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 …

Keynote Breakfast/Perishable Pundit Thought-Leader Panel:: Industry Talks Innovation, Best Practices and Competitive Nature of Retail

BY MINDY HERMANN, Produce Business New York Produce Show exhibitors, attendees and buyers rose bright and early on exhibit day to enjoy the show’s Keynote Breakfast and the Perishable Pundit “Thought Leader” Panel in the beautiful Jacob Javits Center River Pavilion. The New York-inspired breakfast was all the more festive with the energizing doo-wop harmonies of the acapella Tee-Tones. Following …

Microsession: Where Consumers Shop and What They Value: A Comparison Between Ethnic Groups

BY MINDY HERMANN, Produce Business Consumer changes continue to reshape the produce industry. Although overall fruit and vegetable purchasing, including canned and frozen, is flat, both fresh fruits and fresh vegetables are trending upward. Apples and oranges currently are the most consumed fruits; potatoes, tomatoes and onions lead in vegetable. Dr. Ben Campbell, assistant professor and extension economist at the …

Microsession: Understanding Consumers of Organic

BY CHRISTOPHER BURT, Produce Business Who is behind the rising organic produce consumption in the United States? The answers may or may not be surprising, but they could provide farmers and retailers an opportunity on how to meet demand and do it efficiently. Associate professor Jenny Carleo and her research team at Rutgers University conducted a survey of organic consumers …