Top News in the Produce Industry
July 1 – 15, 2021
By iFoodDS team
July 15, 2021
FDA Releases Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan
As part of their efforts to combat foodborne illness, the FDA released a Cyclospora Prevention, Response and Research Action Plan focused on improving prevention, enhancing response activities and filling knowledge gaps to help prevent Cyclospora contamination of foods and to help prepare for responding to future outbreaks.
Ahold Delhaize’s CEO Is Ready To Lead On Shopper Health
The Company is taking a “more active role in helping people eat healthier foods at affordable prices”, said Frans Muller, CEO of Ahold Delhaize. With their commitment to Partnership for a Healthier America they will boost healthier food sales and transparency by a U.S. grocery retailer.
Del Monte Promotes Sustainability
In a three-year-agreement, Fresh Del Monte Produce partnered with government agencies, communities, and affiliates to improve the use of natural resources and ensure the sustainability in Central America.
U.S. imports of Fresh Fruits Surged Compared With A Year Ago
According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. imports of fresh fruits from January through May surged 13% compared to the same period a year ago. Vegetable imports grew at a slower rate than fresh fruits.
Online Grocery Shopping, a Trend That Will Stay
Research by Inmar Intelligence showed that 28% of shoppers would not return to in-store shopping because they find online grocery shopping easier. 27% said they may choose the hybrid: online and in-store buying.
GFSI Announces Science and Technology Advisory Group
The launch of the GFSI Science and Technology Advisory Group (STAG) was announced by The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). STAG will provide expert independent outlook on any science and technology developments that may impact GFSI’s food safety activities.
Kroger Partners with Knapp for DCs Automation
Kroger’s Great Lakes Distribution Center is currently being renovated. The facility will expand and will use Knapp’s technology.
“Kroger’s investment in Knapp’s latest technology allows the Great Lakes Distribution Center to improve efficiency in replenishing our stores, enabling us to quickly deliver fresh food to our customers,” said Tony Lucchino, Kroger’s VP of supply chain and network strategy.
LGMA Votes To Mandate Risk-Based Preharvest Testing
The Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement board voted to mandate preharvest testing for leafy greens grown in fields where elevated risk factors are present. The LGMA food safety program will now require members to assess each of their fields to determine if certain risks such as proximity to animal operations exist.
“No Water = No Crops” Video Series by Western Growers
Western Growers released a series of videos of California farmers showing the impact the drought is having on their operations, and the losses that result to farmworkers and their communities.
National Potato Council Appoints Ethan Keller as New Program Coordinator
The National Potato Council (NPC) appointed Ethan Keller as the organization’s new program coordinator. He will assist in the design and implementation of programs to inform and engage membership and will also support the Potato Leadership, Education, and Advancement Foundation.