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United Fresh report profiles foodservice trends

The latest issue of United Fresh’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice report explores how innovative chefs are adding fresh fruits and vegetables to create flavorful and vibrant fall menus. These quarterly reports showcase the latest innovations in fresh produce use in foodservice. 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 across a wide variety of menu options and how…  » Read more

Groups comment on pair of FSMA import rules

The comment period expired Jan. 27 on the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals, known in short as the foreign supplier verification rule, that is part of the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The import safety rules also include measures for the accreditation of third-party auditors. The United Fresh Produce Association and the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) were among the industry organizations submitting comments. United’s comments reflect review…  » Read more

United Fresh offers free listeria guide

Two recent outbreaks have demonstrated the vulnerability of some fresh and fresh-cut operations to listeria harborage leading to product contamination. Some customers and supplier operations have implemented listeria testing programs without a good understanding of their scientific validity. While the processed foods industry and FDA have long had guidance for listeria monitoring and control, guidance applicable to the unique conditions of fresh produce handling operations has been lacking, according to the United Fresh Produce Association.…  » Read more

FDA to revise and ask for comments on parts of FSMA

FDA will draft what it calls “significant” revisions to parts of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and launch an additional comment period for those revisions next summer. Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said Dec. 19 that the agency was reacting to comments from the produce industry made during meetings across the country and as part of the official comment period for two of the FSMA rules first published in…  » Read more

Comment period expires for two FSMA regulations

FDA has let the comment period lapse for two key components of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The deadline was Friday, Nov. 22 for the produce safety and preventive controls rules. The comment period for two other rules, covering imported food, was extended an additional 60 days and will now expire Jan. 27, 2014. These regulations would cover foreign supplier verification programs and the use of third-party auditors to certify food safety. Two major national…  » Read more

Lisa Hightower new United communications manager

Lisa Hightower has joined United Fresh Produce Association as the association’s new communications manager. Hightower 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 upcoming Washington Public Policy Conference. Hightower brings skills in journalism, photography and publication design to her new role at United Fresh. She has developed communication and education campaigns on…  » Read more

United summer tour includes 20 town halls

United Fresh will launch its fourth “Summer Fresh Impact Tour” on July 29, kicking off a series of 20 town halls in 15 states reaching coast-to-coast. “We’re going to cover a lot of ground talking with industry members this summer – in both miles and the diverse topics we’ll be addressing,” United Fresh CEO Tom Stenzel said. “United Fresh Impact Tours always allow us to engage in personal discussions about challenges facing our members, from…  » Read more

United begins survey for wholesalers, distributors

United Fresh has opened the Wholesaler-Distributor Operations Benchmarking Survey, designed to assist wholesalers and distributors in measuring the effectiveness of their warehouse management, transportation fleets and overall operations. “The Wholesaler-Distributor Board put a great deal of effort into developing this survey,” said Ron Carkoski, United Fresh chairman-elect, past chairman of the Wholesaler-Distributor Board and president and CEO of the Four Seasons Family of Companies. “We considered what data helps us to be successful in our…  » Read more

New White House revelation: president’s favorite food

Diners at the annual White House Kids’ State Dinner learned that President Barack Obama’s favorite food is broccoli. “We appreciate the emphasis on good nutrition and healthful eating that the president and First Lady Michelle Obama have made, and their efforts surely have made an impact on the children who were at the special event, as well as countless others across the country. It is important for all of us to remember that all fruits…  » Read more

United praises new school snack standards

A new set of USDA standards called “Smart Snacks in School,” aimed at improving the nutritional quality of foods and beverages offered for sale to students in schools, was praised by the United Fresh Produce Association. The new nutrition standards apply to all foods and beverages sold a la carte, in school vending machines, stores, and snack bars and must be implemented by July 1, 2014. The new standards will increase the availability of fresh…  » Read more

Produce sales, volume higher in first quarter of 2013

Fresh produce saw positive dollar and volume sales in the first quarter of 2013, a strong start to the year. Organic fruits and vegetables and value-added categories also posted positive overall dollar and volume growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest edition of “FreshFacts on Retail,” the quarterly retail research report of the United Fresh Foundation. A 4.9 percent increase in average retail price led to a 7 percent increase…  » Read more

