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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Bronx, NY-based Tumi Produce International Corp. for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $563,831 to seven sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from October 2016 through May 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities... Read more
Bonduelle plans to grow single-serve salad market
Bonduelle Fresh Americas, formerly Ready Pac Foods, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, announced it will expand its leadership in the fresh prepared meals category, launching Bonduelle Fresh Picked salads in Canada. The new lineup will provide consumers with a convenient and nutritious meal without compromising taste. Each salad comes with farm-fresh... Read more
Raley’s to sell off 13-location division
Raley’s announced plans to sell its Aisle 1 fuel stations to Anabi Oil, a Southern California family business and convenience store operator. The deal will make Anabi’s Aisle 1 locations and Raley’s exclusive fuel partners. Anabi Oil is prepared to assume operations of the Aisle 1 fuel stations as of early 2019, under the name Aisle 1. Raley’s currently operates... Read more
Heart-healthy certification expanded for all USA Pears
Following a successful introduction of the Red Anjou, Bosc and Bartlett pears over the last few years, Pear Bureau Northwest is announcing the expansion of American Heart Association's Heart-Healthy branding to all of the 10 varieties of pears from the Northwest. "We have received positive feedback from retailers and nutritionists throughout the industry since... Read more
Former Whole Foods co-CEO to invest in Cece’s Veggie Co.
Cece’s Veggie Co., an Austin, TX-based food brand known for shaking up the produce department with organic veggie innovations, announced that Walter Robb, former Whole Foods Market Co-chief executive officer and board member, will become a Cece’s investor. Cece’s is a natural new addition to Stonewall Robb’s portfolio, as advocacy for socially conscious food... Read more
Sunkist Delite mandarins are back and in demand
Sunkist Delite mandarins are back and shipping to retailers around the globe. The California-grown Sunkist Delite mandarins debuted last year, tripling in sales its first season, making it one of the leading brands in its category. “Consumer demand for mandarins is skyrocketing, now representing more than 45 percent of the citrus category,” said Christina Ward,... Read more
LGS Specialty Sales expands Spanish fruit imports
LGS Specialty Sales is expanding its Spanish imports to include lemons, Clementines, and vanilla persimmons, also known as rojo brillante. This expanded line of citrus from Spain reflects a continued investment in a region that the company values for impeccable fruit quality, food safety standards, and well-developed infrastructure for increased supply to the... Read more
H-E-B sweet for Texas food banks
With winter break around the corner, even more children and families across the state will struggle with the threat of hunger. To combat the problem, H-E-B through its Food Bank Assistance Program will donate more than 1.2 million sweet potatoes to 17 Texas food banks this holiday season. “The holidays are a time for celebration, but anytime children are on... Read more
Sunions driving away tears at retailers
Sunions, a game-changing tearless and sweet onion that captured wide consumer and media acclaim during its inaugural 2017-18 season, began shipping to a limited number of retailers last week.  In its inaugural season of availability, Sunions racked up more than 1.2 billion consumer media impressions in print, radio, web and television media, including... Read more
Giant Food Stores names new exec
Giant Food Stores announced the promotion of Sepideh Burkett to vice president of store support. In this new role, she will be responsible for bringing the company’s strategic plans and customer-centric strategy to life across all stores, driving store performance and ensuring consistent communication between stores and support functions. She will report to John... Read more
Cracking the case: Cocaine found in Colombian avocado shipment
More than one ton of cocaine, reportedly valued at US $40 million, was found in a shipment of Colombian avocados in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, according to an article by El Tiempo. The seizure of 1,180 kilos was found in a shipment of 35 metric tons of avocados from the South American country. Eight Dutch citizens were arrested in the port. “Passing by the... Read more
Dalton Thomas announced as 2019 Apple Citizen of the Year
Dalton Thomas has been named 2019 Apple Citizen of the Year. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson and Former Wenatchee Valley College Athletic Director, Sandy Cooprider surprised Dalton with the award at the Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers Christmas Party at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club, Friday evening, Dec. 8. The Apple Citizen of the Year award began... Read more
Sun World’s export volume growth leads to increased sales, brand recognition
Grape category leader Sun World International has grown their export volume tremendously over the past few years. Growth can be attributed to strong brand presence overseas and strengthened partnerships with receivers. Specifically, Sun World International has grown their export volume by 40 percent year over year for the last three years. Strong receiver partnerships... Read more
Red River Valley growers contribute potatoes for 35th straight year
Thanks to the contribution of five Red River Valley potato shippers, Haun Potato Co. for thee 35th consecutive year will be boosting the spirits thousands of needy families in Kansas City. Spud and David Haun.David Haun, the president of the Kansas City-area potato distributorship, joins other area food companies in contributing food to The Salvation Army. The... Read more
Stater Bros. celebrates holiday season with over $850,000 in donations
Stater Bros. is spreading cheer this holiday season by giving back to the loyal communities it serves.  To brighten the holidays for those in need, Stater Bros. Charities donated over $850,000 to local non-profit organizations that benefit hunger relief and children’s well-being initiatives.  “For many, the holidays are typically a time of warm meals... Read more
Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, clearing the way for votes in the House and Senate. The massive package -- $867 billion over 10 years – funds key farm programs but substantially leaves intact the federal food stamp program that serves 40 million low-income Americans. The farm bill establishes federal agriculture and food policy for five... Read more
Setton Farms adds two premium blends to plant-based snacks
Long Island, NY-based Setton International Foods, Inc., a leading company in the snack food industry for over 50 years, is expanding their line of plant-based snacks with the addition of two new blends: Simply Protein Blend and Nut Topper Blend. On Dec. 12, these premium snack bags will debut at the New York Produce Show and will be featured in the New Product... Read more
Publix named one of the best workplaces for diversity
Publix Super Markets has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Diversity, ranking No. 3 out of 100 companies, up from No. 6 last year. This list focuses on the experiences of women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, those with disabilities and those who belong to the baby boomer... Read more
Emeralds in the End Zone — a winning play for The Big Game
Mission Produce, a leading producer, distributor, and marketer of fresh Hass avocados, is gearing up for The Big Game by announcing its Emeralds in the End Zone retail campaign — a strategic promotion that offers retailers and shoppers a winning game day value. Emeralds in the Rough are two- or three-pound bags of grade 2, beautifully-blemished avocados — the... Read more
Attracting, training and retaining store level talent
Many of us began our love of produce as entry-level, part-time employees at the retail level. That experience provided a stepping-stone toward a career in our exciting industry. Back in the day, only the brightest and hardest working were given the opportunity to work in the produce department. Today, a large percentage of retail produce managers and many of... Read more