Following the transmittal to Congress of a letter by the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer which indicates that President Trump intends to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President of Public Policy offered the following statement: “We look forward to working with […]
Statement of Robert Guenther, Vice President of Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association On Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s Announcement Regarding Efforts to Reorganize the Department of Agriculture “United Fresh commends Secretary Perdue for taking on this important task to create more efficient and focused realignment of key program areas within the Department of Agriculture. We look forward […]
After more than a decade at the United Fresh Produce Association and a career that spans 40 years, Lorelei DiSogra, Ed.D., R.D., Vice President, Nutrition and Health, will retire at the end of May. During her tenure, she helped shape federal nutrition policies to increase fruit and vegetable consumption for children and their families. She […]
Yesterday, United Fresh member and former Chairman of the Board Maureen Torrey with Torrey Farms of Elba, NY, participated in a roundtable discussion at the White House with President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the policy needs of rural America and the agriculture industry. The meeting set the stage for the President’s Executive […]
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United Fresh praised the action of the U.S. Senate as they confirmed the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Perdue was confirmed today by a vote of 87-11. United Fresh’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy Robert Guenther made the following statement: “United Fresh congratulates Secretary […]
Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2017) – The United Fresh Start Foundation will continue its engagement with leading K-12 school foodservice buyers by hosting a 2-day networking and education program in Chicago, June 14-15, during the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2017 convention. This annual foundation program, the Produce Forum for School Success, connects the produce industry […]
United Fresh announces the nomination period is now open for two new personal achievement awards: the United FreshMKT Achievement Award and United FreshTEC Achievement Award. Each award will honor an individual who has made significant innovations in advancing the fresh produce industry through marketing and merchandising, and technology respectively. The awards will be presented during […]
Recently, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office held an open comment period, during which the general public could provide recommendations on what policy goals the Trump Administration should pursue in the course of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The landmark agreement, now over 20 years old, has done more to integrate the fresh […]
Today, the United Fresh Start Foundation joined Alexandria school and community leaders to highlight the district’s first “Greens & More Bar,” currently being implemented at Charles Barrett Elementary School. The salad bar dedication event highlighted public-private partnerships as a way to create healthy school food environments in Alexandria and across the country. United Fresh President […]
The Trump administration recently offered contradictory announcements about the status of U.S. participation in the North American Free Agreement (NAFTA), all within 24 hours. On April 25, the White House announced the president was considering issuing an executive order leading the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement. This announcement created a great deal of consternation […]
United Fresh congratulates the Trump Administration for announcing Ray Starling as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance. Ray has spent the majority of his career working for agriculture in his home state of North Carolina, most recently as chief of staff for Senator Thom Tillis. We have had the […]
On February 20, Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, released memorandum for the implementation of President Trump’s January 25 Executive Order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”. The Executive Order provides guidance to relevant federal agencies, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. […]
Members of United Fresh’s Government Relations Council, Board of Directors, and United FreshPAC Advisory Committee met in our nation’s capital February 14-16 to discuss policy and regulatory issues most relevant to the fresh produce industry including immigration, trade, nutrition, food safety and taxes. Attendees were provided the most recent information on presidential actions including executive […]
On May 15 a group of 18 senators sent a letter to the new U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer outlining the positive impacts of NAFTA. As the Trump administration considers opening the trade agreement for renegotiations soon, the senators emphasized the importance of “strengthening and modernization” of the two decade old agreement as opposed to […]
United Fresh 2016 Convention & Expo Named One Of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 One of the 50 Fastest Growing Shows by Total Attendance WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 7, 2017) – This January, Trade Show Executive (TSE) announced their list of the 50 fastest-growing shows held in the United States during the previous year. Fifty winners […]
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 United Fresh participated in an Agriculture Transportation Working Group (AgTWG) meeting held in Washington, DC, concerning transportation infrastructure investment for our nation’s waterways. America’s inland waterways are an integral part of the transportation network for agriculture. These waterways provide a low-cost, fuel efficient, and environmentally sustainable method of moving crops […]
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United Fresh applauds the decision made last week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject an interest group petition to remove the crop protection product known as chlopyrifos, from the market. The product, which is used on a variety of specialty crops, has been the subject of extensive and lengthy review by EPA. In […]
On March 30, 2017, the Senate Agriculture Committee favorably reported the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to become the next Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture. Secretary-designate Perdue was largely supported by the agriculture industry. As of this writing, there is no word on when the nomination will be voted on […]
On Tuesday, March 28, the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing to examine the current status of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the program’s place in the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization. Under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, SNAP provides nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families. […]
On Wednesday April 26, the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) was introduced in the Senate with bipartisan support by Senators Rob Portman (OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (ND). The bill is a huge step forward for hopes of regulatory reform and has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 238-183 in January of this […]
The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA) was a lead sponsor of last week’s Farm Bill Summit in Washington, D.C. Hosted by top agriculture media outlet Agri-Pulse, all four House and Senate Agriculture Committee principals, including Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), […]
Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association on President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement “We were not surprised that President Trump has officially withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. As we know, Congress was not likely to confirm the agreement in any case. But now is […]
Last night President-elect Trump selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture. Governor Perdue will oversee a Department of about 100,000 employees and about $140 billion across various programs. He also will have a significant role in the next Farm Bill debate which will be up for reauthorization […]
Statement of Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice, Final Report “United Fresh Produce Association is very pleased that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice, Final Report recommends significantly […]
At the March 23 hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee on the nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of Agriculture, top fresh produce issues were a recurring theme, particularly trade, immigration, and nutrition. Senators representing states across the country urged Governor Perdue to be a voice for agriculture in […]
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Statement of Tom Stenzel, President and CEO, United Fresh Produce Association On USDA Final Rule on Enhanced Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) “United Fresh Produce Association commends the USDA on its revised final rule to enhance retailer standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to increase healthier options for SNAP […]
United Fresh will expand its innovation platform for the produce industry, moving its annual conference and expo into the larger West Hall at Chicago’s McCormick Place, June 13-15, 2017. Learn more here.
