February 2021: The Produce Moms Podcast Month in Review
Let’s take a look back at our February 2021 Podcast Episodes.
After hearing from February’s guests on The Produce Moms Podcast, we’re excited to see the changes in sustainability, nutrition security, food safety and the future of grocery shopping is happening right now. This month’s guests are sure to open your eyes and ease your mind about the future of our produce, and delight your palate with a delicious, new fruit to try!
We started the month of February off with Derk Hendriksen, co-CEO of Treasure8, a company that’s on a mission to deploy nutrition for humanity. What does that even mean? Treasure8 has a groundbreaking technology that can dehydrate food in a way that’s less harmful to the environment and keeps fresh produce nutrient-dense. If governments and companies around the world used this, we could truly create some lasting results when it comes to nutrition security for our planet.
Not only is nutrition security important to us all, so is food safety. Wouldn’t it be great if consumers, farmers, retailers, growers, packers and shippers were able to track a specific produce item so well it would protect us from things like e. Coli outbreaks? Thanks to iFoodDS’s technology, that’s now possible. Karen Long, Digital Transformation Specialist and Senior Account Executive sat down with us to share how a simple QR Code on a produce item will give consumers the real-time data we’re looking for to make food safety the best it’s ever been.
COVID-19 certainly turned grocery retailers upside down last year and many businesses went from making 3% of their sales online to 50% of their sales online. With companies like Instacart and options like micro fulfillment centers, the way we do our grocery shopping might be completely transformed by 2025. Brittain Ladd, Chief Supply Chain and Marketing Officer for PULSE Integration has keen insight on the produce industry that he shares with us.
Have you ever heard of a Dekopon mandarin? They’re about the size of a softball and, as Jeri Elasser from Trinity Fruit Company says, “the best eating piece of citrus on the market”! Trinity’s Big Honeys® Dekopons are delicious, easy to peel, seedless and very sweet. Jeri and Angela Hernandez share with us the great ways to enjoy Big Honeys® Dekopons as well as a new initiative they’ve started called The Fruitful Market, a seasonal fruit subscription box service.
If you’re curious about how your experience getting fresh produce to your family’s dinner table is going to change in the next few years, keep reading to hear from some incredible innovators using technology to create a healthy, nutritious world for us all. Learn about a delicious, new fruit that will give you your daily dose of Vitamin C, too!
February 2021 Podcast Episode 139: Deploying Nutrition for Humanity
A groundbreaking way to creating nutrition security around the world
Derk Hendriksen, co-CEO of Treasure8, is doing some incredible work helping achieve the one thing we all desire: a healthier planet where nutritious food is available to everyone at an affordable price. Even though everyone at one point told Derk he was committing career suicide by moving into sustainability, Derk’s passion for the environment and improving our planet couldn’t be stopped. By partnering with Timothy Childs (the founder of TCHO Chocolate), Derk and Tim are deploying nutrition for humanity with their technology and partnership platform.
Treasure8 enables technology-driven food production, reduces food loss and waste, meets food safety and nutrition standards, and reduces food risks and crises, which are four of the major nutrition security objectives. By using an exclusive technology licensed from the USDA called SAUNA™, Treasure8 can provide nutrient-dense food through groundbreaking dehydration technologies.
February 2021 Podcast Episode 140: Embracing Technology for Transparency in Produce
Finally, the traceability and transparency we’ve all been asking for
Produce Moms, let’s be honest: the one thing we want more than anything right now is transparency by the companies we purchase our food and produce from. iFoodDS is a company providing technology to farmers, growers, shippers, packers and distributors in the produce supply chain that lets them track real-time, granular data. Everything from how a farmer runs his operations, the date and time a piece of produce was packaged, or whether production is meeting sustainability standards can be tracked.
Now, consumers can get the traceability and transparency we desire to be confident their purchases are healthy. If a brand is using iFoodDS’s technology, all you have to do as a consumer is scan the QR code on that company’s produce item. By scanning the code, you’ll get access to growing and production details, and information from that piece of produce’s entire journey, from the farm to your hand. You can even leave feedback for the manufacturers and ask questions!
February 2021 Podcast Episode 141: Will Amazon Divest Whole Foods?
The way we do our grocery shopping is transforming for good
Because of COVID-19, have you started shopping for your groceries more and more online? Or at least thought about it? The way we do our grocery shopping is changing right in front of our eyes and grocery retailers now make 47% more of their sales from their online stores. Companies like Instacart have made it possible for consumers to get their groceries without having to visit the physical store, and we’re seeing more and more grocery retailers turn to options like micro fulfillment centers that make fulfilling online retail orders more efficient.
Scared or nervous? Don’t be when you listen to what Brittain Ladd, Chief Supply Chain and Marketing Officer for PULSE Integration, has to say about it. Brittain forecasts a future where micro fulfillment handles most of our “center aisle” shopping and physical, grocery retail locations turn into beautiful, open-air markets, cafes and a haven for people who love fresh produce.
February 2021 Podcast Episode 142: Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C from Mandarins the Size of a Softball
Meet Big Honeys® Dekopon mandarins
Big Honeys® Dekopons are super sweet, easy to peel, seedless and about the size of a softball. Eating just one can give you your daily dose of Vitamin C… that is, if you can stop at one! Jeri Elasser, Creative Director, and Angela Hernandez, Director of Marketing for Trinity Fruit Company are dishing on their Big Honeys® and the numerous ways to enjoy them.
Speaking of ways to enjoy them, the two have just launched The Fruitful Market, a seasonal subscription box service delivered straight to your door. You can order a subscription box monthly or one time from Trinity and receive a wide variety of their delicious fruits in season. Right now their boxes are filled with lemons, Cara Cara oranges, navels, blood oranges, different mandarin varieties and more. Have a favorite item you just can’t get enough of? You can customize your box order too.
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