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HAB’s Holiday & Events study shows robust sales growth
The Hass Avocado Board, a leader in providing insightful information to the avocado industry, recently released a study analyzing 13 holidays and events throughout the year. Holiday volume saw robust growth, particularly for spring and summer holidays where growth rates reached over 20 percent. The Big Game, Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth of July had the highest... Read more
Raley’s launches new digital customer experience
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has partnered with Unata to launch an improved web and mobile eCommerce platform, E-Cart. The new system will replace Raley’s current online order and curbside pickup solutions across all existing eCommerce-enabled locations. The new eCommerce platform is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering... Read more
PureFresh Sales Inc. in Selma, CA, will handle pomegranate sales for Slayman Marketing Inc. in Bakersfield, CA. Bill Purewal, owner of PureFresh, has grown his company over the last 10 years and the addition of Slayman pomegranates to Purewal’s sales makes the company a year-round supplier of pomegranates. Jim Peirone, who handled sales and marketing for Slayman... Read more
Harvest Sensations wins New Product Innovation Award at Pro*Act conference
Harvest Sensations was named the New Product Innovation Award winner at the annual Pro*Act sales and procurement conference in Jacksonville, FL. The conference brings together North America’s top foodservice distributors and vendors. Every year, the conference features new and exciting products in the show’s New Product Showcase. This year, Harvest Sensations’... Read more
Retail View: United Fresh enhances Produce Manager Award experience
On Monday, April 18, representatives from the United Fresh Produce Association, Dole Farm Fresh Foods and the corporate headquarters of Save Mart Supermarkets descended upon a Save Mart outlet in Placerville, CA, to honor the store’s produce manager, Ken Miller. Miller is one of the 25 in-store personnel from around the country that will be honored with a Retail... Read more
Cherry crop forecast, keys to maximizing sales
With the critical bloom period now past, officials at CMI have the first solid estimate for the 2016 cherry crop and the news is good. The company is gearing up for a solid cherry season, according to Steve Castleman, vice president of sales at CMI. He said it won’t be a record crop, but the timing is early allowing retailers to generate strong sales in June... Read more
365 by Whole Foods Market announces plans for second store
365 by Whole Foods Market announced today that its second location, in Lake, Oswego, OR, will open July 14. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store location will open May 25 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. A third location will open in Bellevue, WA, later this fall, and up to 10 additional 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are expected to open... Read more
There is a better chance than not that New England’s peach trees won’t bear fruit this year. Jon Clements, a tree fruit specialist working for University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Extension Fruit Program, told The Produce News that if any, only small areas in the southernmost part of New England will see peaches this summer. “Connecticut and Rhode Island may... Read more
Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest U.S. food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, according to Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. Communications with state farm bureaus across the nation have revealed worker shortages... Read more
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington names general manager
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington has named a new leader as company veteran Chuck Zeutenhorst takes over as general manager. Zeutenhorst moves into his new role leaving his former post as export sales manager and domestic sales specialist for FirstFruits, effective immediately. Zeutenhorst brings decades of experience in the industry to his new position at... Read more
Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. announced that the Food & Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have completed their investigations of the Springfield, OH, plant. After fully coordinating with these regulators, limited production has restarted and will expand in the coming weeks. “We’re grateful for the support... Read more
Boston Marathon, Rainier score a win-win
Go big... and then go home. A simple phrase that well describes the feelings that Rainier Fruit Co. had about its inaugural year as an official sponsor of The Boston Marathon. The company, headquartered in Yakima, WA, is one of leading grower-packer-shippers of premium tree fruit in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier this year, Rainier announced the start of a multi-year... Read more
Freshway Foods' new fall and winter salads
Freshway Foods has announced its new fall and winter line of fresh deli salads, which emphasize the vibrance of fresh produce. The new salads feature heirloom vegetables, such as golden beets and rainbow carrots, as well as ancient grains, including farro and quinoa. Development of the new fall and winter deli salads was driven by market research, as well... Read more
California Avocado Commission launches new marketing campaign
Building on the success and equity of the California Avocado Grower Campaign (2008-15), the California Avocado Commission is running a new campaign that positions the California avocado as the perfect symbol of the California lifestyle. “It’s a celebration of everything that is endemic to the Golden State, from a climate that’s unlike any other to its diverse... Read more
ALDI announces new stores as part of coast-to-coast expansion plan
ALDI will successfully take its California footprint from zero to 25 stores in less than three months with the grand opening of seven new locations on May 19. The company will open its newest stores in San Diego, Kern and Imperial counties. ALDI, one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, is in the midst of an aggressive coast-to-coast expansion plan. The... Read more
Curry & Co. forms partnership with the Ensign family
Curry & Co. and the Ensign Family recently announced a partnership that adds key management personnel, a strategic plan and financial resources to continue to grow the Curry & Co. operation at its Brooks, OR, headquarters along with growing partners and packers-shippers in Washington, California, Georgia, Chile and Mexico. “We are very honored to be... Read more
The Vision Cos. announced that distribution will start in late April for its La Visiõn label conventional and organic honeydews, squash, cantaloupe, mangos, jicama and conventional cucumbers. "We're excited to add additional items to our La Visiõn brand and it has been extremely well received by our customer base," John Caldwell, vice president of sales Arizona,... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms names vice president of operations
Ocean Mist Farms named Chris Drew as the company’s vice president of operations. He will report to Joe Pezzini, company chief executive officer. In his new role, his duties will include directing activities associated with the post harvest of Ocean Mist Farms products; managing the cooling and shipping facilities; overseeing food safety and quality assurance,... Read more
Jamey Higham named president and CEO of Farm Fresh Direct LLC
Farm Fresh Direct, a partnership of multi-generational family potato farms located around the United States, with offices in Denver and Atlanta, has named Jamey Higham president, effective immediately. Higham was most recently vice president of sales for Potandon Produce in Idaho Falls, ID. Previously, he held several other senior management positions at Potandon,... Read more
Whole Foods honors 2016 Supplier Award winners
Whole Foods Market has revealed the winners of its annual Supplier Awards, the company’s highest honor for producer partners that embody its mission and values. Out of thousands of Whole Foods Market suppliers nationwide, Grimmway Farms earned the grocer’s top “Supplier of the Year” award for outstanding all-around performance in the perishables category. Grimmway... Read more