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Perfect growing conditions created a supply-exceeds-demand situation for many vegetable items following the Thanksgiving pull, and many were expecting the same conditions to prevail in December until a weather event happens. According to Jason Lathos of Church Brothers LLC, it has been a tale of two transitions this year: the best of times and the worst of times.... Read more
Tops Friendly Markets even friendlier with same day delivery
Tops Friendly Markets has partnered with Instacart providing same-day delivery service for its customers. Tops’ customers can now shop online for everything they need and have their order delivered to their door in as little as one hour. “We know that our customers lead busy, active lifestyles so being able to offer them home delivery essentially... Read more
A cold-pressed organic Morning Kiss for your glass
Morning Kiss Organic will feature its new cold pressed organic juice line at the New York Produce Show Dec. 11-14. The first three juices in the line include Organic Orange Juice, Organic Grapefruit Juice and Organic Lemonade. Crafted in New England, the beverages are made using organic and non-GMO fresh fruit, and the lemonade is lightly sweetened with organic... Read more
Whole Foods names Christina Minardi executive vice president of operations
Whole Foods Market announced that Christina Minardi has been promoted to executive vice president of operations, joining the executive leadership team effective immediately. Minardi previously served as the Northeast regional president, overseeing 40 stores in three states. In her new role, Minardi will lead four regions while co-leading the integration with... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited K&A Produce, operating out of Staten Island, New York, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $199,937 to eight sellers for 48 lots of produce that were purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from November 2014 through July 2015.  This is in violation of the Perishable... Read more
In the Trenches: Produce leaves lasting first impression
Suppose you walked into a supermarket to buy some fresh produce and upon entering the department you instantly recognized it to be messy and disorganized, with wilted vegetables haphazardly displayed. What would that reveal about the product you are about to purchase? Imagine you entered another produce department down the street that made you stop in your tracks... Read more
Meijer produce buyers on top fruits and veggies to try for Thanksgiving
The produce buyers at Meijer came up with five unique veggies and fruits — Butterkin squash, Red and White sweet potatoes, Creamer potatoes, Stalk Brussels sprouts and Pazzazz apples — to try this Thanksgiving that will help add a little flair to family-favorite dishes. Creamer potatoes: A creamer potato is described as a... Read more
California Giant hosts berry planting field trip
Strawberry planting season looked a little different Nov. 21 for California Giant as a portion of its Watsonville, CA, farming property became an organic strawberry field for the first time. The ground had been waiting for three years to be an organic strawberry field and yesterday a third grade class took part in planting the first crop. The farm, located across... Read more
Wayne Hawkins, prominent figure in Florida agriculture, dies at 85
Carroll Wayne Hawkins, a prominent figure in the Florida vegetable and tomato industries who is considered to be the father of the modern agricultural cooperative exchange, died Nov. 19 in Lake Mary, FL. He was 85. Born in 1932 in Oakland Park, FL, Mr. Hawkins was the son of the late Eustis Lawrence Hawkins and the late Leila Grace Johnson Hawkins. After graduating... Read more
Anne Dament has been promoted to executive vice president, retail, marketing and private brands of Supervalu Inc. Dament joined Supervalu in January 2017 and has made significant contributions to Supervalu, including developing a strong plan and implementation strategy to improve the company’s retail division, reorganizing multiple retail merchandise groups,... Read more
Giumarra introduces Fair Trade Certified hard squash from Mexico
Giumarra’s Nogales sales division announced that its organic and conventional hard squash is now Fair Trade Certified. The squash is grown in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico by José Carlos Coppel and his son, Juan Carlos Coppel, of Agroexport de Sonora S.A. de C.V. “We look forward to expanding our year-round support of the Fair Trade program with... Read more
Retailer's produce program has kids going bananas
Big Y looks to make raising healthy children easier with the launch of its Kid’s Fruit Club program, where any child 12 and under can select a free piece of fruit to enjoy during their family’s shopping experience at special displays in every Big Y produce department and their Fresh Acres Market. Children’s nutrition has always been a key focus... Read more
Strong SweeTango sales follow top billing in September
Retail scan data for the apple category shows that success for the SweeTango variety at retail nationwide continues to gain year over year. Debuted in 2010, SweeTango has made marked increases in volume and value each season as it gained a foothold as a consumer and retailer favorite. Neilsen scan data for September 2017 showed that SweeTango was the top ranked... Read more
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and Instacart will work together to deliver groceries to Canadian homes, beginning in December. Loblaw has a network of nearly 2,500 stores and a large amount of click-and-collect grocery pick-up sites in Canada, now complemented by the option of home delivery. Instacart is a technology-driven, on-demand grocery delivery service, already serving... Read more
Only 5 percent of traditional retailers believe their customers are loyal and are searching for innovative approaches to stay relevant against the threat of new competitors, according to the results of an EY survey. "How can retailers afford the rising price of loyalty?" finds that new consumer standards for price and convenience are placing pressure on Canadian... Read more
Retro-inspired meals, freak shakes and cook-and-cut sheet meals are a few of the trends that will be exciting Canadian home chefs in 2018. Under the marketing tagline of Taste the New Next, Loblaw has announced its list of 2018 Canadian Food Trends, which highlight what Loblaw believes people will be eating in the coming year. "With the announcement of the Loblaw... Read more
CPMA’s Freggie Children’s Program gives kids the opportunity to play 'Chef for a Day'
On Nov. 21, over 30 classrooms across Canada got the chance to have their students play “Chef for a Day” to encourage healthy eating habits and food skills development. Established by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association as part of their Freggie Children’s program, Chef for a Day is a unique educational opportunity where kids learn how... Read more
Organic apple, pear demand continues to soar
Following an ideal growing season and a beautiful harvest, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers is seeing exceptional movement of all apple and pear varieties, with demand soaring in the organic category. Oneonta National Marketing Representative Brent Shammo said as demand for organics increases, the company continues to transition acreage to certified status. “We... Read more
Maintaining premium quality a major focus of Big Idaho Potato Harvest Meeting
FORT HALL, ID — The Idaho potato industry has built its reputation on the delivery of premium-quality potatoes, and growers and shippers in Idaho have worked hard over the years to deserve that reputation. As with any fresh produce, maintaining a high quality standard is more difficult in some seasons than others. The 2016 Idaho potato crop proved particularly... Read more
Farmington Fresh named exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples
Farmington Fresh, a leading provider of fresh sliced apples, oranges, pears and other fruits and vegetables to the foodservice industry and retailers, has reached an agreement with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington to be the exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples. Discovered in Europe in 1999 and grown exclusively in the United States by Broetje... Read more