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In 2013, about 170,000 truckloads of fruits and vegetables from Mexico came into the United through the ports of entry in South Texas, making it the leading state in the country for imports of fresh produce. “About 40-45 percent of the fresh produce consumed in the United States is imported,” said Bret Erickson, president and chief executive officer of the Texas... Read more
Stickers help Green Dragon apple sales soar
Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, offers Green Dragon apples with labels to distinguish these sweet, juicy, and fragrant heirloom apples from other green apples. The labels also inform shoppers that the naturally freckled skin is quite normal. Shoppers love the Green Dragon Apple’s sweet, low-acid flavor with hints of pineapple and pear.... Read more
Shipments of Florida strawberries began in mid-November in a light way with much greater volume expected by the week of Dec. 8, which is right on target, according to Kenneth Parker of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association. “We typically run from November through March,” said the association’s newly appointed executive director, adding that the crop can... Read more
Happy ‘apple holiday’ from the New York Apple Association
“We say ‘Light Up Your Holiday Meals’ with New York state-grown apples,” said Jim Allen, president of the New York Apple Association, headquartered in Fishers, NY. “And we do highlight the three holidays — Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas — by providing great recipes to anyone who visits our website, nyapplecountry.com, and clicks on the ‘recipes’ link on... Read more
"Like" if you love this news: U.S. Apple Association gained its 50,000th follower on Facebook recently, demonstrating the group's expanded engagement with consumers on social channels. In the past year alone, USApple has grown its Facebook following by 30 percent, and its page has reached more than 4 million consumers. Nearly 45,000 Facebook users (fans and... Read more
Red Sun Farms cuts ribbon at new Virginia facility
Red Sun Farms welcomed over 225 guests to the first phase of its newest state-of-the-art greenhouse in Dublin, VA, to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the facility. Amongst community leaders, retail partners and local business owners was Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who participated in the ribbon cutting and celebrated alongside... Read more
WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials have traced back a 10-state outbreak of Salmonella to mung bean sprouts sold by Brooklyn, NY-based Wonton Foods Inc., which is the focus of an FDA inspection.   The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said at least 63 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis since... Read more
Idaho potatoes continue to strengthen brand nationally, expand it internationally
Idaho is known for potatoes. Idaho continues to lead the nation in potato production, as it has done for many years, and more than 96 percent of the Idaho Potato Commission's target audience identify Idaho as the state best known for growing potatoes. Internationally, people also associate the Idaho name with potatoes, as Frank Muir, president of the IPC, has... Read more
Key Food Stores Co-operative Inc., a chain of independently owned and operated grocery stores, introduced a new banner into its supermarket family: Food Universe. As this new banner continues to roll out, customers can expect to see a growth of locations, ensuring convenient access to Food Universe and its offerings. “We are so excited to introduce Food Universe... Read more
AFM's Hungry for Football promotion a big success
Avocados from Mexico, the number one selling avocado in the United States, has announced successful results for its Hungry for Football promotion. The campaign launched Sept. 8, and within the first five weeks had already brought in over 92,000 consumer sweepstakes entries. Additionally, retailers have ordered roughly 9,500 promotional pieces and over 9,000... Read more
Fresh produce flowing freely into Southeastern U.S. ports
In 2013 fresh produce was permitted to arrive into Florida ports for the first time in several decades under a pilot program agreed to by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It was a great success and today fresh fruits and vegetables are flowing freely from offshore countries. The program was the result of collaborative efforts by the Florida Perishables Trade... Read more
Specialty crop grant earmarked by IEOOC for export market expansion
A $40,000 specialty crop grant from the Idaho State Department of Agriculture is being used by the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee's export committee to seek additional outlets for Spanish Sweets in foreign markets. IEOOC's federal marketing order represents more than 300 growers and 36 shippers in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho-Eastern Oregon, and currently... Read more
Potandon Produce a key sponsor for the Race to Feed the Hungry
The Idaho Falls Race to Feed the Hungry is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Potandon Produce is partnering with Personal Best Performance, the event sponsor. As the largest monetary contributor to the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank, this event is critical to helping local Idaho families in times of need. Every year on Thanksgiving Day, runners... Read more
Aldi Inc. announced that it has made a structural adjustment to its senior leadership organization in order to support the retailer’s further expansion both in the U.S. and internationally. Jason Hart, who currently serves as president for Aldi U.S., has been promoted to a new role, effective April 1, 2015. Hart will become chief executive officer... Read more
GloriAnn contributes nearly $40,000 in charitable donations
As the holiday season approaches, GloriAnn Farms and partner Five Crowns Marketing are getting into the giving spirit. After two months of promotions, GloriAnn Farms announced this year’s charitable contributions totaled just shy of $40,000. For the third year in a row, donations were made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the National Breast Cancer Foundation... Read more
Oppy's Anderson earns lifetime achievement award
At the 17th annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia honored accomplished business leaders, including John Anderson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Oppenheimer Group, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Anderson was acknowledged for several achievements, including... Read more
Will Obama's immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?
WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix. During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold... Read more
This holiday season, Food Lion is partnering with customers in its more than 1,100 stores, Nov. 19-Dec. 23, to help solve hunger through its Food Lion Feeds "Holidays Without Hunger" campaign. Through the campaign, customers can purchase and donate a specially marked "Holidays Without Hunger" food box for $5, while supplies last, or make a cash donation at checkout.... Read more
Record sales and revenue for Blue Diamond
Blue Diamond Growers' global almond sales soared to $1.2 billion, up $189 million in fiscal year 2012-13. Value-added sales volume increased by 14 percent, even with a crop that was 7 percent smaller, according to Mark Jansen, president and chief executive officer, who addressed the cooperative's grower owners at the 103rd annual meeting. Value-added sales now... Read more
C.H. Robinson collaboration results in Twin Cities Food Fight
C.H. Robinson has teamed up with Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE 11 to create a one-day food and fund drive called the KARE 11 Food Fight. The unique collaboration aims to fight hunger in Minnesota with all donations benefitting Second Harvest Heartland. During the 2013 event, more than 860,000 pounds of food was collected. The Food Fight, which takes place on... Read more