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Super King Markets received Unified Grocers’ 2016 Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award at a special awards dinner Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. The award is named for Ben Schwartz, the 96-year-old former Unified chairman of the board. Schwartz was in attendance at the awards dinner. “This is the 11th year that Unified has given the award to an outstanding independent... Read more
N.J. agriculture meets for combined conventions; delegates reject proposal to narrow definition of 'locally grown'
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Agricultural interests across the Garden State gathered the second week in February for the 2016 New Jersey Agricultural Convention & Trade Show and New Jersey's State Agricultural Convention. The event took place Feb. 9-11 at a new venue this year: Harrah's Resort & Waterfront Conference Center, here. This was the 101st State Agricultural... Read more
Kroger looking to acquire Fresh Market
In November Cincinnati-based Kroger reached a deal to purchase all outstanding shares of Milwaukee-based retailer Roundy’s in a merger deal valued at $800 million. Now the company is looking to acquire Fresh Market, which currently operates 183 stores in 27 states. According to a Reuters report, Kroger is in the second round of an auction process for Fresh Market.... Read more
Ocean Mist adds green onions and Romaine hearts to product mix
Ocean Mist Organics is expanding its product line with green onions and Romaine hearts. With the addition there are now 18 items sold under the Ocean Mist Organic label. The green onions are available in 48-count iced bunches and the Romaine hearts are available in a case of 12, three-count packages. The items were added in response to continued demand... Read more
Nogales distributors savor spring normalcy
NOGALES, AZ — There was no singular event — such as a hurricane or major freeze — that disrupted Mexican production this winter; however, the much-publicized vigor of El Niño managed to cause disruptions of cold and rain through the fall and early winter. The first sign of trouble came in late October, just as many leaders of the Mexican produce industry gathered... Read more
Sodexo, a leader in delivering sustainable, integrated facilities management and foodservice operations, announced that it will be switching the all-beef burgers sold to its K-12 school district accounts to the meat and mushroom blend burger. This change supports better nutrition for students in more than 250 school districts and aligns with Sodexo’s commitment... Read more
Allegiance purchases Pathmark banner
Allegiance Retail Services has purchased the intellectual property of Pathmark, including the Pathmark logo, trademarks, brand name, pathmark.com domain, and all other intellectual property associated with the Pathmark name. In addition, in a separate transaction, Allegiance Retail Services also purchased the Green Way intellectual property. Green Way is a... Read more
Whole Foods announces additional 365 locations
Whole Foods is aiming to open 30 new stores in 2016, including three 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. The company also just signed another five leases for its 365 banner, bringing the total to 13. Ten of the locations are expected to open before October 2017. 365 by Whole Foods Market will offer a grocery shopping experience focused on making healthy, everyday... Read more
Stemilt promotion helps retailers Swing into Spring with apples
The official start of spring is right around the corner and Stemilt is ready to help produce departments welcome warmer weather with its newly launched Swing into Spring promotion for apples. According to Brianna Shales, Stemilt communications manager, the Swing into Spring promotion was designed to help retailers promote the great quality of Stemilt... Read more
Titan Farms, a leading East Coast peach grower, is expanding into the fruit and vegetable processing landscape through a new processing facility. The operation, Palmetto Processing Solutions, is a sister company to Titan Farms. The combination of the two companies brings complete control of its supply chain from field to packaging. In 2016 alone, Palmetto Processing... Read more
Fisher gives annual State-of-the-State of Agriculture address
ATLANTIC, CITY, NJ — New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher began his annual State-of-the-State of Agriculture address Wednesday morning, Feb. 10, at New Jersey's 101st State Agricultural Convention with a tribute to Charles M. Kuperus, who served as the state's sixth secretary of agriculture from 2002 to 2008 and who died Dec. 30, 2015, at the... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed administrative actions under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against M&M Produce Inc. and Arrow Farms of New York Inc. M&M Produce, operating from Connecticut, allegedly failed to make full payment to 46 produce sellers in the amount of $2.87 million from May 2014 through March 2015. Arrow Farms,... Read more
Top avocado-producing countries unite to launch World Avocado Organization
In an unprecedented move during Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Germany, the world’s top avocado-producing countries have united to create the first global avocado entity, the World Avocado Organization. The primary purpose of the new organization is to promote the consumption of avocados in the European Union, Asia and other parts of the world through collectively... Read more
Key Food acquires SuperFresh banner
Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc., a supermarket co-operative with 217 stores that are primarily member-owned, has acquired the “SuperFresh” banner name and related intellectual property assets from the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Key Food is planning to open several stores under the SuperFresh banner in the near future, the first of which may be as... Read more
Sun Pacific launches Vintage Sweets heirloom Navel oranges
Sun Pacific, a leading grower-packer-shipper of citrus, best known for its popular Cuties easy-peel mandarin oranges, is now shipping its new Vintage Sweets heirloom Navel oranges. In the first few weeks of shipments, over 3,000 stores have displayed and reordered the premium produce and are receiving rave customer reviews, according to the company. “We could... Read more
Down $35 million, Fairway may face bankruptcy
Fairway Market, which operates 15 locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, said it intends to grow its store base in the New York City metropolitan area for the next several years; however, the company continues to experience significant losses, which could result in its need to file for bankruptcy protection. "Unless we are able to raise additional... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Andrews Farming Inc. of Hillsville, VA. The company allegedly failed to make payment to 11 produce sellers in the amount of $513,226 from December 2014 through June 2015. Andrews Farming Inc. will have an opportunity to request a hearing.... Read more
Chipotle commits $10 million to help local farmers
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced the formation of the Chipotle Local Grower Support Initiative, a new program to help smaller, local suppliers meet its heightened food-safety standards. The company plans to commit up to $10 million to help local farms meet its food-safety standards and to make more local ingredients available across the country. The news comes... Read more
CAC shows marketing savvy with #BigGameAdd program
When your marketing budget is dwarfed by a heavy-spending Goliath, it’s time take a cue from David. That’s what the California Avocado Commission did with its #BigGameAdd program Super Bowl weekend, joining in the Big Game action on social media by celebrating commercials from food and beverage companies. The commission took to Twitter to respond to ads in real... Read more
Stemilt sees apple sales trend up
Apples contributed more dollars on average to U.S. produce departments in December 2015 than in 2014, despite volume being down slightly year-over-year, according to the latest Stemilt-O-Graphic. The latest apple category insights from Stemilt are based off of four weeks of data from Nielsen FreshFacts, which compare the timeframe of November 29-December 26,... Read more