Durian has a scent so unpleasant to some that it has been banned from many public places in Southeast Asia, but the flavor of the fruit is winning fans in China and raising concerns about possible shortages and rising prices. Theft of the fruit from farms in Malaysia has become a problem, investors are spending to expand growing areas, and some companies are creating new lines of durian-based packaged foods.
Australian farmer David Groves is growing the avozilla, a giant avocado that equals about five of the average-size fruits. "Everybody wants to know all about where they came from, and how we got them so big," he said.
This season's mushroom harvest has been bountiful, and marketers forecast high volumes into the fall and beyond, according to the American Mushroom Institute. The category is growing along with demand for organics and specialty varieties.
A Quebec heat wave has taken a toll on the summer's berry crops, but that isn't expected to translate into higher consumer prices, industry representatives said. Strawberry volumes are expected to be down about 20% from last year.
Researchers at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have invented a plant-based preservative they say will keep perishables including fruit and juices fresh for up to eight times longer than artificial preservatives. The solution uses the antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of flavonoids to keep food fresh.
Kroger is launching a home grocery delivery test via self-guided vehicles at a Scottsdale, Ariz., Fry's location. The pilot test will use autonomous Toyota Prius cars, which will initially have a human inside to monitor performance, for same-day and next-day delivery.
Students at the School District of Palm Beach County will have more fruit and vegetable options at lunchtime because the district is implementing the national Smarter Lunchrooms program. "It's really making sure that we have a nutritious menu and encouraging kids to try those fruits and vegetables," said Allison Monbleau, food service director.
Organizations fail to move ahead either when departments don't speak to each other or when all efforts are focused on a single product or category, says Samuel Bacharach, an author and Cornell University professor. There's a fine line to walk for leaders in finding new ideas and executing them without falling back into inertia, he says.
Leaders can stop beating themselves up over perceived failures by accepting setbacks as learning opportunities, according to a post by Map Consulting. If the final goal was not reached, measure success by the progress made and managerial skills gained.
PMA exhibitors donate fresh produce to Food Bank for Monterey County
Exhibitors from PMA's Foodservice Conference & Expo did their part to fight back against hunger by donating 26,354 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from the event to the Food Bank for Monterey County, almost 8,000 pounds more than last year's donation. The event featured 191 exhibitors, including 23 first timers. A diverse group of buyers attended, including retailers, distributors, and end-use operators.
Watch how eat brighter! works for Wayfield Foods
Georgia retailer Wayfield Foods finds kids excited to spot their favorite "Sesame Street" characters on eat brighter! signage and drawn to the produce department with parents in tow. And when eat brighter!-branded produce ends up in the shopping cart, everyone's happy. Watch this new video to see how eat brighter! works for Wayfield and how it can work for you. The initiative extends through 2021.