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New growing partner and new product line keeps Oakes Farms growth strategy at full steam ahead
The Aug. 8 edition of The Produce News reported that Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms had recently achieved its goal of becoming a year-round supplier of Eastern produce when it partnered with Chill C Farms in Moultrie, GA. Now the company has announced another new growing partner that will provide the company with its first line of hard squashes. On Aug. 17,... Read more
Garden-Fresh Foods and Carlin Group join forces
Garden-Fresh Foods, a leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, announced a new distribution partnership with Midwest-based Carlin Group, a leading regional retail merchandising company. "This is an exciting time for us," Tom Hughes, Garden-Fresh Foods co-founder, president and chief executive officer, said in a... Read more
APEAM’s reforestation program seeks to support long-term sustainability of Mexican avocado industry
The Mexican avocado industry, overseen by the Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Mexico, more commonly known by the acronym APEAM, announced it has expanded environmental efforts to support the long-term sustainability and strength of the industry. Recent news reports have discussed deforestation issues facing Michoacán, Mexico, related... Read more
Tops Friendly Markets opening six new stores
Tops Friendly Markets will be opening six new stores this week, four of which were previously Stop & Shop locations while the other two were Hannaford stores. Five of the stores will open in New York (Rhinebeck, New Paltz, Wappingers Falls, LaGrangeville, and Carmel) and one will open in Gardner, MA. Customers will find locally grown produce from up to... Read more
2016 apple season not quite a record-setter, but still looking good
The Washington State Tree Fruit Association forecasts that a total of 132.9 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh apples will be produced during the 2016-17 season. “This is up 15 percent over 2015’s 115 million box crop, but still down 6 percent from the 2014 record crop of 141.8 million boxes,” the association said earlier in August.This... Read more
Record mushroom demand, according to NASS crop report
Mushroom production growth continues to increase as a result of a strong industry focus on increasing the conversation and promotion around the uses and benefits of adding fresh mushrooms to the everyday diet for consumers. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service production report, the value of domestic mushroom production jumped by 2... Read more
Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana. Last week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made... Read more
Side Delights autumn promotions to have shoppers 'fall' for potatoes
Fresh Solutions Network announced its autumn promotions designed for shoppers returning to their busy fall schedules. The monthly themed merchandisers and coordinating point-of-purchase signs are designed to attract shoppers and increase retail potato sales. “The carefree days of summer are just a memory now. Autumn brings with it a return to routine,... Read more
Agricultural production is big business in California, which produces significant volumes of fruits, nuts and vegetables, many of which come into solid volumes during fall months. According to Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, The Golden State produces over a third of the nation’s vegetables and two thirds of America’s... Read more
Port Manatee inks Del Monte lease extension
Del Monte and Port Manatee have signed an agreement to keep the company's fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the port since 1989, is now signed to a lease extension with Port Manatee through Aug. 30, 2021, with options for three additional extensions of... Read more
Remodeling highlights key position for produce at Oliver’s Supermarket
PROSPECT, CT — People have been shopping at Oliver’s Supermarket for many decades, enjoying excellent value and friendly service as well as a wide selection of items, especially high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Their experience got a big boost in April when the store completed a major remodeling, with special emphasis on the produce department.Dan... Read more
Whole Foods Market stores in Canada are now offering Apple Pay, a service that enables shoppers to make mobile payments with an iPhone. “Our customers are going to love the convenience of Apple Pay, which will bring a faster, easier, more secure and private way to make purchases at Whole Foods Market,” Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that New York Supermarket Inc. satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The Elmhurst, NY, company can continue operating in the produce industry upon applying for and being issued a PACA license.  Deng Long was listed as the officer, director and major stockholder... Read more
Truck brokers are not 100 percent sure of the reason, but a look at cross-country truck rates reveals that demand is clearly lagging far behind supplies this summer. One broker called the demand “lackluster,” while another used the word “sluggish” to indicate business in mid-August. Transportation rates from cross-country loads were only... Read more
Russ Davis Wholesale ‘partnering in the produce aisle’ for over 60 years
MINNEAPOLIS — Russ Davis started his Minnesota-based company as a one-truck business in 1955, taking orders as he was making deliveries on his route. Today Russ Davis Wholesale is an employee-owned company with a large fleet of vehicles and multiple locations, but it still continues the founder’s legacy of specializing in the distribution of fresh... Read more
Retail View: To right the ship, Target should focus on food program
On Wednesday, Aug. 17, Target Corp. released its second quarter financial results showing declining store sales and its stock immediately began to fall, taking more than a 6 percent hit during just the first hour of trading.   Although sales actually outperformed analyst expectations, the retail giant released a dire forecast for the rest of 2016 estimating... Read more
Wisconsin apple grower-processor changes name, makes leap to retail lines
As part of a strategic growth strategy, Richland Hills, a Wisconsin-based apple grower and processor, has finalized a rebranding effort that included renaming the company Richland Hills Farms to best reflect what the company does and where it’s going along. Additionally, it has introduced a new line of Honeycrisp sliced apples and other peeled and sliced... Read more
Southeastern Grocers launches donation program to aid Louisiana
As communities across Louisiana and Mississippi struggle through historic flooding, Southeastern Grocers’ 4,400 Winn-Dixie associates in Louisiana are working hard to keep as many stores in the region open as possible to serve customers. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17, and lasting through Aug. 23, all Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys customers will be able to... Read more
New N.Y. certified food program, $20 million food hub in Hunts Point
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has launched the New York State Grown & Certified program and announced a new $20 million food hub in the Bronx to increase access to farm-fresh produce. The New York State Grown & Certified program identifies and promotes New York producers who adhere to New York’s food-safety and environmental sustainability programs,... Read more
Ready Pac launches co-branded Domino's salads
As part of its long-term growth strategy, Ready Pac Foods Inc., an industry-leader in single-serve bowl salads, announced the national rollout of co-branded, salad bowls at all Domino's restaurants in the United States. This launch represents the company's continued growth into the fast growing nearly $5 billion fast food salad category. "As we continue our... Read more