With summer on the horizon and the days getting longer, the excitement grows as the summer fruits from the orchards of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative growers’ are near. Cooler weather this spring has resulted in a later start to the season for all commodities, which means consumers will see and taste cherries starting end of June. BC Tree Fruits is anticipating... Read more
Albertsons Cos. announced two key digital leaders who will collectively add 30 years of digital leadership experience in product and digital technology respectively: Karl Varsanyi, who helped develop into one of the largest eCommerce sites in the United States; and Ramiya Iyer, who was instrumental in building and scaling Levi Strauss & Co.’s... Read more
Members of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association had a chance to celebrate the arrival of summer weather — however briefly — at the second edition of the QPMA Spring Cocktail. Almost 350 guests from all spheres of the fresh produce industry turned out at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Anjou for this year’s networking event to benefit the “I... Read more
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has announced its new board of directors, which was elected at the Annual General Meeting, held during CPMA’s 92nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, May 9-11 in Toronto. The Executive Committee members of the board are: Chair Rick Alcocer of Duda Farm Fresh Foods; Past Chair Sam Silvestro of Sam Silvestro Consulting... Read more
Robert Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales, dies at 83
Robert (Bob) Shipley, founder of Shipley Sales and Viva label melons, died Monday, May 22, surrounded by family. He was 83. Mr. Shipley, a 60-year veteran of the produce industry, remained active and passionate about running his fresh produce company up until his death. Raised in Phoenix, he developed an interest in farming at an early age, and following two... Read more
For the 30th consecutive time, New Jersey hosts EPC meeting
HILLSDALE, NJ — Attendees of the Eastern Produce Council's May 23 dinner meeting, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, heard informative reports on three of New Jersey's key categories: blueberries, peaches and vegetables. The meeting represented the 30th consecutive year that the department had sponsored an EPC meeting. As usual, the... Read more
CAC previews National Avocado Month at Los Angeles food hall
LOS ANGELES — With June fast approaching, the California Avocado Commission led a couple of dozen members of the food media through a culinary tour of one this city’s top food halls to celebrate National Avocado Month. Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles has been a foodie’s paradise for more than a century as it is home to many noted... Read more
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Jay C and Ruler division President Paul Bowen after 46 years of dedicated service, effective June 21. His successor will be named at a later date. Bowen began his career with Jay C in 1971 as a produce department manager before taking a military leave of absence to serve in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976. He returned... Read more
Under regulations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., operating out of Monterey, CA, posted a $275,000 surety bond. The bond was posted with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to employ Joseph Esquivel, previously named in a PACA action. Esquivel was an officer of Chieftain Harvesting Inc. in Salinas, CA, which was found... Read more
Clamshells help reduce shrink of lychees and rambutan
The popular lychee and rambutan are back in season with lychees beginning now and rambutan in late May. Frieda’s Specialty Produce offers this dynamic duo in bulk or in protective clamshells to help with merchandising, reducing shrink and attracting shoppers. “Despite their weird looks, both lychees and rambutan are quite delicate. Our clamshells... Read more
Ready Pac Foods, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, has promoted Nestlé USA veteran Galit Feinreich to chief marketing officer. Feinreich will be responsible for the company’s innovation organization, including marketing and research and development. She joined Ready Pac Foods in July of last year as the head of the company’s R&D... Read more
Dole's Cars 3 promotion looks to drive healthy living
Dole is taking its message of healthy living to the North American open road this summer with a program geared toward engaging families on their road trips and summer vacations with tools that create healthier meal and snacking options. Fuel Up with Dole kicks off May 25 with road-tested character-inspired recipes, vacation nutrition tips, a family photo contest... Read more
The market price on avocados remains very strong and with no appreciable change in the volume expected that situation is likely to remain throughout the summer. In some ways it seems as if the scenario is a simple case of demand exceeds supply, but there are numerous underlying factors at play that make it difficult to predict just what direction the market... Read more
Supervalu's $375 million acquisition of Unified Grocers has made it past the the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The acquisition is currently expected to close in late June. The merger, announced last month, is still subject to approval... Read more
Naturipe celebrates centennial
Naturipe Farms celebrated its 100-year anniversary May 5 with the growers and staff of one of the company’s partner-owners, Naturipe Berry Growers. The festivities were held at the Naturipe headquarters in Salinas, CA, and included live mariachi music, a Naturipe branded semi-truck, and a presentation of proclamations from Western Growers Association and... Read more
Oppy helping bring Ocean Spray brand to fresh produce year round
The stage is set to expand the 87-year-old Ocean Spray brand — with many sweet things to come. In a natural extension of the relationship formed in 2003 to market Ocean Spray fresh cranberries, Oppy and its partner berry growers are now shipping fresh strawberries and blueberries from California under an Ocean Spray brand. Ultimately, a range of berries,... Read more
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont and north-central Massachusetts announced its 2017 Produce Managers of the Year. Nominees from each district were evaluated on several criteria, including sales growth, overall department conditions, and development of associates, customer interaction,... Read more
Fairway Georgetowne LLC, operating out of Brooklyn, NY, has posted a $25,000 surety bond with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain a license to operate in the produce industry. Under the regulations of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, the company was required to post a bond following its prior involvement in bankruptcy. USDA will hold the... Read more
Doc’s Food Stores, a Bixby, OK-based supermarket chain that operates as Country Mart, JB’s Market and Apple Market, launched the Mushroom Council’s successful Blend model in the deli, meat and produce departments at all its retail stores and experienced sales gains in all three departments. The Blend is a method of mixing finely diced mushrooms... Read more
2017 New Jersey produce outlook
The 2017 season is under way and should be highlighted by good quantities of high-quality produce. Weather professionals say that 2016 was the warmest year on record for the third year in a row. A mild winter followed by a mild spring allowed many New Jersey farmers, especially those on heavier soils, to get their tilling and planting started early this season.... Read more