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Dole-Disney partnership: The one time you want a mouse on your produce
The year was 1928. Mickey Mouse made his Hollywood debut in Steamboat Willie, the seven-and-a-half-minute animated short film that would foreshadow the world’s most beloved brand of entertainment. At 167 years old, Dole knows a thing or two about longevity as well. At the same time Mickey was being introduced to the world, 2,500 miles across the Pacific in Hawaii,... Read more
Smart & Final hits milestone this week
Smart & Final Stores opened its 200th Smart & Final Extra! location earlier this week in Long Beach, CA. The 30,000 square foot store offers quality products in both household and club sizes at warehouse prices — without a membership fee. "We have deep roots in the community of Long Beach, where we opened our very first Smart & Final location, so... Read more
PMA CEO Burns: our future is high tech, high touch
Produce Marketing Association Chief Executive Officer Cathy Burns’ annual state of the industry address drew together insights across a broad range of areas -- from robotics and automation to human talent management, from e-commerce to culture and society -- to sketch a picture of an industry future that will call for a complex mix of both high tech and high... Read more
Sam's Club partnership expands same-day delivery
After initially joining forces in February, Sam's Club and Instacart have announced the national expansion of their partnership to offer same-day delivery to more than half of all Sam's Clubs across the nation by the end of October. Just in time for the holidays, Sam's Club customers can get food and groceries as well as gifting and small appliances, delivered... Read more
ProducePay raises $14m in funding to help farmers feed the world
ProducePay, a Los Angeles-based company that provides fresh produce farmers with financial resources, tech tools and data insights, has secured $14m in a Series B Funding round. The funding was led by Anterra Capital, with participation from Rabo Frontier Ventures (Rabobank strategic investment fund), Coventure, Social Leverage, FJ Labs, Greenhouse Capital, Moonshots... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Unified Ltd., doing business as Pan American Banana in Los Angeles, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $557,297 to 14 sellers for 423 lots of produce from September 2015 to March 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.  As a result of these actions,... Read more
Walmart breaking ground on groundbreaking project
In the coming weeks, Walmart will be breaking ground on a new project in Shafter, CA: Walmart’s first high-tech distribution center for fresh and frozen groceries. Walmart’s distribution center of the future will be more efficient, with forward-looking technology and engaging tech-focused jobs. Set to open fall 2020, this innovative DC in Shafter will use WITRON... Read more
Mann Packing to debut new Nourish Bowls
Mann Packing Co. will highlight the newest additions to its award-winning Nourish Bowls line — Nourish Bowls Breakfast — at PMA Fresh Summit Oct. 19-20 in Orlando, FL. Nourish Bowls Breakfast comes in two delicious flavors: Denver Scramble and Fiesta Scramble. Just add one or two eggs, microwave for four minutes and enjoy these superfood fresh veggie breakfast... Read more
Misionero unviels latest product innovations
Misionero, a leading grower and pioneer in the organic leafy greens category, will unveil its new salad kits, bowls, and washed-and-trimmed lettuces at PMA Fresh Summit. The brand will showcase all of its innovations at the show, including items such as Sweet Earth Taco Salad Kits, Asian Salad Wraps, and Earth Greens and Garden Life Single Serve Bowls, along... Read more
DelFrescoPure announces partnership with CubicFarms
A new partnership between DelFrescoPure and CubicFarms has resulted in the LivingCube — a system of automated vertical farming growing machines that continuously produces living lettuce, living basil and microgreens all year long. The LivingCube system has 12 mechanized growing, germination and irrigation machines, each built inside proprietary insulated 40-foot... Read more
Georgia's unprecedented $3 billion of ag losses
Early estimates of agricultural losses caused by Hurricane Michael are starting to come in from the University of Georgia and Georgia Forestry Commission, and the numbers are staggering. "The meter started at $1 billion and jumped quickly to nearly $3 billion," said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black. "Unfortunately, we are not quite sure where it... Read more
Autumn Glory apple season begins at PMA Fresh Summit
Domex Superfresh Growers is ready to debut its signature apple, Autumn Glory, at the PMA Fresh Summit this week. This is a crop that has been anticipated all year, and the flavor is phenomenal. Autumn Glory is known for its unique caramel and cinnamon notes and juicy crunch, a flavor and texture combination that world-wide consumers look forward to season after... Read more
North Shore debuts new Root Lock technology
North Shore Living Herbs + Greens is set to debut a new packaging innovation this week at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL. Chris Wada, marketing manager, said, “Put simply, the products we grow, pack and ship are truly unique because everything we deliver is quite literally still living with the roots connected for freshness. This means any changes — to packaging,... Read more
Dan Martin appointed president of IFCO North America
IFCO, the world’s leading supplier of Reusable Plastic Containers for fresh food packaging, announced the appointment of Dan Martin as president of IFCO North America. “We are pleased to welcome Dan Martin back to the IFCO family,” said Wolfgang Orgeldinger, IFCO chief executive officer. “He understands the unique role IFCO plays in the fresh food value chain,... Read more
Walmart's newest investment the wind of change
Walmart and EDP Renewables announced purchase agreements that will enable the construction of three new utility-scale wind farms — developed, owned and operated by EDPR — a cumulative 233 megawatt investment in the states of Illinois and Indiana. Walmart’s purchase through these agreements will produce enough electricity to power more than 60,000 average homes... Read more
Kroger and the food waste warriors
The Kroger Co. announced a Zero Hunger | Zero Waste partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the leading global conservation organization, to introduce a food waste prevention and recovery curriculum for K-12 students in U.S. cities. Wild Classroom is WWF's signature education program and it is aimed at providing environmental curriculum for teachers and parents... Read more
Wonderful Pistachios joins forces with the Grinch to steal holiday sales
Wonderful Pistachios will kick off the holiday season with an integrated campaign with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.” The campaign will consist of two television commercials, an online digital campaign, in-store point-of-sale, including bins and standees, and a Times Square billboard. In the two new commercials, the cynical grump takes a break from his usual antics... Read more
The U.S. International Trade Commission announced that Dec. 20 is the deadline for comments on the economic impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on the U.S. economy. The investigation, titled “Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors,” was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter received Aug. 31. At that time Mexico... Read more
Apeel Sciences recently created a chief revenue officer position and tabbed Gordon Robertson to spearhead the startup company’s growth. Robertson brings with him more than 30 years of industry experience, including 20 years at Campbell Soup Co., where he gained product and category management expertise, and 10 years at Sun World International, where he led the... Read more
Instacart secures $600 million in new funding
Instacart has raised $600 million as part of a financing round led by D1 Capital Partners. The investment from D1 Capital comes after a year of tremendous growth for Instacart and raises the company's valuation to $7.6 billion. "The U.S. is nearly a $1 trillion grocery market, and last year we saw almost every major grocer in North America bring their delivery... Read more