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Summer citrus on mind at CFFA
A chief goal of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association is to partner with retail chains across North America to set up savvy promotional campaigns for their shoppers. That dedication has helped the summer citrus category see strong growth. “In 2017, we ran promotions in more than 40 retail chains across the U.S.,” said Karen Brux, managing director of the CFFA,... Read more
Lidl's produce department eats into other retailers' sales
Living with Lidl? Be prepared, not afraid. Grocers are being challenged at every turn. The online pressure from Amazon has been well documented. There is also the brick-and-mortar threat from discount chains such as Lidl. While grocers should not ignore Lidl’s presence, they don’t necessarily need to fear it either. According to a recent study by Catania, when... Read more
Village Farms challenges consumers to Snack with Impact
Village Farms has launched a new topseal program for its exclusive specialty snacking tomatoes. Available in 10-ounce containers are Heavenly Villagio Marzano, Cabernet Estate Reserve, Cherry No. 9, Lip Smackn’ Grape, Maverick Mix and Village Farms’ newest tomato variety Lorabella Blossom. The clear topseal label film rimmed with fun and lively designs depicting... Read more
Red Sun Farms takes home awards at annual greenhouse competition
Red Sun Farms has always been associated as being a leader within the greenhouse industry. Through its vertically integrated business model, it ensures the highest level of quality in all its products. This year, their level of quality had been commended as Red Sun Farms has taken top honors in various categories at the 2018 Annual Greenhouse Competition. This... Read more
Wayne E. Bailey to emerge from bankruptcy protection
In January, Wayne Bailey Produce Co., a leading sweet potato producer headquartered in Chadbourn, NC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. On June 20, company President George Wooten told The Produce News it was preparing to successfully exit Chapter 11 in September. “Our planned confirmation for exiting is in September,” said Wooten. “Throughout the... Read more
Kroger stock jumps after Q1 report
The Kroger Co. reported net earnings of $2 billion in the first quarter of 2018, which ended on May 26. Kroger's first quarter adjusted net earnings were $626 million, up from $546 million last year. The stronger-than-expected results led to the company's stock jumping 11 percent in the early hours of trading.  "Restock Kroger is off to a fantastic start,"... Read more
Hudson River Fruit Distributors continues to grow with the addition of a new farm
Milton, NY-based Hudson River Fruit Distributors Inc., a leading producer, marketer and shipper of a full line of high-quality apple varieties, continues to evolve and grow. It is a prime example of a family-owned company that is living out the American dream. The company is now benefiting from the newest generation that brings new technology and added energy.A... Read more
Former POM Wonderful, Ready Pac president takes the reins at Dole Fresh Vegetables
Dole Food Co. Inc. announced the appointment of Michael H. Solomon as the new president of Dole Fresh Vegetables effective June 18. As Dole Fresh Vegetables president, Solomon will have responsibility for all of the division's operations across North America. He will report directly to Dole Food Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Johan Linden. With 30... Read more
Ritter Agribusiness, which owns 27,000 acres of farmland in northeastern Arkansas, producing cotton, wheat, rice, corn, soybeans and flowers, and also manages 20,000 acres of farmland for other landowners, recently completed the purchase of Gillam Farms in Judsonia, AR. Ritter Farms will continue operating the property, which produces blackberries, blueberries,... Read more
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association applauded the work of government and industry culminating in the release of the new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. CPMA has worked closely with industry and government during the consultative period and firmly supports the government's objective of ensuring a safe food supply chain for Canadians while ensuring... Read more
Kroger announces new PACA Trust busting policy
In an undated letter to its “Valued Suppliers,” which was received this week by many produce shippers, The Kroger Co. announced a new 90-day payment policy that would effectively cause produce suppliers to waive their PACA Trust rights. The brief letter, signed by four Kroger executives, began by informing suppliers that changes would be enacted unilaterally... Read more
NatureFresh Farms takes home People’s & Kids’ Choice awards
The Tomato Capital of Canada, Leamington, ON, hosted its 11th annual Greenhouse Vegetable Awards this past weekend at the Leamington Fair. Showcasing the best greenhouse-grown produce from leading North American growers, family-owned NatureFresh Farms was awarded many top accolades, including People’s and Kids’ Choice awards for 2018’s Hottest Tomato, the Tomberry.Matt... Read more
SEPC successfully concludes first RECIPE Roadshow
The Southeast Produce Council wrapped up its RECIPE Roadshow 2018 on June 13 where the organization began: the Atlanta State Farmers Market. Many produce professionals gathered for educational presentations about local produce, weather implications, and "Produce 101," which allowed for a specific discussion about each part of the produce PLOT (potatoes, lettuce,... Read more
Vons has been deemed the most vegetarian-leaning grocery chain by inMarket in its recent inSights report. The top five also includes Publix Super Markets, Sprouts Farmers Market, Kroger and Whole Foods. The list is based on a combination of purchase history and visitation patterns. “In order to be vegetarian, you don’t need to spend your 'whole paycheck' at... Read more
Apeel Sciences, recently named a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50, recently announced Del Rey Avocado Co.is supplying Apeel avocados to Costco Wholesale stores in the U.S Midwest. Additionally, Apeel avocados supplied by Eco Farms are now available at Harps Food Stores, an Associated Wholesale Grocers chain of supermarkets in the Midwest. The announcement marks the company’s... Read more
A (Cal) Giant expansion for raspberries
California Giant Berry Farms has just completed planting a new crop of raspberries that will begin producing fruit as early as this fall.  The Adelita variety raspberry was planted in multiple growing districts throughout central Mexico. For many years the company has been expanding its acreage of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries both domestically... Read more
Small-format Sam’s Club to focus on fresh, convenience and community
An innovative new Sam’s Club project is coming to a neighborhood in Dallas: a unique club with an offering focused on convenience for the local community. While it will be a membership club like all Sam’s Club locations, this store will be designed to help the retailer innovate and improve our member experience. "The focus will be on making shopping with us... Read more
Brooke Shields' partnership with Nunes Co. reignited
 The Nunes Co., one of the nation’s largest grower-shippers of conventional and organic fresh produce marketed under the Foxy brand name, has garnered attention again by reigniting a partnership that dates back to 1989 with a well-known actress, model and active celebrity, Brooke Shields. The marketing campaign would bring Shields back to the Nunes Co.... Read more
Sbrocco International introducing new citrus packaging
Sbrocco International Inc. is shipping a variety of imported citrus products in new packaging. The company, based in Mt. Laurel, NJ, announced June 18 that it is currently shipping clementines from Chile in its well-known Good 4 U label. The company will start shipping Navels from Chile in three-pound packs around the first week in July, Cara Cara oranges from... Read more
Rally around Stemilt’s Rainier cherries for July sales spike
Stemilt’s Rainier cherry season is rolling in Washington state, and the long-time grower of these golden-hued fruits recommends that retailers begin loading for promotions now in preparation for Fourth of July and July 11 National Rainier Cherry Day promotions. Stemilt has strong volumes of Rainier cherries in 2018, with conventional Rainiers even with last... Read more