The United Fresh Midwinter Leadership Forum brings together hundreds of United Fresh leaders for three days of meetings, activities and engagement. This gathering is an opportunity for our volunteer leadership to kick off 2017 by reconnecting, engaging in dynamic conversations, and setting goals for the year ahead.
Statement of Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh Produce Association On the Results of the 2016 Election “A lot has been said about this election – historic, unprecedented, amusing, and ugly – but at the end of the day, we take pride in our individual right to every four years vote for a […]
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Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh on the Food Marketing Institute’s Decision to Cancel FMI Connect “As a long standing industry partner of the Food Marketing Institute, we look forward to continuing our work together in education, public policy and many other areas of mutual interest to our members. “In recent years, it’s […]
In late 2013, the Nature Conservancy began meeting with local agricultural leaders and Monterey County Water Resources Agency (MCWRA) to discuss a pilot project focusing on a multi-benefit approach to mitigate flooding while protecting species and habitat. The result was a 12-mile pilot project that kicked off in fall 2014 in the Chualar and Gonzales […]
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Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association on FDA’s Deadline Extension for Packinghouses, and Draft Guidance on Industry Classification for Farms and Facilities “The extension and clarification of compliance dates released yesterday by FDA, combined with the draft guidance documents released yesterday and today, enable the fresh produce industry to better understand how to […]
The Partnership for a New Economy (PNAE), a PR effort supported by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), of which United Fresh is a founding member, has released economic reports for all 50 states that are designed to make the economic case for immigration reform. “Farming is difficult and challenging as it is,” said Robert Guenther, Senior […]
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Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association on House Passage of GMO Labeling Legislation “United Fresh applauds the strong bipartisan passage by the House of Representatives of legislation that, for the first time, establishes federal standards for the labeling of GMO foods. Last week, the Senate passed the bill in a […]
United Fresh joined industry allies in providing comments on a recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking by the Department of Justice on the “Standards and Procedures for the Enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” The Proposed Rule threatens to impose penalties on employers far beyond what Congress ever intended or how the underlying […]
In response to a request from United Fresh, the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture has agreed to delay implementation of its recently announced proposal to require import certificates for all organic produce coming into the U.S. from Mexico. The proposal was announced just before Christmas, with an original implementation date […]
Statement of Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association On Senate Passage of Roberts-Stabenow GMO Labeling Legislation “United Fresh applauds the historic passage yesterday of legislation crafted by Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan that establishes federal standards for the labeling of GMO foods. The Senate language passed […]
The Washington Conference is the industry’s annual gathering for strategic, face-to-face dialogue with key members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials. Attendees engage in education sessions with top policy experts on the issues of the day. Register today to reserve your spot.
“The United FreshTech Expo has long been the place for innovative companies to showcase the tools, technologies, equipment, goods and services needed to advance our industry. While we’ve recognized a number of outstanding individuals for their food safety leadership over the years, we’ve expanded the scope of the award this year to all technical achievement […]
Change comes with a new Administration and we as an industry must decide whether we will ignore, resist, or engage with this change. It’s more important than ever for you to be in our nation’s capital to advocate for our fresh produce industry. This year’s United Fresh Washington Conference provides you and your industry colleagues […]
Thousands of industry professionals will be in Chicago June 20 – 22 for United Fresh 2016. See who’s planning to attend.
