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With summer in full swing and fresh fruits and vegetables in season, Stop & Shop is telling its customers that there is no better time to stock up and enjoy locally grown produce. In partnership with more than 41 farmers, an array of farm fresh produce grown within nearby communities can now be found at all Stop & Shop stores. Among the popular local... Read more
Danner named president of Premier Produce
Scott Danner, a produce industry veteran who recently left Liberty Fruit in Kansas City, KS, after a 10-year stint, was named president of Pembroke Park, FL-based Premier Produce. Premier Produce is a supplier of produce and dairy items to restaurants, hotels, casinos, country clubs and national accounts, and was founded about five years ago, according to Danner,... Read more
The 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend (EQ) study, which measures brand equity for more than 1,500 brands across 170 categories, finds traditional grocery store brands rank highest overall in three of the four regions surveyed. The EQ index examines three key factors of brand equity: familiarity, quality and purchase consideration. This is the first time in the study's... Read more
Ruby Fresh to unveil new Jewels pomegranate arils cup line
Fresh off the production line, Ruby Fresh announced an entire new line of Ruby Fresh Jewels Pomegranate Aril cups, available in four- and 5.3-ounce grab-and-go snack cups in a handy two- and four-pack. The line will make its debut at the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo in Monterey, CA These new single-serving Ruby Fresh Jewels aril cups make it easy to... Read more
A July 16-18 trade meeting to develop a weekly, direct ocean shipping line between the seaports of Veracruz, Mexico, and Philadelphia exceeded the expectations of many involved. This service might begin as early as the first quarter of 2015, according to Fred Sorbello, who recently stepped down from his role as president of Ship Philly First. On July 22, The... Read more
WASHINGTON — Beginning July 22, eligible fruit growers who experienced losses in 2012 due to frost and freeze, and who did not have access to crop insurance, will be able to apply for disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The latest farm bill included a provision — penned by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) — that allows farmers without access... Read more
Sunkist promotes fresh citrus varieties and trends at the PMA Foodservice Conference
Sunkist will be showcasing more than 40 of its varieties of fresh citrus at this year's PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo July 25-27, allowing foodservice trade to sample fresh mixology recipes that highlight trending global influences and Meyer lemons, a variety that is quickly growing in popularity.  “Lemon demand is stronger than ever, and specialty... Read more
Ready Pac introduces Baby Kale European Salad Blend
Ready Pac Foods, based in Irwindale, CA, is capitalizing on the soaring popularity of kale with the release of the Ready Pac Baby Kale European Salad Blend. More and more consumers are incorporating kale into their everyday meals, with the items experiencing 250 percent increase in dollar sales since last year. According to International Dairy, Deli & Bakery... Read more
Mann Packing introducing Kalettes, Arcadian Harvest Emerald at PMA Foodservice Expo
Mann Packing will launch two items — Arcadian Harvest Emerald and "Kalettes" brand Kale sprouts — and feature its Salad Solutions program at the PMA Foodservice Expo this year in Monterey, CA. Arcadian Harvest EmeraldMann’s Arcadian Harvest Emerald is a blend of two green leaves with a sweet crisp bite and a sophisticated leaf shape. Gina Nucci, director... Read more
Weather takes toll on 2014 Rocky Ford cantaloupe volume
Despite some recent hail storms and difficult spring weather in southwestern Colorado, Rocky Ford cantaloupe producers are expecting to harvest an overall volume of the signature fruit that is comparable to last season. "Our business is 100 percent dependent on weather," said Michael Hirakata, chairman of the Rocky Ford Growers Association and general manager... Read more
Community pulls together, Northwest fire rages
The Carlton Complex Fire, which has burned nearly 100 homes in Washington's Methow Valley and displaced 40,000 residents, continues to burn out of control. Conditions in the region have been extremely hot and dry, and strong winds whipped flames into a scene reminiscent of Dante's Inferno. Lightning strikes kindled some fires around the July 4 holiday. By Friday,... Read more
Wawona Packing Co. of Cutler, CA, is voluntarily recalling certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed June 1-July 12 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Wawona Packing has notified retailers of the specific lots being recalled. No other products are... Read more
PHILADELPHIA — International produce trade is thriving, and the ports of the Delaware River are serving that growth and expanding services for the global fruit trade. Countries like Peru and Uruguay are growing in their role to export fresh fruits and vegetables to the United States. Chile remains an enormous produce supplier, with that trade now spread across... Read more
Each day through July 29, Food Lion is giving one customer at each of its participating stores the opportunity to win up to $100 in free groceries during the grocer’s “MVP Free Grocery Giveaway.” One grand prize winner will also receive a year’s supply of free groceries. More than 15,000 winning customers will enjoy immediate savings of up to $100, not to exceed... Read more
Chelan Fresh Marketing has joined The Produce Mom family of partners. The partnership was established with a primary goal of marketing the Rockit apple, which has been promoted on The Produce Mom's blog, social media and WISH-TV/Indy Style news segments. The Rockit apple promotions were well-received. Jeff Ryg, Kroger Central Division, praised The Produce... Read more
The board of directors of Loblaw Cos. Ltd. announced that Galen G. Weston, executive chairman, has been appointed as president, effective immediately. Thomas O'Neill, lead independent director, confirmed the appointment as part of a series of management changes at the company. As executive chairman, Weston is responsible for setting the strategic direction of... Read more
Turbana taps into community opinion to find new social program to support
Corporations often donate money to charities or non-profits, but it’s rare to find an organization that lets the consumer decide where their support should go. Turbana, a premier banana producer,  is taking its social movement “Growing Smiles, Sharing Goodness” to a new level by encouraging the community to speak up and choose causes close to their own hearts... Read more
Pricing expected to be strong as NW onion growers begin new season
On March 31, Northwest Farm Credit Services looked at onion production during the 2013-14 crop year and provided some insights about upcoming production and pricing for 2014-15 in its Onion Market Snapshot. "Northwest onion markets are closing the 2013-14 marketing year strong, with prices bolstered by tight supplies," the agency stated. "However, growers' profits... Read more
Jazz apple campaign raises funds for diabetes prevention
Through Crunch to Contribute, a social media campaign that offers a $1 donation to the American or Canadian Diabetes Association in exchange for every Jazz apple photo uploaded to www.jazzapple.com/c2c, people everywhere are crunching for a cause. Accessible via Facebook, smartphones and desktop computers, Crunch to Contribute boasts a growing gallery of images... Read more
South African citrus adds color and hope to Nelson Mandela International Day
The South Africa Consulate General in New York and South African summer citrus will celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day Friday, July 18 on what would have been Mandela's 96th birthday. South Africa is the world's second-largest exporter of citrus next to Spain. Two New York City celebrations will mirror programs in South Africa, where citrus production... Read more