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Emerson helps keep food fresh, from farm-to-fork
Knowledge is power, and with its tracker and logger devices Emerson Cargo Solutions is trying to provide as much of both to help its customers maintain food freshness and food quality during transit.   Emerson’s trackers use cell technology to transmit data in real-time, “so customers can make decisions based on the alerts they are seeing,” said Matt Neidlinger,... Read more
The Little Things are Giant campaign connects retailer with shoppers
Giant Food unveiled a new marketing campaign that highlights the connections shared over great food and how these moments between family and friends are made even more special with the help of the retailer's product assortment, ease of shopping and store experience. With the new tagline, "The Little Things Are Giant," the campaign will kick-off with a holiday... Read more
Good Foods elevates two to executive team
Good Foods, a leader in providing healthy, all-natural products such as guacamoles, dips, salads and dressings announced the promotions of Danyel O’Connor and Juan Larios, both of whom have been named to the company’s executive team. Danyel OConnor O’Connor, now the executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Larios, now director of Mexico operations,... Read more
Dole unveils 13 produce-focused recipes for Disney fans
Disney fans looking to throw an epic party on Nov. 18 to recognize Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary now have another 13 classic, celebration-worthy recipes to consider. These are American classics, updated by Dole for today’s tastes and nutrition demands. How about a hearty veggie meatloaf offering a healthier take on the 1950s? Or a surprising vegan hot dog... Read more
As fall Mexican vegetable shipping builds for Fresh Quality Produce, the firm has mostly dodged damage from Pacific hurricanes, which have continued to hit west Mexico. Teddy Kazarian, who is in business development for Fresh Quality Produce Inc., said that Hurricane Willa had not affected his Sonora farm, Agricola Am Mex. Hurricane Sergio did bring high temperatures... Read more
AFM launches avo-centric concession stands at NBA, NHL arena
Avocados From Mexico is partnering with American Airlines Center to debut two of the nation’s first avocado-centric concession stands located on the plaza level of the arena. The first AvoEats concession stands in the U.S. will feature trendy, Instagram-friendly avocado menu items, including Avo Toast, Avo-Buffalo Fries, a Guacamole Sampler and an Avo-Chocolate... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Frutera Del Litoral USA LLC, operating out of Miami, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $698,992 to five sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from September 2015 through March 2016. This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities... Read more
Wegmans ranked No. 1 on list of best workplaces in retail
Great Place to Work and Fortune have ranked Wegmans No. 1 on the list of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Retail. This year Publix Super Markets moved up to No. 2 from the No. 3 spot in 2017. Nugget Markets, a full-line grocery store in Northern California, was ranked seventh. The ranking is based on anonymous surveys representing over 631,000 employees from... Read more
Imperfect selects Tucson for new customer care center
Imperfect, a produce delivery company focused on fighting food waste by finding a home for "ugly produce," recently announced plans to open its first customer care center in Tucson, AZ. The company has leased 24,000 square feet of office space at 3535 East Valencia Road and is expected to begin operations in early 2019. Tucson-area produce delivery service is... Read more
The Sykes Co. launches organic squash program
The Sykes Co., based in Rio Rico, AZ, is unveiling the Palo Alto Organics brand for hard squash in partnership with its growers in Mexico. The company will roll out the new organic offerings, consisting of butternut and spaghetti squash, over the next week. The Sykes Co. plans to expand organic volume and product offerings for its spring deal. “Our organic... Read more
Stronger markets greet transition to winter vegetable deal
Western vegetable producers couldn’t have the end of the summer deal come soon enough. For the most part, markets were in the ashcan and red ink was flowing all summer.   There has been great anticipation that the winter markets would be better, largely because of the rumored decrease in acreage in the desert districts of California and Arizona. In late... Read more
In the Trenches: 12 ways to maximize sales for the holidays
There are several major holidays during the year that offer opportunities to boost produce sales. Two of the most prominent are Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s always important to plan and kick around some thoughts as to how to increase sales and gross profit against last year’s results. That calls for putting an emphasis on specific items and merchandising... Read more
Giant to acquire Supervalu stores
Giant Food Stores has entered into an agreement with Supervalu Inc., a newly acquired subsidiary of United Natural Foods, to acquire five corporately owned Shop ‘n Save locations. Upon completion of the sale, Giant plans to convert the Shop ‘n Save stores into Martin’s Food Markets stores. The sale is currently expected to close during the first quarter of 2019,... Read more
Chiquita's playful new partnership
Chiquita Brands International has partnered with Brazilian artist Romero Britto. The iconic Blue Sticker, which became a symbol for high-quality fruit and produce and featured on the bananas since 1963, will be transformed by the artist into a series of four Chiquita sticker limited-editions this holiday season. Britto’s work exudes the fun and playful nature... Read more
Giving organic beverages a shot at the Organic Grower Summit
While sales of beer and wine have remained flat the past two years, consumer interest and changing buying behavior are paving the way for a boom in organic beer and wine production. Exploring the opportunities for adult organic beverages will be the focus of an educational session, “Giving Organic Beverages a Shot" at the second annual Organic Summit next month... Read more
Kroger hosts Natural Foods Innovation Summit
This week the Kroger Co. hosted its Natural Foods Innovation Summit in partnership with 84.51°, in Cincinnati. Seth Goldman — co-founder of Honest Tea and executive chairman of Beyond Meat, a plant-based protein brand — spoke about the importance of sustainability in the food industry and shared best practices for operating a mission-driven company. "It's been... Read more
Avocados From Mexico returning to the Big Game for a fifth year
Back for a fifth straight year, Avocados From Mexico is confirmed its 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl, airing Sunday, Feb. 3 on CBS. This year, AFM returns with its classic light-hearted humor to showcase that Avocados from Mexico are "Always Worth It." "Avocados From Mexico is proud to again be able to tell our story on the single greatest avocado... Read more
Earlier this week industry leaders representing the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council met with over 50 Parliamentarians and their staff in Ottawa to discuss key issues currently affecting the Canadian fresh fruit and vegetable sector. This year’s meetings were focused on increasing the industry’s competitiveness. As... Read more
Instacart unveils national expansion of new grocery service
Instacart, a North American leader in online groceries, announced the national expansion of Instacart Pickup, a new grocery click-and-collect service. Instacart Pickup gives customers the convenience of both delivery and/or pickup options, allowing them to order through Instacart and pick up their groceries from their favorite retailer. Instacart will be working... Read more
Pearson Foods invests $1.5 million to expand facility, operations
Pearson Foods Corp. announced the completion of a $1.5 million project to expand its Grand Rapids, MI-based facility and operations. The acquisition and integration of a 20,000-square-foot adjacent property added more than 600 pallet positions through the use of a drive-in racking system, as well as expanded food production space. A portion of the building will... Read more