United adds elements to Recall Ready Program

United Fresh has expanded its Recall Ready Program services with the addition of risk management webinars and training workshops. These new elements are added to the overall program that was launched at the 2013 United Fresh convention in San Diego, all designed to help produce industry companies prepare for and respond to virtually any recall event. The webinar, “Managing Risk for Contamination and Recall Events,” will provide a roadmap to safeguarding companies against catastrophic losses…  » Read more

Compensation report profiles pay of produce employees

Executives saw a 2.9 percent increase in salary for the current fiscal year, according to the 2013 Produce Industry Compensation and Benefits Report compiled by the United Fresh Produce Association. The 130-page research report presents data collected earlier this year through a confidential survey of produce industry companies. The report is designed to assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. The 2013 report, which measures employee compensation and benefit data for more than…  » Read more

United Fresh releases new sustainability guide

United Fresh Produce Association has launched its “Sustainability Guide and Self-Assessment” tool. The guide is intended to assist producers in understanding four key areas of sustainability – stewardship of resources, environmental impacts, social accountability and economic success/viability. The guide is intended to be an educational tool for those wanting to know more about what practices enhance sustainability, and to evaluate, record and track their own practices. “For fruit and vegetable producers, we believe these four…  » Read more

Early registration open for Washington policy conference

Early registration is now open for the United Fresh Washington Public Policy Conference, which will be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The annual event gives produce industry figures a chance to network and to connect with members of Congress in face-to-face meetings. Other features of the conference include educational sessions, the United Fresh PAC dinner and a meeting with FDA leaders. Registration discounts are available until June 20. For more information on registration, go here.

Immigration reform advances in Senate

The full Senate is expected to take up immigration reform in June after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill on a 13-5 vote. The proposed new agriculture worker program survived the committee process intact. The program includes a market-based federal structure to ensure a steady and experienced agricultural labor force. The framework was developed through negotiations between the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, key senators and ag labor groups. Under the proposal, current…  » Read more

United show donates produce to convention host city

United Fresh and Feeding America have long partnered to prevent fresh produce from going to waste. After this year’s show in San Diego, more than 30 volunteers helped collect donations from the convention floor to benefit those in need serviced by Feeding America San Diego’s partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding centers. "United Fresh and exhibitors at the show are proud to support the Feeding America network of food…  » Read more

Best new products selected at United Fresh

Best new products selected at United Fresh Attendees to the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual convention and expo in San Diego cast their votes May 16 and recognized this year’s New Product Awards in five categories. More than 30 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations competed in the categories of Best New Food Safety Solution, Best New Fruit Product, Best New Packaging, Best New Packing/Processing Equipment, and Best New Vegetable Product. The 2013 New Product Award…  » Read more

United Day 2: Food safety front and center

Everywhere you turned during the second and final day of the United Fresh 2013 trade show and convention in San Diego, people were talking about food safety. But no one spoke of what can happen during a recall more movingly than Nelia Alamo, director of sales and marketing for Gills Onions. Her memories of a food recall incident were fresh — her company’s recall incident took place nearly a year ago, or shortly after United…  » Read more

Follow United Fresh 2013 with Fresh Cut’s editor’s blog

Stay up to date with United Fresh as it happens, with the Fresh Cut Editor's Blog. Lee Dean, editorial director of Fresh Cut, will be on hand all week at United Fresh 2013 blogging from the show. Read about his experiences — and see a sampling of the products and services available from the exhibitors on the show floor. Read the blog here.

Campaign donates salad bars to 436 California schools

A campaign led by the United Fresh Produce Association has culminated in the donation of salad bars to 436 California schools. The donation will benefit 300,000 California students who will now have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at lunch. United Fresh made the announcement at the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools” celebration press conference in San Diego, which brought together government, education and child nutrition officials,…  » Read more

DeltaTRAK to showcase United award nominee

DeltaTRAK will showcase the ThermoTrace Time Temperature Indicator (TTI) solution at the United Fresh show in San Diego, California May 15-16 in booth 1508. The TTI solution has been chosen as a United Fresh Best New Food Safety Product finalist. DeltaTRAK's ThermoTrace TTI solution provides customers with a cost effective way to use 2D bar codes combined with chemical label technology to monitor accumulated temperature abuse of products as they travel through the cold chain.…  » Read more

