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Walmart's BuzzFeed partnership stirs together meal planning with shoppable recipes
Walmart and BuzzFeed’s Tasty are serving up shoppable recipes. Now, customers can add the entire ingredient list from a menu of 4,000 Tasty videos right to their Walmart Online Grocery carts with one click. From there, they can place their order for pickup from more than 2,500 stores nationwide or have the groceries delivered to their homes from more than 1,100... Read more
Fresh Arctic apple slices launching into foodservice markets
Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. introduced nonbrowning Arctic apple fresh slices to a receptive foodservice industry at the Produce Marketing Association’s recent Foodservice Show in Monterey, CA. “It was exciting for us to exhibit at the PMA Foodservice show for the first time and to give attendees the opportunity to experience the orchard freshness of Arctic... Read more
FPAA to celebrate 75 years at November convention
It’s been 75 years since the forerunner of the Fresh Produce Association of Americas was established in Nogales, AZ, in 1944. This anniversary will be celebrated Nov. 7-9 at the beautiful Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, at the association’s 51st Nogales Produce Convention & Golf Tournament.Lance Jungmeyer at last year's FPAA produce convention. The FPAA said... Read more
Target's new brand has everything from Avocado toast salad kits to Z
Target announced Good & Gather, the company’s largest owned food and beverage brand, which will include new and trend-forward products such as avocado toast salad kits and beet hummus alongside everyday staples such as milk, eggs and cheese. Good & Gather is Target’s largest owned brand launch. By the end of 2020, it will include more than 2,000 products... Read more
Rainier Fruit moves beyond organics to regenerative agriculture
Yakima, WA-based Rainier Fruit Co. is planting more than just fruit these days. Without much flair and very little promotion, the grower-shipper is dedicating extensive time and space to building healthy pollinator spaces on its ranches. The story here is more than just a business decision. “Our pollinator initiatives and collaboration with the Xerces Society... Read more
Wisconsin cranberry crop gets a boost from summer heat
July and early-August heat accelerated the development of the 2019 Wisconsin cranberry crop. The state's marshes had a slow start with snow and a long, chilly spring. The recent warmth “helped us immensely. We’re almost caught up to normal,” said Bob Wilson, managing member of Wisconsin Rapids-based The Cranberry Network LLC, a sales and marketing company specializing... Read more
Giant acquires Pennsylvania chain
Giant Food Stores has entered into an agreement with Musser’s Markets to acquire its three Pennsylvania locations located in Columbia, Lebanon, and Quarryville.  Greg Musser, Gray Musser, Giant Food Stores’ Nicholas Bertram, Mike Musser, Brian Musser, Brent Musser, Matt Musser and Eric Musser. “We were honored when the Musser family contacted us about purchasing... Read more
Superior Fresh leading the way in aquaponics
Nestled in the Coulee region of Wisconsin is one of the largest aquaponics facilities in the world. It sits on a 720-acre native restoration property and raises leafy greens as well as Atlantic salmon and Steelhead. Superior Fresh, located in Hixton, WI, is taking sustainability to the next level. “The restoration property has been converted from conventional,... Read more
In my early days as a produce manager, I had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business. They really knew how to sell produce and did so without spreadsheets or category management programs to influence them. They simply chose certain items, pushed them over the phone and visited store to make sure that product was out on the floor in massive... Read more
$2.3 million jalapeño pot-per bust
CBP officers assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo facility seized almost four tons of marijuana co-mingled in a shipment of jalapeño peppers, valued at $2.3 million. “I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez.  “Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also... Read more
POM Group launching fresh Royal brand pomegranate arils
The POM Group of Mississauga, ON, announced the release of a new line — fresh pomegranate arils — under the Royal brand. Distribution will be nation-wide in both Canada and the United States. Royal brand pomegranate arils will be offered as a year-round program. Fresh pomegranates will be facilitated through its Canadian manufacturing facility to produce sweet... Read more
In the third quarter of 2019, it’s looking as though most of the chaos that formed the story of 2018 has subsided. That doesn’t mean it is business as usual. There are plenty of questions unanswered as it relates to how transportation and logistics will impact produce shippers in the immediate future — From the agricultural exemption for hours of service more... Read more
Industry Viewpoint: The future is bright for independent retailers
The National Grocers Association has been the voice of the independent supermarket industry for nearly 40 years. Together, we have had the honor of working at NGA for over a decade. After an extensive national search, NGA’s board of directors announced that Greg Ferrara was selected as the new president and chief executive officer of NGA. On Sept. 1, I officially... Read more
Peruvian onions could be strong sellers at retail level
While Vidalia onions have set the standard for sweet onions grown in the United States, it’s not the only place where they are coming from. Peru, which is about to harvest its onions for the 2019 season, is currently the second-largest supplier of onions to the U.S., with more than $50 million coming into the country in the last year — trailing only Mexico in... Read more
As summer winds down, Giltner looks forward to uptick of trucking market
A typical summer usually sees a tightening of the transportation market, as shippers across the country jockey for available trucks to haul their loads. This summer, however, has been anything but typical. “It’s been decades since I’ve seen the transportation market as slow as it is now,” said Mark Durfee, general manager of Giltner Inc., based in Twin Falls,... Read more
Mushroom Council extends blended burger reach with ‘Taste America’ tour sponsorship
The Mushroom Council’s new sponsorship of the James Beard Foundation’s 2019-20 Taste America culinary pop-up series will take the blended burger to cities nationwide over the next several months for local tasting experiences.Chef Fiore Moletz, chef/owner of Burgh’ers Brewing in Pittsburgh. Now in its seventh year, Taste America is a 20-city culinary tour, giving... Read more
Food Lion to expand grocery pick up next week
Food Lion is expanding its “Food Lion To-Go" grocery pick up service to 25 additional stores beginning Aug. 19. The launch of this new, convenient service enables Food Lion to continue to deliver on its promise to ensure an easy, fresh and affordable grocery shopping experience, and it allows customers to order and pick up their groceries in as little as an... Read more
United Fresh announces 2020 Convention Committee
With a commitment to continue growing value for both exhibitors and attendees, four leaders from different segments across the industry have committed to co-chair the United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo Committee. The event will take place June 16-19, 2020 in San Diego, CA. The 2020 Convention Committee co-chairs are Paul Kneeland, executive director of fresh... Read more
Autumn offers organic fruit opportunities
Apples are always a great organic option for retail promotions especially as the new crop is harvested. There are also some other choices coming into play this fall including grapes, pomegranates, persimmons and Asian pears. Sunview Marketing International, based in Delano, CA, is one firm that will have a healthy lineup of organic grapes this fall. That lineup... Read more
Walmart, Instacart expand grocery delivery across Canada
Walmart Canada and Instacart announced the national expansion of their relationship, which will bring on-demand grocery delivery services from nearly 200 Walmart stores across Canada in as fast as an hour. The expansion builds on a successful 17-store pilot in the greater Toronto area and Winnipeg, which has been strongly embraced by Walmart customers. Instacart’s... Read more