Scheduled for October 2021 in New Orleans, the upcoming Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention is on track for a big fall return. The last big event was in 2019, with a draw of over 15,600 attendees before COVID hit. 2021 will be the first year back after the gap, providing attendees to the New Orleans event access to hundreds of produce industry players as well as foodservice and retail buyers. The lack of in-person face time didn’t stop folks from being involved; 7,500 attendees participated in 2020 for the virtual version of the conference in June. However, with a return back to in-person congregation, the next PMA Convention coming up is expected to be a big one.
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA), the trade organization representing companies from every segment of the global fresh produce and floral supply chain, argues that artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the way our food is produced.
“Advancements such as machine learning, image recognition, and predictive modeling are being used in food production to boost productivity and efficiency,” writes Vonnie Estes, PMA Vice President Technology.
Ransomware hit the news this year when the Colonial pipeline was attacked — showing that no one is safe from criminal attackers. Every year, countless companies lose millions of dollars to cybersecurity breaches. Every company needs to be concerned about ransomware and cybersecurity, and every company needs to be prepared.
Wholesale seafood vendors are under immense pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic as they find themselves in a marketplace driven by product shortages and pent-up demand.
In the world of cyber security, it is just not high-value economic assets like oil and gas pipelines, and information-sensitive government agencies that are the targets of cyber attacks but everyday businesses, including those in the food industry, are under increasing threat.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it will issue new rules on labeling so that “domestic farmers and ranchers do not have to compete with foreign companies that mislead consumers”.
The top-to-bottom review of the “Product of USA” meat labeling term announced on July 1 is part of USDA’s effort to level the playing field for independent family farmers and ranchers.
The USDA “Product of USA” meat labeling announcement came on the same day that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized a new rule to deter rampant “Made in USA” fraud.
There is nothing worse than enjoying a good meal only to feel sick, hours or sometimes days later from something you ate. Most Americans experience it at some time with the CDC estimating that some 48 million get sick from a foodborne illness each year.
The floral business is tough enough without having integrated tools at your fingertips to manage essential tasks such as inventory control, purchasing, receiving, slotting and pricing.
“Whether you’re in your first month or your fifth year of business, I’d encourage you to start keeping track of different areas in your biz,” writes florist Sarah Luthy.
Utilizing a floral distribution software such as FreshByte Software can not only make sure your flowers stay fresh but can help you maximize profits by preventing spoiled product in the fast-paced business.
Companies can lose a lot of money by letting perishable inventory expire or go bad. Unfortunately, it can be hard for manufacturers, importers and retailers to keep track of all of their inventory and determine what items need to be put out first to minimize those losses. Learning more about what perishable inventory is, why it should be tracked and how to track it can help your business. Here is more information about perishable inventory.
Technology is changing the entire world around us, and food is not excluded. Technology is allowing consumers and suppliers to better track and trace the exact origins of every ingredient that goes into any type of product that they are manufacturing or purchasing.
Traceability has many benefits associated with it, and may soon affect the way consumers purchase products and what they eat. Here are just a few of the key ways that traceability may soon impact consumers.