Packer Insight — FDA investigations, H-2A news, online grocery and more

Packer Insight — FDA investigations, H-2A news, online grocery and more

Packer Insight 10-30-20

Tom Karst, Chris Koger, Amy Sowder and Ashley Nickle take you through the big stories of the week, from developments related to H-2A wages to company news born from increased demand for online grocery services.

For more on these topics, check out the following articles:

UFW wins preliminary injunction against USDA suspension of labor survey?— In a decision praised by farmworker advocates, a U.S. District Court has issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the USDA's decision in September to suspend the annual Farm Labor Survey.

FDA says E. coli outbreaks have strains related to past romaine events?— The Food and Drug Administration is investigating two E. coli outbreaks, and although their origin is unknown, the strains are genetically related to separate outbreaks in 2018 and 2019 that were traced to romaine lettuce.

Fresh Midwest delivery service to launch into northern Chicago?— Fresh Midwest, an online produce and meal delivery service, will launch in northern Chicago in early 2021.

Conversations at WCPE: Produce Retailer of the Year Jeff Cady on building strong teams?— Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for Tops Friendly Markets — and the 2020 Produce Retailer of the Year — will speak Nov. 11 at the West Coast Produce Expo.

Conversations at WCPE: Brick Meets Click's Bill Bishop talks online grocery, what's next?— Bill Bishop, chief architect of retail consulting firm Brick Meets Click, will speak at the online West Coast Produce Expo about the growth of online grocery, how retailers are responding and what's ahead.

Conversations at WCPE: Jewel-Osco’s Scott Bennett on creating excitement in stores?— Scott Bennett, produce sales and merchandising manager for Jewel-Osco, will discuss in at the online West Coast Produce Expo how he has approached continuing to create excitement in stores despite the pandemic.