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In the Trenches: Seek more labor-friendly products
Working in a supermarket is an experience of a lifetime. No two days are alike and it’s never really boring. Late truck deliveries, parking lot carts, impatient customers, refrigeration breakdowns, product shortages, employees calling in sick and the boss is coming are just some of the built-in activities.Loose green beans and Brussels sprouts cause more labor and shrink. Not long ago, an independent grocery owner asked me... Read more

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Prepared produce continues to grow in popularity and importance
When it comes to taking the pulse on consumer trends, an increasing number of produce suppliers are — to put it succinctly — well prepared. That is because many of them are offering prepared meal kits, complete salads and processed fruits and vegetables to meet the time-pressed demands of today’s consumers. “Consumers seek convenience above all else,” said... Read more

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Mann Packaging is using its noodle to build produce sales
Following the launch of its Spicy Thai Veggie Noodle Bowl last year, featuring fresh kohlrabi noodles, Mann Packing Co. is now offering a full line of standalone veggie noodle products. Mann’s line-up includes Butternut Squash “Rotini”, Kohlrabi “Linguine” and Sweet Potato “Fettuccine.” According to company officials, Mann’s veggie noodles feature unique, chef-inspired... Read more


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Tanimura & Antle promotes Sgheiza to vice president of harvest
Tanimura & Antle has promoted Nick Sgheiza to vice president of harvest. Sgheiza began his career with Tanimura & Antle in 1999 as an intern in the company’s cooler, harvest shop and planting department. After college he returned to Tanimura & Antle to begin his farming career working alongside... Read more