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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.

Foodservice sector is far from normal

- General News
As long as society remains constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic, the foodservice industry will operate at less than full capacity, produce suppliers say.

U.S. restaurants to lose $240 billion this year

- General News
The produce companies supplying restaurants in 2020 lost customers for several months, and even with foodservice opening back up, this year will be a horrible one financially.

Billion dollar foodservice distributor files bankruptcy

- General News
Maines Paper & Food Service, Inc., Conklin, NY, a 101-year old distributor with $3.5 billion in annual sales, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with a plan for liquidation.

FFVA cancels September convention

- General News
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association is announcing the cancellation of FFVA 2020, its annual convention that was set for Sept. 28-30 in Naples.