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Go Broncos... Go Colorado fruits and veggies
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association is reaching out to broad audiences in Colorado and eight other states with a focused message: Fall in love with Colorado produce. Adrian Card, who works as an agent with Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County, serves as a partner on the association’s board of directors. He talked about the... Read more
Raley’s new concept store
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announced plans to develop a new store that will be state-of-the art with a focus on the most sustainable features. The 36,000-square-foot store will deliver an extensive assortment of fresh, high-quality food. The new site, located in the Sacramento area, advances the company’s vision to bring health and wellness to... Read more
New generation of GMO potatoes deregulated
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has deregulated J.R. Simplot Co.'s genetically modified Russet Burbank variety of Innate potatoes. This is the second generation of Innate potatoes to receive deregulated status. The new potatoes contain four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers. These traits were achieved by... Read more
Sobeys Inc. has launched a new concept store Chalo! FreshCo in Brampton, ON. The new banner is the company’s first South Asian-focused discount grocery store. “Chalo! FreshCo is a significant and unique addition to our company’s food retailing lineup,” Rob Adams, general manager of discount format for Sobeys Inc., said in a press release. “This store caters... Read more
San Luis Valley reporting good crop for 2015, organic acreage on the rise
Monte Vista, CO — With 52,900 acres of potatoes on the receiving end of good rainfall and not much hail throughout the growing season, Colorado’s San Luis Valley was getting ready in August to harvest what growers and shippers were describing as a good crop size-, yield- and quality-wise. Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative... Read more
New Domex 'Superfresh Kids' pear pouch bags feature eat brighter! artwork
This fall, Domex Superfresh Growers will debut a new line of two-pound gusseted Superfresh Kids-themed pear pouch bags with "Sesame Street" characters in support of the eat brighter! campaign. The eat brighter! campaign is a unique and powerful partnership with Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association, in collaboration with the Partnership for... Read more
QUEBEC CITY — With the theme “A Healthy Industry, a Shared Responsibility,” the Quebec Produce Marketing Association held its 68th annual convention Aug. 20-22 at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, here. Convention delegates found a unique and enriching convention waiting for them, starting with a warm personal welcome from 2014-15 QPMA board president Sammy... Read more
A&P requests $5 million for execs, key management
Days after sending WARN layoff notices to more than 22,000 employees, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. filed paperwork in hopes of using $5 million to retain 495 executives and key management employees — less than 2 percent of the overall workforce. Nearly $1 million of the funds would be divided between just 11 employees. The request was filed with... Read more
WASHINGTON — One month before Congress must act to reauthorize school nutrition standards, the United Fresh Produce Association defended government policies to increase fresh fruits and vegetables after a new study raised questions about consumption and plate waste. The University of Vermont study, which was released Aug. 25, used digital imaging to capture... Read more
Mission Produce sends first-ever shipment of Peruvian avocados to China
Mission Produce Inc. in Oxnard, CA, has exported the first-ever container of fresh avocados from Peru to China. The load was grown on Mission-owned ranches in Peru, and packed at Mission’s Avocado Packing facility in Chao, Peru. This first shipment left the port of Paita, Peru, and will arrive at the Chinese port of Shanghai, China, by mid-September. According... Read more
David H. Murdock, Dole Food Co. Inc.'s chief executive officer, and C. Michael Carter, former president and chief operating officer, have been ordered to pay shareholders more than $148 million for efforts to drive down the market price as well as fraud during the negotiations for Murdock's 2013 buyout of the company. "Although facially large, the award is conservative... Read more
N.C. Sweet Potato Commission's new executive director
Kelly McIver has been named the executive director of the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, following the retirement announcement earlier this year by longtime director Sue (Sweet Sue) Johnson-Langdon. McIver comes over from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, where she assisted the NCSPC and other state agriculture... Read more
WPVGA works to make Wisconsin the top in-state potato
For the last 20 years, the primary goal of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association has been to make Wisconsin the largest source for potatoes sold in Wisconsin. Tamas Houlihan, the association’s executive director, said, “We are getting very close” to accomplishing that goal. Still, even after two decades of consumer education, “It’s amazing... Read more
Instacart’s on-demand grocery delivery service has begun in Indianapolis, the company's 17th market. Indianapolis customers can order groceries and other items from Whole Foods Market, Marsh Supermarkets, Georgetown Market and Costco stores and have them delivered straight to their door in as little as one hour. "There were many factors that made Indianapolis... Read more
Union leaders have filed charges against Haggen, Albertsons and Vons for illegally laying off and reducing hours for workers, failing to fully inform workers about job protections, and failing to adhere to legally binding protections negotiated by their union. The grievances also cite the companies for prior plans to close a large number of stores shortly after... Read more
Kroger, looking to hire 20,000, focused on veterans
The Kroger Co. family of stores will hold open interviews nationwide on Tues., Sept. 15, for all veterans and their family members. Nationwide, the company is hiring to fill an estimated 20,000 permanent positions in its supermarket divisions. Kroger hired more than 6,000 veterans in 2014, and has hired more than 29,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment... Read more
Washington apple growers embrace varietal access to China
The Washington apple industry will begin shipping fresh apples to China this season following the earlier announcement that full varietal access had been granted. Todd Fryhover, president of the Washington Apple Commission, provided The Produce News with his comments and insights about the effects the announcement will have upon the state's apple exports during... Read more
Wisconsin potato outlook is strong
“The crop is currently fantastic,” Mike Carter, the chief executive officer of Bushman’s Inc., said of Wisconsin’s potato crop on Aug. 19. “The size profile is excellent. We’ve had near-perfect growing conditions in the fields. It was a temperate summer. There was no long period of heat. The rains have been timely. It’s all positive.” Carter said that Wisconsin’s... Read more
A&P sends layoff notice to 22,000 in NY and NJ
More than 22,000 A&P employees in New York and New Jersey have been given notice that they could be out of work by Thanksgiving.  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-July, alerted the state departments of labor of through its Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification filings.... Read more
Veteran retailer Alain Paré honored at QPMA convention
QUEBEC CITY — Retail veteran Alain Paré was honored with a Pillar of the Industry in Quebec Award Aug. 22 during the closing banquet of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association’s 68th annual convention, held here in this historic city along the banks of the majestic St. Lawrence River. Paré, with more than 40 years as a produce retailer in Canada, said he was... Read more