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 …

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 …

Student program: Produce industry leaders help spark interest

BY JOYCE REINGOLD, Produce Business Away from the bustle of the exhibition floor, industry leaders spent two hours sharing their decades of hard-won experience with a rapt audience of college students considering careers that may lead to produce. “I’m honored that all of you have taken the time, at what I know is a busy time with finals going on, …

Innovation Awards: Nucci Award Recipient Naturipe Leads Top 10; Matthew D’Arrigo, P. F. Chang’s, Highline Mushrooms Also Honored

BY CHRISTOPHER BURT, Produce Business Their bright ideas led to extraordinary rewards. The 10 winners of the PRODUCE BUSINESS First Annual Innovation Awards, announced in the November 2017 issue, took center stage at the Jacob Javits Center and were lauded for their game-changing products They were honored with glass trophies bearing the creative symbol of Edison ingenuity. Among them, Naturipe …

Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum: Change is the New Black

BY JOYCE REINGOLD, Produce Business Punching up profitability was the theme of the Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum, and hospitality guru Andrew Freeman kicked off the day with a humorous, high-energy look at the role produce can play in making that happen. “Vegetables have gone totally mainstream,” said Freeman, the founder of af&co, a restaurant and hospitality consulting firm based in …

Global Trade Symposium: Changing Dynamics, Explosive Growth All Point to Bright Global-Trading Future

BY ED VERNON REINGOLD, Produce Business Expert speakers from five continents addressed a range of topics relevant to today’s ever-evolving and challenging global produce industry during the Global Trade Symposium, providing the audience with insights into the intricacies of the sector. Opportunities in areas of trade and investment were also identified, offering crucial information needed to make key business decisions …

Foundational Excellence: New Industry Professionals Learn About Current and Future Trends

BY DOUG OHLEMEIER, Produce Business Newer produce industry professionals learned how different life and selling and distributing produce could be in the near future during the Foundational Excellence program. The daylong conference was sponsored by the Eastern Produce Council and PRODUCE BUSINESS. Newer produce professionals are also helping change the industry. Cornell University’s Future-Leaders-In-Produce program was designed to fill a …