Frozen food sales gains outpaced total store, fresh for another record week

While the country is slowly starting to re-open businesses and restaurants, grocery retailing sales continue to track well ahead of the old baseline. The week of May 17 was free of influences from holidays and... more »

USApple converting Outlook Conference into two-day virtual event

The U.S. Apple Association announced May 22 that it will move its annual apple industry 2020 Outlook Conference to an online format for 2020. The organization issued the following statement: "Typically, we would be opening... more »

Tart cherry industry votes to continue federal marketing order

Tart cherry producers and processors recently voted to continue their marketing order program for tart cherries produced in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin, the USDA announced May 21. The marketing order... more »

Michigan agency offers guidance to U-pick operations in advance of opening

As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

US highbush blueberries gain expanded access to China, the Philippines

The North American Blueberry Council on May 20 expressed appreciation for progress made in ongoing U.S. trade negotiations with China in phase 1 of the trade agreement disclosed earlier this year. According to a news... more »

Wish Farms sees domestic blackberry demand outlook improve

International grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, anticipates a positive shift in demand and pricing as U.S. blackberry production comes online. According to a news release from Wish Farms,... more »

Farmers’ markets across Arkansas getting back to business

It’s farmers’ market season in Arkansas, although this year’s markets are anything but business as usual. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, market managers and vendors have had to rethink their operations to stay in business and... more »

Fresh blueberries gain expanded access to China, the Philippines

China has announced updates to the phase 1 trade agreement with the United Staes, expanding market access for fresh U.S. highbush blueberries. Additionally, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Office (FAS) Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Manila,... more »

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