ANAHEIM, Calif. — During the past year, the down economy has caused a significant shift in consumer purchasing behaviors, presenting both challenges and opportunities to the global produce industry, according to Linda Cox, senior account executive at Bellevue, Wash.-based The Hartman Group. In general, grocery and food retail sales have not suffered as greatly as industries such as travel, recreation and housing during the recession, noted Cox, who was scheduled to speak here last week at ...

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