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Driscoll’s Inc., a leading grower of berries based in Watsonville, CA, filed a complaint in federal court March 20 against California Berry Cultivars, a strawberry breeding company, as well as the company’s co-founder, Douglas Shaw, alleging patent infringement and conversion of Driscoll’s proprietary strawberry varieties. Plant patents and plant breeder rights... Read more
Raley’s family leadership continues
Raley’s announced the 2019 slate of officers for Raley’s Food For Families, which includes Jennie Teel-Wolter as board president and Heather Dubinetskiy as vice president of the board. Other approved officers include Raley’s executive team members Ken Mueller, chief financial officer; Kevin Konkel, chief operations officer; and Becca Whitman, senior manager of... Read more
Del Rey Avocado marketing receives national accolades
Almost two years ago Del Rey Avocado made a decision to completely redesign its website and enhance its marketing efforts to meet customer needs. Little did the company realize that its efforts in partnership with TMD Creative (based in Salinas and San Diego, CA) would lead to tremendous national recognition from multiple corners of the marketing profession. The... Read more
PhycoTerra brings sustainable farming to new level
Doug Ranno has worn many hats during his long career in the produce industry, having held leadership positions in retail at Raley’s and Wild Oats, as well as on the marketing and production side, with stints at Chiquita, Green Giant and leading the startup and sale of Colorful Harvest and working in Food Service at Harvest Sensations. But in his current role... Read more
Purcell, Armen among panelists at Future Food-Tech Summit
This year's Future Food-Tech Summit will kick off on March 21 in San Francisco when retailers, manufacturers and investors will gather for two days of seminars, discussion and networking. With a focus on innovation, the summit will host speakers and panelists from across the food industry with topics ranging from food systems to nutrition.John Purcell John Purcell,... Read more
Kroger announces second high-tech customer fulfillment center
The Kroger Co. and Ocado, one of the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailers, announced Groveland, FL, as the second location for one of their customer fulfillment centers. "Kroger is incredibly excited to construct one of our industry-leading customer fulfillment centers in Groveland, FL — a city west of Orlando — through our relationship with Ocado,"... Read more
Vidalia onions looking strong
Foodies look forward to the arrival of Vidalia onions every year, and the good news for retailers is that an excellent crop of these sweet onions is expected to hit shelves this season. Delbert Bland, owner and president of Bland Farms, located in Glennville, GA, is excited about how the Vidalia onion crop is looking. “You can take a good quality crop... Read more
De-risk the transportation supply-chain through collaboration and trust
As the 2019 new year gets rolling, produce and food shippers across the United States are surveying the terrain in front of them in their efforts to prepare for the year ahead. Shippers encountered a rough year in 2018 due to high U.S. domestic production, government regulation, hurricanes and a nationwide driver shortage. Without good historical data for a new... Read more
IGA tells its Local Equals Fresh story
These days it seems like everyone is trying hard to eat better, buy local and focus on fresh — all in the name of adopting a healthier, happier lifestyle. “The number of people who are focused on their health is the greatest it’s ever been, and that’s across all ages and income levels,” said Devora Rogers, a vice president and shopper analyst at Murphy Research... Read more
Rainier Fruit now offering custom produce displays
With produce department square footage at a premium, building effective displays that utilize space efficiently has never been more important. Traditional bin displays, with their large footprint have given way to slimmer designs as produce shippers continue to refine these important merchandising tools. Rainier Fruit Co. of Selah, WA, has taken the concept... Read more
Tackling food waste is good for the planet and the bottom line
With global food loss and waste estimated to be between one-third and one-half of all food produced, its impact on the environment and a company’s bottom line will be the subject of the third of six educational sessions at Organic Produce Summit 2019. “Tackling Food Waste -- Good for the Planet and the Bottom Line” will feature leaders from various aspects of... Read more
Kroger finalizes $565 million sale
The Kroger Co. and Inmar completed the latter company's acquisition of You Technology LLC, a digital coupon and digital rebate publishing platform, from Kroger and the finalization of Inmar's long-term service agreement to provide digital coupon services to the Kroger family of stores. Kroger's sale of YouTech to Inmar was for total consideration of $565... Read more
Sunkist's innovative marketing programs, packaging, collaborations lead the way for 2019
With Sunkist citrus at the top of its 2019 season, the marketing cooperative will bring fresh California- and Arizona-grown fruit to the 2019 Canada Produce Marketing Association in Montreal this April.  Sunkist offers more than 40 varieties of fresh quality citrus, including oranges, grapefruit, mandarins, tangerines and tangelos, lemons, and limes. Seasonal... Read more
CMI dreams big with summer holiday apple promos
CMI Orchards, one of Washington’s leading apple, pear and cherry growers, announced an exciting retail program providing a land of opportunity for holiday retail promotions. George Harter, vice president of marketing for CMI Orchards, said the company introduced its American Dream promotion to retailers at PMA in October 2018. “We are eager to work with our... Read more
Will there ever be a robot produce manager? The world is moving at lightning speed and most industries rely on diverse types of machines to help operate their businesses — otherwise known as robots. What was once reserved for science fiction movies is quickly becoming reality today. Robots are entering into our daily lives faster and with more advanced technology... Read more
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Vidalia Onion Committee announced today that the pack date for the 2019 Vidalia onion season is 8 a.m. on Monday, April 22. “With tremendous consideration after consultation with the Vidalia Advisory Panel, industry experts from the University of Georgia and crop assessments from the Georgia Federal State Inspection... Read more
EverCrisp fits retailers’ need for unique winter apple
Developing a truly new and exciting apple in a very crowded produce category requires patience and persistence to differentiate a variety from the over 2,500 domestic apples currently available. The Midwest Apple Improvement Association has developed EverCrisp, a cross between Honeycrisp and Fuji, and worked with a select group of growers like United Apple Sales... Read more
California Sun Dry launches new product
California Sun Dry Foods, a leading brand of sun-dried tomatoes, launched the company’s first-ever Sun-Dried Tomato Bruschetta. The new appetizer caters directly to consumers’ preferences for all-natural spreads and conveniently packaged snack foods, and it is a unique addition to the company’s already extensive portfolio. “We’re excited to expand our segment... Read more
Dole sponsors NEPC meeting
New England Produce Council Inc. held a dinner meeting, sponsored by Dole, at the Greater Boston Food Bank on March 14.  The day began with a volunteer group of NEPC members sorting and packing healthy food items for member agencies in eastern Massachusetts followed by Anthony Sattler, senior vice president of C&S Wholesale and NEPC president, welcoming... Read more
The California Walnut Board will be conducting its biennial election of walnut growers and handlers statewide to serve as members and alternates for the next two-year term beginning on Sept. 1, 2019 and ending on Aug. 31, 2021. Walnut growers are eligible to petition the California Walnut Board to have the name of their candidate included on the 2019 nomination... Read more