With continuing questions about whether a new round of bids would be solicited, United Fresh now believes USDA will announce a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a third round of contracts in mid-July.
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.
Nearly every one of the 2020 United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards winners that participated in a Zoom panel at United Fresh Live on June 16 said sampling was the most effective way to introduce consumers to new items in the department. And every one of them said sampling programs are on hold indefinitely.
A panel of the United Fresh Produce Association’s Produce Excellence in Foodservice award winners probably expected to talk about incorporating more fresh produce on menus.
The chief staff and elected officers of five leading produce associations will join together in the closing session of United Fresh LIVE! to share their vision for the future in rebuilding the global produce industry.
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.
In conjunction with United Fresh Live the United Fresh Produce Association has added Cornell University Executive Education course, "Leading through Crisis: the Path Forward for the Fresh Produce Industry."
Tom Stenzel, United Fresh CEO, issued a statement regarding USDA response to food box questions.
The following letter was sent by the Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association following the USDA's Farmers to Families Food Box selection process.
Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, issued the following letter to Bruce Summers, administrator for the USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service, following the announcement of contracts for the agency's Farmers to Families Food Box program.