Lower sales and higher employee costs, as well as acquired and new stores, contributed to a drop in Supervalu's Q1 retail sales compared to last year; however, the company's wholesale segment more than made up the difference. For the company as a whole, first quarter net sales were $4 billion compared to $3.77 billion last year, an increase of $239 million or... Read more
The consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables has risen significantly since November 2008 compared with processed fruits and vegetables, according to a senior economist at Wells Fargo. In a new report, Eugenio J. Aleman of Wells Fargo said consumption of fresh fruits has grown 16.2 percent and consumption of fresh vegetables has grown 20.6 percent, compared... Read more
15,000-year-old avocado inspires Peruvian celebration
Avocados from Peru is proud to be a major sponsor of Kaypi Perú, (This is Peru in the indigenous language of Quechua), a festival highlighting the South American nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. Avocados from Peru is donating perfectly ripe avocados that will be used by the museum chef to create unique dishes for the reception on July 27 and... Read more
Leading East Coast peach grower suffers $30M loss from freeze
Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, SC, the largest peach grower on the East Coast, suffered a $30 million loss when temperatures dropped to 17 and 22 degrees March 15 and 16, according to Daryl Johnston, vice president for sales and marketing. He said Titan lost 80 to 85 percent of its peach crop to the freeze. Titan is still the largest employer in Ridge Spring,... Read more
Sunsweet Growers names new chairman
Celebrating its centennial year with unprecedented company performance, Sunsweet Growers Inc. announced the transition of Sunsweet board leadership to Brendon S. Flynn, who will succeed Gary S. Thiara as the board’s chairman. The appointment culminates a formal succession planning process, which included Flynn serving as the board’s vice chair for... Read more
Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce has entered a formal marketing and distribution agreement with Colombian avocado grower-packer Cartama, one of the largest producers of Hass avocados in Colombia. The company has been growing and distributing avocados for more than 16 years. In recent years Cartama has been rapidly expanding its avocado production, and will have... Read more
Safeway Inc., part of Albertsons Cos., has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington to settle a 2014 investigation into Safeway’s compliance with the Controlled Substances Act. The company has agreed to pay... Read more
Giumarra getting plenty of persimmons Fuyu
The Giumarra Cos. will be working with MPG Inc., one of the larger persimmon growers in the United States, to market persimmons beginning in late August.   “We are very honored to be working with Giumarra to bring our persimmons to market through their extensive marketing and sales network,” Vannak Thol, head of operations for MPG, said... Read more
With longtime ties to the Washington onion industry, Keystone Fruit Co.’s Walla Walla office markets a significant portion of the Washington state vegetable grown in a region protected by a federal marketing order. The marketing is coordinated with Walla Walla River Packing, which is owned in part by Keystone founder Bob Evans. The packing operation handles... Read more
A multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections was linked to a single brand of Maradol papayas from Mexico, but other varieties and brands have not been implicated, according to a leading importer of the tropical fruit. On July 21, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued an advisory not to eat yellow Maradol papayas due to the possibility... Read more
MONTEREY, CA — Perhaps stretching the definition a bit, the Organic Produce Summit featured back-to-back-to-back-to-back keynote speeches during its educational session, each with the unmistakable theme that organic produce sales continue to rise and this trend is no fad. Longtime organic pioneer Tonya Antle, co-founder and executive vice president of... Read more
Meijer's spring Simply Give campaign set a record with more than $3 million -- or 33 million meals -- to stock the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest, making it the most successful campaign in the program’s nine-year history. The spring success came on the heels of a record $1 million donation to the program during the Meijer LPGA Classic for... Read more
After early ads, pear sales flow like Rushing Rivers
With a new pear crop nearing for Stemilt Growers in Washington state, the long-time pear leader is urging retailers to jump start their pear categories by planning the first round of Rushing Rivers pear ads for early September back-to-school timing. The Northwest pear crop is expected to be down slightly over last year, yet important to promote early and often... Read more
Coombs, DeVries honored by FPFC; NFL legend details his keys to success
ANAHEIM, CA — Bill Coombs of DLJ Produce and Lane DeVries of The Sun Valley Group were honored with the annual produce and floral achievement awards, respectively, by the Fresh Produce & Floral Council at its Southern California Expo, held July 18 at the Disneyland Hotel, here.FPFC Expo attendees lined up at the Idaho Potato Commission booth for a chance... Read more
The Salad Revolution will not be televised
With the theme Salad Revolution, Mann Packing will launch two new salad blends at the PMA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, CA, July 30. RomaBlend and Red RomaBlend both feature a combination of chopped Romaine and Mann’s popular Arcadian Harvest petite mature lettuce leaves, resulting in salad mixes with more loft, texture and interest than either chopped... Read more
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced that exhibitor registration is now open for CPMA 2018, the 93rd annual convention and trade show. The theme will be Live Healthy. Eat Fresh! CPMA 2018 will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver from Tuesday, April 24 to Thursday, April 26. Exhibit space is limited and selling fast. Exhibitors... Read more
Loblaws imperfect produce program on ice
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is expanding its no name Naturally Imperfect line of products to include frozen blueberries, strawberries, mixed berries, mixed fruit and mangos. With these new items, Loblaw now offers 14 products under its no name Naturally Imperfect line, making it more affordable for Canadians to buy produce. Launched in March 2015, no name Naturally Imperfect... Read more
Second annual OPS full of excitement and passion
MONTEREY, CA — The 2017 version of the Organic Produce Summit, held July 12-13, here, exceeded the already-high expectations that were the result of the experience delivered at the inaugural event one year earlier.  Attendance was up, more companies exhibited, more retailers walked the show and the educational sessions were lively, to say the... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses — B&V Solutions LLC, Gourmet Home Food Inc., Ayotlan Produce LLC and Tejada’s Produce Corp. — for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted... Read more
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington, a leader in organic apples and exclusive distributor of the Opal apple, recently completed the installation of a brand new packingline and automated palletizing system at its flagship facility at Broetje Orchards in the heart of its growing acreage in Prescott, WA. The new additions improve the handling of fruit to ensure... Read more