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CHEP appoints Jake Gilene as SVP of sales and customer service
CHEP, a global leader in pallet pooling and supply chain management solutions, appointed Jake Gilene to the role of senior vice president, sales and customer service, CHEP USA. This position was previously held by Dan Martin, recently named president of IFCO North America. “CHEP prides itself on developing and promoting world-class talent,” said Laura Nador,... Read more
Lidl US to acquire 27 Best Market grocery stores
Lidl US and Best Market today announced an agreement in which Lidl will acquire 27 Best Market stores in New York and New Jersey. The move allows Lidl to offer customers in the region a supermarket experience recently ranked among the top three in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine. The deal also allows Lidl to expand its regional presence and enter a new market... Read more
 Fresh Express introduces new chef-inspired salad kits
Fresh Express, a leader in retail packaged salads, added two new products to its growing selection of flavorful salad kit combinations, the Chopped Caesar Kit and a Pumpkin Panzanella Salad Kit. The company said it continues to make it easy for consumers to enjoy salads they love at restaurants in the comfort of their home. By working with culinary chefs, it's... Read more
Morning Kiss Organic potatoes and onions ready for the holidays
Morning Kiss Organic is expecting a high-quality crop of potatoes and onions. As autumn gives way to the holiday season, now is the time for gatherings focused on family, friends and food from the local harvest. Potatoes and onions figure prominently into hearty holiday cooking, and choosing organic produce contributes to the health of the meal as well as the... Read more
Ahold Delhaize shaping the future of retail
Ahold Delhaize is partnering with Delft University of Technology to expand the company’s Artificial Intelligence for Retail Lab. The expansion comprises a robotics research program and test site for developing state-of-the-art innovations in the retail industry, including how robotic grippers can handle delicate items such as fruits and vegetables. This is the... Read more
Pearson launches new line of fall, winter-inspired meal solutions
Pearson Foods Corp. has launched Fall Roasters, a full line of fall- and winter-inspired, ready-to-cook meal solutions that pair fresh vegetables, plant proteins and ancient grains with herbs, spices, butter and ethnic sauces. Pearson Fall Roasters meal solutions come pre-packaged in oven-ready aluminum pans for no-prep, no-mess meals in less than 20 minutes. Growth... Read more
The fresh produce and floral industry can turn its talent crisis into a talent opportunity by focusing strategically on its people practices, and Center for Growing Talent has just unveiled a new assessment tool called HRvest to help with the first steps. The simple yet strategic management tool, developed in partnership with the HR transformation experts at... Read more
Schnucks expanding curbside pickup
Schnuck Markets Inc. now offers customers the option of curbside pickup at four St. Louis-area stores, with plans to expand to four additional stores in January 2019. Future plans will see curbside pickup added throughout the St. Louis area, including the metro east, as well as other geographic areas served by Schnucks. With curbside pickup, Schnucks customers... Read more
Season's first shipment of Moroccan citrus arrives in U.S.
The port of Wilmington, DE, received the season's first breakbulk shipment of fresh Moroccan citrus to arrive in the United States. The M.V. Belgie Reefer, a specialized refrigerated vessel, was welcomed on Wednesday, Nov. 7 to the marine terminal on behalf of long-time port of Wilmington customer Fresh Fruit Maroc.Eric Casey, chief executive officer of GT USA... Read more
Whole Foods Market's pickup push continues
Amazon and Whole Foods Market expanded grocery pickup from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now to eight cities, including Birmingham, AL, Colorado Springs, CO, Long Island, NY, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, TX, Tacoma, WA, and Tulsa, OK. Prime members in those cities now have the option to shop Whole Foods Market’s selection of fresh and organic produce,... Read more
After a 16-day harvesting strike, Mexican avocado growers were back harvesting their crop on Wednesday, Nov. 14, but it is expected to take at least two weeks — and probably longer — before the pipeline is full, according to several sources. Jim Donovan, senior vice president of global sourcing for Mission Produce in Oxnard, CA, said there will be good supplies... Read more
Mexico’s avocado growers’ organization, known commonly by the acronym APEAM, announced today that workers were back in the groves picking avocados for U.S. consumption after a 16-day hiatus. Newly harvested fruit is expected to reach the U.S.-Mexican border as early as tomorrow, Nov. 15, though it will take at least two weeks for the pipeline to be filled again,... Read more
Walmart and Ford test grocery delivery with self-driving cars
Retail is changing at a rapid pace, and what’s easy in 2018 might feel old-fashioned in 2028. Walmart is offering grocery delivery in nearly 100 metro areas and is continuing to innovate, including a partnership with Ford that is focused on self-driving cars. "We are partnering with Ford to explore delivery with autonomous vehicle technology," said Tom Ward,... Read more
Midwest wholesaler's new fresh produce facility plugs into the sun
The fresh produce industry has suddenly become greener, thanks to Sirna & Sons Produce, a leading wholesale supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables in the Midwest. At its newly expanded, state-of-the-art cold storage and packing facility in Ravenna, OH, the company is now generating clean, renewable solar power to supply more than a third of the electricity... Read more
Zespri ends season with strong retail growth
Zespri’s consumer campaign, “A Real Snack, for Real Life,” and consumer sweepstakes brought the Zespri brand to life and drove consumers to retail stores looking for SunGold kiwifruit. As demand for Zespri products continue to increase, Zespri is working to match this growth by extending its season with production in new regions. This winter, Zespri North America... Read more
FreshDirect's top food trends full of freshness
FreshDirect, one of the Northeast’s leading online fresh food grocers, announced its top food trends for 2019. The trends list was curated by FreshDirect and FoodKick’s in-house teams of food and wine experts. “Our FreshDirect and FoodKick food experts are constantly working with farmers, fishermen, artisans, and producers to source high-quality, great tasting... Read more
Emerson helps keep food fresh, from farm-to-fork
Knowledge is power, and with its tracker and logger devices Emerson Cargo Solutions is trying to provide as much of both to help its customers maintain food freshness and food quality during transit.   Emerson’s trackers use cell technology to transmit data in real-time, “so customers can make decisions based on the alerts they are seeing,” said Matt Neidlinger,... Read more
The Little Things are Giant campaign connects retailer with shoppers
Giant Food unveiled a new marketing campaign that highlights the connections shared over great food and how these moments between family and friends are made even more special with the help of the retailer's product assortment, ease of shopping and store experience. With the new tagline, "The Little Things Are Giant," the campaign will kick-off with a holiday... Read more
Good Foods elevates two to executive team
Good Foods, a leader in providing healthy, all-natural products such as guacamoles, dips, salads and dressings announced the promotions of Danyel O’Connor and Juan Larios, both of whom have been named to the company’s executive team. Danyel OConnor O’Connor, now the executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Larios, now director of Mexico operations,... Read more
Dole unveils 13 produce-focused recipes for Disney fans
Disney fans looking to throw an epic party on Nov. 18 to recognize Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary now have another 13 classic, celebration-worthy recipes to consider. These are American classics, updated by Dole for today’s tastes and nutrition demands. How about a hearty veggie meatloaf offering a healthier take on the 1950s? Or a surprising vegan hot dog... Read more