Fresh Produce Sales Up in 2013

Jamie Johansen

United Fresh Produce Association released the 2013 Year in Review edition of the FreshFacts® on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce for the past year. The report shows that during 2013, the produce department averaged more than $47,000 per week per store, which was up 4.8 percent over the previous year. The FreshFacts® on Retail report, produced …

Ag Groups, Food, Produce, Vegetables

Lisa Hightower Joins United Fresh Produce Association

Chuck Zimmerman

I love seeing a fellow Florida Gator out in the ag communications workplace. Dr. Lisa Hightower has joined United Fresh Produce Association as the association’s new communications manager. Lisa will produce the Inside Fresh United weekly online newsletter, develop content for United’s website and social media sites, work with news media, and promote awareness of United Fresh events, including the …

Ag Groups, Food, Produce

Coalition Pleased With Immigration Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives from both agricultural employers and farm labor are pleased with guest worker provisions included in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act introduced in the Senate yesterday. Leaders from the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) held a press conference yesterday to highlight the stake American agriculture has in immigration reform. Late last week, a landmark agreement on immigration …

Ag Groups, Audio, Cooperatives, Dairy, Farming, Produce

Consider Joining a CSA

Joanna Schroeder

It may be a bit chilly in the Midwest, but it’s never to early to think about spring planting and fall harvest. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, is encouraging Iowans to consider joining a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that will give them access to fresh, locally grown produce throughout the growing season. “CSAs are a great opportunity …

Produce, Vegetables

Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools

Jamie Johansen

The United Fresh Foundation just announced the new campaign Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools. The goal is to donate salad bars to 350 California schools at the United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego. The campaign is spearheaded by four California produce industry leaders passionate about increasing children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. “This is truly a …

Citrus, Education, Food, Produce, Vegetables

Foursquare Show Down at United Fresh

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s an idea for your next convention or farm show. Wish I was going to United Fresh 2011 to compete in the DMA Solutions, Foursquare Showdown. DMA Solutions, Inc., is a marketing firm focused on the produce industry. I assume you all know about and use Foursquare by now right? United Fresh 2011 attendees that have GPS-enabled mobile devices can …

Produce, Social Networking