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Kwik Lok unveils first sustainable bag closure
Kwik Lok Corp. has introduced Eco-Lok, a bag closure made with sustainable materials, the first step in the company’s drive to reduce its environmental impact. The new Eco-Lok product, used as a closure on consumer food products, is formulated with a plant-based biopolymer called NuPlastiQ, which requires up to 20 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions to produce... Read more
Idaho-E. Oregon onion icon Owen Froerer dies at 87
Owen Froerer, lifelong farmer and patriarch of the Froerer family in Idaho-Eastern Oregon, passed away Wednesday, May 15, at age 87. Mr. Froerer, who remained active on the farm into this decade, was an icon in the Treasure Valley onion and asparagus industries as part of Froerer Farms, Ida-Spear Packing and Owyhee Produce. He was preceded in death by his parents... Read more
Natural Grocers {N}power customer loyalty program celebrates 1 million members
Natural Grocers' customer loyalty program {N}power is expected to surpass 1 million members early in the summer of 2019. The program launched in May 2015 and provides the organic and natural retailer's customers with digital coupons, personalized offers, rewards and other benefits. To celebrate the milestone, Natural Grocers announced the 1 Millionth {N}power... Read more
Pushing organic's upward trajectory further
New consumer data and analysis related to increased organic fresh produce sales from a pair of the industry’s leading trade organizations will be featured as part of an educational session at the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit.  Leaders from the Organic Trade Association and Produce Marketing Association will present highlights from newly conducted... Read more
BC Tree Fruits acquisition part of consolidation plan
BC Tree Fruits Cooperative purchased 85 acres of land in Kelowna, BC, with the purpose of building a new facility under the cooperative’s new One Roof plan. In conjunction with this purchase, BCTFC has an agreement in place to sell its property in Penticton, BC. Both transactions will be completed by May 31. “Today is an exciting day for all of us at the cooperative,”... Read more
Fresh Market expands Instacart partnership to all 161 stores
Fresh-focused specialty retailer The Fresh Market is making it even more convenient to make everyday eating extraordinary by offering personal shopping and home delivery service through Instacart, a North American leader in online grocery. "After successfully partnering with Instacart in several of our key markets, we found that our guests appreciated having... Read more
Lidl making major moves on the East Coast
As part of its ongoing expansion along the East Coast, Lidl US announced today plans to open 25 new stores in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia by spring of 2020. Lidl also announced it will hold a hiring event to fill around 100 new positions at its regional headquarters and distribution center... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
Executive shakeup at Sobeys
Empire Co. Ltd. together with its wholly owned subsidiary Sobeys Inc. announced changes to its executive committee as the company enters the final phase of its Sunrise transformation initiative and sets its sights on stronger execution, innovation and growth. “The heavy lifting of Project Sunrise is almost done and I couldn’t be happier with the exceptional... Read more
 Purple Carrot introduces plant-based meal plan for families and meal preppers
Purple Carrot, a 100 percent plant-based meal kit company, is introducing a six-serving plan designed to give customers more plants with less planning. The company said this new offering is perfect for families or meal preppers looking to add more convenience to their week. It also offers a practical option for consumers interested in using a meal delivery service... Read more
Watermelon among fastest-growing fruits on foodservice menus
Watermelon on menus has grown by 54 percent in the past four years, according to a recent MenuTrends Research study commissioned by the National Watermelon Promotion Board and conducted by Datassential. The board commissions menu trend research every other year in order to understand the opportunity watermelon has in foodservice and benchmark watermelon’s presence... Read more
Shop where you stop: Grocery pick-up at your subway station
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. has opened PC Express pick-up services at three Toronto subway stations in a pilot with the Toronto Transit Commission. The service will allow commuters to pre-order groceries online for pick up on their way home that evening. "PC Express will make Toronto commuters' lives a little bit easier by putting their groceries right on their transit... Read more
Another outstanding crop of New Zealand KORU apples now arriving
Officials at Coast to Coast Growers Cooperative, which is comprised of New York Apple Sales in Glenmont, NY, and Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, WA, said that the seventh season of KORU apples from New Zealand is once again an outstanding crop in quality, size and volume. The import program began arriving on both east and west coasts of the United States in... Read more
CMI teams up with Stemilt to bring Skylar Rae cherries to consumers
CMI Orchards LLC announced the company is teaming up with Stemilt Growers to grow and market the industry leading sweet bi-colored Skylar Rae brand cherries. Bob Mast, president of CMI Orchards, said the company is thrilled to add Skylar Rae to its manifest and sees huge potential for continued growth with this high-flavor, exceptionally sweet, branded cherry.... Read more
Piggly Wiggly partnership places focus on healthy eating
Piggly Wiggly announced that the Healthy Savings program, a wellness program that makes it easier and more affordable to eat healthier, is now accepted at all its Midwest locations. “Customers were asking our stores if we accepted Healthy Savings,” said Gary Suokko, chief operating officer at Piggly Wiggly Midwest, “and we felt we had to be a part of this program... Read more
Vision Import sharpens focus with key additions to sales team
HACKENSACK, NJ — Vision Import Group, an importer-distributor of tropical fruits specializing in limes, lemons, mangos and pineapples, has announced key additions to its sales team as it embarks on a growth phase. Eddie Perez, a produce sales and management veteran, and Mike Rodriguez, who honed his craft in sales and quality control in the Rio Grande Valley,... Read more
Mexican tomato interests move to stop DOC ruling
Mexico’s tomato industry will be heard by the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on May 16 to receive legal support contradicting the May 7 withdrawal of the Tomato Suspension Agreement. Mexican tomato interests have petitioned this court for an injunction to stop the U.S. Commerce Department from going forward with the termination of the agreement.... Read more
Plant-based nuggets to replace chicken nuggets in schools
The future of school lunch has arrived. Don Lee Farms announced its new Chickenless Nuggets and Breaded Chickenless Patties, replacing the need for chickens to make kid-favorite nuggets with replantable proteins. The new chickenless nuggets and patties are formulated to meet and exceed school lunch nutrition requirements. “We have years of experience turning... Read more
A Week’s Worth of Yum promo pairs Side Delights with mushrooms
Side Delights potato farmers have teamed up with mushroom growers to create an in-store promotion with seven original recipes for “A Week’s Worth of Yum.” The program includes a point-of-sale merchandiser with a tear-off recipe card featuring a recipe and a URL to download the A Week’s Worth of Yum e-book. The partnership pairs mushrooms with Side Delights potatoes,... Read more
United Apple Sales extends Ruby Frost season
United Apples Sales, one of a select grower group in New York that is growing and marketing the new apple variety Ruby Frost, has developed a comprehensive plan to extend the market for the new variety. Since making its debut in 2014, Ruby Frost has gained a strong consumer following for its late season balance of sweet and tart flavor and its delicate but firm... Read more