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3/18/2019

Strawberries growing in Louisiana's Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes are waning as more family farms close and aging growers retire. In 1988, 265 farmers grew berries on 915 acres, while in 2018, the number of growers had fallen to 26 with 188 acres in production, according to the AgCenter at Louisiana State University.

3/18/2019

About 64% of US households that buy avocados don't have children, according to a study from the Hass Avocado Board, which used data from IRI Consumer Network. That percentage was fairly steady across the country, but other demographic factors varied by region, including the number of Hispanic households and the total number of households that buy avocados.

3/18/2019

CPG sales can benefit from smart retail positioning, and retailers are partnering with technology companies to identify the best ways to organize store shelves and advertise to consumers. New technologies include virtual reality headsets to track shoppers' eye movements and digital in-store ads tailored to shopper's profiles.

3/18/2019

People who consider themselves servant-leaders will help teams feel supported by asking for creative solutions and making room for them to emerge as leaders themselves, writes Keith Corbin. "Servant-leadership is not about taking the easy way, it is about bettering those around you and helping them grow," he writes.

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3/18/2019

When distractions take away an audience's attention, acknowledge the interruption -- even joke about it if possible -- rather than pretend nothing is happening, writes Ashish Arora, a co-founder of SketchBubble.com. Another good way to handle an interruption is to have a story ready should you need to burn a few minutes.

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3/18/2019

Consumers' interest in adding fruits and vegetables across their daily intake is an opportunity for grocers, as highlighted in the recently released FMI Power of Produce report. More vegetable entrees are being consumed at dinner beyond the ranks of vegetarians, while products such as avocados are bringing freshness and flavor to breakfast dishes, writes FMI's Rick Stein.

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3/18/2019

Giant Eagle has launched Advantage Media, a digital platform that allows vendors to offer personalized deals to its customers. CPG companies will be able to work with Giant Eagle to deliver digital promotions to likely customers identified through shopper data.

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3/18/2019

Upward economic signs have contributed to consumer confidence that is positive but not exuberant, Jackie Crosby writes. Two factors seen as keeping confidence from soaring include lingering echoes of the Great Recession and the weight of student debt.

3/18/2019

A program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide financing for grocers that open stores in areas of Louisiana that were hit by hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The program aims to increase access to fresh foods in underserved neighborhoods.

3/18/2019

Members of Florida's congressional delegation are supporting the decision by the Trump administration and the Commerce Department to end an agreement with Mexican tomato growers, saying the deal led to unfair competition for US growers. The US is set to withdraw from the agreement on May 7.