Matrix to feature Triton bagging machine at United

Matrix Packaging Machinery, powered by Pro Mach, will showcase at United Fresh, May 14-16 in San Diego, at booth 1238. The Triton is a vertical form-fill-seal machine optimized for the fresh produce packaging industry. The Triton automated bagging machine, which comes in two models, can help fresh produce packers of all sizes and individual needs lower labor costs, decrease waste, and improve overall efficiency and throughput, according to the company. The Triton is rated at…  » Read more

Two new United councils to debut at trade show

Two new United Fresh councils will convene for the first time at United Fresh 2013 in San Diego, May 14-16. The Produce Marketing and Merchandising Council, led by its chairman, Roger Pepperl of Stemilt Growers, is made up of more than 30 fresh produce marketing leaders. The council will work to develop United programs that drive value in consumer marketing, branding, social media, point-of-sale strategies, retail partnership programs, and other merchandising components. With an overall…  » Read more

Crunch Pak to debut new Flavorz item at United

Crunch Pak will launch its new Blue Raspberry Flavorz at United Fresh 2013 May 14-16. Created in conjunction with Disney Consumer Products, the launch coincides with the release of the latest movie from Disney Pixar, Monsters University, opening in theaters June 21. Crunch Pak introduced Flavorz in 2012 with three flavors developed with input from kids ages 4-8: Peach/mango are in packages with Disney characters Phineas and Ferb, grape features Mickey and friends and strawberry…  » Read more

DeltaTRAK will display TTI technology at United Fresh

DeltaTRAK will showcase its newest TTI cold chain technology at the United Fresh 2013 show (booth#1508), in San Diego May 15-16. DeltaTRAK’s ThermoTrace TTI solution is designed to provide customers with a cost effective way to use 2D bar codes combined with chemical label technology to monitor accumulated temperature abuse of products as they travel through the cold chain. The technology was selected as a finalist in United’s Best New Products award competition. "With our…  » Read more

Immigration reform a priority at United Fresh

United Fresh members will have the opportunity to lobby for and learn about immigration reform at United Fresh 2013, May 14-16 in San Diego. As lawmakers consider the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” which was introduced in the Senate on April 16, United will mobilize members to call Congress in support of immigration reform. A grassroots call center will be featured at the association’s annual trade show and convention, where thousands of…  » Read more

United Fresh announces slate of board, officer nominees

United Fresh has announced new officers and directors nominated to serve on the United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors. The new chairman will be Ron Midyett, CEO of Apio. The chairman-elect is Ron Carkoski, president and CEO of Four Seasons Family of Companies. Lorri Koster, chairman and CEO of Mann Packing, is the nominee to be secretary-treasurer. Current board chairman David W. Krause, president of Paramount Citrus, will move to the position of immediate…  » Read more

FDA commissioner announces extension of FSMA comment period

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced the agency’s intention to extend the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) comment period by 120 days. Hamburg made the remarks during a Senate Appropriation Committee hearing. The comment period was originally set to end May 16. A group of more than 80 produce industry organizations sent a letter April 11 to Hamburg requesting an extension of the comment period on the preventive controls and produce safety rules of FSMA by…  » Read more

Ready Pac to display award finalists at United Fresh

Ready Pac will exhibit its two award finalists along with other featured products at this year’s United Fresh 2013 show in San Diego, May 14-16. The custom Peel and Reseal Clamshell Film has been nominated for the Best New Packaging award. The film is designed to be easy to open, tamper-evident and keeps lettuce fresh while using about one-third less plastic, which allows an extra layer on each pallet during transport. Bistro Fruit Salads have…  » Read more

Produce industry groups seek FSMA comment period extension

A group of 89 international, national, state and regional fresh fruit and vegetable groups has requested an extension of the May 16 deadline on the comment period for the proposed Produce Safety and Preventive Controls rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The request was made in an April 11 letter sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The letter noted, “it would be impossible for any interested party to meaningfully comment on these two…  » Read more

United announces finalists for 2013 New Product Awards

More than 30 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations are up for United Fresh Produce Association’s 2013 New Product Awards. This year’s finalists will compete in five categories for the title of Best New Products at United Fresh 2013, May 14-16 in San Diego. “These products represent the new approaches, ideas and processes that are driving the fresh fruit and vegetable industry forward,” said John Toner, United’s vice president of convention and industry relations. “From its…  » Read more

