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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Field of crops

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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John Oxford on Panel

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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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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labor force of the future

Labor Force Of The Future

Many human tasks will eventually be replaced by computerized technologies. How much of the workforce will be displaced is yet to be seen. According to one report published in 2013 by Oxford University’s Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment, 47% of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. A PricewaterhouseCoopers March 2017 report suggests 38% of U.S. jobs are in jeopardy to automation.

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