United Fresh reached out to key offices in the House of Representatives to urge their support for S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act to address America’s water infrastructure system and specifically, the California drought crisis. The ongoing drought conditions, which have ramifications that extend beyond California, have threatened the state’s ability […]
Last week, representatives from the United Fresh Start Foundation joined with the Urban School Food Alliance and French Dignitaries to celebrate Fresh Attitude Week in the United States. The Urban School Food Alliance, a coalition of the largest U.S. school districts including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago Miami-Dade, Dallas and Orange County in Orlando, […]
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On Monday, May 9, United Fresh was joined by the Produce Marketing Association, U.S. Apple Association, and representatives of California Citrus Mutual for a meeting with outgoing Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinarian Medicine Mike Taylor and Dr. Stephen Ostroff of FDA to discuss current implementation of the final rules for the Food Safety Modernization […]
As Chairmen of our respective associations, we would like to provide all of our members an update on an important new project we have undertaken together. In late 2015, the Boards of Directors of PMA and United Fresh formed a Joint Committee on Responsible Labor Practices. The committee’s charge is to evaluate appropriate labor practices […]
On May 9, the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Department of State announced changes to the approval process to the H-2A program, the federal government’s program to provide agriculture guestworkers to sectors such as the fresh fruit and vegetable industry. Specifically, the two agencies are putting in place an electronic process […]
Jim Lemke, President of Robinson Fresh, will be the keynote speaker at the Monday Opening General Session kicking off the inaugural Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago, June 20-22. More than 200 cold chain industry leaders will gather for the opening general session at the Palmer House Hilton on Monday afternoon, June 20. Lemke’s remarks will […]
More than 50 leading K-12 school foodservice directors from across the country will gather in Chicago during United Fresh 2016 for “The Produce Forum for School Success,” the only program designed to connect the produce industry with top school foodservice directors. This unique program will assist schools with the overall produce purchasing experience, advancing the dialogue […]
Dear Secretary Perez and Administrator Rodriguez, We are writing with regard to the serious issues now occurring with the administration of the H-2A agricultural worker program, which are creating a growing number of delays in the timely processing of applications and visa petitions. This breakdown is impacting growers and ranchers who are trying to hire […]
On April 27, members of the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research heard testimony from witnesses including United Fresh member Maureen Torrey, Vice President of Torrey Farms of Elba, NY. Maureen, whose diversified operation produces crops such as cabbage, onions and squash, in addition to a dairy operation, joined her fellow […]
United Fresh members Nate Nourse, Sales Director of Nourse Farms of South Deerfield, MA and Mark Girardin, President of North Bay Produce of Traverse City, MI joined forces with fellow growers and industry representatives on April 20-21 for a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. to bring policymakers’ attention to the important and safe role […]
Last week the long awaited child nutrition bill was released by the House Education and the Workforce Committee with a vote expected this week. The House bill essentially guts the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) by including “all forms” of processed fruits and vegetables such as canned, frozen, dried and pureed in the highly […]
The Fresh Festival for School Foodservice is a private, off-the-trade-show-floor tasting reception for school foodservice buyers from the nation’s largest and most influential school districts organized by the United Fresh Start Foundation.The event will be held during the United Fresh 2016 convention & expo on Tuesday June 21 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the McCormick Place […]
The University of Georgia, with support from United Fresh, is offering a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Participant Workshop on May 17-19, 2016 in Athens, GA for fresh-cut companies to meet the training requirements of the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. The workshop uses the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) Training curriculum, approved by […]
On Monday, August 29, the United Fresh Start Foundation will host the 2016 Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament at the Oasis Golf Club near Cincinnati, Ohio. For the third consecutive year, tournament proceeds will benefit the United Fresh Start Foundation’s programs and activities to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. “We are honored […]
United Fresh Board member Bill Brim, President of Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Georgia, traveled to Washington, D.C. Thursday to warn that many growers across the country are experiencing significant bureaucratic delays in getting H-2A workers as crops are ready to be harvested in some areas, while others are starting the planting season and need […]
We’re pleased to announce the launch of What’s Fresh?, a new newsletter from the United Fresh Produce Association. What’s Fresh? will feature current and compelling news affecting the fresh foods and produce industry on key business issues, retail and foodservice trends, innovative products, regulatory updates and more. If you’re a player in the fresh foods […]
“The bill introduced by Chairman Kline is a disappointing step in Congressional efforts to pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation this year. This bill fails to address many of the real issues needed to win bipartisan support on the House floor, and fails to recognize that compromise will be necessary with the Senate and the Obama […]
This article originally appeared in the July 14, 2016 edition of the The Hagstrom Report. First Lady Michelle Obama today hosted her fifth and final Kids’ “State Dinner,” serving lunch to 56 young chefs, ages 8 to 12, one each from the states and territories who submitted the winning recipes to the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. […]
Have you been feeling a disruption in the produce marketing atmosphere? You’re not alone. The industry is seeing monumental change in consumer behavior and retail formats. Marketing professionals like yourself are responding with electrified brands like never before. Join us for the second annual BrandStorm™ and find the tools you need to harness that energy into brand strategy success.
