Consumers Love Watermelon and Most U.S. Potatoes Processed
**The National Watermelon Promotion Board’s Foodservice program is showcasing the versatility of watermelon as a trend-forward ingredient.
In its own 2022 Foodservice Operator Omnibus and Consumer
Survey, 72% of consumers believe that “Fresh watermelon is under-appreciated, and restaurants should do more to use fresh watermelon in new and interesting ways.
www.morningagclips.com reports, the campaign focused on reimagining watermelon in menu offerings by adding it to new, inspiring global flavors.
**New Data from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows the majority of U.S. potatoes are now sold in processed forms like frozen, chipped, dehydrated, or canned.
With the introduction of french fries as a side dish in restaurants, the share of potatoes that go into frozen
products has risen each decade since 1979.
Meanwhile, the share of potatoes used as fresh table potatoes has declined.
**American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented on the Biden Administration's revised Waters of the U.S. Rule.
He says, EPA had a golden opportunity to write a Waters of the U.S. Rule that's fair to farmers and stands the test of time.
Duvall says the EPA has ignored clear concerns raised by the Justices, 26 states, and farmers across the country about the rule's failure to respect private property rights and the Clean Water Act.