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PMA Fresh Summit sets attendance mark
ANAHEIM, CA — If you were standing in the 1000 aisle and glanced at your watch and realized your appointment in the 4200 aisle was starting in 15 minutes, you were cutting it close. Traffic on the show floor during peak times moved about as quickly as the nearby 405 freeway during rush hour, but without an HOV lane. Nearly 24,000 attendees packed the trade show... Read more
Sunset WOW berries promo named best in show
Sunset unleashed a tidal wave of flavor on the Produce Marketing Association with its latest premium berry innovation. Each of the six WOW berries received rave reviews from conference attendees for their unique flavor profiles and better-than-chocolate taste experience. The berries also made a splash with the judging panel of retailers and industry insiders... Read more
Wonderful spotlights array of products at PMA Fresh Summit
ANAHEIM, CA — The Wonderful Company used the PMA Fresh Summit to showcase new elements of its promotional campaign for Halos, pistachios and its brand-new line of seedless lemons. For its popular Halos brand of mandarin oranges, Wonderful is launching a family-friendly animated YouTube series called Camp Halohead that is set to debut in November. The series... Read more
Walmart names new partner for grocery delivery
Walmart Canada is expanding its official partnership with Cornershop, growing its offering from five to 14 stores in the Greater Toronto Area. Cornershop is an express delivery service that customers can use to order groceries on-demand in as quick as 60-minutes, and its popularity and convenience influenced Walmart’s decision to expand the partnership. Walmart... Read more
NBA star partners with Blanc Vineyards
Two-time NBA World Champion Danny (Green Ranger) Green of the Los Angeles Lakers has partnered with Blanc Vineyards, Delano Farms and Four Star Fruit — some of California’s largest family-owned produce growers — to encourage kids to live healthy lifestyles, beginning with what they eat. Green Ranger grapes, named for Green’s Instagram handle @greenranger14,... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
Lidl expanding in New York
Lidl US will open a second wave of stores across Long Island by next summer, which will bring the total number of Lidl food markets to be opened in the region to eight. “We appreciate all the support we have received across Long Island as we prepare to open our first Lidl food markets in the region,” said Johannes Fieber, president and chief executive officer... Read more
Dino melon makes successful debut at PMA Fresh Summit
ANAHEIM, CA — A new supersweet melon from Brazil made a successful U.S. debut at the recent PMA Fresh Summit convention and exposition, here. The Dino melon, so named due to the green stripes that give it the appearance of a dinosaur egg, is a white honeydew-type of melon grown in Brazil by Agricola Famosa. Dino has a Brix content that ranges from 12 to 16,... Read more
Whole Foods Market predicts top 10 food trends for 2020
Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed the most anticipated and innovative food trends for 2020 in the retailer’s fifth annual trends predictions announcement. Regenerative agriculture, fresh snacks, meat-plant blends, plant-based prepared foods and West African foods are among the food influences and movements expected to take off in the... Read more
SpongeBob and Bland Farms set to costar in the produce aisle
You may wonder what SpongeBob has to do with Vidalia sweet onions; besides onions being one of the key ingredients to the signature Krabby Patty, both will be playing a starring role in the produce aisle this spring. Bland Farms and Paramount Pictures Corp. announced a partnership for the 2020 Vidalia sweet onion season in conjunction with the release of The... Read more
Mucci Farms wins Best Sustainable Packaging Award at Fresh Summit 2019
Mucci Farms was awarded the top prize for Best Sustainable Packaging at the PMA’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo for Simple Snack, a plastic-free, backyard compostable series of packaging.  “To win this category in particular is exciting because sustainability is by far the top of mind subject in the food industry today,” said Emily Murracas, director... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found Nicholas Allen responsibly connected to Allens Inc. in Siloam Springs, AR, which failed to pay $9.76 million to 40 produce sellers for 2,312 lots of produce. This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Allen challenged the initial determination that he was responsibly connected to Allens Inc.... Read more
Harris Teeter named 2019 Pear Retailer of the Year
The Pear Bureau Northwest's award for 2019 Pear Retailer of the Year went to Harris Teeter. Presented on the show floor of the 2019 PMA Fresh Summit, the award is based upon tactics devoted to pear category improvements in merchandising performance and sales increases throughout the year. "Over the course of the past season, Harris Teeter put forth commendable... Read more
Mary Zink of Wegman’s named Mango Retailer of the Year
ANAHEIM, CA — Although she has been working on the mango desk for Wegman’s for less than a year, Mary Zink has already made her mark on the category. Zink, product category manager for the Rochester, NY-based retailer, was honored Oct. 18 as the National Mango Board’s 2019 Mango Retailer of the Year during the board’s annual reception at the PMA Fresh Summit,... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
The food as medicine movement
You know the saying, if only there were a magic pill for (fill in the blank). It could be weight loss, a cure to the common cold, lowering your risk of heart disease, the possibilities are endless. While there may not be a magic pill, a new movement is on the rise: Food as Medicine. As Hippocrates put it, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” The... Read more
Big Y names new VP of fresh foods, district sales and merchandising mentor
Eric A. Swensen has been named Big Y Foods' vice president of fresh foods and Christian P. D’Amour has taken on the role of district sales and merchandising mentor for the company. As vice president of fresh foods, Swensen is responsible for developing strategies and team support for sales, marketing, and merchandising for all fresh foods departments for... Read more
IMG Citrus celebrates 40-year anniversary in the Florida citrus industry
IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically-integrated citrus grower, packer, and shipper in Vero Beach, FL, is celebrating its 40 years of business. Its Florida citrus business began in 1979 when Michel Sallin, IMG Citrus president, traveled to Florida seeking investment opportunities in agriculture. Sallin and his wife, Veronique’s, first investment, 72... Read more
Avocados from Peru closes out 2019 season
This season, Avocados from Peru continued to exceed expectations of quality and supply. Peru’s commitment to sustainable and socially responsible agricultural practices, and its reputation as a reliable supply source, solidified AFP’s dominance in the industry as one of the largest suppliers of avocados during the summer months. Peru exported 183 million pounds... Read more
Anyone who has been to Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo can speak to the excitement, the buzzing energy and the fresh and delicious produce and floral on display. For two days the industry comes together to put their best on display and to walk aisle after aisle taking in the unmatched samples across all varieties of all commodities.... Read more