United to honor baby carrot pioneer at Women in Produce event

Lisa McNeece, vice president, foodservice and industrial sales, of Grimmway Enterprises, will be the guest speaker at the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Wednesday, May 15, at United Fresh 2013 in San Diego. Held each year in conjunction with the United Fresh convention and expo, the reception recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry, and selects one individual to share their personal experience of service. The…  » Read more

United selects chefs as tops in produce

Six chefs and foodservice professionals representing an array of culinary styles and backgrounds will be honored this May as part of the United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program. Sponsored by PRO*ACT, and now in its sixth year, the program honors chefs and their companies for their innovative and influential use of fresh produce in the culinary arts. The United Fresh Produce Association will formally recognize the six winners at United Fresh 2013, the…  » Read more

United will honor top retail produce managers

Exceptional produce managers representing 21 different supermarket chains, commissaries and independent retail stores in 16 states and Canada will be the honored guests at United Fresh 2013 this May through the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. Sponsored by Ready Pac Foods, the awards program is in its ninth year and is presented through the foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence. The awards recognize those on the front line in supermarkets working everyday to increase…  » Read more

New industry guidance for cantaloupe available

A new resource, “The National Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for Cantaloupes and Netted Melons,” is now available to help companies that grow, harvest, sort, pack, process or ship cantaloupes in developing production practices that address risk and minimize microbial hazards. It is applicable for companies of all sizes and the use of all production practices, from primary production to the packing and transport of fresh cantaloupes. The guidance is the result of a yearlong…  » Read more

United, California group partner on FSMA webinar

United Fresh and the California Grocers Association Education Foundation will present a webinar on March 20 outlining the potential impact of the proposed Produce Safety Rule on retailers’ procurement and store operations as well as fresh produce suppliers. United’s David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology, and Jeff Oberman, vice president of trade relations, will lead the webinar. “Retailers will definitely feel the effects of the produce rule, especially if the small…  » Read more

United opens 2013 compensation survey

The United Fresh Foundation, through its Center for Leadership Excellence, has launched its 2013 compensation survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in a research report that will assist produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. Prepared by research firm Industry Insights in partnership with the United Fresh Foundation, this confidential survey measures compensation and benefits for 33 full-time positions within the produce industry. Data will be collected from…  » Read more

Industry groups will comment on trace report

The Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), designed to help the produce industry maximize the effectiveness of current traceback procedures, is currently developing a response to the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 10 recommendations released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the document entitled “Pilot Projects for Improving Product Tracing along the Food Supply System Final Report.” PTI, with the coordination of its four administering organizations (Canadian Produce Marketing Association, GS1 US, Produce Marketing Association…  » Read more

FDA will step up inspection of cantaloupe packinghouses

FDA on Monday, Feb. 25 announced its intention to begin inspections of cantaloupe packinghouses during the 2013 growing season, with a special focus on preventing listeria outbreaks. “As we move forward over the next few years with implementation of the produce safety provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), it is essential that the cantaloupe industry and the produce industry in general, observe best practices already recognized by FDA and the industry as…  » Read more

United seeks nominations for honored speaker at women’s event

United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting nominations to help select an honoree to speak at the annual Reception Honoring Women in Produce, Wednesday, May 15 at United Fresh 2013 in San Diego. Each year, United Fresh recognizes the contributions of all women working in the produce industry and honors one outstanding female industry leader at this reception. “It is an honor to count such thought leaders, role models and inspiring innovators among us,” said…  » Read more

Extension granted for FSMA comment deadline

FDA has approved a request made by United Fresh to extend the comment period for the information collection provisions of two proposed rules related to the Food Safety Modernization Act. The deadline, which was Feb. 15, was extended to May 16. The information collection provisions are requested and subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The extended deadline matches the May 16 deadline for submitting…  » Read more

United requests extension of time for FSMA comments

United Fresh has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget to extend the comment period on certain provisions in the proposed produce and preventive controls rules. Several provisions relating to information collection currently face a comment deadline of Feb. 16, which United and the Grocery Manufacturers Association are requesting be extended to May 16. The extension is necessary to provide sufficient time for the industry to examine and respond to the complex…  » Read more

