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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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South Africa Extreme Drought

South Africa's Extreme Drought Brings Declining Production and Rising Food Prices

Production estimates are down, and the lack of rainfall is forcing fruit producers to spend more. In the case of citrus, where South Africa is a significant producer and exporter, crop estimates for the 2015-2016 season were confirmed and released by the Citrus Growers’ Association. Production for 2016 is estimated to decline by 7.5 million cartons compared with the previous season.

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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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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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Dr. Bob Whitaker

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Ed Treacy

VP Supply Chain Efficiencies

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