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In the Trenches: Is what consumers  see what they get?
There are two key elements that connect a customer with fruits and vegetables in the produce department — the eyes and the stomach. Through experimentation, a psychologist once revealed that 83 percent of information is captured from sight. Whatever the eyes observe is fixed in the memory of a person’s brain. So, if a customer sees an eye-catching produce department... Read more
Retail View: Value-added, organics drive California retail produce growth
Fueled by significant gains in both value-added products and organic fruits and vegetables, California produce sales rose to more than $7.3 billion in sales in 2017. While bulk items and conventional produce still deliver more revenue, over the last four years fixed weight packages and organic produce have accounted for the lion’s share of growth. Those are... Read more
Greener Fields Together has partnered with agriculture industry consultants Measure to Improve LLC to launch a sustainability program aimed to reduce waste across the supply chain. Ten of PRO*ACT’s top suppliers have currently signed the Waste Reduction Pledge to dramatically reduce waste sent to landfill from their facilities. Anne Nichols, sustainability manager... Read more
BJ's to offer same-day delivery in all clubs
BJ's Wholesale Club has expanded its partnership with Instacart to offer members even more convenience with same-day delivery in cities along the East Coast. Members can shop BJ's same-day delivery service. Same-day delivery at BJ's will be offered at all BJ's Clubs by the end of April and will offer a simplified fee model with low, in-club pricing for BJ's... Read more
Despite a few major weather-related hits to its Florida crops earlier this season, Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms is quickly getting back on track. Its new farm operation and facility in Flat Rock, AL should help it get things rolling. Steve Veneziano, vice president of Oakes Farms, said the company is focusing on its new farm operation in Flat Rock, AL and... Read more
The Fresh Market names Vic Savanello VP of merchandising, produce
The Fresh Market Inc. announced March 15 the appointment of Victor Savanello as the company's vice president of merchandising, produce. He joins The Fresh Market with more than 30 years of experience in produce and floral management, with an emphasis on independent supermarkets. Based in Greensboro, he will oversee management of The Fresh Market's seasonally... Read more
Mexican grape volume will need spring promotions
HERMOSILLO, SONORA, MEXICO – Mexico will have an abundant supply of table grapes this spring and retailers need to plan promotions. This is the basic message from the leaders of Mexico’s table grape growers association, AALPUM. The acronym stands for Asociación Agrícola Local de Productores de Uva de Mesa. Juan Laborin, AALPUM’s general director, and Marcos... Read more
Classic Harvest embraces ugly citrus with Sweet Gold Nuggets
Classic Harvest Gold Nuggets feature an eye catching purple retro design that calls out the bumpy and ugly nature of Gold Nuggets while shouting out the sweet delicious surprise that awaits inside. Classic Harvest will be shipping Gold Nuggets through the end of April. “We are thrilled to add Gold Nuggets to our specialty citrus assortment,” said Jennifer Westerhoff,... Read more
Farm Fresh out: Supervalu selling off banner
Supervalu has entered into three separate definitive agreements to sell 21 of its 38 Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy stores for approximately $43 million in cash to three different retailers: Harris Teeter, Kroger Mid-Atlantic Division and Food Lion. Supervalu is also continuing discussions and exploring potential transactions to sell the remaining Farm Fresh... Read more
Colorado Potatoes 2018 kids’ video contest winners named
Winners of this year’s Colorado Potatoes video contest, open to schools in Colorado and across the Rocky Mountain region, were announced Tuesday, March 13, in a Facebook post by Savannah Schlaufman, the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee’s marketing administrative assistant. Schlaufman, who is leaving CPAC next week to join the Alamosa Convention... Read more
Lipman moves indoors with acquisition of Huron Produce
Lipman Family Farms, one of North America’s largest open-field tomato growers, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ontario-based Huron Produce, a greenhouse grower and distributor of tomatoes and vegetables with operations in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Huron Produce packs under the Suntastic brand. The expansion into greenhouse product... Read more
Colorado grower-shipper Ed Monson dies at 73
Longtime Colorado onion and carrot grower-shipper Joseph (Ed) Monson, 73, of Greeley died Sunday, March 11, at home surrounded by family. Life Celebration Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Paul’s Congregational Church, 1525 43 Ave. in Greeley. Interment will be at Linn Grove Cemetery.Colorado onion grower Ed Monson with his wife, Sharon,... Read more
Okanagan honored with Role Model Award
Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. is being honored with the Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Industry Role Model Award. This is the fourth consecutive year OSF has been recognized by the Fruit & Veggies – More Matters program, which is managed by Produce for Better Health, and is an initiative focused on helping increase fruit and vegetable consumption for... Read more
Stockton rebrands as STK, has new focus on bio-ag technologies
Stockton, an Israel-based leader in bio-ag technologies for sustainable crop protection, has changed its name to STK to reflect a shift from its legacy business in generic agrochemicals to its current strategy of bio-ag technologies and botanical-based solutions. “The new STK name comes after a yearlong rebranding process,” said STK Chief Executive Officer Guy... Read more
Walmart's grocery delivery expands coast to coast
Walmart plans to expand its popular Online Grocery Delivery option to more than 40 percent of U.S. households by the end of the year. The service, available today in six markets, will grow to serve more than 100 metro areas across the country. “We’re saving customers time by leveraging new technology, and connecting all the parts of our business into a single... Read more
Dixie Belle Peaches investing in new technology in 2018
Less than two months away from picking his first ripe peach, Jimmy Forrest, president of Dixie Belle Peaches Inc., is full of optimism for the South Carolina peach season. Predicted to start slightly ahead of a typical season, last week’s cold mornings did a nice thinning job and this week Dixie Belle’s early varieties are already past the bloom stage and the... Read more
Cub scouts location for new concept
  Cub will be opening a new 46,000-square-foot store in Minneapolis in the spring of 2019. The new urban grocery store will anchor a five-story, 148-unit apartment. “This store brings a great new concept to the Cub portfolio as it will be our first store embedded into a residential complex,” said Anne Dament, executive vice president of retail, marketing... Read more
New patents, breeders for celery giant Duda
  Building upon a foundation of innovation, Duda Farm Fresh Foods invests in research to add six more patents to its celery varietals. As one of the world’s largest growers and shippers, supplying 33 percent of the celery consumed in the U.S., Duda welcomes three new breeders for a total of five to support the success of these new varieties. The impressive... Read more
Rainier's Wanderlust partnership strengthens core with yoga
Rainier Fruit, a leading producer of organic and conventional apples, pears, cherries, and blueberries, has partnered with Wanderlust, one of the world’s largest producers of yoga lifestyle events. As a major sponsor, Rainier Fruit will be the presenting healthy lunch sponsor at 24 Wanderlust 108 events in the U.S. and Canada and include on-site activation... Read more
Publix announces third GreenWise Market location
Publix Super Markets announced an additional location for the company’s GreenWise Market concept. The new site will be in Lakeland, FL, home of Publix’s corporate offices. GreenWise Market focuses on the specialty, natural and organic sector. The Lakeland store will be approximately 25,000 square feet. A projected opening date has not yet been determined. “Our... Read more