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FDA now views avocados as ‘healthy’
The Food & Drug Administration has revised its stance to allow foods that may contain elevated levels of fat to be considered “healthy” if that fat is mostly mono or polyunsaturated fat. The development is welcome news to the avocado industry, which is in a unique situation of providing a fruit that is widely considered healthy but is known to... Read more
ALDI distribution center, HQ in California earns LEED Gold certification
ALDI has earned Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its environmentally sustainable distribution center and regional headquarters in Moreno Valley, CA. “ALDI is taking steps wherever possible to reduce our environmental impact,” Gordon Nesbit, ALDI Moreno Valley division vice... Read more
Chilean oranges distributed at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
On Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Susan G. Komen Orange County Race for the Cure, the Chilean Citrus Committee and Northgate Gonzales Markets team members distributed more than 5,000 Chilean orange slices to the participants. This year’s race had more than 15,000 pink-clad walkers and runners lace up their shoes for the 5K or one-mile walk in Newport Beach,... Read more
Mann's redesigns packaging for culinary cuts line, announces launch in Canada
Mann Packing announced newly designed packaging for the two original products in its award-winning Mann’s Culinary Cuts line. The new packaging puts the Sweet Potato Ribbons and Butternut Squash Zig Zags into bags to unify the growing product offerings that now include Shaved Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower Cauliettes and Broccoli Clovers. The full line will... Read more
Greenyard breaks ground on new facility in U.S.
UNIVEG Logistics America, part of the fresh division of Greenyard, officially broke ground last week on the company’s Northeast U.S. operations, with construction of a new 152,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility. This marks the first expansion of the fresh division of Greenyard in the U.S. market. Located in Swedesboro,... Read more
Shuman Produce launches RealSweet Peruvian sweet onion season
This month Shuman Produce has officially launched the RealSweet Peruvian sweet onion season, which dovetails the RealSweet Vidalia onion season to provide customers with sweet onions year-round. Shuman Produce began growing sweet onions in Peru decades ago due to the high demand of RealSweet Vidalia onions. "Peru provides the ideal climate conditions outside... Read more
Arctic Fuji gains USDA approval
Okanagan Specialty Fruits’ third nonbrowning Arctic apple variety, the Arctic Fuji, has been granted deregulated status by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service.  Arctic Fuji apples have been found to be as safe and nutritious as conventional apples, joining OSF’s Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny... Read more
KB Holding Inc. announced the hire of Joel Chace as vice president of real estate. In his new role, Chace will spearhead the growth of Kings Super Markets and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. “We are delighted to welcome Joel to our team,” Judy Spires, president and chief executive officer of KB Holding Inc., said in a press release. “The... Read more
Tip Murphy golf tournament raises more than $30,000 for United Fresh Start Foundation
The 2016 Tip Murphy Legacy Golf Tournament held Monday, Aug. 29 at the Oasis Golf Club near Cincinnati, saw a record number of produce and retail representatives come together for an afternoon of golf and networking. The tournament raised more than $30,000 for the United Fresh Start Foundation. Proceeds will be used to purchase salad bars for schools and support... Read more
Ready Pac welcomes fall with two limited-edition products
Ready Pac Foods is celebrating fall with the launch of two limited-edition products: Pumpkin Spice Bistro Bowl single-serve salad and Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit. The two new offerings give consumers the indulgent, autumn flavors they are looking for in a healthier, convenient way. “We know consumers look forward to indulging in pumpkin spice flavored... Read more
Stemilt’s newest apple gets a brand name
The University of Minnesota has chosen Rave as the brand name for fruit sold from the University’s newest apple variety, MN55, which Stemilt Growers holds the license to grow, pack, and market in North America. Rave was selected as the brand name for this apple to play off of the apple’s many exciting attributes, including its incredible crunch and... Read more
Whole Foods Market names Angela Lorenzen Pacific Northwest regional president
Whole Foods Market announced that Angela Lorenzen has been named regional president of the company’s Pacific Northwest region. Lorenzen will oversee 22 stores in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, including two stores opening in Eugene, OR, and Victoria, BC, in September and November, respectively. "I’m thrilled to lead our team in the Pacific... Read more
Good attendance at NEPC expo on Cape Cod
BREWSTER, MA — The New England Produce Council's 17th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo, held Sept. 21-23 at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, which is located here on historic and beautiful Cape Cod, saw increased attendance from last year's event, according to NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan.NEPC President Anthony Sattler of C&S... Read more
Foxy Organic partners with MegaFoods to be exclusive supplier of organic kale
The Nunes Co., marketers of Foxy Organic produce, has entered into a partnership with MegaFood. Foxy will be the exclusive provider of the organic kale used in MegaFood’s reformulated Balanced B Complex. The new product was launched this past week at Expo East, the natural and organic exposition held every year in Baltimore. Matt Seeley of the Nunes Co.... Read more
Uesugi Farms continues strong year-round pepper business, heads to Coachella
Uesugi Farms, a year-round supplier of a variety of peppers, including green, red and yellow Bells, mini sweets and hot peppers, is transitioning to harvesting premium-quality peppers from Northern California to Southern California. With the Northern California pepper harvest coming to a close in the next few weeks, the next location for growing peppers on Uesugi... Read more
Whole Foods Market seeking local suppliers for Pennsylvania stores
Whole Foods Market is looking for unique products from local growers and producers to feature in its relocating Lexington, PA, store as well as its new South Hills Pittsburgh store. Across the United States, Whole Foods Market stores source from more than 6,500 local suppliers. Whole Foods Market defines local products as grown or produced within 100 miles of... Read more
The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences will host an Alumni & Industry Friends Reception at this year's PMA Fresh Summit conference in Orlando, FL. The reception, sponsored by Mission Produce and Urban Produce, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando’s Rock Springs banquet room, across... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms to debut new product at PMA
Ocean Mist Farms will debut the newest member of its award-winning Season & Steam value-added fresh vegetable line at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit in booth No. 642. Ocean Mist Farms’ Season & Steam Sweet Baby Broccoli is packaged in an innovative Steamfast microwavable pack that gives users the option to open the bag, pre-season... Read more
Black Gold Farms' red potato harvest under way in the Red River Valley
Black Gold Farms is digging in the fields of the Red River Valley and anxious to begin shipping red potatoes to its customers. Harvest will run for about four weeks with the majority of the harvest stored, packed and shipped out of Black Gold Farms' expanded packing facility in East Grand Forks, MN. This year’s red potato growing season was not like last... Read more
New Market 32 store committed to organic and local produce
The Golub Corp. cut the ribbon on its first “ground up” Market 32 in Connecticut earlier this week. The new store includes a wide ranging, colorful and fresh produce department with mountains of heirloom tomatoes, fresh bunches of herbs and a wide variety of mushrooms and peppers. Market 32 is dedicated to finding local providers for produce —... Read more