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Through two rounds of Agricultural Trade Promotion Program funding allocations, Potatoes USA was awarded over $5.1 million for activities and programs to increase U.S. potato export opportunities. Potatoes USA’s strategy for the ATP funding includes focusing on new activities and projects in existing target markets while expanding into new markets to increase... Read more
CAC to tout increased avocado volume in 2020 at PMA Fresh Summit
The California Avocado Commission is preparing for the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit event in its home territory this year, as the annual convention will take place Oct. 16-19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Zac Benedict, Jessica Hunter, CAC board member and secretary), Jan DeLyser and student Trevor Garcia at the PMA Fresh Summit... Read more
Meijer expands Shop & Scan technology to all stores
Midwestern retailer Meijer completed a 15-month initiative to offer the Shop & Scan technology at all its stores across the Midwest, rolling out the advanced checkout option to 44 stores throughout southeastern Michigan. Shop & Scan works through an innovative mobile app that allows customers to shop and bag as they go, giving them the opportunity to... Read more
Rainier launches second annual Pears for Pairs campaign
On the heels of last year’s success, Rainier Fruit announced its second annual holiday marketing program, “Pears for Pairs.” The campaign, designed to exemplify Rainier Fruit’s “Wholesome to the Core” company values of giving back to the community, launches in stores in September. Rainier will contribute a portion of the proceeds of bulk pear and bag pear sales... Read more
Square Roots, Gordon take first step toward year-round local food across the continent
Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open its newest indoor farm Sept. 30 on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, MI. This is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service locations across the continent, bringing high-quality, hyper-local produce to customers all... Read more
Kroger takes Apeel produce coast to coast
The Kroger Co. announced that Apeel's longer-lasting avocados will be available in more than 1,100 Kroger stores in the U.S. The company will also introduce two new produce categories, Apeel asparagus and Apeel limes, through a pilot in its Cincinnati market this fall. "Kroger is excited to offer more customers Apeel avocados and introduce longer-lasting limes... Read more
Mission's staggering avocado growth agenda in Colombia
Mission Produce Inc. announced its staggering growth agenda in Colombia, including plans to ramp up avocado production within the next two years. This news comes as no surprise, since Mission Produce announced its partnership with Cartama in 2017. Cartama is one of Colombia’s largest avocado growers. “Colombia will provide us with an added source of year-round,... Read more
Stop & Shop invests $133 million to deliver a fresh look
Stop & Shop has introduced a fresh new look at 21 Suffolk County stores on Long Island. The new look comes with a $133 million capital investment to improve the in-store experience for local customers, with a focus on delivering more fresh, healthy, and convenient options, plus lower prices on items throughout the store. Stop & Shop employs over 8,000... Read more
World Avocado Congress headed to city of eternal spring
Medellín, Colombia, the “city of eternal spring,” will host the IX World Avocado Congress Sept. 23-27. A highly anticipated industry event, the WAC has convened every four years since 1987. It brings together business leaders, academia and key innovations in a unique global exchange. The organizers of the WAC 2019, Corpohass and Agrilink, invited the World Avocado... Read more
Lebron-like produce star taking its talents to South Beach
The Avocados From Mexico brand has announced its new avocado-centric concessions officially coming to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens with the debut of “TACOS por fAVOr,” which provides fans with an inventive avocado taco menu to enjoy during all of the stadium's events, including Miami Dolphins games. From Avo Mojo Chicken Tacos and Avo Pork Carnitas Tacos... Read more
IMG Citrus makes multi-million-dollar investment
IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically integrated citrus grower-packer-shipper in Vero Beach, FL, has added a $1.5 million investment to its packinghouse processing line, a state-of-the-art electronic fruit grader, the “Global Scan 7” manufactured by MAF Roda Industries in France. The new sorter has the ability to precisely capture 120 images per fruit and up... Read more
Side Delights 'Adopt a Potato Farmer' program responds to shoppers seeking locally grown produce
The Side Delights “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program aims to generate grassroots awareness with food bloggers and their audiences to the importance of the locality of each partner in Fresh Solutions Network.  The program paired regional food bloggers with Network farmers to share their stories about growing Side Delights potatoes.  In turn, the blogger... Read more
A symphony of produce at Southern Innovations 2019
NASHVILLE — From informative education sessions to a dynamic keynote presentation, from an interactive Southern Roots luncheon to the presentation of the Next Generation Award, from the introduction of the new officers to the energetic trade show, the Southeast Produce Council's 2019 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo was by all accounts another... Read more
US Foods completes $1.8 billion acquisition
US Foods, one of the largest foodservice distributors in the nation, has acquired five Services Group of America subsidiaries that mainly serve customers throughout the western U.S. and into the Midwest, Alaska and the Pacific Rim. “We are excited to finalize this transaction and enhance our overall scale and footprint in the attractive Northwest and West regions,"... Read more
Baldor to be honored by Lovin’ Spoonfuls
Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a nonprofit food rescue organization based in Boston, is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. At its annual Ultimate Tailgate party, being held on Nov. 3, the organization will honor Baldor Specialty Foods, based in the Bronx, NY. The company will be honored with the... Read more
Last time in this space we compared aggressive produce selling with conservative practices. This topic struck home with many readers. Some shared their thoughts related to an article. Here are a few of those: One produce manager wrote, “I couldn’t agree more about selling produce. There is an open space before entering my produce department and I like setting... Read more
C&S, PFK give independent retailers healthy options for kids
C&S Wholesale Grocers is providing shoppers at its retail partners — ShurSave Markets and ShurSave Independent Supermarkets — the opportunity to join the Produce for Kids Club when they make a fresh produce purchase through Oct. 9. Every time shoppers in these stores purchase fresh produce, a code is automatically generated on their receipt with an invite... Read more
Del Monte's Better Break is the ultimate plant-forward snack
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced the launch of an exciting new product to join its robust lineup of convenient and wholesome lunch and snack solutions. The Better Break convenience line, available nationwide later this summer, provides the solution busy consumers on-the-go have been looking for when it comes to wholesome, flavorful prepared meals. Perfect... Read more
Chile stresses quality to remain competitive in blueberry market
Chilean blueberry producers created the winter market for blueberries in the United States, but in recent years they have seen increasing competition from other countries, most notably Peru. “We are certainly aware of the growing challenges in the U.S. market,” said Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. “Peruvian volumes have... Read more
Food Lion launches specially marked bagged-apple campaign
Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help end hunger by offering specially marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples for sale in its stores. In its sixth year, the bagged apple campaign will help nourish families and their neighbors in need by helping provide more than 1 million meals to end hunger in local communities across Food Lion’s 10-state footprint. With... Read more