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GreenWise Market opens second store
The second new-concept GreenWise Market opened May 23 in Mount Pleasant, SC. “We’re excited to bring the simple, yet sophisticated, environment and high-quality, unique products of GreenWise Market to the Mount Pleasant community,” said Publix President Kevin Murphy. “GreenWise Market is more than a store. It’s a gathering place where our customers can discover... Read more
Catania Worldwide to open a new operation out of McAllen
Grower-packer-shipper Catania Worldwide is set to open a new operation out of IMAS Fresh in McAllen, TX. Matt Catania, general manager of the new operation, said that Catania Worldwide has been crossing loads through McAllen for 20 years, for items ranging from limes to cactus pears to lemons and most recently, Mexican figs. The volume of our service offerings,... Read more
CMI's import program bridges gaps on domestic product
CMI Orchards is gearing up for another successful import season with fruit arriving from New Zealand, Argentina and Chile next month. CMI’s import program includes apples, pears and cherries with conventional and organic options in addition to specialty branded apples. Robb Myers, director of sales at CMI Orchards, manages CMI’s New Zealand program where the... Read more
Mexican tomato interests propose a renewed suspension agreement
Mexico’s tomato industry submitted to the U.S. Department of Commerce a proposed suspension agreement on May 22. Among the recommended changes in Mexican tomato trade with the United States is that “reference prices for each of the tomato types cover the entire growing season, regardless if the tomatoes are produced in the winter or summer.” Mexican interests... Read more
Avocados from Peru teams with NY Jets, Michelin Guide, FIFA Women's World Cup
This summer Avocados from Peru is teaming up with some of the world’s most iconic brands in food and sports (two of America’s favorite pastimes), including the New York Jets, FIFA Women’s World Cup and the Michelin Guide. AFP – NYJ Summer Partnership“We are honored to be the New York Jets favorite superfood,” said Xavier Equihua, president and chief executive... Read more
Del Rey Avocado seeing great results from Peruvian program
It has been almost 11 years since Del Rey Avocado made both a strategic decision and financial commitment in a significant farming partnership in Peruvian avocados. This investment in land and trees, combined with an additional contracted grower, is helping the company keep up with the ever-increasing demand for what has been termed “nature’s perfect fruit.” The... Read more
Sustainability on the mind at NatureFresh Farms
NatureFresh Farms will once again be headed to the United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo, occupying booth No. 2019. Kara Badder, marketing project manager for the Leamington, ON-based grower, said it will be an easy one for people to remember. “We will be putting more emphasis on conversations about #TheFutureOfFresh,” she said. “Sustainability is... Read more
Rain significantly damages California cherry crop
About a month ago, California cherry growers had begun the harvest of what they anticipated to be one of their best crops in years. Pre-season estimates pegged that volume at more than 10 million cartons, but May rains have taken a major bite out of that total. Kyle Persky, sales manager for Rivermaid Trading Co., based in Lodi, CA, said it was very difficult... Read more
FiveStar Gourmet sees no end to the growth of the protein salad category
With busy consumers walking the line between convenience and health when making their meal decisions, the protein salad category has emerged as one of the hottest trends in recent years and companies are vying for a larger share of the category. One of those companies is FiveStar Gourmet Foods, an Ontario, CA-based nationwide supplier of fresh and frozen foods... Read more
Fyffes’ new banana band a big step toward sustainability
Calling it a significant step toward reducing its packaging imprint, banana importer Fyffes has introduced new, sustainable and fully recyclable paper banding for use in wrapping its organic Fairtrade bananas in selected markets. The move, which represents the outcome of an 18-month-long period of research and development, sees the company introduce a wraparound... Read more
Minnesota-based produce companies H. Brooks & Co. and its affiliates and J&J Distributing are being acquired by New Harvest Foods, which is controlled by the Dragonfly Group and its affiliates led by entrepreneur Jason Jaynes. This transaction brings together the complementary strengths of both organizations to create a new and stronger healthy foods... Read more
U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial facility seized 242 pounds of cocaine after finding the narcotics comingled with a shipment of Bell peppers. “This was great work by the team of officers working at the Calexico East port of entry,” said Area Port Director David Salazar.  “Their hard work and inspectional... Read more
Retailers make a splash in 28th annual Idaho Potato Lover’s Display Contest
A sea of showstopping displays from coast to coast made for some tough judging in the 2019 Idaho Potato Lover’s Retail Display Contest, which gave out more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. “We had so many wonderful entries this year for both large and small displays,” said IPC Marketing Manager Jamie Bowen. “It’s always difficult to pick winners, but this year... Read more
First-ever U.S. marketing campaign for Chilean kiwifruit
Chilean Kiwifruit season has arrived, with nearly 11,000 tons of kiwifruit shipped to North America season to date. Having raised harvesting parameters significantly in recent years, the Chilean Kiwifruit Committee is now ready to embark on its inaugural marketing campaign for North America. Retail and social media promotions will be running from June through... Read more
Albertsons elevates Signature Select with new look and innovation
Albertsons Cos.’ Signature Select brand is amping up its presence across stores with the addition of more than 300 new products and updated branding in 2019, including new meal kits that serve warm in minutes and feature fresh veggies, beans and salsa. The redesigned products are long-time favorites from the Signature Kitchens, Signature Home, refreshe, and... Read more
Demand for PhycoTerra ramps up as growers see results
The success of some recent trials on several different crops has growers taking more notice of PhycoTerra, leading to a spike in demand for the innovative microalgae soil amendment produced by Heliae. Apples, strawberries and cherries have all shown remarkable results when treated with PhycoTerra, leading the Gilbert, AZ-based Heliae to further the commercialization... Read more
Eastern Produce Council enjoys the annual Jersey Fresh cookout
HILLSDALE, NJ — Under blue skies and near-perfect temperatures, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture hosted the Eastern Produce Council's dinner meeting Tuesday evening, May 21, the 32nd consecutive time that New Jersey has sponsored an EPC meeting. As usual, the meeting was held outdoors under a tent here at Demarest Farms — and thus is known as the Jersey... Read more
Kroger to pilot first-in-the-U.S. customer experience
The Kroger Co. and Loop, a circular e-commerce platform developed by TerraCycle, announced an exclusive grocery retail partnership agreement in the United States, advancing Kroger's zero-waste vision by reducing single-use plastics in the environment. Through this partnership, Kroger and Loop will pilot the new reusable packaging system, enabling customers in... Read more
Crunch Pak to market value-added fresh pears
Crunch Pak, a sliced apples specialist, is extending its expertise in the value-added space to a new to the world item — fresh sliced, peeled and diced pears. The value-added pears, available in seven-ounce and 32-ounce packages for foodservice customers initially, are made from Anjou and Bartlett varieties.  The company will introduce the fresh-cut pears... Read more
Colossal carrot drug bust
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge intercepted a significant amount of methamphetamine in a commercial shipment worth $18.5 million this past weekend. “This is truly a huge, notable interception of hard narcotics accomplished by our frontline officers in the cargo environment,” said Port Director... Read more