Jim Prevor, Industry Icon and Maverick Thought-Leader, Passes Away
We are deeply saddened to report that Jim Prevor has suddenly passed away from heart failure after being stricken by a heart attack and stroke. On this earth for merely 61 years, Jim was a force of boundless energy and enthusiasm for the perishable food and fresh produce industry in which he was born and carried a rich family legacy. Jim is survived by his wife Debbie, sons William and Matthew, and loving extended family and friends.
FROM THE GROUND UP: How ITUM Drives Grape Innovation in Spain and Beyond
The history of Spanish table grape breeder ITUM is a grassroots success story in the true sense of the word, and it is one that is inextricably linked to the organization’s home region of Murcia. Located in the southwestern corner of Spain, Murcia is today the country’s largest table grape growing region, but this wasn’t always the case.
Pundit’s Mailbag: John Pandol Reveals The Myth of Europe Being ‘Ahead of Us’ in Climate Change, Challenges IFPA Leadership to ‘Autopsy the Disasters’
John Pandol has spoken out on many topics both here at the Pundit and on sister publication, PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine. Now our piece — Will Climate-Change Fanaticism Bankrupt The West? — prompted John to send this note.
Pundit’s Mailbag: Bay Cities Produce ‘Experiment’ with EV Trucks Sheds Light on Climate-Change Fanaticism
Our piece — Will Climate-Change Fanaticism Bankrupt the West? —brought many responses, including this one. The first issue, of course, is that whatever one may think is the desirability of meeting the Net-Zero carbon goal, that is not in the power of the UK, or of California. The second issue is money.
Pundit’s Mailbag — ‘Sound Common Sense’ Involving Logic and Reason
Our piece — Will Climate-Change Fanaticism Bankrupt The West? — brought many comments including some short but clear ones. If we need anything right now, it is clear-headed thinking.
Pundit’s Mailbag: Arkansas’ Contribution to Cotton Candy and Other Grape Varieties
One of the most important produce breeders in the world is about to retire from his position at the University of Arkansas. The American Pomological Society is giving him an honor, as did the Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association. Today, however, the honor is on the Pundit, because Professor John R. Clark, as he prepares to move on, deigned to present us with a letter.
Pundit’s Mailbag — Why British Energy Prices Are Increasing Faster Than Europe
We ran a piece titled, Will Climate-Change Fanaticism Bankrupt The West? Though responses mainly have been in agreement, the article received this passionate objection.
Chile At A Political Precipice
When we launched The Global Trade Symposium as a sister event to The New York Produce Show and Conference, we knew for sure who we wanted to get to keynote that event. In the course of her brilliant presentation, Ms. O’Grady expressed doubts about the future for Chile.
Dillon D’Arrigo of D’Arrigo New York Talks Color Vs. Variety and What Consumers Really Want
Growers are going gangbusters developing new grape varieties. But for supermarket shoppers, it’s still all about color – green/white, red, black, and maybe a seeded, according to Dillon D’Arrigo, fruit buyer, salesperson, and one of the fourth-generation family of produce professionals at D’Arrigo, New York, at the Hunts Point Market.
Will Climate-Change Fanaticism Bankrupt The West?
Energy policies in much of the West today resemble a religion, based on faith, rather than any kind of actual cost/benefit analysis. In fact, it reminds one of the policies adopted around COVID, where the desire to be seen as doing something about the pandemic seemed so great that many were simply incapable of looking at the costs of, say, keeping children home from school. But this policy can result in bankrupt farms, stores, restaurants, etc. – And, of course, consumers that have to spend their money on electric and fuel will look to economize elsewhere.