Microsession: The Asian Consumer Market

BY JOYCE REINGOLD, Produce Business Asia’s rapid urbanization and increased consumption of produce are creating massive opportunities for exports and joint ventures, Thomas Reardon, professor of international development and agribusiness/food industry at Michigan State University, told industry leaders. Conference-goers had two opportunities to hear insights from Reardon’s experience in Asian markets — first at Tuesday’s Global Trade Symposium, and on …

Culinary Overview: Chefs Treat Show Attendees to Tasty Culinary Creations

BY DOUG OHLEMEIER, Produce Business People walking the expo floor were treated to tastes of produce being used in dishes prepared by a quartet of chefs, who prepared a variety of dishes in the show’s Central Park kitchen. Each created dishes from four mandatory New York-grown ingredients: apples, cabbage, onions and maple syrup. The chef-developed recipes could use a single …

Consumer Media Outreach: Ideas on Shared Thinking Outside the Box

BY MINDY HERMANN, Produce Business A lively group of more than 40 print, broadcast, trade and social media representatives enjoyed lunch, presentations, and discussion as part of the 2018 New York Produce Show Connect With Fresh Media & Consumer Influencer Luncheon. Guest speaker Joanna Pruess, an award-winning food and travel writer, used her illustrious career as an example for thinking …

Consumer Media Outreach: Ideas on Shared Thinking Outside the Box

BY MINDY HERMANN, Produce Business A lively group of more than 40 print, broadcast, trade and social media representatives enjoyed lunch, presentations, and discussion as part of the 2018 New York Produce Show Connect With Fresh Media & Consumer Influencer Luncheon. Guest speaker Joanna Pruess, an award-winning food and travel writer, used her illustrious career as an example for thinking …

Microsession: GMO And Non-GMO Food Labels: Implications of New Federal Law

BY MINDY HERMANN, Produce Business Concern about genetically modified (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) food items and ingredients has infiltrated the fresh produce department, according to University of Connecticut professor John Bovay. The debate regarding whether GMO and GE items should be labeled pits consumer advocacy groups against the science community, farmers and biotech firms. Some non-governmental organizations (NGO) take …

Microsession: Disruptions in the Food Retail Landscape

BY JOYCE REINGOLD, Produce Business Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods was a “historic disruption” in an industry already shifting due to the rise of discounters, Walmart’s continued dominance, and the growth of e-commerce, Ed McLaughlin told industry leaders. “It’s the marriage no one saw coming, but they both needed it desperately,” McLaughlin said of the Whole Foods acquisition. “It’s no …

Microsession: Controlled Environment Agriculture Growing in Northeast

BY CHRISTOPHER BURT, Produce Business Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) might never become a produce industry standard, but it is gaining momentum in the Northeast, Miguel Gomez, Cornell University associate professor, told attendees. Gomez lauded CEA’s ability to control so many growing factors — protecting crops, regulating both temperature and light, and efficient use of space — as a potential game-changer …

Microsession: Food Waste, Date Labels and Consumption

BY CHRISTOPHER BURT, Produce Business Could changing date labels on products actually increase consumption of more healthful foods, such as fruits and vegetables, while also reducing food waste? Brad Rickard, associate professor at Cornell University, said combining both food quality and food safety labels on the same package could benefit consumers and society. “I think having some harmonization is worthwhile. …

Microsession: The Power of Foodservice at Retail

BY ED VERNON, Produce Business Rick Stein, vice president of fresh foods at the Food Marketing Institute, presented the results of the organization’s recent study into the power of foodservice at retail. Stein said there were significant opportunities for supermarkets to grow their sales, given that at present only one in 10 shoppers’ trips to the supermarket included purchases of …