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STEP-UPP class tours Vidalia and other parts of Georgia
The Southeast Produce Council's 2016 STEP-UPP class traveled to the state of Georgia April 26-29 for an educational tour that included some of the well-known produce facilities and farms that produce the state's famous Vidalia onions. The trip was part of the program's ongoing learning experience for class members to develop a greater understanding of the fresh... Read more
Produce Category Manager Teri Miller to leave Food Lion
Teri Miller, category manager for produce at Food Lion, is retiring from that company after a long career of service. Her last day there will be May 13. "I am retiring from Food Lion, but that doesn't mean I'm retiring from the produce industry," Miller told The Produce News Wednesday morning, May 5. Miller has been with Food Lion, whose parent company is Delhaize... Read more
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement in Ann Arbor, MI, are conducting an investigation involving intentional food contamination at retail grocery stores in Ann Arbor. The suspect has admitted to intentionally contaminating salad bars, produce departments or both at three or more grocery stores in the greater Ann Arbor area — Whole Foods,... Read more
The risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination has prompted CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA, to issue a recall of 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands. The frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables being recalled may have been purchased in all 50 U.S. states as well as the following Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta,... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on six produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities. As a result the following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Haag Food Service Inc. operating out of Breese, IL, for failing to... Read more
Cal Giant teams with blogger, produce partners on healthy desserts
As much as California Giant Berry Farms focuses on health and fitness, the company still likes to have a little fun with dessert now and then, and even better, creating desserts for those living a vegan lifestyle. Even though finding vegan substitutes can sometimes be a challenge, this lineup of produce partners managed to develop a book full decadent options... Read more
4Earth Farms launches new organics line in value-added packaging
Southern California based 4Earth Farms has launched a new organic retail line, packaged in unique paper/poly oversealed recyclable trays. While oversealed tray packaging may not be new, how 4Earth Farms is doing it under its 4Earth Organics Label is. Using technology only available from European suppliers, 4Earth Farms is sealing its new organic line with laminated... Read more
Whole Foods, ‘Top Chef’ finalist feature produce in ready-to-eat dishes
New, chef-driven flavors highlighting California produce are now available on Whole Foods Market Northern California and Reno hot and salad bars, courtesy of “Top Chef” season 12 finalist and San Francisco chef Melissa King. King created eight new recipes exclusively for Whole Foods Market. Customers can find her ready-to-eat meals in the Northern California... Read more
Good promotional opportunities for Northwest cherry crop
The 2016 Northwest cherry crop is estimated at approximately 20 million boxes, slightly more than last year’s crop of 19.3 million boxes. The crop will peak on larger sizes, providing retailers terrific promotional opportunities and customers a great eating experience. The first days of harvest are estimated for the last week of May. Volume will occur in June... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Hart Produce Co. Inc. satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. In February the USDA imposed sanctions on the Hart, MI-based business. The Hart, MI-based company has met its obligations and is now free to operate in the produce industry. Jerry A. Brandel was listed... Read more
California Berry Cultivars LLC, a strawberry-breeding company, filed a lawsuit May 2 against the Regents of the University of California. The lawsuit lists claims against the UC for breach of contract, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unfair competition.  The filing of the complaint... Read more
Tajin-Nature’s Partner create joint promotion
Giumarra announced that it is joining with Tajin Seasonings for an exciting promotion featuring Nature’s Partner brand watermelons. The promotion will begin in early May with watermelons grown in Sonora, Mexico. “We were looking for an innovative way to offer something new and different with our watermelons," Gil Munguia, division manager for Giumarra Nogales,... Read more
Costco receiving shipments of EFI-certified produce from Windset Farms
The Equitable Food Initiative, a nonprofit that brings together workers, growers and retailers to produce safer, more responsibly grown fruits and vegetables, announced that fresh fruits and vegetables labeled “Responsibly Grown. Farmworker Assured.” from Windset Farms are now available at select Costco locations in the northwest United States. “At Windset Farms,... Read more
Fairway files 'prepackaged' Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Fairway Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of Fairway Market, and certain of its subsidiaries have filed a joint prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization and filed voluntary petitions for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The company said it intends to use the Chapter 11 process to facilitate a financial restructuring designed... Read more
The Big Idaho Potato Truck rolls out for fifth national tour
Back by popular demand, the world’s largest potato on wheels is traveling across the country promoting Idaho’s most famous agricultural product, the Idaho potato. While on its journey, the Big Idaho Potato Truck will help dozens of charities better serve their communities through its charitable program, “A Big Helping.” “The Big Idaho Potato Truck has become... Read more
As summer grows closer, so does the abundance of summer fruit from the orchards of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, and for the second consecutive year consumers will see and taste the fruit early. Because of another early and very warm spring, BC Tree Fruits cherries will be in stores in early June in ample supply. With a record 12 million pounds estimated for this... Read more
Well-Pict's organic and conventional berries shipping just in time for Mother's Day
Well-Pict's California berry harvest is in full swing, with plenty of sweet, beautiful berries to meet demand for Mother's Day, graduations and upcoming holidays. The company’s organic strawberries — as well as its conventional strawberries and raspberries — are shipping now. With crop yields good and berry quality high, Well-Pict Berries is expecting a... Read more
The Quebec Produce Marketing Association announced that a new provincewide I love 5 to 10 Servings a Day campaign will run from May 2 through June 5 in Quebec. The campaign is meant to remind everyone about the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle, and also about the amazing variety of ways we can enjoy their benefits. First... Read more
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is investigating Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. in connection to a report the company detected listeria before shutting down its Ohio facility, which was later tied to an outbreak, the company confirmed Friday. Health officials started investigating the multistate outbreak in September 2015, but the source of the illnesses... Read more
Publix Q1 sales increase to $8.7 billion
Publix’s sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $8.3 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first quarter of 2016 increased 3.3 percent. The company estimates sales increased 1.2 percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, the effect of the Easter holiday... Read more