Inside Look (May 27 issue)

Summer is officially before us, and the FIVE major holidays are officially behind us! WHEW!

From all reports, the Q4 2018/Q1 2019 holiday season was the most successful back-to-back holidays we’ve experienced in a long time! Great job by all, especially the store teams who worked so hard to execute a multi-faceted, fast-paced plan.

InsideLook.June Check out the amazing visual merchandising skills from our friends at Tom Thumb and Albertsons — THE VIBE ATTRACTS THE TRIBE! June is National Rose Month, and you’ll get an insider’s look of this event as well as Independence Day and Father’s Day!

Summer also launches the trade show season, and you’ll find a list of industry trade show dates/locations through September 2019. This trade show recap will be updated in each future edition, so you’ll have a continual reference each month at your fingertips. Clip out the list each month to add to your calendar! Just out!

Society of American Florists shares a “sneak preview” of their upcoming 135th Annual Convention, Sept. 18-21 at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, FL. Check out all the great activities and unique education sessions, including a fun presentation by our Floral Pulse favorite, Glenna Hecht! Summer is blooming! The American Floral Endowment’s Research Coordinator, Terril A Nell, Ph.D., AAF, PFCI, has outlined a great five-step basic care and handling tutorial to share with our store teams.

And speaking of summer — get those “lizzies” while they’re hot! Bill Prescott reminds us of these unique summer gems! Retailers — Would you like to receive any of the Floral Pulse articles on a separate PDF to include in your stores’ sales plans? Please don’t hesitate to ask.

We keep an indexed catalog of each article and would be happy to send whatever you need! Please email floralpulseads@gmail.com. Would you like to receive your own monthly copy of The Floral Pulse? It’s simple — and FREE! Go to https://www.cambeywest.com/subscribe2/?p=TPN&f=new&s=ITPNADNEW See you inside! 

Retailers to benefit from Desbry's two-count bags and bins
Leading in innovations that address changing consumer shopping preferences caused by COVID-19, WP Produce, a family-owned, grower-packer-shipper of Desbry tropical fruits and roots, has begun shipping tropical avocados in protective, two-count bags. The Desbry tropical avocado pouches are part of a comprehensive, Read More ...
Sun Belle announces new green initiative at distribution center
Sun Belle Inc. has launched a new green initiative at its 64,000-square-foot Jessup, MD, warehouse and distribution facility with the installation of a 450 kilowatt rooftop solar array system. The array is projected to generate 592 megawatt hours annually, offsetting more than 35 percent of the facility’s energy needs. Read More ...
Sun Valley convention the latest to cancel amid COVID-19 concerns
The executive committee of the Idaho Grower Shipper Association announced Aug. 3 that its annual convention held in Sun Valley, ID, has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to its membership, the committee said that it was only the second time in IGSA’s 92-year history that the Read More ...
USDA restricts PACA violators in Texas from operating in the produce industry
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 Read More ...
Peru avocado supply is strong, with peak this month
Index Fresh is seeing peak volume of its Peruvian avocados this month, with volume up by 15-20 percent compared to last year. Avocados from Peru have been available since May and will continue to be in the market until September. “Peru is at its peak in flavor as we enter the second half of their season. Index Fresh Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse