Over the last 12 months, we’ve posted content to help you stay connected to the trends, news, and happenings that impact the produce industry. From digging into commodity-specific data to uncovering consumers’ changing behaviors and preferences, and from fresh ideas in merchandising to best practices in cold chain logistics, Freshspective is all about giving you the information you need to stay in the know and grow your business.
Now that we’re at the tail end of 2016, it’s time to get retrospective. Take a look back at this year’s top posts.
- Trendspotting for 2016: 3 Food and Consumer Trends to Watch
Consumers’ food shopping patterns and eating habits are constantly evolving. Those changing preferences impact the way they shop in stores, what they purchase, and what they order in restaurants. This post explores three food and consumer trends that made waves in our industry this year—trends that will likely keep taking shape in the year to come.
- 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Avocados
It seems like avocados are everywhere these days—in every produce aisle, as a notable ingredient on restaurant menus, and on the minds of consumers as they cook at home. As ever-present as they may be, however, there’s a lot to know about avocados. For instance, did you know that an avocado tree in Mexico can bloom up to four times a year? Get 14 more nuggets of wisdom about the popular superfood in this post.
- Limes: They’re Not Just for Drinks Anymore
What is it about limes that’s helping them increase in sales year after year in the United States? Demographics and new uses are among the key reasons behind consumption growth. Learn more about why limes continue to rise in popularity in this post.
- The Emergence of the Yellow Mango
First grown in India over 5,000 years ago, mangos are one of the most popular fruits in the world. But they are still new to some consumers, particularly those in the United States. Find out what you need to know about yellow mangos, the variety that makes up around 15% of the overall mango category in purchased retail pounds—including information on what you can do to merchandise this emerging tropical fruit in your store to entice shoppers.
- All that Matters with Apples
By the end of 2015, apples were contributing more dollars on average to produce departments than in previous years. And global apple consumption keeps growing. So what really matters when it comes to marketing them? Read this post to learn which three key areas to consider when making apple decisions.
Thank you for reading, sharing, and engaging with Freshspective this year! We look forward to continuing the conversation and bringing you more fresh insights in 2017.