If you’ve been to the movies lately and stayed to watch the credits, it’s amazing to see how many people are involved in the production of a feature length film. And while Northeast farms, forest product and fishing businesses may not have as large of a supporting cast as a Hollywood blockbuster, it takes a team to produce the high quality food and fiber that consumers rely upon and enjoy.
Since 2000, the U.S. apple industry has been in a state of continual change. Desmond O'Rourke, consultant of food marketing and international trade, discusses this changing industry environment in this outlook as well as future challenges and opportunities for the apple industry.
While “health food” stores have been around for a long time, it was Whole Foods that turned this niche market mainstream. With Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods, the already-complex landscape of food retailing has a new wrinkle.
The vegetable industry is perhaps the most diverse industry that Farm Credit East finances, with producers varying in size and business tenure, along with the wide range of crops grown. There is also quite an array of markets – from wholesale to processors and grocery stores, to farm stands, farm markets and other forms of direct-to-consumer. So what's the outlook for this diverse industry in 2017?