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SEPC strengthens safety precautions for Southern Exposure 2021

- General News
As the Southeast Produce Council continues with preparations for Southern Exposure to be held April 6 – 8 in Orlando, Florida, the SEPC team is working diligently to ensure the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, and staff; and they have partnered with some outstanding organizations who are experts in facilitating recommended safety protocol.

FMI’s fresh foods agenda for 2021

- General News
FMI, The Food Industry Association today announces its fresh foods insights and programming agenda for 2021 to help its members navigate shifting consumer shopping behaviors and preferences.

FMI’s report shows food retail industry’s strong performance in 2020

- General News
The annual The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report, released today by FMI—The Food Industry Association, finds that in 2019 the food retail industry saw strong operational performance, which helped the industry face challenges in 2020.

Organic apple & pear growth continues strong

- General News
Organic apples and pears had the strongest monthly growth Superfresh Growers has recently seen. Both categories were up nearly 30% in the month of August. Organic apples were up 30% in dollars, while organic pears were up 29% in volume.

California Giant launches online fundraising program

- General News
In lieu of cancelled in-person fundraising events due to COVID-19, California Giant Berry Farms has launched an online platform to help financially support non-profit organizations in the greater Pajaro Valley area who actively work to better the livelihood of its community’s members.

SEPC cancels September Southern Innovations

- General News
The SEPC Executive Committee announced today that Southern Innovations, which was to be held September 16 – 19 in Savannah, GA will be postponed due to growing concerns and restrictions surrounding COVID-19.

Coronavirus and Force Majeure

- Analysis
“Force majeure” refers to certain unforeseen and unavoidable events—“acts of God,” in legal language—that prevent a party from fulfilling its side of the contract.

USDA reverses decision, includes apples in grower assistance program

- General News
The U.S. Apple Association is extremely pleased with the correction issued today by the Agriculture Department to its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.

Produce leaders talk growth and adjustments during pandemic

- General News
If you like the way things are going right now, you’re going to love the next 12-18 months. That may sound ominous with the damage being done by the pandemic and our nation’s leaders’ decisions about it, but three U.S. produce leaders offered optimism during the weekly PMA town hall webinar, July 8.

WGA, USDA, FDA push back against Chinese Customs COVID rule

- General News
In response to reports that Chinese Customs is requiring a Letter of Undertaking of Safety of Import Food for food shipments, Western Growers President & CEO Dave Puglia issued the following statement: “The recent move by Chinese authorities to require a statement of undertaking for food importers is not based on any legitimate food safety concern.