10:45 p.m. Thinking about the "Like it. Love it. Gotta have it." decision making grid used by Coldstone Creamery. What produce items inspires the "Gotta have it" tagline? Note to industry: work on creating more "must have" demand for fresh produce. But how?!!
Steve Lutz of The Perishables Group sent some numbers on October melon sales. Story about the ugly facts is here. Yes, watermelons were hurt badly by the listeria foodborne outbreak linked to Colorado cantaloupe. More October retail sales coverage this week.
Check out the Dec. 2 USDA National Fruit and Vegetable Retail Report. From the report, apples led the way for fruit promotions and salad and potatoes lead the way for vegetable ads.
Top Fruits - % of ads
Apples, 23%, Pears, 14%, Oranges, 9%, Avocados, 8%, Clementines, 6%, Misc Berries, 6% , Grapefruit, 4%, Blueberries, 4%, Grapes, 4% , Pomegranates, 3%
Top Vegetables - % of Ads
Salad, 12%, Potatoes, 11% , Carrots, 9% , Onions, Dry, 8%, Tomatoes, 7%, Peppers, Bell Type, 7%, Squash, 6%, Cucumbers, 5%, Broccoli, 4%, Mushrooms, 4%
TK: Is the USDA procurement division about to get tougher with growers who employ undocumented workers/illegal immigrants? I'm curious to see how this new Ag Labor rule: USDA will impact growers seeking to sell commodities to the USDA. I'll try to get some reaction this week. From the rule:
In accepting this contract award, the contractor certifies that it is in compliance with all applicable labor laws and that, to the best of its knowledge, its subcontractors of any tier, and suppliers, are also in compliance with all applicable labor laws. The Department of Agriculture will vigorously pursue corrective action against the contractor and/or any tier subcontractor (or supplier) in the event of a violation of labor law made in the provision of supplies and/or services under this or any other government contract. The contractor is responsible for promptly reporting to the contracting officer when formal allegations or formal findings of non-compliance of labor laws are determined. The Department of Agriculture considers certification under this clause to be a certification for purposes of the False Claims Act. The Department will cooperate as appropriate regarding labor laws applicable to the contract which are enforced by other agencies.
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