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Kroger announces new PACA Trust busting policy
In an undated letter to its “Valued Suppliers,” which was received this week by many produce shippers, The Kroger Co. announced a new 90-day payment policy that would effectively cause produce suppliers to waive their PACA Trust rights. The brief letter, signed by four Kroger executives, began by informing suppliers that changes would be enacted unilaterally... Read more
NatureFresh Farms takes home People’s & Kids’ Choice awards
The Tomato Capital of Canada, Leamington, ON, hosted its 11th annual Greenhouse Vegetable Awards this past weekend at the Leamington Fair. Showcasing the best greenhouse-grown produce from leading North American growers, family-owned NatureFresh Farms was awarded many top accolades, including People’s and Kids’ Choice awards for 2018’s Hottest Tomato, the Tomberry.Matt... Read more
SEPC successfully concludes first RECIPE Roadshow
The Southeast Produce Council wrapped up its RECIPE Roadshow 2018 on June 13 where the organization began: the Atlanta State Farmers Market. Many produce professionals gathered for educational presentations about local produce, weather implications, and "Produce 101," which allowed for a specific discussion about each part of the produce PLOT (potatoes, lettuce,... Read more
Vons has been deemed the most vegetarian-leaning grocery chain by inMarket in its recent inSights report. The top five also includes Publix Super Markets, Spouts Farmers Market, Kroger and Whole Foods. The list is based on a combination of purchase history and visitation patterns. “In order to be vegetarian, you don’t need to spend your 'whole paycheck' at a... Read more
Apeel Sciences, recently named a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50, recently announced Del Rey Avocado supplying Apeel avocados to Costco Wholesale stores in the U.S Midwest. Additionally, Apeel avocados supplied by Eco Farms are now available at Harps Food Stores, an Associated Wholesale Grocers chain of supermarkets in the Midwest. The announcement marks the company’s... Read more
A (Cal) Giant expansion for raspberries
California Giant Berry Farms has just completed planting a new crop of raspberries that will begin producing fruit as early as this fall.  The Adelita variety raspberry was planted in multiple growing districts throughout central Mexico. For many years the company has been expanding its acreage of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries both domestically... Read more
Small-format Sam’s Club to focus on fresh, convenience and community
An innovative new Sam’s Club project is coming to a neighborhood in Dallas: a unique club with an offering focused on convenience for the local community. While it will be a membership club like all Sam’s Club locations, this store will be designed to help the retailer innovate and improve our member experience. "The focus will be on making shopping with us... Read more
Brooke Shields' partnership with Nunes Co. reignited
 The Nunes Co., one of the nation’s largest grower-shippers of conventional and organic fresh produce marketed under the Foxy brand name, has garnered attention again by reigniting a partnership that dates back to 1989 with a well-known actress, model and active celebrity, Brooke Shields. The marketing campaign would bring Shields back to the Nunes Co.... Read more
Sbrocco International introducing new citrus packaging
Sbrocco International Inc. is shipping a variety of imported citrus products in new packaging. The company, based in Mt. Laurel, NJ, announced June 18 that it is currently shipping clementines from Chile in its well-known Good 4 U label. The company will start shipping Navels from Chile in three-pound packs around the first week in July, Cara Cara oranges from... Read more
Rally around Stemilt’s Rainier cherries for July sales spike
Stemilt’s Rainier cherry season is rolling in Washington state, and the long-time grower of these golden-hued fruits recommends that retailers begin loading for promotions now in preparation for Fourth of July and July 11 National Rainier Cherry Day promotions. Stemilt has strong volumes of Rainier cherries in 2018, with conventional Rainiers even with last... Read more
A.J. Trucco announces the launch of TruStar limes
A.J. Trucco’s TruStar is one of the most trusted brands distributed by the leading importer. The company has now announced that TruStar has been expanded with a robust year-round lime program. Just launched, TruStar limes will be sourced from Veracruz, Mexico. A.J. Trucco will play an integral role in ensuring the finest quality goes from farm to shelf. “With... Read more
Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue to keynote United Fresh 2018
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will join United Fresh attendees as the opening keynote speaker on Tuesday, June 26 in Chicago. Perdue will address the key issues facing the produce industry, from immigration reform and the need for a legal workforce to NAFTA and the need to retain a fair international trade framework for agriculture. “We’re honored... Read more
Wegmans Food Markets edged Publix Super Markets as the favorite grocery chain among consumers according to an online survey of nearly 13,000 people aged 18-65 conducted by Market Force Information. This is the third consecutive No. 1 finish for Wegmans, which tied for the top spot with Publix last year. Trader Joe’s, Aldi and H-E-B rounded out the top five. “Wegmans,... Read more
EPC leadership program tours research farm
The Eastern Produce Council's inaugural leadership program team — along with EPC President Marianne Santo — received a warm welcome from John Grande, director at the Snyder Research & Extension Farm on Tuesday, June 12 in Pittstown, NJ. The group spent the day touring the farm, learning about the Rutgers Research & Extension program, and honing leadership... Read more
Latest Instacart expansion is Tops
Tops Friendly Markets has made a major expansion into nine new communities in New York with Instacart services. This expansion brings the overall number of Tops stores with the Instacart program to 125. “This is Tops’ fifth and largest expansion of Instacart services since the beginning of 2018,” said Edward Rick, director of consumer marketing and digital... Read more
Del Monte's vegetable tray recall affecting retailers in six states
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of six-, 12- and 28-ounce vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Centers for Disease Control has reported 78 laboratory-confirmed... Read more
Black Gold Farms’ fresh red potato program moves on to Missouri
Black Gold Farms will be harvesting fresh red potatoes in the boot heel of Missouri starting the middle of June. With ideal planting and growing conditions and plenty of moisture, this year’s crop looks to be one of the best yet.  “We’ve been growing red potatoes nestled in the bootheel of Missouri in the Mississippi River Delta for over 10 years, and every... Read more
Globalmex’s Magic Sun expands greenhouse capacities
GLOBALMEX International, Inc., a leading company in hydroponic growing in Mexico, announced expansions in four greenhouses, and new acreage committed to Magic Sun brand grape tomatoes, organic Tomatoes on the Vine, and organic Beefsteak tomatoes.  The Magic Sun senior management team and its grower group regularly review the performance of its varietal... Read more
Amazon expands Prime benefit at Whole Foods Market
Amazon and Whole Foods Market announced that savings for Prime members will be available this week in Whole Foods Market stores across 10 new states, including Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington. Beginning June 13, Prime members can enjoy exclusive offers on many popular products, including organic yellow nectarines and peaches —... Read more
FMS Solutions Holdings LLC and the National Grocers Association released the 2018 edition of the Independent Grocers Financial Survey, which covers fiscal year 2017. The survey, now in its 13th year, showed that independent grocers’ same store sales were down 0.6 percent compared to the previous year. Despite the decline, it is an improvement over last year’s... Read more