along with it, remained well above the 2019 base line.

Chefs share COVID-19 challenges, adaptations at United Fresh Live   

- General News
A panel of the United Fresh Produce Association’s Produce Excellence in Foodservice award winners probably expected to talk about incorporating more fresh produce on menus.