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Southeastern Grocers celebrates season of giving
To celebrate the season of giving, Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has launched a holiday hunger relief program to help fight hunger and provide meals for people in need this holiday season. Now through Dec. 24, customers can join in... Read more
Farm Boy fresh-market growth accelerates with 10 new locations
Farm Boy, a growing fresh food retailer, will bring its popular fresh-market shopping experience to more Ontario communities and urban centres in the Greater Toronto, Niagara and Ottawa areas. The announcement comes following the Dec. 5 opening of Farm Boy Walkers Line in Burlington, the first store in the expansion plan. “We’ve delivered a world-class fresh-market... 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 three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued... Read more
Frieda’s adds new winter citrus items to grab-n-go line
Winter is around the corner, which means that shoppers will be looking to discover new seasonal citrus favorites for an extra boost of vitamin C. This year, Frieda’s will be offering new grab-n-go citrus pouches for two new items: mandarinquats and lemonade lemons. “Our data shows that the Frieda’s brand means something to shoppers and helps to get them over... Read more
Michael Castagnetto named president of Robinson Fresh
C.H. Robinson announced that Michael Castagnetto has been promoted to president of the Robinson Fresh division. He succeeds Jim Lemke who retired earlier this year. Castagnetto will report to C.H. Robinson President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Biesterfeld. “Michael has a passion for serving customers and ensuring the success of our employees,”... Read more
 Walmart to test-drive autonomous grocery deliveries
Walmart announced a new pilot with autonomous vehicle company Nuro. "Nuro’s vision of using robotics to improve lives runs parallel with Walmart’s mission of helping customers live better," said Tom Ward, senior vice president of digital operations for Walmart U.S. "Through the Houston-based pilot, Walmart aims to develop, refine and continue learning how to... Read more
Apeel avocados debut on store shelves in new market
Food technology startup Apeel Sciences, headqurtered in California, announced that in partnership with Nature’s Pride — a leading supplier of produce in Europe — Apeel avocados are now on store shelves in Europe. Since Apeel and Nature’s Pride joined forces to tackle the European food waste crisis earlier this year, the European Commission authorized the use... Read more
Due to the success of the first United Fresh Partner X-Change in Chicago bringing together retailers, foodservice buyers and produce suppliers in one-on-one meetings, the United Fresh Convention & Expo is expanding the program during the 2020 show, June 16-19, in San Diego, CA. The retail/foodservice matchmaking program will expand with up to 35 slots —... Read more
ShopRite kicks off healthy holiday campaign
If you struggle to avoid culinary temptations during the holiday season, you’re not alone. That’s why ShopRite’s team of more than 100 in-store dietitians have launched their “Healthy Holidays” campaign — a month-long program that allows shoppers to sample better-for-you holiday foods, receive free nutritional advice and pick up or download a free “Healthy Celebrations”... Read more
Frieda’s creates customized Asian vegetable sets
Shoppers are more interested in cooking Asian food at home now than ever before (61 percent of them, to be exact), which is why Frieda’s developed a customized Asian vegetable program just in time for Lunar New Year, which begins on Jan. 25, 2020. This is a great way to help shoppers try something new in the comfort of their preferred retailers. “Some of our... Read more
Nature Fresh Farms holds ribbon cutting for transition of greenhouse
On Dec. 4 Nature Fresh Farms announced that it would be passing off the keys to its Phase 1 and 2 greenhouse to a new group of dedicated growers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred at the Phase 1 greenhouse where Peter Quiring, founder and owner; General Manager John Ketler and Executive Retail Sales Account Manager Matt Quiring cut the ribbon along with their... Read more
Kroger and Walgreens form group purchasing organization
Building on a unique collaboration that first brought together The Kroger Co.'s (NYSE: KR) food and grocery experience with Walgreens' expertise in health and beauty, the companies have formed a new group purchasing organization aimed at delivering purchasing efficiencies, lower costs and combined resources to help drive further innovation. The new joint venture... Read more
AFM to celebrate American avocado obsession during Big Game
In 2019, the U.S. has imported more than 2.1 billion pounds of Mexican avocados—of which more than 285 million pounds were imported the five weeks prior to the Big Game. That's why Avocados From Mexico is returning to the Big Game for the sixth year in a row with a new, humorous 30-second commercial that celebrates the American avocado obsession on Sunday, Feb.... Read more
'Disruption' dominates Organic Grower Summit
Though organic produce has largely gone mainstream, “disruption” was still a key theme at the recent Organic Grower Summit as a plethora of speakers invoked that concept in discussing emerging technologies as well as the need to transform the world’s agricultural practices. Soren Bjorn of Driscoll's, Dave Puglia of Western Growers, Carmen Ponce of T&A and... Read more
Wonderful Citrus names new president
Wonderful Citrus today announced that Zak Laffite will become its new president, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Laffite will assume the position previously held for 20 years by David Krause, who will transition into the newly created role of advisor to Stewart Resnick, chairman and president of The Wonderful Company. Wonderful Citrus, part of The Wonderful Company,... Read more
IFCO partnership takes a bite out of food waste and hunger
Food for Life, a food rescue organization in Ontario, reported the amount of food donations from food retailers has increased following the donation of 5,000 IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers annually, allowing the organization to serve more food to those in need in the communities it serves. “We can’t thank IFCO enough for its generosity in donating their RPCs,”... Read more
Ahold Delhaize's $480 million investment to transform supply chain
Ahold Delhaize USA announced plans to transform and expand U.S. supply chain operations over the next three years by investing $480 million, including leases. The investment supports a strategy to transition the supply chain network into a fully integrated, self-distribution model. The move includes the acquisition of three warehouse assets from C&S Wholesale... Read more
Continental Fresh explores synergies to reach a wider customer-base
Continental Fresh LLC has been among the largest importers of cucumbers and squash out of Honduras for many years. “The Honduran imports are a great asset to the East Coast market and serve as an insurance policy for the sharp fluctuations of both volume and pricing of Mexican supplies,” said Albert Perez, chief executive officer and manager of grower relations... Read more
PMA InSight: What’s on my mind for 2020
As we look ahead to 2020, I’d like to explore some of the consumer trends discussed at Fresh Summit 2019 during the State of the Industry Forum, as well as some opportunities revealed in the 2020 PMA Environmental Scan. TechnologyIt’s predicted that technology will continue to revolutionize the in-store experience for consumers by giving them more opportunities... Read more
If you touch marketing efforts in any way within your organization, you know it’s a whirlwind of changing platforms, changing language and something around every corner that needs an update or a fix. After digesting a lot of information about what’s to come in 2020, I’ve narrowed down a few key areas of interest for the industry to keep an eye on. Shoppable... Read more