Fresh produce volume remains steady in Q3 2014

United Fresh Produce Association has released the Q3 2014 edition of the FreshFacts on Retail report, which examines overall retail trends in produce. The report shows that, during this quarter, fruit and vegetable volume remained steady compared with the previous year, while dollar sales increased slightly due to a small increase in average retail price.
This report, produced in partnership with the Nielsen Perishables Group and sponsored by Del Monte Fresh Produce, measures retail price and sales trends for the top 10 fruit and vegetable commodities, as well as value-added, organic and other produce categories. The report also features a more detailed look at the berries, citrus, and packaged salad categories, as well as produce in the deli.
Highlights of this quarter’s report include:
•Cherries posted the highest growth in the fruit category, with dollar sales increasing 16.9% and volume rising 36.7%.
•Packaged salad posted the highest growth in the vegetable category, with dollar sales up 9.1% and volume climbing 6.8%.
•Value-added fruits posted average weekly dollar and volume sales growth of 10.5% and 3.1%, respectively.
•Average weekly dollar and volume sales for snacking vegetables both rose by double digits versus Q3 2013.
•Shoppers continued to seek out organic produce, resulting in significant dollar and volume sales gains for organic fruits and vegetables.
This quarter’s FreshFacts report also features a spotlight on consumer demand of value-added convenience produce items. Multiple convenience items experienced double-digit growth, including fresh-cut fruits, mixed melons, snacking vegetables, and value-added vegetable side dishes.
The complete FreshFacts on Retail report can be downloaded free of charge for all United Fresh members ($50 for non-members). For more information about how to obtain the report, contact Miriam Wolk at 202-303-3410 or [email protected] For questions about specific data contained in the report, call Cara Ammon at Nielsen Perishables Group at 773-769-3550.

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