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Crunch Pak to debut new products at PMA Fresh Summit
Crunch Pak, a sliced apples specialist, will debut several items at the 2014 PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim. Crunch Pak’s booth (No. 3084) will highlight the variety and scope of the company’s products available and feature its newest items, including the NBA Fit Snacker, which will be sold in Walmart stores this basketball season. NBA Fit Snackers contain sliced... Read more
Snack it Forward to launch Sunkist Fruit 2.0 at PMA Fresh Summit
Snack it Forward LLC announced the launch of Sunkist Fruit 2.0, a new line of natural and healthy freeze-dried fruit that will be unveiled by Snack it Forward under license from Sunkist Growers Inc. at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Oct. 17–19 in Anaheim, CA. Following Fresh Summit, Fruit 2.0 will be rolling out to grocery, convenience and... Read more
Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Fyffes plc have approved a revised agreement for the proposed combination of the companies. Under the terms of the amended agreement, Chiquita shareholders are expected to own approximately 59.6 percent of ChiquitaFyffes, an increase from 50.7 percent under the previous agreement. The companies have also increased the termination... Read more
Southern Roots holds reception at SEPC fall conference
YOUNG HARRIS, GA — The Southeast Produce Council launched its new leadership program for women in produce with a reception Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, during the council's annual fall conference, Sept. 25-27 at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, here in the scenic mountains of north Georgia. The program, called Southern Roots, was announced June 30 by the council... Read more
Beneficial rains over the Red River Valley in late August and early September were setting the stage for good harvest conditions of the region’s red potato crop. Ted Kreis, marketing and communications director of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association in East Grand Forks, MN, added that good harvest conditions, including a softening of the northern... Read more
Tarheel 2014 sweet potato harvest will be back to normal
BENSON, NC — North Carolina's sweet potato harvest, still in full swing at mid-September, is back to normal, and none too soon. After two years in a row of below-average acreage planted due to weather, the 2014 crop is growing on 66,000 acres. That's the USDA estimate cited by Sue Johnson-Langdon, executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission,... Read more
POM Wonderful launches new Antioxidant Super Teas
POM Wonderful, a leading premium refrigerated juice company and purveyor of pomegranates, is powering up the produce aisle with new Antioxidant Super Teas. The new line includes Pomegranate Lemonade Tea, Pomegranate Sweet Tea and Pomegranate Honey Green Tea. POM's top-selling Pomegranate Peach Passion White Tea will join the new Antioxidant Super Teas with a... Read more
If conditions remain as expected, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. believes the 2014 global industry cranberry crop will be between 11.2-11.6 million barrels, down from the 2013 global industry record crop of 12 million barrels. The company expects its grower-owners to deliver 6.6-7 million barrels, which is down from the 7.2 million barrels delivered in 2013. Ocean... Read more
C&S Wholesale Grocers has appointed Christopher Brown as senior vice president of independent sales, effective Sept. 29. According to the company, this appointment underscores C&S’s commitment to its independent customers and reflects its plans to continue to grow its independent business. “It is incredibly exciting to be joining a company like C&S... Read more
Caramel Naturel Dates 2014 fresh harvest under way
Atlas Produce and Distribution Inc., a shipper of 100 percent natural strictly California-grown dates, announced that the 2014 date harvest is under way. "The quality once again is looking excellent," Robert Dobrzanski, president of Atlas Produce, said in a press release. The California drought condition is a major concern for all of the agricultural community,... Read more
Veg-Fresh Farms expands portfolio, launched Crystal Cove Berry Farms label
Following the recent opening of its new distribution facility and the addition of a long-time fresh berry expert, Veg-Fresh Farms announced the expansion of its business and the launch of the new consumer label, Crystal Cove Berry Farms. Sourcing strawberries from throughout Mexico and California's fertile berry-growing regions, Crystal Cove Berry Farms will... Read more
NMB announces Mango Mania Display Contest winners
The National Mango Board has announced the winners of the Mango Mania Display Contest and reports an increase of 138 percent mango volume among participating stores compared to the same time last year. The contest is designed to help stores boost mango sales, while showcasing creativity and educating shoppers about mangos. This year, for the first time, the... Read more
Hot summer brings full flavor to Sunlight’s fall harvest
It’s a non-stop harvest in the vineyards as Jakov P. Dulcich & Sons’ Green and Red Emerald, Scarlet Royal, Autumn Royal, Autumn King, Luisco, Crimson, Vintage and Red Globe grape varieties are being picked and packed. Due to the hot summer, the brix are up, the crunch is strong and the taste is exceptional. “Overall, the grape eating quality is at premium... Read more
BALTIMORE — Maryland-based East Coast Fresh Cuts and Mars Super Markets, the first supplier-retailer team to jump on board the "eat brighter" campaign, showcased fresh produce branded with Sesame Street characters Sept. 24 at a Baltimore store alongside students from a nearby elementary school. The 'eat brighter!' movement offers royalty-free access to Sesame... Read more
Connie Stukenberg rejoins California Avocado Commission as retail marketing director
Produce veteran Connie Stukenberg has returned to the California Avocado Commission staff full-time as retail marketing director. Stukenberg, who had worked on CAC’s merchandising staff from 2000 to 2009, then continued her affiliation with the commission as part of her own business consultancy, CS Sales & Marketing for Results, rejoined the CAC staff... Read more
Pure Flavor Bell peppers out of this world, on International Space Station
Pure Flavor has provided greenhouse-grown Bell peppers for the crew members of the International Space Station. These peppers will be part of the fresh food supply delivered on the Space X-4 cargo flight. On Sept. 21, Space X-4 began its cargo flight from Cape Canaveral, FL, to bring supplies to ISS, including a list of highly nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. “We... Read more
San Miguel Produce Inc. announced a two-phase expansion of new and expanded growing-processing operations in both the east and west. The Oxnard, CA-based company said its national retail and foodservice growth of nutrient-dense, specialty greens has made it necessary to expand its growing and processing operations two-fold to provide a comprehensive and strategic,... Read more
Garden Cut launches new branding and label design
"Garden Cut," a brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., has launched a new branding and label design for its pre-cut and ready-to-use products in retail stores. A new "To Go Snack" line of produce-based products has also been released during the launch.  Starting Sept. 22, the newly branded Garden Cut products sold throughout the Midwest were available in hundreds... Read more
The Charlotte Hornets have teamed up with Food Lion on a multi-year, multi-faceted partnership that establishes Food Lion Feeds as the official hunger-relief partner of the Charlotte Hornets. The two organizations tipped off the partnership at Highland Renaissance Academy in Charlotte, NC, by distributing more than 9,500 meals to 300 school families with the... Read more
Organic heirloom apple season begins at Frieda's
Frieda's Organic Heirloom Apples are now available from Frieda's Specialty Produce. These 15 varieties of organic heirloom apples are available in short bursts throughout the season. Due to the short season and limited availability, most retailers and distributors pre-book theirs months in advance. "Heirloom apples are especially flavorful and are a perfect... Read more