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.
Not even a pandemic appears to be altering consumers’ wish to cut down on single-use plastic packaging, and the produce industry is working on solutions.
The Produce Traceability Initiative, consisting of CPMA, GS1 US, PMA, and United Fresh, and its many volunteer industry members, announce the release of four new or improved tools to support traceability implementation.
The produce industry’s first virtual trade show closed June 19 with a spirit of optimism and cooperation.
The Produce Marketing Association has announced the launch of its eLearning certificate course Essentials of Produce Safety, an entirely online, affordable and in-depth program covering the key challenges and best practices in produce safety.
United Fresh and PMA leaders had a lengthy virtual meeting with USDA officials who have direct responsibility for the Farmers to Families food box program.
Produce companies that were denied a USDA Farmers to Families Food Box contract in the first period have an opportunity to earn one for the July 1 segment.
The Produce Marketing Association posted on its website that it is moving forward with the Fresh Summit expo, scheduled for October 15-17 in Dallas, TX.
The COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund, a partnership program led by The Partnership for a Healthier America and Produce Marketing Association launched in Denver with the first delivery of food boxes filled with produce for families in the Denver area.
All payments will be limited to $250,000 per person or legal entity and participation in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) does not impact eligibility for CFAP or other USDA farm aid programs.