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Produce industry tackles Super Bowl sales and promotions
Are you ready for some football? The produce industry sure is. No matter which way you cut it, the produce industry is sure to score big this Super Bowl season. After all, there’s no better way to watch the Big Game than with some fresh fruit and veggie-inspired snacks and dishes. “Merchandising for the Big Game is a very smart idea for produce,” said Jan DeLyser,... Read more
Water efficiency on tap at Fruit Logistica 2018
Fruit Logistica, the international trade fair for fresh produce marketing, attracts more than 75,000 trade visitors from about 130 countries each year. The 2018 event will once again be held at the Berlin ExpoCenter City and City Cube in Messe, Berlin, Germany, on Feb. 7-9. More than 3,000 exhibitors from more than 80 countries will showcase products and services... Read more
The latest trends in brain food can be found in the produce aisle
Brain foods and carb alternatives are two of the hottest healthy eating trends for 2018, and shoppers will be looking in the produce department to find what they need. “Shoppers are always trying to make healthier choices at the beginning of the year, which includes seeking out fresh produce they read or hear about in the food trend lists,” said Alex Jackson... Read more
Several different people in the produce industry are calling the current transportation shortages as bad as they have ever seen at this time of year, with mixed opinions about how soon relief might come. “If it doesn’t ease up by February, watch out,” Kenny Lund, vice president of support operations for the Allen Lund Co., based in La Canada Flintridge, CA,... Read more
Kroger looking to fill management roles
The Kroger Co. is actively recruiting experienced retail and digital and technology talent for new and open corporate and store management roles across its family of companies. "With so many recent changes in the retail landscape, we recognize there are talented individuals in our communities who may be searching for a new career with a new company," said Tim... Read more
Tomato and pepper gap could be coming
While things should finally get back to normal next week for U.S. growing locations, keep an eye on possible gapping in tomato and pepper production out of Florida in mid- to late February due to blossom drop from the extreme cold weather in the last two weeks. At the moment Florida is coming back to life with temperatures returning to seasonal norms this... Read more
Blended Burger Project winners honored
The James Beard Foundation will honor five restaurants nationwide for creatively re-imagining the iconic burger in the third annual Blended Burger Project, a competition challenging chefs to blend finely chopped mushrooms with meat for more nutritious and sustainable burgers. The 2017 Blended Burger Project featured original blended burgers by chefs at 414 restaurants... Read more
The death of retail stores is greatly exaggerated. According to a recent study by Microsoft, Retail Council of Canada and research tool WisePlum, that surveyed 5,000 Canadian consumers, bricks-and-mortar stores capture most of the retail sales in every major vertical. The report, From Omni-Channel to Frictionless Retail: Insights on Today's Consumer With Advice... Read more
Canada’s agriculture and agri-food industry supports the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement provided it upholds fair and free principles, preserves integrated supply chains across the continent. "We urge negotiators to conclude negotiations as soon as possible for the stability of businesses across North America," CPMA said in a statment. NAFTA... Read more
Stemilt expands Apple Lover packs to include organic
Stemilt Growers will be expanding its Apple Lover five-pound pouch bag program with multiple Artisan Organics apple varieties at the end of January. The popular Apple Lover program was launched in 2016 and has captured attention of the biggest apple shoppers in stores in order to help retailers boost volume sales of apples. “The Apple Lover pack increases the... Read more
Curry & Co. partners with Norris Family Farms on blueberries, kiwiberries
Curry & Co. has expanded its product offerings of both organic and conventional blueberries by forming a partnership with Norris Family Farms of Umpqua, OR. The partnership also includes kiwiberries, an exciting product that is growing in popularity with retailers across the nation. Norris Family Farms, established in 1976 by Paul and Sandy Norris, is well... Read more
Christopher Ranch: Rotten Netflix docuseries is slanderous and malicious
The Netflix docuseries Rotten portrays the bad side of numerous food product industries. Each of the segments delves into a food industry that produces and distributes that specific category, with the six episodes of season one focused on honey, peanuts, chicken, garlic, milk and fish. The Garlic Breath segment was a jolt to the owners, staff members, customers... Read more
New retailers dominate consumer preference
Trader Joe’s is the top U.S. grocery retailer according to a study that also showed price and quality are the most important preference drivers for consumers. The study suggested retailers focus on shoring up that weakness before turning attention to other drivers such as convenience, rewards or speed. The other retailers on the top-10 list are 2) Costco, 3)... Read more
Albertsons Cos. announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Wayne Denningham plans to retire near the end of the company’s fiscal year. Denningham garnered over 40 years with the company, having started working as a clerk as a teenager. The company has named Susan Morris executive vice president and COO, overseeing the company’s supply chain, manufacturing... Read more
Logo launches new BelleHarvest marketing emphasis
New, visible changes surrounding BelleHarvest Sales Inc. reflect and strongly reinforce a philosophy for the longstanding Michigan apple grower-shipper. Christopher Sandwick, vice president of sales and marketing of the Belding, MI-based company, said a new logo and vision statement will reflect BelleHarvest’s philosophy that apples are first and foremost a... Read more
Campbell Fresh president and best-selling author confirmed as OPS keynote speakers
The president of one of the worlds most recognized consumer fresh brands and a thought-provoking best-selling author have been confirmed as keynote presenters at Organic Produce Summit 2018, this coming July in Monterey, CA. Ed Carolan, president of Campbell Fresh, and Dan Buettner, noted journalist, author and discoverer of Blue Zones, will be featured speakers... Read more
Naturipe invites consumers to celebrate Braspberries with a social media sweepstakes
Naturipe Farms is leveraging the social media craze of the Braspberry by encouraging berry fans to try the new Braspberry and enter into the Naturipe Braspberry Sweepstakes for daily prizes and to support hurricane relief efforts. “We are excited to promote Braspberries! It is a new delicious treat you get when pressing a plump, fresh blueberry into a fresh... Read more
Following Thomas Fire and mudslide, San Miguel resumes operations
San Miguel Produce Inc. has resumed full operations following the devastating Thomas Fire that broke out in early December 2017. Recent winter rain to the Ventura County area caused flash flooding, resulting in mudslides to the recent burn areas. The Thomas Fire started in Santa Paula Dec. 4 and spread throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.... Read more
Walmart EVP to take on CEO role
Walmart Stores Inc. announced that Judith McKenna will be promoted to president and chief executive officer of Walmart International, the company’s second-largest operating segment. She will be succeeding David Cheesewright, who has been in role since 2014 and recently shared his desire to retire from a full-time role. McKenna, currently serving as executive... Read more
Citrus remains bright spot in winter lineup
Cold weather, fires and floods have impacted a number of crops this winter with transportation issues affecting virtually everything. However, one bright spot has been the winter citrus lineup. Various specialty citrus varieties as well as grapefruit, oranges and lemons are giving retailers options as they look for items to feature in their weekly ads. “The... Read more