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Associated Wholesale Grocers joins ROFDA, now representing $60B in retail sales
Retailer Owned Foods Distributors & Associates recently announced that Associated Wholesale Grocers will become a member of the ROFDA cooperative. The addition of AWG will increase the aggregated total of ROFDA to represent over $24 billion in wholesale revenue with over 9,000 independent retail grocers and over $60 billion in retail sales. “We could... Read more
Offshore opportunities open global pipeline for Washington apple producers
As the volume of Washington's annual apple crop continues to grow, producers are increasingly exploring their offshore options to move fruit. Rebecca Lyons, international marketing director for the Washington Apple Commission, provided The Produce News with some insights about the successes he industry has had to date.Mexico and Canada are the top two export... Read more
QPMA honors Levac with Pillar of the Quebec Industry Award for 2016
MONTREAL — The Quebec Produce Marketing Association honored Michel Levac, president of Bellemont Powell, with its Pillar of the Quebec Industry Award for 2016 during its 69th annual convention, here. In his acceptance speech, Levac recalled his start in the produce industry, when in 1978, at age 19, he applied to a Metro store in Beloeil for what he thought... Read more
SweeTango's 2016 apple crop under way
Harvest has officially begun for the 2016 crop of SweeTango apples.  With orchards spread across prime apple-growing regions in Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, New York and Nova Scotia, harvest first begins in the west and then moves to the central and eastern regions soon thereafter. Harvest in the west began earlier this month, and the central... Read more
Market Fresh celebrates grand opening at new corporate office
Market Fresh Produce celebrated the grand opening of its new corporate office building in Nixa, MO, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 24. The new office is a 7,500-square-foot standalone building that will accommodate the current corporate staff of 21 employees — it will also accommodate new staff as the company continues to grow at a rapid pace. “It... Read more
QPMA invites produce industry to ‘build the future’ at 69th annual convention
MONTREAL — “Building the Future” was the theme of the 69th annual Quebec Produce Marketing Association convention, held Aug. 18-20 at the Centre Sheraton Hotel, here. The 500 arriving delegates received a warm welcome from QPMA board President Stephan Schmekel of Fresh Del Monte Produce (Canada) and his wife, Georgia Tsingos, together with... Read more
Country Fresh LLC of Conroe, TX, is recalling 30,000 cases of various fresh-cut vegetable products from retailers — including Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter, Publix, Walmart and Winn Dixie — because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The product in question was shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,... Read more
Organics Unlimited campaign brings awareness to GROW social responsibility program
Organics Unlimited, an organic banana grower and importer headquartered in south San Diego County, will host GROW month in September. The GROW month initiative is a 30-day campaign aimed at partnering with retailers and media in order to create more consumer awareness of organic bananas, healthy lifestyles and GROW’s social responsibility programs. Since... Read more
Meijer shoppers going back to school with 1.6 million pounds of apples
Midwest retailer Meijer is getting ready to welcome an estimated 40,000 incoming college freshmen as they head to campus this fall during widely popular shopping parties dubbed “Meijer Mania.” One of retail’s leading shopping seasons, back-to-school and college is a $75 billion industry, according to the National Retail Federation. The retailer... Read more
NatureFresh Mobile Greenhouse Education Center connecting with consumers
Even in the heart of the summer when there is an abundance of fresh produce choices, NatureFresh Farms mobile Greenhouse Education Center is gaining momentum with consumers who want to know how and where their tomatoes, Bell peppers and cucumbers are being grown and by whom. “Using the Greenhouse Education Center as a living example of how we grow, we... Read more
WGA and C.H. Robinson note 10-year partnership with ‘Giving Day’
In 2006, C.H. Robinson and Western Growers Association formed the Western Growers Transportation Program to provide supply chain solutions for fresh produce growers in North America. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this program, the two organizations hosted a “Giving Day” on Aug. 24, 2016, using C.H. Robinson’s Bethlehem, PA, hub as... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Premier Fresh Wholesale and B Food Inc. for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: B Food Inc., operating out of Merritt Island, FL, for failing... Read more
The Produce Mom joins forces with food and lifestyle expert Chadwick Boyd
The Produce Mom and food and lifestyle expert Chadwick Boyd have joined forces to provide recipe development and photography services to U.S. produce brands and their marketing teams. The new business offering gives produce marketers access to deep industry expertise and nationally recognized talent to create magazine-quality content that appeals to modern families... Read more
Natural Grocers aims to become organic headquarters
Natural Grocers, a 61-year-old family-run chain, will stake its claim this September as the official "Organic Month Headquarters." The company, which sells only 100 percent USDA Certified organic produce, will host an educational push for the entire month of September, which is nationally recognized as "Organic Harvest Month."DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth. PRNewsFoto/Natural... Read more
ReedTMS Logistics celebrating 20th anniversary
ReedTMS Logistics, a leading asset-based third-party logistics provider, is celebrating 20 years of business this month. Two decades of experience has helped to transform the company from a small startup to a leading organization within the logistics industry. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Tampa, FL, ReedTMS offers high-quality brokerage and freight management... Read more
Taylor Farms joins forces with Labor of Love
Taylor Farms, in partnership with Labor of Love, gave thanks to two automated harvesting crews for their service to the agriculture industry this week. The automated Romaine harvester was introduced by Taylor Farms in 2009 and provides an ergonomically correct working environment to harvesting crews. Taylor Farms employees and Labor of Love representatives caravanned... Read more
Frieda’s introduces watermelon radish pouch
Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, has debuted the first retail package for watermelon radishes, showing off the radishes’ vibrant internal color and with recipe ideas right on the bag. Restaurants and food bloggers have already grabbed onto the more visually impactful watermelon radish — from thinly shaved onto a salad... Read more
SunFed adds to Perfect Produce line
As SunFed continues to grow its one-stop-shop for retail partners, the company is now shipping vine-ripened Perfect Romas, with Grape and Beefsteak tomatoes, joining the Perfect Produce lineup this fall. “We are constantly working to improve and elevate our year-round program across the U.S. and Canada,” Eduardo Herbst, tomato sales manager, said... Read more
Avocados From Mexico goes big for the Month of the Guac
Avocados From Mexico, the No. 1 selling avocado in the United States, is going big for National Guac Month by bringing both retailers and consumers even more reasons to fill up their dip bowls with fresh, flavorful guac during the months of September and October. In addition to special in-store displays, huge consumer incentive offers will be launched to support... Read more
Josie's Organics expands recipe collection
Josie's Organics, a leading producer of premium organic vegetables, based in Soledad, CA, expanded its recipe collection, adding five new dishes that help moms mix up the weekly family repertoire with easy, go-to meals. The new recipes showcase fennel, leeks and dandelion greens, which were added to the Josie’s Organics whole vegetable product line earlier... Read more