The Beet Blog

How Good is Your Shrink?

  Produce managers generally have a sense that there will always be some level of shrink. It used to be that a certain percentage of shrink was actually a byproduct of the “stack ‘em high and watch ‘em fly” strategy to reach sales goals so shrink was tolerated with a “good enough” syndrome. However, times […] Read Post »


Cauliflower 101

“A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussels sprouts. The head is made up of tightly packed clusters of florets, known as the “curd”.  It is believed to have originated in Asia Minor and ancestry […] Read Post »


Organic Checkoff Progresses

By Jenna Blumenfeld; Reposted from New Hope Network The beef industry has one. The dairy industry has one. And possibly, the organic industry will have one, too. Today the USDA announced that a proposal for a national organic check-off program will go live on the Federal Register. The proposal, titled the Generic Research and Promotion Order for […] Read Post »


USDA approves transitional certification for farmers switching to organic

Reposted from New Hope Network. Original Source: Organic Trade Association Today, the Organic Trade Association announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering […] Read Post »