Walmart is not the top grocery retailer in Canada in sales– Loblaw has that distinction -- but it is globally with in-store net sales of about $503 billion. Of that number, $49 billion is in on-line net sales, a sales channel that’s expected to double in value in the next five years.
Trade tensions and rising tariffs took a big bite out of American apple exports in 2018, reducing the value from $1.1 billion in 2017 to $854 million in 2018.Growers are looking to Mexico and Canada to find a home for their 2019 crop.
Perspectives on food safety differ in Europe compared to the United States. Shifting trends may inspire farmers to grow more protected crops rather than open field vegetables. Hydroponic lettuce is a case in point.
The produce industry is relieved that threats have been cancelled to impose five per cent tariffs on Mexican goods crossing into the U.S. on June 10. The Border Trade Alliance offers some context.
Inclement weather, food recalls and widening trade gaps contributed to a 19-year low in the production of fresh vegetables in the U.S. in 2018. Onions, head lettuce, romaine lettuce and tomatoes accounted for much of the decline.