United sets priorities, forms new councils

The United Fresh Produce Association Board of Directors has set priorities for 2013 at its annual winter leadership meeting. The priorities will focus on four main areas: leadership in food safety law implementation; passing legislation to reform immigration policy and secure a new guest worker program; writing and passing the 2013 Farm Bill; and shaping nutrition policy and USDA regulations. “Our most important task as board members is to direct the resources invested by our…  » Read more

United sets activities at Fruit Logistica 2013

United Fresh will exhibit and hold special activities at Fruit Logistica, Feb. 6-8 in Berlin, Germany. The United Fresh stand will be located in Hall 23/Stand F-12. Serving as the destination for members attending the exposition, the stand will be an opportunity to visit with United Fresh staff and colleagues for networking and industry dialogue, as well as updates on the United Fresh 2013 convention, executive development programs for global produce leaders and programs in…  » Read more

Series of FSMA webinars underway

Both the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh are conducing a series of webinars about the Food Safety Modernization Act implementation rules. The next two PMA webinars will be held Jan. 24 and are each called “Ask the FDA,” where officials from FDA will be available to speak and answer questions about the two rule implementation documents released Jan. 4. The first session, at 1 p.m. EST, will address the Produce Rule and the…  » Read more

United seeks participants for leadership program

The application period is now open for the 19th annual class of the United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program, presented by the United Fresh Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence. The program, made possible through a generous grant from DuPont Crop Protection, is a special opportunity for United Fresh members to advance their leadership skills and knowledge. Launched in 1995, the program is the only ongoing, fully paid leadership program for the produce industry. The program…  » Read more

FDA releases rules to implement FSMA

The FDA has released its long-awaited implementation documents for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The two rules will be placed in the Federal Register and will be available for public comment over 120 days. The first rule would require makers of food to be sold in the United States, whether produced at a foreign- or domestic-based facility, to develop a formal plan for preventing their food products from causing foodborne illness. The rule would…  » Read more

Registration opens for United Fresh 2013

Early registration is now open for United Fresh 2013 in San Diego May 14-16. This year’s theme, “Discover Fresh Horizons,” underscores the many opportunities for education, innovation and sales growth in fresh produce at the United Fresh show, and all in San Diego. Early registration packages are available through April 1. The all-access pass includes access to all of the United Fresh education sessions and networking events, as well as the post-show Produce Marketing &…  » Read more

United Produce Inspection Program

United Fresh and USDA-AMS are offering three courses of the Produce Inspection Training Program in 2013. These sessions are designed to help produce industry members better understand the breadth of the total produce inspection process. The program is offered in two specialized courses. “Fundamentals of Produce Inspection” focuses on topics such as inspection essentials, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, sampling procedures and general market principles. The three-day “Commodity Labs” takes place in the lab and…  » Read more

United Fresh, FMI to again co-locate shows

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and United Fresh Produce Association will co-locate their 2014 conventions, June 10-13 in Chicago. The reunion of FMI and United Fresh follows the 2012 co-location in Dallas, which attracted more than 14,000 attendees and featured 2,800 exhibits covering one million square feet. This premier tradeshow and education event will bring together the retail and fresh produce industries and highlight the shared interest in providing high quality, fresh selections to consumers.…  » Read more

United Fresh: A Fresh-Cut for the Future

With the produce industry recovering from a spate of food safety issues this summer, United’s Fresh-Cut Processor Board has set an agenda that focuses on providing leadership on food safety challenges, as well as increasing produce consumption, sustainability and other industry initiatives. Chaired by Jan Berk, San Miguel Produce, and Vice Chairman Tony Freytag, Crunch Pak Sliced Apples, the Board’s 2012- 2013 agenda aims to address the unique needs of the fresh-cut processor market segment.…  » Read more
Potato industry leaders participate in D.C. farm bill rally

Potato industry leaders participate in D.C. farm bill rally

Hundreds of agriculture industry allies rallied in Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to pass a new Farm Bill before the current law expires Sept. 30, according to the United Fresh Produce Association. Organized by the Farm Bill Now Coalition, the event featured remarks from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture; and Rep. Kristi…  » Read more
Rally pushes for action on farm bill before Sept. 30

Rally pushes for action on farm bill before Sept. 30

Hundreds of agriculture industry allies rallied in Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to pass a new Farm Bill before the current law expires Sept. 30, according to the United Fresh Produce Association. Organized by the Farm Bill Now Coalition, the event featured remarks from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee; Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.); Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Committee on Agriculture; and Rep. Kristi…  » Read more