The report finds that produce department sales reached $69.6 billion in 2020—an 11.4% increase. Shoppers are purchasing more produce than pre-COVID-19, with shoppers buying more fresh fruit (+8.9%) and more vegetables (+14.2%).
Americans’ seemingly endless appetite for avocados continues to grow, and producers in California and Mexico are confident there will be plenty of product to meet that demand as spring yields to summer.
Deli cheeses, several produce commodities, fresh seafood and deli salads are among the foods that will be subjected to a more thorough traceability protocol under new proposed federal government regulations.
As employers prepare to welcome employees back to in-person work in office settings, this independent certification requires that protocols are established to recognize and mitigate COVID-19 risks in these workplaces.