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ORLANDO, FL — Produce sales at retail are on the rise, which has led to better placement and additional sales avenues within the store. That was one of the takeaways from an analysis of the Food Marketing Institute’s Power of Produce 2016 report, which was the subject of a seminar session at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, in mid-October. Anne-Marie Roerink, principal of... Read more

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Mexico increasing demand for specialized packaging
Nogales, az — The demand from Mexican produce growers for specialized produce packaging is up, according to Jorge Ruiz, a veteran salesman for Agri-Packing Supply Inc. “For vegetable pouch bag sales, we are up 200 percent. There are a lot of customers that are turning to pouch bags and clamshells. So, there is more specialized packaging this season,”... Read more

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Ciruli will begin Nogales deal in early November
rio rico, az —For Ciruli Bros. LLC, the Nogales deal will begin in early November. “Some squash, watermelon and cukes are in town now,” Chris Ciruli, chief operating officer, said over lunch at La Bocanita on Oct. 6. But the Cirulis were at the tail end of their California vegetable deal. From Mexico, the firm will be distributing tomatoes,... Read more


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Associated Wholesale Grocers has announced the retirement of Bob Pickerill, senior vice president and division manager of its Kansas City division. Pickerill will retire at the end of 2016, and effective Jan. 1, 2017, David Gates will assume the vacated position. Pickerill joined AWG in 1997 at... Read more