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USApple: Many apple businesses will be left out of COVID-19 assistance program

- General News
Many U.S. apple businesses won’t qualify for Critical COVID-relief assistance that was announced today by the Agriculture Department, said the U.S. Apple Association.

Restaurant report shows success rebuilding

- General News
Today, the National Restaurant Association released a mid-year supplement to the 2021 State of the Restaurant Industry Report, which illustrates the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the restaurant industry.

Restaurant industry survey shows rising fear of dining in

- General News
Today, the National Restaurant Association and its state restaurant association partners sent a letter to Congressional leadership, sharing concerning new consumer confidence survey findings and urging swift replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Gebbers Farms invests nearly $2M in worker housing improvements

- General News
Gebbers Farms announced the successful settlement with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries for alleged violations of COVID-19 regulations.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to tour vaccination facility in Salinas, CA

- General News
Becerra will highlight Biden-Harris Administration's vaccine outreach efforts in the area and nationwide and discuss increasing vaccine access. 

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.