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COVID-19/Coronavirus Media Coverage

NGA, United Fresh Help Independent Grocers Procure Produce

March 26, 2020 | Progressive Grocer

The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade organization representing the independent grocery sector, and the United Fresh Produce Association have joined forces to connect produce distributors to retailers.

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What to Do If a Food Industry Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

March 26, 2020 | Greenhouse Grower

The United Fresh Produce Association continues to update the industry, which includes greenhouse vegetable growers, on how to keep their businesses moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Winners and Losers in Congress’s $2 Trillion Virus Rescue Plan

March 26, 2020 | Washington Post

Days of negotiations between the Trump administration and Congress — and fierce lobbying by industries eager for assistance dealing with the coronavirus outbreak — has yielded a rescue package worth more than $2 trillion in spending and tax breaks. It was passed by the U.S. Senate late Wednesday night.

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Daybreak March 25: USDA expected to fund multiple aid programs

March 25, 2020 | Agri-Pulse

A leading architect of the ag programs in the $2 trillion economic stimulus package says he expects USDA could use the funding it gets through the bill to provide several forms of relief to producers beyond a new Market Facilitation Program.

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NGA, United Fresh partner to maintain fresh produce supply

March 25, 2020 | Supermarket News

To help ensure coronavirus-triggered supply disruptions don’t prevent fresh fruit and vegetables from getting to supermarkets, the National Grocers Association (NGA) and the United Fresh Produce Association have teamed up to link produce distributors with retailers.

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United Fresh Estimates US $5B loss for fresh produce industry from COVID-19 outbreak

March 24, 2020 | Fresh Fruit Portal

United Fresh Produce Association has estimated the industry will take a US $5bn hit from the CPVID-19 outbreak, in addition to billions of dollars in lost sales.

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Foodservice suppliers adjust to disaster

March 24, 2020 | Blue Book Services

Foodservice, including restaurants, schools and institutions, represent 40-50 percent of fresh produce sales, and sales are down so much that Mark Allen, president and CEO of the International Food Service Distributors and Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association, sent a letter to Congressional and White House leaders requesting a recovery fund.

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FDA Offers Assurance About Food Safety and Supply for People and Animals During COVID-19

March 24, 2020 | FDA

A critical part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mission is safeguarding the human and animal food supply, helping to ensure that our food is not contaminated at any point during its journey along the supply chain.

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United Fresh Urges Congress to Take Immediate Action in Response to COVID-19 Challenges

March 23, 2020 | And Now U Know

As we continue to navigate the pressures of today’s market, the United Fresh Produce Association is stepping up to advocate for solutions for the fresh produce industry. Specifically, the association has requested urgent action by Congress to mitigate the challenges facing the sectors that have been impacted most by the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Industry trade groups work together to fill gaps, create economic stability as COVID-19 spreads

March 23, 2020 | Food Navigator

An ad-hoc partnership between FMI-Food Industry Association, the International Foodservice Distributors Association, United Produce Association and National Fisheries Institute aims to help overwhelmed grocery retailers keep shelves stocked, stores clean and employees safe in the coming weeks while also providing economic stability as foodservice distributors see business dry up unexpectedly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Study Reveals Critical Role of Food & Ag Sectors In Feeding The Economy

March 23, 2020 | PR Newswire

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has served as a reminder of the critical role that the United States food and agriculture industries play in fueling our nation and ensuring that Americans are supplied with an abundance of safe food during this time of need. America’s food and agricultural industry is committed to helping the country get through the COVID-19 pandemic. A new nationwide economic impact study, commissioned by 21 food and agriculture groups reinforces the significance of these industries as critical to day-to-day American life.

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United Fresh works to ensure food supply chain classified as essential to the country’s critical infrastructure

March 23, 2020 | HortiDaily

United Fresh President Tom Stenzel shared the association has now achieved one of their most immediate priorities: workers throughout the food supply chain have been classified as essential to the country’s critical infrastructure.

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A Very Dangerous Time in the Foodservice Sector

March 20, 2020 | Winsight Grocery Business

As coronavirus concerns lead a growing number of local governments to shut down restaurants and retail foodservice operations to everything but takeout orders, a sobering reality has emerged.

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United Fresh offers important financial protection info to safeguard produce industry

March 20, 2020 | The Produce News

One of the most important regulations supporting the fresh produce trade is the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, and especially the PACA Trust. The PACA trust enables produce sellers to have first priority for repayment of debts in the event of a customer’s bankruptcy.

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United Fresh applauds USDA, DOL announcement of information sharing to assist H-2A employers

March 20, 2020 | Perishable News

United Fresh applauds the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor for responding to our urgent requests to provide flexibility for U.S. farmers utilizing the H-2A program. United Fresh and industry stakeholders have been pressing the Administration throughout this crisis to address this issue and ensure that workers are available for produce companies who need H-2A and H-2B workers.

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United Fresh Seeks Government Support for the Foodservice Distribution Sector

March 19, 2020 | And Now U Know

In a recent letter from Tom Stenzel, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Fresh Produce Association, the association announced that it has been working with other trade organizations throughout DC to ensure elected officials and government agencies are taking our industry’s needs into consideration as they make critical decisions that will impact our supply chain.

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Perdue intervenes on Mexican worker visas, earns United Fresh praise

March 18, 2020 | The Fence Post

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue intervened with the State Department on Tuesday to minimize disruption in the H2A visa application process after state announced the U.S. embassy and consulates in the Mexico would stop processing immigrant and non-immigrant visas today, a USDA spokesperson confirmed.

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