Thanks to imported berries, U.S. shoppers don’t have to wait for summertime to enjoy their favorite fruits, from bright blueberries to juicy blackberries and raspberries.Market conditions are making berry imports even more desirable for retailers.The 2023 fiscal year could have a $5 billion sales surge for agricultural imports, according to the Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade: November 2022 report, published by t...

Reducing food waste isn’t just good for the produce industry’s bottom line, it also helps combat food insecurity and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. In years past, many growers left unsold or less-than-perfect produce in the fields, and distributors often sent waste to the landfill. Now, with operating costs on the rise across the produce industry and inflation sending the average family’s grocery bills...

From a consumer perspective, there are many compelling reasons to buy local produce, from supporting community growers to lessening environmental impacts from cross-country transport. With shoppers often willing to pay more for locally grown products, retailers and produce companies are also reaping the benefits.“Consumers care about locally grown produce,” says Jan DeLyser, vice president of marketing at the Califor...





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