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Schnucks' new way to promote healthy food
Schnuck Markets Inc. announced that the Schnucks Rewards app is making shopping easier than ever with the addition of two new features — shopping lists and a wellness guide. The in-app shopping list automatically organizes the order of customers’ lists based on the layout of their selected Schnucks store, while the wellness guide allows customers to view nutritional... Read more
Wonderful to use 100 percent renewable electricity
    The Wonderful Company announced today it will use 100 percent renewable electricity across all its U.S. operations by 2025. As part of this commitment, The Wonderful Company is joining RE100, a collaborative, global initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, uniting more than 160 influential businesses committed to transitioning... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Penny Tsigaris, doing business as Manavi Produce (Tsigaris dba Manavi) in Oceanside, NY, for failing to pay $385,021 to three sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from February 2015 to January 2016.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural... Read more
Management guru Morten Hansen to keynote United Fresh
Morten Hansen, a leading management authority, will set the stage for this year’s United Fresh Convention & Expo as keynote speaker during the United Fresh Breakfast General Session, Tuesday, June 11 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Hansen’s Wall Street Journal bestseller Great at Work is based on his exhaustive study of 5,000 employees, showing how top performers... Read more
Food Network, Bravo star Ted Allen and author-explorer Dan Buettner to keynote PMA Foodservice
Two heavyweights in the food culture industry will share the marquee at Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA, in July. One boasts a television hosting pedigree that includes the Food Network’s “Chopped” and “All-Star Academy,” and the other is an award-winning author, journalist, explorer and National Geographic Fellow... Read more
Potatoes USA elects leadership for 2019-20
Potatoes USA, the marketing and promotions board for the U.S. potato industry, concluded its 47th annual meeting on March 14. During this meeting, a new board chairman and executive committee were elected to lead the industry for the coming year. Phil Hickman of Horntown, VA, will serve a one-year term as chairman, making him the board’s first chairman from... Read more
Reacting to a story that appeared in the March 18 edition of The Produce News, Southern California-based Stater Bros. categorically denied a rumor that Amazon was considering buying the family-owned mid-sized retailer. Stater Bros. Director of Communications Marisa Kutansky told The Produce News on March 19 “the rumor is untrue.” The original story cited longtime... Read more
Avocado recall affects six states
Henry Avocado Corp. is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Henry Avocado issued the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution due to positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at... Read more
Rain caused delay to Santa Maria deal
Weather is always a leading topic of discussion in any agricultural district, but this year — more than any time in almost a decade — rain has dominated the discussion in Santa Maria, CA, just as it has dominated the weather forecast. In fact, it was the number one topic up and down the state throughout January and February and into March. In mid-March, the... Read more
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association has partnered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to provide Produce Safety Alliance courses that satisfy the Food Safety Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule requirement. Two grower training opportunities remain prior to growing season,... Read more
Tops invests in community with store renovations
Tops Friendly Markets LLC announced today that as part of its capital plan a major remodel of approximately $2 million dollars is being invested into its store located in Cheektowaga, NY. Expected to be completed in July of 2019, this remodel entails an expansion of the stores produce, bakery and deli/carry out café areas, which will now include seating. Shoppers... Read more
United Fresh Council Awards to honor outstanding individuals in the produce industry
New this year, United Fresh will honor five individuals for their outstanding work in sharing their expertise in different areas serving our produce industry. The honorees will be recognized from at the United Fresh Convention & Expo June 10-12 in Chicago. Awards will be presented in areas represented by United Fresh Expert Advisory Councils: finance... Read more
2019 Mexican grape crop up 25.6 percent
TUBAC, AZ -- Mexican grape growers expect to ship 22 million cartons of grapes this spring -- up 25.6 percent from 2018. The numbers were announced March 21 at the climax of the Mexico Table Grape Spring Summit. Marco Molina Sr., who presented the estimate in his role as the chairman of AALPUM, the Mexican table grape association, said that about 4 million... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Las Vegas-based Paradise Produce LLC for failure to pay $694,922 to 32 sellers for produce which was purchased, received and accepted in interstate and foreign commerce from February 2017 through November 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.  As a result of these actions,... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Golden Kingdom Produce Inc., Utopia Produce Inc. and Moceri Food & Beverage Inc. each satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Los Angeles-based Golden Kingdom Produce has met its obligations and is now free to operate in the produce industry. San (Bruce) Oh was... Read more
Meijer campaign earns awards
Meijer's marketing team won four awards at the American Advertising Federation of West Michigan’s annual ADDY Awards ceremony. The retailer’s in-house creative team in collaboration with its agency, The Distillery Project, earned accolades for the execution of various 2018 creative advertising campaigns. Awards include: Gold, Social Media Single Execution... Read more
California strawberry production plentiful for Easter and beyond
There has been quite a bit of rain in California this winter causing strawberry production for the first couple of months of the calendar year to lag behind last year’s production. But the industry is anticipating that the vast majority of the impactful weather will be in the rear view mirror when the calendar turns to April. “We are telling our customers to... Read more
Grupo Molina companies now one
RIO RICO, AZ -- Fresh Farms LLC and Visalia Produce have merged operations to create a single sales and distribution company called Fresh Farms. Effective April 1, Steve Biswell becomes the chief executive officer of Fresh Farms. He has been serving as the COO of Visalia Produce, which is located in Kingsburg, CA. Marco Molina Sr. heads Hermosillo-based Grupo... Read more
Kroger to sell off Pennsylvania-based division
The Kroger Co. and Peak Rock Capital announced a definitive agreement for the sale of Kroger's Turkey Hill business to an affiliate of Peak Rock Capital. Closing is expected during Kroger's first quarter. As part of the agreement, the Peak Rock Capital affiliate will continue to operate the Turkey Hill business out of its large Conestoga, PA, facility with its... Read more
United Fresh names 25 Retail Produce Manager Award honorees
Marking 15 years of recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association announced the honorees of its 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards program. The group of 25 produce managers represents supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores from 16 different states and two Canadian provinces. The winners will be honored... Read more