Monthly trade magazine features news and information for executives, senior managers, and buyers in the retail produce industry, with special features in each issue including the "Fresh Trends" section which takes an in-depth look at featured commodities and includes data and analysis from the USDA weekly retail report and The Packer's "Fresh Trends" report. Digital editions are available free online.
Monthly publication features news and information for retailers and distributors in the fruit, vegetable, and floral markets, with featured content including industry data and analysis, tracking and review of consumer and trade trends, special merchandising reports, foodservice and retail case histories, and commentary and analysis on recent trade developments. Archived editions are available free online.
Annual consumer research study provides information on fresh produce purchases and consumption by fruit or vegetable, with information provided for each item including percentage of consumers who purchased the item in the past 12 months, type of item purchased (e.g., conventional, organic, both), and economic and demographic factors affecting purchases. Research study is available free online.
Quarterly report provides information on retail sales and price trends for the top ten fruits and top ten vegetables and other value-added produce categories, and includes insights on topics such as sales across different channels, produce category spending by region, consumer demand and perceptions of local produce, consumer spending in multicultural households, and fresh produce snacking trends.
Above sections include an overview of farmers markets and how they operate, FAQs which address a range of topic categories (e.g., market fundamentals; market policies; staff; insurance, liability, and permits; market growth, outreach, and evaluation; integrating nutritional programs; and extending the market season), and a resource database that provides more in-depth information for specific topics.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service provides a wide range of information and support services for farmers markets, with resources available from the USDA including the "National Farmers Market Directory" which provides market locations, directions, operating times, and products offered and the "Farmers Market Manager Survey" which surveys managers about their previous season's activities.
Market research study provides detailed analysis of the U.S. market for fresh produce products, with information provided including historical and forecast sales by product segment for fruits (e.g., citrus, berries, melons, tropical/exotics, and other fruits such as apples, pears, and grapes) and vegetables (e.g., leafy greens, red and orange, starchy, and other vegetables such as onions and bell peppers).
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenues for companies that sell fruits, vegetables, and other related food products to the public through open-air fruit and vegetable stands, farmers' markets, and retail stores specializing in fresh fruits and vegetables, with most locations being small and independently owned.
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, farm manager, market manager, production supervisor, produce clerk, farm worker, refrigeration technician, delivery driver, and cashier, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Sprouts Farmers Market LLC, The Fresh Market, Inc., and Trax Farms, Inc.
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed in this retail sector which includes firms that sell fruits, vegetables, and other related food and non-food items (e.g., honey, jellies, flowers) to the public through open-air fruit and vegetable stands, farmers' markets, and retail locations that specialize in fresh fruits and vegetables.