LAS VEGAS — Retail dollar sales are up versus last year for almost all of the nation’s twenty most popular produce items, but those gains are due primarily to price inflation, Steve Lutz executive vice president of the Perishables Group, said yesterday during “Shifting Consumer Purchase Patterns: Reactions to a Tight Economy” a seminar and panel discussion held here at the United Fresh Produce Association’s annual trade show. The trend of higher prices and lower volumes has continued during ...

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