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Sprouts opening seven new stores with 30 more on the way
Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, announced seven new stores scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019. New stores include the second location in Washington state after first entering the market this August. Sprouts plans to open approximately 30 stores next year. Sprouts currently operates more than 300 stores... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture cited G K Produce Inc., operating out of Philadelphia, for failure to pay $548,441 to eight sellers for produce which was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from November 2013 through March 2014.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.  As a result of these actions,... Read more
Green Giant Fresh debuts new line of Vegetable Meal Bowls
Green Giant Fresh, a leading innovator in value-added fresh produce, has expanded its fresh vegetable offerings with a delicious take on convenient meal bowls. Featuring a growing variety of authentic global flavors, Vegetable Meal Bowls are available in the refrigerated produce section at grocers nationwide at a suggested retail price of $3.99... Read more
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Blue Water Bridge arrested a Canadian citizen in possession of more than 280 pounds of cocaine hidden in a commercial shipment of berries.  The seizure took place on Oct. 21, when members of the CBP Port Huron Anti-Terrorism and Contraband Enforcement Team were conducting routine outbound... Read more
Can the Big Idaho Potato Truck be caught?
The Idaho Potato Commission kicked off another year of exciting marketing activations by launching one of its two new television commercials during ESPN’s live broadcast of the Boise State University vs. Oklahoma State University football game on Saturday, Sept. 15. The IPC is a longtime sponsor of BSU and has made it a tradition to debut its new commercial... Read more
Industry voices concerns over tariffs at PMA session
ORLANDO, FL — A couple of speakers as well as several audience members expressed concern and dismay over potential long-term negative effects to the U.S. produce industry as a result of the multi-national trade and tariff wars currently being waged by the Trump administration. During the recent Produce Marking Association Fresh Summit convention and exposition,... Read more
New president takes over at Publix
Publix has announced that Kevin Murphy, senior vice president of retail operations, will be promoted to president. The company also announced four other executive promotions and two retirements. Murphy began his career in 1984 as a front service clerk in Margate, FL. He worked in various positions before being promoted to store manager in 1995. He was promoted... Read more
Avocados from Peru closes record-setting season
This season, Peru reached record-breaking sales numbers by exporting over 726 million pounds of avocados worldwide, of which 182 million pounds were shipped to the United States.  Peru is the second-largest exporter of avocados in the world, the second-largest supplier to the United States, and the largest supplier to Europe. Avocados from Peru supported... Read more
CGT names first-ever Women’s Catalyst Award at Fresh Summit
International business consultant Dawn Gray has received the first-ever Women’s Catalyst Award from Center for Growing Talent, recognizing her leadership in advancing women in the fresh produce and floral industry. Gray was honored at CGT’s Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 20. The breakfast was held in Orlando, FL, in conjunction... Read more
Dole-Disney partnership: The one time you want a mouse on your produce
The year was 1928. Mickey Mouse made his Hollywood debut in Steamboat Willie, the seven-and-a-half-minute animated short film that would foreshadow the world’s most beloved brand of entertainment. At 167 years old, Dole knows a thing or two about longevity as well. At the same time Mickey was being introduced to the world, 2,500 miles across the Pacific in Hawaii,... Read more
Smart & Final hits milestone this week
Smart & Final Stores opened its 200th Smart & Final Extra! location earlier this week in Long Beach, CA. The 30,000 square foot store offers quality products in both household and club sizes at warehouse prices — without a membership fee. "We have deep roots in the community of Long Beach, where we opened our very first Smart & Final location, so... Read more
PMA CEO Burns: our future is high tech, high touch
Produce Marketing Association Chief Executive Officer Cathy Burns’ annual state of the industry address drew together insights across a broad range of areas -- from robotics and automation to human talent management, from e-commerce to culture and society -- to sketch a picture of an industry future that will call for a complex mix of both high tech and high... Read more
Sam's Club partnership expands same-day delivery
After initially joining forces in February, Sam's Club and Instacart have announced the national expansion of their partnership to offer same-day delivery to more than half of all Sam's Clubs across the nation by the end of October. Just in time for the holidays, Sam's Club customers can get food and groceries as well as gifting and small appliances, delivered... Read more
ProducePay raises $14m in funding to help farmers feed the world
ProducePay, a Los Angeles-based company that provides fresh produce farmers with financial resources, tech tools and data insights, has secured $14m in a Series B Funding round. The funding was led by Anterra Capital, with participation from Rabo Frontier Ventures (Rabobank strategic investment fund), Coventure, Social Leverage, FJ Labs, Greenhouse Capital, Moonshots... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Unified Ltd., doing business as Pan American Banana in Los Angeles, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $557,297 to 14 sellers for 423 lots of produce from September 2015 to March 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.  As a result of these actions,... Read more
Walmart breaking ground on groundbreaking project
In the coming weeks, Walmart will be breaking ground on a new project in Shafter, CA: Walmart’s first high-tech distribution center for fresh and frozen groceries. Walmart’s distribution center of the future will be more efficient, with forward-looking technology and engaging tech-focused jobs. Set to open fall 2020, this innovative DC in Shafter will use WITRON... Read more
Mann Packing to debut new Nourish Bowls
Mann Packing Co. will highlight the newest additions to its award-winning Nourish Bowls line — Nourish Bowls Breakfast — at PMA Fresh Summit Oct. 19-20 in Orlando, FL. Nourish Bowls Breakfast comes in two delicious flavors: Denver Scramble and Fiesta Scramble. Just add one or two eggs, microwave for four minutes and enjoy these superfood fresh veggie breakfast... Read more
Misionero unviels latest product innovations
Misionero, a leading grower and pioneer in the organic leafy greens category, will unveil its new salad kits, bowls, and washed-and-trimmed lettuces at PMA Fresh Summit. The brand will showcase all of its innovations at the show, including items such as Sweet Earth Taco Salad Kits, Asian Salad Wraps, and Earth Greens and Garden Life Single Serve Bowls, along... Read more
DelFrescoPure announces partnership with CubicFarms
A new partnership between DelFrescoPure and CubicFarms has resulted in the LivingCube — a system of automated vertical farming growing machines that continuously produces living lettuce, living basil and microgreens all year long. The LivingCube system has 12 mechanized growing, germination and irrigation machines, each built inside proprietary insulated 40-foot... Read more
Georgia's unprecedented $3 billion of ag losses
Early estimates of agricultural losses caused by Hurricane Michael are starting to come in from the University of Georgia and Georgia Forestry Commission, and the numbers are staggering. "The meter started at $1 billion and jumped quickly to nearly $3 billion," said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. "Unfortunately, we are not quite sure where it... Read more