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California rains expected to disrupt strawberry shipments throughout winter
Because of four straight years of drought, many have forgotten that buying strawberries in the winter from California comes with potential supply gaps.   When it rains it is difficult to get into the fields, and depending upon the severity of the storm, crop damage can occur. However, strawberry plants are typically prolific producers so a few days of good... Read more
Giant Food Stores introduces new fresh meal kits
Giant Food Stores has launched its new fresh meal kit program in 12 greater Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley stores. Each kit features pre-measured fresh ingredients to make two servings of the selected meal as well as step-by-step instructions. Giant's fresh meal kits will be featured in the produce, meat or deli sections. “Our customers are busy and these... Read more
Mark Seay: From Super Bowl record book to Stater Bros.’ PR department
In celebration of Super Bowl 50, Stater Bros. family member and former NFL wide receiver Mark Seay presented the National Football League’s golden football to San Bernardino High School as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The presentation took place Tuesday, Jan. 26, during an assembly in the school’s auditorium.Mark Seay The Super Bowl High... Read more
Super avocado sales in 2015 portend very bright future
As of this writing, Super Bowl 2016 — and another Avocados from Mexico commercial — is right around the corner. While the game is surely being anticipated by more people, all segments in the avocado industry are excited about what the ad might do for this year’s sales. Although it’s impossible to directly credit AFM’s Super Bowl ad in 2015 for the great year... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Da Vinci Carriers Inc., operating out of Garden Grove, CA, for failing... Read more
Ontario's greenhouse cucumbers 'Always in Season'
Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers has launched its annual winter cucumber program “Always in Season” on Feb. 1. This program signifies the ramp up of production for all varieties of Ontario greenhouse-grown seedless cucumbers and informs Ontario consumers of their availability during the cold winter months. “Consumers can find fresh, locally grown Ontario... Read more
Winn-Dixie's next generation store the first of 50 remodels in 2016
After five years absence, Winn-Dixie Baymeadows reopened its doors today and revealed an entirely new store concept. With a focus on stunning quality food, serving with personality and great value, this store has been tailored to the Baymeadows community in Jacksonville, FL, and represents the start of an extensive store remodel program for 2016. Sourcing from... Read more
Florida ag continues to receive brunt of  El Niño’s impact
Average rainfall numbers as much as 800 percent greater than normal continue to stack up in Florida, wreaking havoc on many different annual crops from peppers to strawberries to sweet corn. “During November, December and January, we had about three-and-a-half inches of rain last year,” said Tony DiMare of DiMare Homestead Inc. in Homestead, FL, speaking of... Read more
Wonderful Halos promotes healthy snacking with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Actress, television personality, designer and philanthropist Kristin Cavallari helped kick off the second year of a partnership between Wonderful Halos California mandarins and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to promote healthy living. Wonderful Halos, the No. 1 selling brand of mandarins in the country, is donating another $100,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs... Read more
United Family celebrates 100th anniversary with $100,000 in school donations
As part of United Supermarkets’ 100th anniversary celebration, The United Family will donate $100,000 to local schools throughout west Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth and eastern New Mexico, as part of its Shop to Support Schools program. Beginning Jan. 13 and running through Oct. 15, guests may link a school of choice to their rewards account at any United Supermarkets,... Read more
Nogales top receiving point for Mexican produce, with tomatoes leading the way
NOGALES, AZ — Nogales remains the top U.S. port of entry for receiving Mexican fresh fruits and vegetables, according to a report released by the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, based here. On Feb. 2, the association released The Nogales Produce Import Report 2014-15, which revealed that Nogales received 5.6 billion pounds of fresh Mexican produce... Read more
$43 billion acquisition of Syngenta
Syngenta today announced that ChemChina has offered to acquire the company in a deal valued at more than $43 billion. A Swiss and U.S. tender offer will commence in the coming weeks and the transaction is expected to conclude by the end of the year. Syngenta’s existing management will continue to run the company. After closing, a 10-member board of directors... Read more
South Florida hit by 'biblical proportions of rainfall'
Historic amounts of rainfall and flooding continue to affect south Florida's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry and the tens of thousands of jobs it supports. “South Florida farmers are reeling from biblical proportions of rainfall and flooding over the past few days, weeks and months as a result of El Niño," Adam H. Putnam, Florida's commissioner... Read more
Kroger names new division presidents, announces Going's retirement
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Rick Going, Nashville division president, and the promotion of Zane Day to succeed him. Day currently serves as vice president of operations in the company's Smith's division. The company also announced the promotion of Katie Wolfram to serve as president of Kroger's central division. Wolfram currently serves as... Read more
Supervalu names president and CEO
Supervalu Inc., based in Minneapolis, announced the appointment of Mark Gross as president and chief executive officer, effective Feb. 5. Gross, age 52, will succeed Sam Duncan, who has previously announced he will be retiring. “Mark is a talented, strategic and results-driven leader with a wealth of industry experience,” Jerry Storch, non-executive chairman... Read more
Mann Packing named first winner of CPMA's Fresh Health Award
Mann Packing Co. Inc., headquartered in California's Salinas Valley, has been named the recipient of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s first monthly Fresh Health Award. Mann’s was chosen for its continued support of the Half Your Plate initiative and for its efforts to promote healthy eating. Mann’s has included the logo on its best-selling... Read more
Publix expands to seventh state
Publix Super Markets Inc. has signed two leases for stores in Virginia, crossing yet another state line. Virginia will mark the company's seventh state of operation. Publix is looking ahead to aggressive growth within the state, as well as its current operating areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. "Being company... Read more
Salmonella risk prompts Braga Organic Farms to issue recall
Braga Organic Farms announced the voluntary recall of pistachios due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The recalled nuts were distributed in retail stores in California, Oregon and Washington, and they were distributed through online sales nationwide. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The product comes in a clear... Read more
Progressive Produce, based in Los Angeles, announced that 65 percent of its equity has been acquired by Dublin-based Total Produce PLC, a leading European fresh produce provider. Growing, sourcing, importing, packaging, distributing and marketing over 200 lines of fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, the Total Produce group distributes over 300 million cartons... Read more
PRO*ACT names Greener Fields Together grant program winners
Greener Fields Together, the sustainability and local produce initiative created by PRO*ACT, has announced winners of the first Cultivating Change grant program. Cultivating Change is committed to supporting local farms financially to improve their ability to produce, market and distribute fresh produce.   Twelve grants were awarded to eleven local farms... Read more