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PMAs Glimpse into the Future 2017 Produce and Floral Environmental Scan

Special Report: PMA’s 2017 Glimpse into the Future

PMA’s “Glimpse into the Future” report identifies issues and trends that are likely to affect the global fresh produce and floral industries in the next three to five years. It was developed from information gathered by the PMA Research team, in conjunction with members and volunteer leaders worldwide, as well as global subject matter experts.

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Consumers Drive Innovative Global Packaging Trends

Consumers Drive Innovative Global Packaging Trends

Technology is allowing us to develop packaging solutions that are more convenient, sustainable, and holistic. Demands for online purchases are allowing the industry to innovate in ways that did not seem possible a few years ago. New advances in packaging design, as well as in equipment and processing technologies, are creating a greater need for fully integrating communication across marketing, branding and packaging.

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California drought

Impact of the California Drought on Prices

Consumers expect retail prices of fresh fruit and vegetables to increase, especially due to the six-year California drought. Good news is that costs caused by the drought is balanced by our strong economy.

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Responsible Labor Practices

The Boards of Directors of PMA and United Fresh formed a Joint Committee on Responsible Labor Practices. The committee's charge is to evaluate appropriate labor practices across the produce and floral supply chain, potentially leading to an industrywide, global approach to responsible labor practices. This joint committee is working to help ensure our industry has a clear and well-defined commitment to treat all workers with dignity and respect as they work to bring fresh produce to consumers.

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Reducing Food Waste

PMA Chairman-Elect John Oxford highlighted industry efforts to deal with food waste at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. Invited by committee chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Oxford offered a producer’s perspective, showcasing members’ leadership and innovative efforts to combat this complex issue.

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Effects of Recent Drought Conditions in the U.S.

If U.S. water supplies continue to tighten, the rising cost of irrigation may put increased price pressure on fruits and vegetables as producers move to find new production areas, new sources for product, new sources of water and invest in additional water conserving technologies.

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Consumer

Today's Hottest Ingredient: Transparency

Eating well is fundamental in consumers’ pursuit of personal health and wellness today. They are increasingly aware of the personal, social, environmental, and health consequences of the foods they consume.

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Transparency Webinar Recap

Consumers are becoming more familiar with the term “sustainability,” and trust is increasingly dependent upon transparency, in terms of how consumers evaluate what they hear from companies and what consumers want to know about companies’ products and business practices, said The Hartman Group CEO Laurie Demeritt in a recent webinar.

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Field

Ethical Sourcing

With more than half of consumers saying that information about how their food is grown and raised is extremely important to them, ethical sourcing is more important than ever before.

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farm fresh organic

Transparency 2015, Establishing Trust With Consumers

The Hartman Group’s Transparency 2015, Establishing Trust with Consumers study takes an in-depth look at Transparency.

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Dr. Bob Whitaker

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VP, Food Safety & Technology

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Ed Treacy

VP Supply Chain Efficiencies

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