Join us in Chicago this June 22 for the Breakfast General Session featuring Keven Brown, President and CEO of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Inc (LEYE). LEYE owns more than 100 restaurants with 51 different concepts ranging from fast casual to fine dining nationwide. He brings more than 35 years of industry experience and leadership to LEYE and […]
USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) is researching how the produce industry will fare economically under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and grower participation in the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2016 Vegetable Chemical Use Survey is vital to the success of the study. Questions on grower food safety practices are included at the end […]
Join us in Chicago this June 21 for the Opening Breakfast General Session featuring keynote speaker, Craig Boyan, President and Chief Operating Officer of H-E-B – one of the largest independent food retailers in the nation. As such, H-E-B currently operates more than 370 stores in the U.S. and Mexico and has over 86,000 employees. Boyan will share […]
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“United Fresh Produce Association congratulates Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow on their strong bipartisan child nutrition bill that protects healthy school meals, including access to more fruits and vegetables, benefitting 31 million children everyday. We also support the Committee’s goal to promote school salad bars as […]
“The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans strongly recommends that all Americans significantly increase their consumption of vegetables and fruit to improve their health. For the first time, and to reinforce the significance of eating more vegetables and fruits, this recommendation tops the list of ways to improve eating habits and health. Decades of research indicates […]
“This study shows that students are choosing healthier meals largely because of the increased availability and variety of fruits and vegetables in school meals. These results reinforces the need to continue, not roll back, the good work going on in schools across the country which includes offering plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to the […]
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Consumer demand for produce items start with culinary innovation. According to leading market research company Datasential, the inception of a culinary trend starts at the restaurant level, with fine dining chefs experimenting with items such as Daikon, Romanesco and figs. As more chefs become aware of these trends, the items begin to proliferate through a […]
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The United Fresh Produce Executive Development Program, presented in partnership with the esteemed Cornell University Food Industry Management Program, is specifically designed to help today’s produce industry leaders sharpen their business acumen and executive skill set. Register Today!
Today, a year removed from one of the most critical presidential elections in many years, United Fresh has launched a redesign of its Grassroots Action Network website (www.freshaction.org), allowing the produce industry a more robust platform to connect with elected officials in Washington, D.C. Open to all members of the fresh produce industry, as well […]
United Fresh has launched a redesign of its Grassroots Action Network website (www.freshaction.org), allowing the produce industry a more robust platform to connect with elected officials in Washington, D.C. Take Action Now!
“United Fresh strongly opposes legislation recently introduced by Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) that would overhaul the FFVP to include processed fruits and vegetables. For more than a decade, FFVP has provided 4 million low-income elementary students with a fresh fruit or vegetable snack every day. One of the most frequently and highly evaluated federal nutrition […]
“United Fresh is pleased to see that the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been made available to the public, an important step in the process to implementing one of the world’s largest trade deals for which the fresh produce industry has long been advocating. In the coming days we will be closely reviewing […]
“United Fresh is pleased that the House of Representatives reached a key milestone in the effort to pass a multi-year transportation bill that reauthorizes federal surface transportation programs. For nearly a decade, the fresh produce industry has been advocating for a long-term transportation funding plan. Most recently, Congress heard from more than 500 produce executives […]
WASHINGTON D.C. (November 2, 2015) – The United Fresh Produce Association will honor Rick & Tonya Antle with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Produce Legends Dinner during the United Fresh Midwinter Leadership Forum, January 12-14, at the La Quinta Resort and Club, in La Quinta, CA. “When you think of true produce industry […]
Recall Ready Workshop, December 8-9, provides hands-on training to help you and your staff understand the fundamentals of a product recall, including your rights and responsibilities, the role of the FDA, how to limit your liability and how to manage customer expectations. Register today!
“The passage today of H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is a positive step in the direction to passing multi-year legislation that would improve the nation’s infrastructure and modernize our vast transportation network. Moving highly perishable produce safely and quickly is critical […]
Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, United Fresh, issued the following statement in response to the completion of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations met earlier this week. WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2015) – “Market access is a key component of our efforts to help increase competitiveness of America’s fresh produce industry as the […]
Tom Stenzel, President and CEO of United Fresh, issued the following statement in response to USDA Secretary Vilsack’s announcement today (9/8/15) at the National Press Club.
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“It is clear kids love fruits and vegetables in schools when presented with appealing and diverse options. The University of Vermont study, along with past reports from Harvard University and the University of Connecticut, have consistently stated that offering a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables – whether cut fruits and vegetables such as […]
“United Fresh is encouraged by North Dakota District Court Judge Ralph Ericson’s order issuing a preliminary injunction that would prevent the EPA’s “waters of the U.S.” rule from going into effect in 13 states across the country. Citing the irreparable harm these states would incur, and the fact that the EPA appears to have violated […]
This September, the United Fresh Produce Association will mark the 20th anniversary of the United Fresh Washington Conference. Formerly known as the United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference, the Association first formally brought members to Capitol Hill in 1995 to meet with government leaders in an effort to advance produce industry issues. Over the past […]
BrandStorm, November 1-2, has been developed to engage new and young marketers in the produce industry looking to learn about brand development, content creation, managing the creative process, segmented marketing channels, and much more. Register today!
On July 20, United Fresh hosted FDA officials in a webinar explaining current thinking on their proposed Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP). Brian Pendleton, Senior Policy Advisor in FDA’s Office of Policy and Planning, and Domenic Veneziano, Director of FDA’s Division of Import Operations, provided a brief overview of the program and answered dozens of […]
The United Fresh Produce Association has released its 2015 Compensation & Benefits Report for the fresh produce industry. Now in its third edition, the report showcases data from produce companies on a range of more than 30 professional industry positions including Sales & Marketing, Production & Operations, Quality Control & Assurance, Administration, Finance & Accounting, […]
The United Fresh Produce Association announces the release of the Broker/Shipper Transportation Agreement template. Crafted by members of the United Fresh Supply Chain Logistics Council in partnership with the Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the template is designed for members’ use when entering into the specific business relationship between shipping companies and third party transportation providers. […]
United Fresh welcomes the leadership of Senators Feinstein and Boxer with their introduction of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act. Check out United Fresh’s Drought Emergency page for updates and more resources!
