One of the things I love most about this time of year is reflecting on what happened over the last 12 months and setting new goals based off of what went well, the opportunities uncovered, and what we as a company aspire to do in 2018. It’s fun to look back at all of the news, insights, and conversations that happened in produce over the last year, too—many of which were captured here on Freshspective.
Revisit some of the top happenings of the last year in our recap of the top posts of 2017.
Robinson Fresh’s commodity analyst team meticulously combs through data and then turns statistics into stories to help retailers improve their businesses, increase sales, and identify areas of growth. This post shared five of the team’s insight-based strategies that can help affect profitability of fresh produce sales—such as the importance of cross-merchandising and understanding regional trends.
People in Produce: Meet the Robinson Fresh Employees on the 2017 Produce Business 40 Under Forty List
It’s often said that the produce industry is all about the people in it. So when Produce Business unveiled their 2017 40 Under 40 project—40 produce industry professionals honored for their career accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and contributions to the industry and their communities—we were thrilled that five of our employees made the list. Revisit this post to read excerpts from each Robinson Fresh honoree’s Q&A with Produce Business, plus fun bonus questions from our team.
What does it take to get the grapes we all love from grower to table? It involves an understanding of the complex system of finding the best varieties from the right growing areas at the right time. We shared our 2017 grape forecast in this post, including information about imports from South America and the increasing number of new varieties of grapes being offered to consumers.
What does the color of a lime tell you about its flavor? Turns out, a lot! Our limes expert shared all the details about the many physical characteristics that indicate the acidity, flavor, and juiciness of a lime. Read the post for a refresher on the telltale signs you’ve got the best lime.
When the Sanitary Transportation of Food Rule—part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)—took effect on April 1, shippers and carriers of human food and perishable animal food turned to our post to learn key information about the rule. It included a video featuring Chris McLoughlin, risk manager at C.H. Robinson, who shared insight on the ways the rule could impact businesses—and the industry.
Bonus post—editor’s pick. From the President of Robinson Fresh: A Year of Thinking Outside of the Produce Box
Robinson Fresh’s president, Jim Lemke, wrote our last post of 2017. He highlighted the significant changes our industry saw as the year unfurled, the emerging trends that hit the marketplace, and three outlooks for the year ahead—providing both a trip down memory lane and a glimpse into what’s ahead.
Thank you for visiting Freshspective in 2017! I’m excited to see what unfolds in our industry in 2018, and I’m glad we have this space to continue exchanging ideas and knowledge as we bring you fresh insights in the coming year.