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Taylor Farms CEO Bruce Taylor to keynote FreshTEC Conference
Bruce Taylor, chief executive officer of Taylor Farms, will put the spotlight on innovation as keynote speaker at this year’s United FreshTEC Conference, debuting Tuesday, June 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to Taylor’s keynote, conference attendees will participate in expert panel discussions on pre- and post-harvest automation, food... Read more
Food Lion to remodel 93 stores as part of $178 million investment
Food Lion will remodel 93 stores in the greater Greensboro, NC, market in 2017. The company will make a $178 million investment in its stores, which includes remodeling the stores, additional price investments throughout the year and investments in associates and the community through Food Lion Feeds. "We're proud to have been a part of the greater Greensboro... Read more
CFFA, Northgate Gonzalez Markets celebrate Heart Health Month
The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association partnered with main sponsor Northgate Gonzales Markets, a 41-store retailer based out of Anaheim, CA, at the City of Bell third annual 5K Run/Walk and Children's 1K. Chilean dancers performed La Cueca, the Chilean national dance, before the start of the Feb. 19 race. The FruitsfromChile street team handed out samples... Read more
Organic Produce Summit to feature Retail Roundtable
Three major retail panelists have been confirmed as part of a keynote presentation at the upcoming Organic Produce Summit July 12-13 in Monterey, CA.  The Retail Roundtable presentation will explore insights, opportunities and challenges facing retailers in the multi-billion dollar organic fresh produce industry. The three panelists — Dave Corsi,... Read more
USApple’s Apple Madness set to tip off with 32 apple varieties
March is coming. It’s the perfect opportunity for the nation to come together to combine its favorite springtime pastime — filling out a college basketball bracket — with its love of apples. To celebrate National Nutrition Month, the U.S. Apple Association is encouraging apple lovers to join the Apple Madness bracket tournament — a five-week,... Read more
Raley’s names new president, CEO to focus on future
Raley’s Chief Operating Officer Keith Knopf has been named president of the company. Knopf joined Raley’s nearly two years ago, around the time Raley’s owner and Chief Executive Officer Michael Teel took majority ownership of the company. Teel will continue to direct the development of Raley’s overall strategic plan. “It is a historic... Read more
Blueberry Cooperative MBG Marketing goes global
MBG Marketing – The Blueberry People has taken a strategic step into the global foods market by establishing MB Global Foods. Doing so will complement MBG Marketing’s commitment to growing its product portfolio in cooperation with Naturipe Value Added Foods. Larry Ensfield, president and chief executive officer, along with the board of directors... Read more
Dayka & Hackett offering Minion mandarins
Dayka & Hackett LLC, a premier grower, importer and shipper of fresh fruit, has teamed with Universal and Illumination to unleash Minion mandarins in grocery stores nationwide. These mischievous and playful Minions are on a mission to provide a healthy snack for the whole family. Available year-round, Minion mandarins are a kid-sized, easy-to-peel delicious... Read more
Taylor Farms partners with Labor of Love to show worker appreciation
Taylor Farms, a leading producer of value-added salads and healthy fresh foods, in partnership with Yuma, AZ-based Labor of Love, gave thanks to two automated harvesting crews for their service to the agriculture industry last week. Taylor Farms’ automated celery harvester and automated cabbage harvester are two of the most revolutionary machines in... Read more
Ready Pac Foods acquired by world leader of ready-to-eat vegetables
Ready Pac Foods will be acquired by Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France-based Bonduelle, a world leader of ready-to-eat vegetables. This milestone transaction will strengthen Bonduelle's international footprint and dramatically change its profile, making the U.S. the largest country of operations. This transaction is also expected to offer new opportunities to Ready Pac... Read more
Murakami-Baker merger creates Treasure Valley ‘supershed’
After more than a year of negotiations, Baker Packing Co. and Murakami Produce Co. LLC, two of the largest-volume onion shippers in the Treasure Valley, have announced they are merging their Ontario, OR, companies to form Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLLP effective July 1. On Feb. 23 Baker President Steve Baker, along with his father, Jerry, who is company... Read more
STARS recipients to attend Southern Exposure
The Southeast Produce Council's Southeast Top Agricultural Recruits Scholarship program, known as STARS, is available to outstanding students who are agriculture majors in Southeast-based land grant universities. The goal of STARS is to recruit top students and to introduce them to job opportunities in the produce industry. The 12 most recent students to benefit... Read more
Potandon Produce mourns co-founder Kent Romrell
Kent Romrell, one of the original founders and former senior vice president of sales at Potandon Produce LLC, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, from an inoperable brain tumor for which he had been undergoing treatment since Aug. 26. He was 70 years old. Mr. Romrell retired from Potandon Produce in March 2013 after more than 30 years in the fresh produce industry.... Read more
Vons now carrying Rä Nanoshoots product line
Rä Foods LLC, based in Sacramento, CA, has announced its Rä Nanoshoots product line is now in the produce section of over 120 Southern California Vons stores. The new distribution represents a significant addition to its existing presence in Southern California through Stater Bros., Save Mart and Lucky stores. According to Rä Foods LLC, grocery... Read more
Sliced FC, part of The Star Group of companies, continues to innovate with the introduction of vegetable noodles to its fresh-cut portfolio. Produced fresh in Calgary, AB, and Winnipeg, MB, vegetable noodles are available in sweet potato, zucchini, beets and butternut squash in either spaghetti, fettucine or chip cuts. Vegetable noodles can be blanched,... Read more
L&M to handle sales for Sun Valley Orchards
Sun Valley Orchards LLC and the L&M Cos. Inc. announced Feb. 21 that they have formed a partnership whereby L&M will handle the sales for Sun Valley. Sun Valley Orchards, a well-respected, 3,000-acre farming operation headquartered in Swedesboro, NJ, is owned and operated by the Marino family, and is New Jersey's largest family-owned produce farm, according... Read more
Volcanoes of produce at SpartanNash expo
MINNEAPOLIS — Even the 27-foot-long Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made an appearance at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the 2017 SpartanNash Jungle of Savings Midwest Spring Expo Feb. 15-16. More than 1,000 attendees checked out the full range of supermarket offerings from 170 exhibitors, including produce, deli, bakery, meats, floral and general merchandise... Read more
The board of directors of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile, commonly known as ASOEX, has joined forces with the Fundacion Desafio Levantemos Chile in relief efforts connected to recent fires that affected thousands of people in Chile. The organizations will work together to rebuild houses and support infrastructure in areas of greatest need following... Read more
Homegrown Organic Farms launches new retail merchandising display
Homegrown Organic Farms has launched a new merchandising option to better promote its recently announced freeze-dried organic fruit line, including freeze-dried organic blueberries, grapes and apples. The display shipper offers great impulse sales opportunities for any aisle or department. “We want to give our customers options for merchandising this new... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on seven produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Magnolia Brand Produce Inc., operating out of Vardaman, MS, for failing... Read more