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Duncan Family Farms to distribute organic strawberries under its own label
Duncan Family Farms, a grower of a wide selection of organic produce, is distributing organic strawberries this winter for the first time under its own label. Duncan, which grows strawberries in Goodyear, AZ, makes the claim of being the only organic commercial strawberry grower in Arizona. According to the company, great strawberries start with high-quality... Read more
Ahold Delhaize to focus on supermarket growth, smaller formats and eCommerce
Ahold Delhaize announced its Better Together strategy, which will focus on three key pillars: funding growth in supermarkets, eCommerce and smaller formats; saving for its customers by buying better, operating smarter and wasting less; and investing in its customer proposition, including getting fresher and healthier. The Better Together strategy "builds naturally... Read more
Mexican production continues to enjoy good weather
TAPACHULA, CHIAPAS — In Mexico, a long run of good growing weather extended at least toward mid-December. Tropical fruit growers in Chiapas were enjoying abundant production as unseasonably hot weather boosted production of bananas, papayas and other crops. The large Mexican independent banana company, Le Best Banana Supply Co. Inc., was packing an unusually... Read more
SEPC donates $10,000 to Gatlinburg relief efforts
The Southeast Produce Council has announced that it will donate $10,000 to help residents in the recent wild fires of Gatlinburg and Sevier County in Tennessee. "One of the core values the SEPC was founded on is community," SEPC Executive Director David Sherrod said in a Dec. 6 press release. "We are dedicated to supporting our communities and helping those... Read more
Mission Produce expands sales leadership, hires Brent Scattini as VP of sales for North America
Oxnard-based Mission Produce announced that the company has hired Brent Scattini as vice president of sales for North America. In this role, he will work with the domestic sales team in developing and implementing sales strategies in North America, managing client relationships, developing new business as well as overseeing day-to-day sales activities.Brent Scattini Prior... Read more
Partnerships key in National Pear Month celebration
Each year in December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaims National Pear Month, a chance to celebrate the bounty of the Northwest. This month marks the time when all 10 varieties of pears grown in the United States are at their peak freshness and availability. This year, USA Pears has partnered with other foods to celebrate the many uses for pears and... Read more
New Fresco y Más stores launch in South Florida
Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, unveiled five new Fresco y Más stores throughout Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County during a simultaneous ribbon-cutting ceremony at each location Dec. 7. The first Fresco y Más store concept was launched in Hialeah, FL, in June. The new Fresco y Más... Read more
Oppy-Hasegawa partnership to energize berry category
A partnership between The Oppenheimer Group and the Hasegawa family of Camarillo, CA, ushers in a new era for the leading fresh produce marketer and distributor and the third-generation grower — and provides the trade with a fresh new year-round strawberry option. “The joint venture creates a whole new level of integration both for Oppy and the Hasegawa... Read more
Houweling’s settles patent infringement claim
Houweling’s Group, a leading vegetable grower, propagator and marketer, with operations in Delta, BC, Camarillo, CA, Mona, UT, and Loveland, CO, has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Little Leaf Farms LLC in Devens, MA. In the lawsuit, Houweling’s alleged that Little Leaf infringed Houweling’s U.S. Patent No. 8,707,617, titled... Read more
Recognizing the economic clout wielded by the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s, the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee/USA Onions is reaching out to millennials in its #BIGONIONLOVE marketing campaign this year. In the United States, the millennial population is estimated at 80 million, second to the 110 million Baby Boomers. With a... Read more
USApple kicks off holiday season with donations to 11 school causes
The U.S. Apple Association began the holiday giving season by donating $17,800 to 11 school causes nationwide as part of the second annual Apples for Education: Buy an Apple, Help a Student fundraising campaign. Winning ideas include an in-school food bank providing healthy food for students to take home to their families; solar technology to efficiently process... Read more
Supervalu completes $1.3 billion sale of Save-A-Lot
Supervalu Inc. has finalized the sale of its Save-A-Lot business to an affiliate of Onex Corp. for $1.365 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. With the sale of Save-A-Lot, Supervalu said it is now a more focused company. In connection with the closing of the sale, Supervalu and Save-A-Lot have entered into a five-year professional services... Read more
Wakefern Food Corp. names executive vice president
Wakefern Food Corp.'s Chris Lane has been promoted to executive vice president. The 13-year veteran of the company will guide day-to-day operations and strategy planning for Wakefern. He previously held the role of senior vice president of product divisions. “Our goal was to select an individual who would honor our past and at the same time challenge the... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two 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: Angel Chavez, doing business as Pena’s Produce, operating out of Denver,... Read more
Oppy honored for corporate culture
Oppy has been honored for cultivating one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. The announcement was made by Waterstone Human Capital, a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit and cultural talent management for entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America, in its 2016 enterprise category. This... Read more
Viva Fresh Expo returns to Austin in 2017
Hosted by the Texas International Produce Association, the third annual Viva Fresh Produce Expo returns to Austin, TX, April 20-22, 2017 at the Austin Convention Center and Hilton Hotel. The expo has catered to sold out crowds and increased buyer attendance by more than 70 percent. “With only two years under its belt, Viva Fresh has become a great regional... Read more
$1 million of meth found in produce shipment
Last week U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Tucson, AZ, arrested a tractor-trailer driver hauling a shipment of Chinese vegetables for an attempt to smuggle more than $1 million of methamphetamine through the Port of Nogales. CBP officers working with a narcotics-detection canine on Nov. 23, arrested a 51-year-old... Read more
Meijer names new CEO, Hank Meijer to become executive chairman
Effective Jan. 1, Meijer President Rick Keyes will add the title of chief executive officer. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer, who has held the role of CEO and will now serve as executive chairman of the Meijer board. “We have witnessed Rick’s deep understanding and appreciation of our culture and his passion for the people who make Meijer... Read more
Peri & Sons Farms and Nunes Co. building state-of-the-art distribution operation in Nevada
Two of the nation’s largest family run organic fresh produce operations have joined forces to build a state-of-the-art cooling and distribution facility in Yerington, NV.  The combined operations of the two companies have brought over 800 jobs to Lyon County to date, with additional job growth projected upon completion of the new distribution facility. The... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Amaya Farms LLC satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The McAllen, TX, company met its obligations and is now free to operate in the produce industry. Jorge Amaya and Fernando McIntyre were listed as members of the business and may now be employed by, or affiliated... Read more