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The United Fresh Washington Conference, September 28-30, is the industry’s annual gathering for strategic, face-to-face dialogue with key members of Congress, their staff and top regulatory officials. Attendees engage in education sessions with top policy experts on the issues of the day. Register today!
The latest issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report explores how innovative chefs and foodservice operations are adding fresh fruits and vegetables to create flavorful and vibrant menus. The Spring issue reports on the growth of daikon radishes, how specialty potatoes are giving chefs increased culinary options and that blood oranges are trending on […]
Expanded fresh food offers and continued lower gas prices drove strong convenience store sales in the second quarter of 2015 and these factors — along with the warm weather — are expected to continue to grow sales in the upcoming quarter, according to the results of a retailer sentiment survey released today by the National […]
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Today, Congressman David Valadao and 21 of his House colleagues introduce The Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015. The legislation includes key provisions that would increase options for water delivery by freeing up free up major water storage projects in in the west and flexibility for construction of dams and reservoirs. Robert […]
This week, the United States Senate moved three transportation bills that have a direct impact of the fresh produce industry. On Thursday, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a markup on the Port Transparency Act (S. 1298). This legislation has broad support from organizations representing manufacturers, farmers and agribusiness, wholesalers, retailers, importers, exporters, distributors, […]
Since June 9, visa processing for H-2A workers in consulates around the world has come to a halt because of technical issues within the State Department’s computer system, preventing necessary information for security screenings from being accessed. Since that time, agriculture organizations from across the country have been urging the Administration, officials at the State […]
By a vote of 60 to 38 the United States Senate passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) yesterday. This legislation, which will allow the President to send a completed trade agreement to Congress for an up-or-down vote and no amendments, will now be sent to White House where the President is expected to sign this into […]
“United Fresh applauds the House of Representatives for renewing Trade Promotion Authorization (TPA), and we thank Speaker Boehner for his leadership and commitment to moving such critical legislation through what has been a rather complex legislative process. Trade agreements are critical to the livelihoods of U.S. fruit and vegetable producers. For example, in 2013, trade […]
“United Fresh commends the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee for addressing an important issue for fruit and vegetable growers in passing its FY2016 Appropriations legislation today. We are pleased that the committee bill delays for one-year the penalty enforcement provisions of 2014 Farm Bill conservation compliance requirements. By delaying implementation of these requirements, fruit and vegetable […]
Co-located with FMI Connect 2016, the International Floriculture Expo and the Global Cold Chain Alliance on June 20-23 in Chicago, the United Fresh trade show will bring together retail, fresh produce and floral leaders who are searching for unique products and looking to enhance relationships with valuable business partners. See you in 2016!
United Fresh Produce Association applauds legislation introduced to mitigate the serious consequences of situations such as the recent slowdown at ports across the West Coast during protracted labor contract negotiations. United Fresh has worked with a broad coalition of business sectors in support of the PORTS Act introduced by Senator Cory Gardner (CO). Along with […]
United Fresh continues to have deep reservations regarding the final rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week. From the beginning, United Fresh has said that this rule is a federal government overreach with vague language […]
Two local farms are helping to bring healthy eating to students at Willard High School and Western Reserve through their association with the United Fresh Produce Foundation, one of four founding partners to raise funds for school salad bars. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a public health campaign to increase salad bars in […]
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David E. Gombas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology, is attending the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act Public Meeting today and tomorrow at the Marriott Metro Center. He’ll be participating in a panel session on Friday morning, entitled “Stakeholder Perspectives on FSMA Implementation,” in which he will provide distinct perspective on how FSMA […]
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On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, past United Fresh Board member Brendan Comito, Chief Operations Officer, Capital City Fruit, Inc., will host former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton less than a week after she announced her run for the 2016 Presidency. Capital City Fruit in Norwalk, Iowa will host a tour and business roundtable with Clinton […]
The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2015 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in an expansive research report that will assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. The survey, which was first released in 2011, has been updated based on input from the United […]
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United Fresh commends United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman for seeking a dispute settlement resolution with the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding Indonesia’s import restrictions on fruits and vegetables. Last year alone, American agricultural exports affected by Indonesia’s restrictions totaled nearly $200 million. Indonesia’s apparent breach of WTO obligations creates a spiraling domino effect, […]
The latest issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report explores how innovative chefs are adding fresh fruits and vegetables to create flavorful and vibrant winter menus. The winter issue reports how roasted vegetables are showcasing rich flavors, operators are featuring brussels sprouts in a wide variety of preparations and a feature about the shishito pepper […]
United Fresh Produce Association and USDA hosted more than 30 produce professionals the week of January 26 for the Produce Inspection Training Program in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Attendees learned the fundamentals of produce inspection before participating in three days of hands-on commodity labs where they were able to apply the principles on real product inspections for citrus, […]
The Institute for Food Safety and Health is hosting a workshop on Whole Genome Sequencing for Foodsafety on March 16, 2015 in Bedford Park, Illinois. The workshop is available to either attend in-person or access as a webinar. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology has emerged as a new high-resolution tool for rapid and accurate differentiation and […]
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The United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program is designed for produce industry professionals ready to take the next step in their leadership journey. The year long program takes a multi-faceted approach to leadership development through hands-on training, interactive learning experiences, engagement with key industry players, and exposure to the many components of the product supply chain.
