As our industry laments another loss of our biggest in-person event of the year, with the Produce Marketing Association’s cancelation of Fresh Summit next month in New Orleans, we still have to deal with the realities in our daily careers.
You can tell the year you’re in by the catchwords that are being thrown around. One example from this year is reshoring.
The self-isolation system has seen fresh produce companies struggle at times to staff packinghouse operations as well as be able to carry out a full range of distribution services. The issue of labor in the horticultural sector is nothing new, of course, and certainly not unique to the UK.
September is National Food Safety Education Month and while our industry seems to live and breathe food safety, the upcoming focus on it does beg the question – how much do consumers know and understand about food safety?
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that $700 million in competitive grant funding will be available through the new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program to help farmworkers and meatpacking workers with pandemic-related health and safety costs.
In response to passage of AB 616 by the California State Legislature – first in the Senate on August 26 and then in the Assembly on September 1 – Western Growers President & CEO Dave Puglia issued the following statement.
Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, is celebrating National Food Safety Education Month by encouraging growers and agricultural associations to share their commitment to food safety and remind consumers that farmers and farmworkers are on the frontlines of providing safe, nutritious food.
The volume of sales for the 2020-2021 mushroom crop totaled 758 million pounds, down a marked 7 percent from last season, according to the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) 2021 Report released August 31, 2021.
American consumers have noticed labor problems, especially in the foodservice industry, but more than 60 percent said they are sympathetic.
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