Traditional high consumption vegetables like carrots, head lettuce, and potatoes saw the largest decline in terms of pounds and on a percentage basis. Secondly, many produce crops are labor intensive to produce. Overall, the fruit and vegetable supply is growing in crops that supply a diverse collection of desirable phytochemicals with positive health associations.
The most significant growth in vegetable imports since has been for artichokes, asparagusbrussels sprouts, garlic, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, squash and tomatoes. Since then, there has been a steadily increasing trend in imports. There are probably several reasons for the increasing role of imports in the US fresh fruit and vegetable supply which vary by crop.
First, many popular fruits can only be grown in tropical or semi-tropical climates. However, since the middle of the last decade there has also been a drop of more than 10 pounds per person in the supply of fresh vegetables. Imports are a major means by which such goals are likely to be achieved.
Getting Fresher From the graph below we see that most of the decline in the produce supply has been in processed categories.
Canada and Mexico have been major innovators in that area and their highly productive systems have become important for many crops.
Fourth, American consumers have come to expect year around supplies of popular produce items, and this requires sourcing from different regions at different times of year. In any case, it is impractical to locally produce the quantity and diversity of fruits and vegetables that Americans have proven willing to consume, let alone a higher goal.
Smaller increases have also been seen for tangerines, cantaloupe, and lemons. Most health professionals would favor substantially higher per capita produce consumption than we see today.
Per capita domestic production of vegetables had risen significantly in the s, but leveled off during the s. There has been a decrease of about 25 pounds per person in processed vegetables canned and frozen. Since the US does not currently have a workable guest worker system, it is more practical to import crops from regions with a more adequate or predictable source of labor.
Fruit Options Are Becoming More Diverse Looking at the same time period, the fruit supply has also shifted towards greater diversity see table below. The 30 pound per person drop in processed fruit consumption is mainly due to a 15 pound per person drop in orange juice along with declines in canned and dried fruit.Abstract— Fruits and vegetables processing, trading and marketing require some vital support of integrated supply chain management system.
Due to its perishable nature and more consistent application of quality standards, the organizations involved in business of these horticultural commodities have to face colossal quality problems.
Supply Chain Efficiency: An Insight from Fruits and Vegetables Sector in India Saurav Negi [email protected] University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun. At first glance there has been an unsettling trend in the supply of fruit and vegetables in the US (see graph above).
measure of how much fruit and vegetables a typical American consumes because there is some loss along the commercial chain and also in the consumer’s home). FRESH FRUIT & VEGETABLE SUB SECTOR / VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS TANZANIA fruits and vegetables, spices, natural products such as seaweed, and sisal; and three services: • Identifying the key players involved in each stage of input supply.
Supply Chain Management in Fruits and Vegetables Sector F&V constitutes a major part of the world economy and is the raw material for many industries.
Among the agricultural produce, perishable food produce like F&V have got the least attention. Supply Chain Management of Fruits and Vegetables - A Case Study N T Sudarshan Naidu Abstract India is witnessing rapid changes in retailing with urbanization, increase in disposable income, changing lifestyle, preferences and eating habits of its population.Download