Do you know an outstanding Retail Produce Manager who has gone above and beyond in developing their store’s produce department? Nominate them today for the United Fresh 2015 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. Thanks to the support of our sponsor, Dole Food Company, this program pays special recognition to Produce Managers on the front line in […]
While we agree with many recommendations in the School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) 2015 Position Paper, we are deeply disappointed that SNA has chosen to continue its ill-advised fight against serving kids more fruits and vegetables in schools. The requirement that kids receive one-half cup of fruits or vegetables in school meals is being successfully met […]
United Fresh has opened the nomination period for the 2015 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program which honors the foodservice industry’s most innovative produce performers. The program, sponsored by PRO*ACT, LLC since its launch in 2008, has honored 37 different chefs and foodservice operators for their exceptional work in incorporating fresh produce in menu development, […]
Dr. David Gombas will be taking part in GAPs, GMPs and HACCP Food Safety for the Fresh Produce Industry Short Course this February 10-12 in Athens, Georgia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the United Fresh Produce Association formally announced their new Association logo and redesigned website www.unitedfresh.org. “January is symbolically a time of fresh starts,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “As we move into the New Year, this transition comes with a new look for our association and a new user-friendly […]
United members and industry colleagues will be gathering in Palm Springs January 13-15 for the United Fresh Midwinter Leadership Forum. Click here to see who’s attending!
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David Gombas will be taking part in the 7th European Short Course on Quality and Safety of Fresh-cut Produce this January 21-23.
Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association WASHINGTON, DC – I want to congratulate and thank those Members of Congress and the Administration who came together to pass the Cromnibus spending bill, providing for financial stability in operating the federal government in the coming year. The American people have been clear that they […]
Report Spotlight Also Explores Growth in Value-Added Convenience Items WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association released the Q3 2014 edition of the FreshFacts® on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce. The report shows that, during this quarter, fruit and vegetable volume remained steady compared to the previous year, while dollar sales […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Attendees at United’s Midwinter Leadership Forum will have a front row seat to examine the hottest trends shaping the 2015 food and retail landscape from renowned food industry expert Phil Lempert, known as the Supermarket Guru®. Lempert, a well-known expert analyst on consumer behavior and food marketing trends, will be the keynote […]
WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association welcomes Mary Coppola as Senior Director, Marketing Communications. Coppola will lead the association’s member communications and marketing functions, filling the position formerly held by Ray Gilmer. Coppola was most recently Director of Marketing and Creative Services at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association based in Arlington, Va., where she […]
Floral industry veteran Cindy Hanauer will work with the United Fresh team as an expert strategist for the association and its new Floral Advisory Board to help develop programs and services to serve members across the floral supply chain. “I’m thrilled to have such a respected floral industry leader as Cindy to share her expertise […]
WASHINGTON, DC – The latest issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report explores how innovative chefs are adding fresh fruits and vegetables to create flavorful and vibrant fall menus. The fall issue reports how kabocha is building on consumer interest in winter squash, how chefs and foodservice operators are leveraging the versatility of beets […]
Award To Be Presented at Midwinter Leadership Forum YAKIMA, WASHINGTON – United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh), the national trade association for the fresh produce industry in Washington, DC, was in Yakima, Washington today to offer their support and endorsement of Dan Newhouse who is running in Washington’s Fourth Congressional District. “We are proud to […]
Award To Be Presented at Midwinter Leadership Forum Michael Cavallero, retired President of North American Tropical Fresh Fruit for Dole Fresh Fruit Company, will be the 2015 honoree at the Produce Legends Dinner during the United Fresh Midwinter Leadership Forum January 13-15, at the La Quinta Resort and Club, in La Quinta, CA. “Mike is […]
Contribution will benefit thousands of students by increasing their access to fresh fruits and veget WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of National School Lunch Week, October 13 – 17, 2014, and the produce industry’s commitment to healthy school meals, the United Fresh Start Foundation is pleased to announce a generous contribution from Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc. […]
Member Services to Complement New Partnership with International Floriculture Exposition WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Board of Directors voted at its meeting last month to create a new floral membership category in 2015 to enhance services to members throughout the floral supply chain. In addition, United Fresh will appoint a new Floral Advisory Board […]
WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Produce Association President and CEO Tom Stenzel announced today several staff promotions to create strong team alignment to enhance service to its members. Victoria Backer is promoted to Executive Vice President of the association, with a mandate to lead the association in all aspects of organizational development, management and […]
Award showcases United’s landmark nutrition initiative benefiting 2 million children every day WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association’s United Fresh Start Foundation has earned the highest association industry honor, a 2014 ASAE Power of A Summit Award, for its pioneering initiative that provides salad bars to schools to increase children’s access to healthful and […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Fresh and value-added produce experienced dollar gains in the second quarter of 2014, resulting in produce department average weekly dollar sales increases by 4.5 percent for the period, according to the latest FreshFacts® on Retail report issued today by the United Fresh Produce Association. For Q2 of 2014, increased retail prices for […]
