One of the main differences between the produce departments of yesterday and today, said Anne-Marie Roerink, principal of San Antonio-based 210 Analytics, is the enormous surge in packaged and value-added products.
Retail fresh produce is at a crucial juncture in its history, said Bruce Peterson, president of Bentonville, Ark.-based Peterson Insights Inc. How it responds to this moment will play a huge role in determining whether it continues to enjoy its coveted status.
In its most recent Feedback Group national grocery shopper survey, conducted in May 2022 with more than 1,200 instore shoppers, Lake Success, N.Y.-based Retail Feedback Group found that produce is the second highest rated department, in terms of satisfaction, across all channels, with a rating of 4.29 on a five-point scale and with 51% of those surveyed rating it a five.
The plant-based food industry has exploded in the past decade, but COVID caused or, at the least, revealed some challenges to the category’s future growth. To help shed some light on where it’s headed, Arlington, Va.-based FMI – The Food Industry Association has extended its highly successful “Power of” series of studies to include plant-based.
The International Fresh Produce Association — a marriage of the two biggest US fresh fruit and vegetable industry associations: the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association and the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association — will host its first Global Produce & Floral Show Oct. 27-29 in Orlando.
On its main farm in Yerington, Nev., Yerington-based Peri & Sons Farms plants the Nevada White and Sweetie Sweet branded onions the company is best known for, in addition to other onion varieties, said Teri Gibson, Peri’s director or marketing and customer relations.