The romaine lettuce market has had some external challenges the past few years from FDA advisories and recalls to restaurants closing nationwide and then opening back up slowly.
Rising summer salad demand is strengthening romaine prices. Growers in Salinas and Santa Maria, CA, report good quality, and local deals in the Midwest, Canada and East Coast are starting to produce commercial quantities.
The increased awareness of keeping it green with romaine allows consumers to get creative when cooking with romaine hearts this summer. The campaign will inspire consumers with fun, easy and healthy recipes that the whole family will fall in ‘love’ with.
Romaine lettuce seems to have gotten over the problems associated with the pandemic and is returning to normal volume and price levels.
Romaine harvest continues for Salinas-area grower-shippers this season, but it looks a little different due to pandemic restrictions.
A special new subcommittee has been appointed by the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement to focus on how land adjacent to leafy greens farms may be contributing to foodborne illness outbreaks associated with romaine lettuce.
California leafy greens growers are pledging to incorporate findings from a report issued today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration into its ongoing process to strengthen required food safety practices on farms.
As part of our ongoing efforts to combat foodborne illness, the FDA released the findings of an investigation into three outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses that occurred in Fall 2019, all tied to romaine lettuce, that suggests the proximity of cattle to produce fields may have been a contributing factor.
Romaine prices have struggled this year, particularly after mid-March stay-at-home orders closed restaurant dining rooms. Volume since early March has been below average, but it still reflects pre-pandemic plantings.
Until recently, lettuce, for most Americans, meant iceberg: there was no other kind. As recently as …