Mission Focuses on Increasing Children’s Access to Fresh Fruits & Vegetables WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Produce Association has unveiled the Board of Trustees to lead the new United Fresh Start Foundation. The members were appointed by the United Fresh Board of Directors at their September 11 meeting in Washington, DC. The mission of […]
WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Produce Association honored Paramount Citrus as the Produce Industry Advocate of the Year earlier this week at The Washington Conference. Paramount Citrus has been a long-time leader in the public policy arena, serving on several of United’s boards and councils, including United’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Paramount Citrus executives […]
The senior senator from Kansas will offer his insights on Congress’ remaining legislative agenda WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association welcomes Sen. Pat Roberts, (R) Kansas, to the Tuesday, September 9 General Session Breakfast at The Washington Conference. The senior senator from Kansas has a distinguished career of serving in the House and Senate […]
WASHINGTON, DC – A long-time champion of the produce and agriculture industries, U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) will receive the United Fresh Congressional Leadership Award Tuesday, September 9 during the General Session Breakfast at The Washington Conference. United Fresh will honor Rep. Hastings for his work representing produce industry interests, including his service as co-chair […]
Program Brings Family Business Representatives to DC to Engage in Industry’s Premier Policy Event WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships: Nick Chappell, California Giant Berry Farms, Watsonville, CA; Mary Griffin Campbell, Griffin Ranches, Somerton, AZ; Tyler Phipps, Market […]
Taylor will update the industry on FSMA rulemaking process WASHINGTON, DC – Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will present the keynote address Wednesday, September 10 at the Breakfast General Session of The Washington Conference. Deputy Commissioner Taylor will provide an update on the FDA’s rulemaking for […]
Mission Readiness, American Heart Association and National PTA to Keynote Luncheon Session WASHINGTON, DC – Three of the nation’s leading school nutrition advocates will keynote the September 9 luncheon at the United Fresh Washington Conference. The authorities from Mission: Readiness, a national security organization of more than 450 retired admirals and generals calling for smart […]
Past Board Member Phil Muir Testifies Before Senate Agriculture Committee WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh past Board member Phil Muir, President and CEO of Muir Copper Canyon Farms, Salt Lake City, UT, pledged support and cooperation to schools as they serve more fresh fruits and vegetables in meals during a hearing of the Senate Agriculture […]
First-Ever Fresh Produce Pavilion Designed to Help Schools Meet Requirements WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Foundation is providing expert assistance to schools seeking to serve more fresh produce with the first-ever Fresh Produce Pavilion at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference in Boston, July 13-16. The 1600 sq. ft. pavilion features an “Ask […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh Foundation has been named a 2014 Power of A Gold Award winner by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). ASAE recognized the Foundation for its work with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools and the Foundation’s leadership in child nutrition. “It’s an honor to be recognized by our association […]
Luntz to share insights on upcoming elections’ impact on produce industry WASHINGTON, DC – Communications and political professional Dr. Frank Luntz will serve as the keynote speaker for the The Washington Conference Closing Luncheon and General Session: An Insider’s Look at the 2014 Elections on Wednesday, September 10. Luntz will give his behind the […]
Fruits and vegetables add spark to summer menus WASHINGTON, DC – The new issue of United’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report explores how innovative chefs are adding fresh fruits and vegetables to create flavorful summer menus. The summer issue reports how the classic tastes of watermelon adds the perfect warm-weather refreshment, and that menus featuring […]
2014 Program Marks Two Decades of Leadership Development WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Fresh Produce Association is pleased to announce the 12 members of the 2014-2015 Produce Industry Leadership Program. The program, which was first launched in 1995, is sponsored by a generous grant from DuPont Crop Protection and since its inception has graduated more […]
New Events Focused on Leadership Development and Networking Add to Capitol Hill Experience WASHINGTON, D.C. – Registration is now open for The Washington Conference, the annual policy summit of the United Fresh Produce Association in the nation’s capital. The Washington Conference the only annual event where the produce industry’s most prominent and influential executives gather […]
Statement by President & CEO Tom Stenzel WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel issued this statement in response to today’s action by the House Appropriations Committee. We are deeply disappointed by the vote today by the House Appropriations Committee to roll back school meal nutrition standards that benefit the health of […]
Statement by President & CEO Tom Stenzel WASHINGTON, D.C. – We commend the Senate Appropriations Committee for its sensible resolution of debate over implementation of the 2012 school meal regulations. We thank Sen. Harkin and Sen. Hoeven for their leadership to help schools adjust to some of the more technical requirements of the rules regarding […]
WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh Produce Association announced the following session for United Fresh 2014 in Chicago, Beyond the Buzz: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges of ‘Local’ that will take place on Thursday, June 12 from 9am-10am. The session will look at what defines ‘local’ produce may debatable, but it’s clear that local is not just […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel issued this statement in response to today’s action by the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Members of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee who voted today to roll back school meal nutrition standards that benefit the health of millions of American children should be embarrassed. We are […]
