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Fresh-focused retailer acquired in $800 million deal
Sobeys parent company Empire Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement to acquire Farm Boy, one of the fastest growing food retailers in Canada, with 26 locations in Ontario and many more on the way, for a total enterprise value of $800 million. The acquisition is expected to close at the beginning of 2019. Farm Boy's fresh format is an excellent fit with Empire's Sobeys... Read more
Del Monte boosting shipping services with six new high-efficiency container vessels
Del Monte Fresh Produce, based in Coral Gables, FL, entered into a definitive agreement for the building of six container ships to service its ocean transportation lanes between Central America/South American and U.S. ports. This ship-building program will initially replace Del Monte’s entire U.S. East Coast fleet of vessels, with the first ship delivery estimated... Read more
This $18 million drug bust is bananas
Last week two pallets of bananas from ports of America in Freeport were donated to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because they were too ripe. When two sergeants arrived to pick them up, they discovered something not quite right. "Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas — and sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect,"... 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: Classic Produce, operating out of the Bronx, NY, for failing to pay a $114,400... Read more
United Fresh Start Foundation hosts FreshStart 2019
FreshStart 2019, the United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual conference, golf tournament and gala dinner bringing the industry together to increase kids’ access to fresh produce, will once again feature a silent and live auction benefitting the foundation and a half-day education program focused on how the fresh produce industry increases children’s access to... Read more
Kroger celebrates one-year anniversary of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste
One year ago, The Kroger Co. announced the launch of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste — the company's bold social impact plan aimed at ending hunger in the communities it calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025. "It's amazing how much our incredibly dedicated Kroger team has been able to accomplish in our first year of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste,"... Read more
United Fresh appoints Sarah Grady to board of directors
United Fresh Chairwoman Cindy Jewell of California Giant Berry Farms has appointed Sarah Grady to fill an open seat on the United Fresh Board of Directors. Sarah GradyGrady is the U.S. Strategic Supply Chain Manager at McDonald’s Corporation for Produce, Fruit, Potato & Beverage categories. She is focused on strengthening strategic partnerships with McDonald's... Read more
Bland Farms continues to lead innovation
Bland Farms, located in Glennville, GA, and one of the larger growers and shippers of sweet onions, continues to lead innovation in the farming industry. For Delbert Bland and his family, farming is a way of life. Bland Farms has been instrumental in growing the Vidalia brand, including incorporating Vidalia sweet onions into processed foods, and a mail order... Read more
Ahold Delhaize dishing out juicy grove to the store details
Ahold Delhaize has taken the next step in offering transparency to customers. It is using blockchain technology to make the production chain of its Albert Heijn own-brand sustainable orange juice completely transparent, in partnership with its supplier, Refresco. Consumers are now able to follow the chain of a product like orange juice through a QR code on the... Read more
FPAA to hold first Women’s Leadership Invitational at 50th Nogales Produce Convention
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas will be celebrating the first ever Women’s Leadership Invitational during its 50th fall convention. The event will feature women from all walks of life who inspire and lead the way in the produce industry. The agenda for this year’s convention is packed with educational sessions and networking events featuring top... Read more
Sprouts expands into Pennsylvania with Philadelphia store
Sprouts Farmers Market opened its first store in Pennsylvania yesterday. The healthy grocer reached its 16th year of operation last month and the new Philadelphia location is one of more than 300 stores from coast to coast. Sprouts has been a driving force for making healthy food affordable and accessible since its inception and has paved the way for numerous... Read more
CAC kicks off 40-year anniversary at Fresh Summit
The California Avocado Commission has a special reason to exhibit at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit event this year: the organization is celebrating the start of its 40-year anniversary. Fresh Summit will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Oct. 17-20, and the commission will have a booth (No. 2143) during the Expo... Read more
130 years of Fyffes: Sustainability through partnership and innovation
Fyffes, one of the world’s largest banana importers and leading marketer of organic and Fairtrade bananas, is marking its 130th anniversary in September. With annual turnover of  $1.4 billion, the Dublin-based company now ships 70 million boxes of bananas each year as well as melons, pineapples, mushrooms and much more.Edward Wathen Fyffe With longstanding... Read more
Publix continues to expand plans for new format
Publix announced Marietta, GA, as the fifth location for its new-format GreenWise Market. The opening date is not yet determined. “We admire the diverse cultural landscape and deep history of the Atlanta area,” said Publix Senior Vice President of Retail Operations Kevin Murphy. “We look forward to creating a unique experience for our Atlanta-area customers.” GreenWise... Read more
New Dole salad kit leverages growing popularity of miso
Dole Food Co. is capitalizing on the growing demand for its salad kits and increased popularity of miso and Japanese flavors with the North American launch of the Dole Spinach Miso Crunch Premium Salad Kit. Offering a nutritious, Japanese-influenced flavor experience, the restaurant-inspired new salad kit arrives in stores nationwide to the U.S. It combines... Read more
What a bricklayer tells us about the future of our business
Three bricklayers are each asked what they’re doing. The first says he’s laying bricks, and the second says putting up a wall. But the third states he’s building a cathedral. The first had a job, the second had a career, but the third bricklayer held a vision. Who do you think is willing to work hardest? This story illustrates the significance of having engaged... Read more
On-site event for inaugural EPC Leadership Program a great success
The Eastern Produce Council's Leadership Program visited The Giamarese Farm & Orchard and Rutgers Holly House in East Brunswick, NJ on Sept. 12. The team of fourteen future leaders came together for their fourth component of the program to continue to build upon the foundation of hands-on learning and team building last week. The day began on Giamarese Farm... Read more
ALDI continues growth momentum with national Instacart rollout
ALDI announced a national partnership with Instacart, bringing online grocery delivery to ALDI stores across the nation. After a successful pilot program, online ordering of ALDI products via Instacart, the North American leader in online groceries, will be available across 35 states in 5,000 new ZIP codes by Thanksgiving. The national rollout covers 75 major... Read more
Lindsey Vonn to keynote Women's Fresh Perspective's Breakfast
Lindsey Vonn, who has overcome adversity to become the most successful female alpine ski racer in world history, will keynote Center for Growing Talent’s 2018 Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast on Saturday morning, Oct. 20. The inspirational breakfast will be held in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit... Read more
Excitement matches big growth in Starr Ranch Growers organics
Fueled by significant increase of organic volume in the most popular apple varieties this year, excitement surrounding that Starr Ranch Growers program is off the charts.  According to Import/Organic Category Manager Dan Davis, the volume expansion came from both existing orchards and also the addition of 104-year-old Apple King, a Yakima Valley organic... Read more