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Ethical Sourcing

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | Posted in Industry/Consumer Trends by Renee Harrison

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. This article defines ethical sourcing and takes a look at consumer expectations.

Consumers are demanding higher standards for the way that foods they eat are grown and produced. They’re not just talking about it. They are basing their purchasing decisions on whether the food is safe, of the highest quality and ethically sourced. According to INIX.com ethical sourcing means to conduct business according to high standards of integrity and ethics and in compliance with local laws, regulations and industry standards. It also means ensuring that the products being sourced are created in safe facilities by workers who are treated well and paid fair wages to work legal hours, and it also implies that the supplier is respecting the environment during the production and manufacture of the products.  

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Today's Hottest Ingredient is Transparency

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | Posted in Industry/Consumer Trends by Renee Harrison

Today’s consumers see eating well as fundamental in their pursuit of personal health and wellness and as a central component of a high quality of life and long term well-being. In their aspirations to eat healthier, they are becoming increasingly aware of the personal, social, environmental, and health consequences of the foods they consume.

Consumers perceive sustainability as doing the right thing for customers, the community and the environment, in that order. A growing number of consumers define it in terms of natural resource conservation, responsible land stewardship and employing responsible farming methods. 

This article is for executive and mid-level produce retailers and foodservice operators, as well as their supply chain partners provides insights about:

  • Why transparency resonates with consumers
  • What transparency means to consumers and why it is so important to them
  • How foodservice operators and retailers are responding to consumers’ demand for transparency  
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Trade Promotion Authority Passes the U.S. Senate

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | Posted in Global Trade by Richard Owen, CAE

The U.S. Senate passed the Trade Act of 2015 on May 26. The Act, which now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for debate and approval, authorizes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast track,” to speed negotiation and approval of future trade agreements. 

Their action reinforces that the buying and selling of fresh produce, floral and other products occurs on a global scale. Furthermore, the ability to compete in international markets is tied to the ability of the U.S. Administration to engage in free and fair trade negotiations that will make it through the political process for approval.   

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