Proceeds to Benefit Increasing Children’s Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables WASHINGTON, DC – The United Fresh Start Foundation is pleased to host the 2014 Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament, Monday, September 29, 2014, at the Oasis Golf Club near Cincinnati, Ohio. “We are honored that the founders of the Tip Murphy Golf Tournament reached […]
2014 Marks 10th Year of Honoring Outstanding Retail Produce Managers WASHINGTON, DC – Marking its 10th year of recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, United Fresh today announced the honorees of its 2014 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The group of 35 produce managers represents 32 different supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores in 20 […]
Record 40 Finalists Demonstrate Robust Innovation in Fresh Produce WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh this week announces a record 40 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations as finalists for the United Fresh Produce Association’s 2014 New Product Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Products at United Fresh […]
United Celebrates a 25-Year Career of Produce Industry Leadership WASHINGTON, DC – Teri Miller, Produce Category Manager at Delhaize America, headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Thursday, June 12, at United Fresh 2014 in Chicago. Held each […]
Winners of 7th Annual Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Spotlight Fresh Produce WASHINGTON, DC – Seven of the country’s most exciting chefs and foodservice professionals representing an array of culinary styles and backgrounds will be honored this June as part of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program. Sponsored by PRO*ACT LLC, and […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh Immediate Past Chairman David Krause, Paramount Citrus, has announced the slate of new officers and directors nominated to serve on the United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors, effective at its April 22, 2014 meeting in Santa Barbara, California. Ascending to Chairman of the Board is Ron Carkoski, President & […]
Sens. Susan Collins and Heidi Heitkamp Champion Federal Investment in Cafeteria Equipment for Schools WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel issued this statement in response to the introduction of the School Food Modernization Act in the Senate today by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND). “We applaud Sens. Collins […]
March Madness Host Greg Gumbel to Speak at June Convention WASHINGTON, DC – CBS Sports announcer Greg Gumbel will be the keynote speaker at the Thursday breakfast general session during United Fresh 2014, June 10-13. Gumbel is currently hosting his 17th season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, better known as “March Madness.” Gumbel […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Legendary brand strategist Al Ries will keynote this year’s United Fresh Retail Produce Marketing & Merchandising Conference, June 12-13, immediately following United Fresh 2014 in Chicago. “Whether Marketing 101 is the only marketing course you’ve ever taken, or you have your MBA in marketing from an elite university, you’ve studied Al Ries […]
WASHINGTON, DC – United Fresh will kick off its 2014 “Now Boarding for Chicago” Spring Fresh Impact Tour with town halls and member visits in 10 states during March and April. United Fresh CEO Tom Stenzel and executive staff will travel across the country to meet with members to provide a sneak preview of this […]
Report Spotlight Also Explores Growth in Organic Produce WASHINGTON, DC – 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 […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Breakfast General Session at the United Fresh 2014 convention in Chicago this June. Crenshaw will share his views on current and future trends in the supermarket retail industry, building upon his 40 years’ experience at Publix, and his role as […]
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at a new Joint General Session hosted by the United Fresh Produce Association (United Fresh) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) this June in Chicago. “We are honored to have Secretary Clinton as our keynote speaker for this very special event,” said United […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh Produce Association applauds the agreement reached among FDA, the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health to create a new timeline for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. FDA and the two advocacy groups reached a settlement in a case appealing the strict, court-imposed deadlines for […]
Washington, D.C. – United Fresh Produce Association applauds the signing of the Farm Bill (Agricultural Act of 2014) by President Obama today at a ceremony on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. The event was hosted by Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Robert Guenther, United’s senior […]
WASHINGTON, D.C – The United Fresh Produce Association hailed the long-awaited passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) as the measure crossed the final legislative hurdle when the Senate approved the Farm Bill conference report today by a vote of 68 – 32. The bill, on which Congress started having hearings in 2010, […]
WASHINGTON, D.C – The United Fresh Produce Association congratulates the House of Representatives for passing the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) by a vote of 251-166 today. The Farm Bill conference report provides an overall increase in investment of 55 percent over 2008 Farm Bill funding levels in critical produce […]
WASHINGTON, D.C – The United Fresh Produce Association applauds the Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) finalized by the House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee yesterday. The Farm Bill conference report includes an overall increase in investment of 55 percent over 2008 Farm Bill funding levels in critical produce industry […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh Produce Association submitted comments to the FDA today on a proposed rule under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals (Foreign Supplier Verification Rule). United’s comments reflect review by diverse expert working groups who spent 10 months […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council has developed a document, Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry, that helps guide the fresh produce industry in developing practical and scientifically sound “search and destroy” programs for Listeria. The guide is free and available online for […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United Fresh Produce Association has launched “Fresh Insights for Foodservice,” a new quarterly report showcasing the latest trends in fresh produce use in foodservice and restaurants. The concept for this new report was initiated by United’s Retail-Foodservice Board as a resource for United members to gain a comprehensive look at how chefs […]