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Instacart has entered into partnerships with Wegmans Food Markets and Giant Food Stores LLC. The new service is currently available at select Northern Virginia and Maryland Wegmans stores as well as Giant shoppers in the Philadelphia area. “We know our customers are busy, and that any found time in their week can make a difference. That’s where... Read more
CMI Orchards anticipating a record harvest of Rainiers
After a late bloom and cool spring temperatures, the 2017 Northwest cherry crop kept retailers across the United States anxiously awaiting the main harvest to get under way. Strong export pricing created additional market shortages as many of the early cherries were pulled into international markets, limiting supplies and keeping upward pressure on pricing. But... Read more
Garlic producers upbeat about domestic garlic crop
Hopes were high for the 2016 domestic garlic crop as it followed a 2015 crop that saw numerous El Niño-related weather events, from floods to droughts to tornados, which wreaked havoc on many garlic fields. Unfortunately, the 2016 crop was also down by 15-20 percent of normal, also due to inclement weather condition. Domestic garlic producers tend to... Read more
ShopRite expands locally grown program
Continuing its long-held tradition of carrying locally grown products, ShopRite has expanded its Locally Grown program, offering a rich variety of products throughout the supermarket — from fresh fruits and vegetables to farm-raised beef, seafood, flowers, baked goods, honey, craft beer and roasted coffees.ShopRite associate Chun Hung of Cherry Hill, NJ. “ShopRite... Read more
Pick your moments with Orchard View Cherries
As the first Orchard View cherries are being picked in The Dalles, OR, exclusive marketer Oppy is urging consumers to "Pick Your Moments” to enjoy these celebrated, superior cherries through summer. “We launched the Pick Your Moments brand positioning last year and were excited how well it resonated with our staff, customers and consumers, too,”... Read more
Church Bros. Farms names new CEO
Church Bros. Farms, a leading grower-owned fresh vegetable processor, named Brian Church as its new chief executive officer. Church has been with the company since it formed in 1999. His passion has been on the farming side of the business and as a result he went on to form the company’s ag operations. Over the years he founded and developed CB Harvesting,... Read more
Zespri celebrates the start of SunGold season
Summer is a time of sunshine, happiness and the seasonal return of SunGold kiwifruit from Zespri, the world leader in premium-quality kiwifruit. To kick-off the start of the season, Zespri is launching a national campaign, Celebrate The SunGold, which aims to highlight SunGold kiwi’s tropical sweet taste and vibrant yellow flesh by drawing parallels... Read more
SunFed's expanded Texas operations promising Perfect Produce
With summer here, SunFed has Perfect Produce from Texas to meet demand for traditional summertime veggies — tomatoes, Bell peppers and eggplants — that are great for grilling as well as snacking. “We’ve been operating in Texas for many years, but in terms of having a facility there and a full-on program, this is our third year,”... Read more
Richard Dufresne will be appointed president of George Weston Ltd., retaining his current chief financial officer responsibilities, and continuing to report to Galen G. Weston, chairman and chief executive officer of George Weston and Loblaw Cos, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Over the next few months, Dufresne will transition out of his parallel role as CFO of Loblaw... Read more
Debbie Negron, longtime advertising executive at The Produce News, dies at 57
Debbie Negron, who spent almost her entire professional career with The Produce News, died unexpectedly on Monday, June 19. She was 57 years old and a resident of Westchester County, NY. "The Produce News family is devastated by this loss," said Jack Bricker, president of The Produce News. "Debbie has been with us for more than 30 years and was a major contributor... Read more
The Fresh Market CEO resigns, CFO steps up on interim basis
The Fresh Market's Rick Anicetti has resigned as chief executive officer and board member. Chief Financial Officer Brian Nicholson has been appointed interim CEO, effective immediately, and will assume this position in addition to his current role. The company said it appreciates Anicetti’s significant contributions and service and wishes him luck in his... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses — Gamez Produce, Goodness Greeness and David & Son Peppers — 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: Gamez... Read more
Take a gander at Michigan’s produce industry
Michigan is the second-most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, and produce is one of the state’s leading industries. Many of its produce companies are well known and long-established as a reliable source of high-quality product. Of the crops grown in the Detroit area, some of the most notable are blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples,... Read more
Metro has rolled out its local purchasing program in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region. Some 122 new grocery and fresh products from 22 local suppliers have made their debut in eight Metro and Super C stores. "Our merchants, long-time supporters of local products and producers, are now offering an even larger selection of regional and local products," the company... Read more
SEPC donates over 80,000 pounds of produce to RAMP
The Southeast Produce Council announced Monday, June 19, that it will be making a tremendous donation to the Rockin' Appalachian Mom Project, a non-profit organization whose vision is to improve the well-being of impoverished children and families in Martin County, KY, through community outreach and hunger relief programs with the ultimate goal of empowering... Read more
Chelan Fresh and Columbia Valley Fruit enter into exclusive agreement
Chelan Fresh of Chelan, WA, and Columbia Valley Fruit of Union Gap, WA, have entered into an agreement in which Chelan Fresh will be the exclusive marketer of Columbia Valley Fruit’s organic and conventional apples. The fruit will be marketed under the organic Cascade Crest label and the internationally recognized conventional Trout label. Columbia Valley... Read more
Ready Pac expands into $8.3 billion fresh meal category
Ready Pac Foods, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, will expand into the growing fresh meal category with the introduction of its new Fresh Prep’d brand of fresh meals. Beginning in September, the brand will launch two innovative product lines: Fresh Prep’d Soup Kits and Fresh Prep’d Wrap Kits. The product lines will deliver fresh, healthy... Read more
The United Fresh Produce Association announced the members of the 2017-18 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 23. Sponsored by a grant from DuPont Crop Protection, this program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants. The Produce Industry Leadership Program welcomed the following professionals to... Read more
As of June 14, Mexico’s grape importers had crossed 17.7 million boxes of grapes into Nogales, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures. The Flame seedless variety accounted for 9.2 million boxes of this total. Sugraone was the second-largest export variety, with a total of 3.3 million boxes. On June 17, Miky Suarez, the sales manager of and... Read more
Ian McLeod has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Southeastern Grocers. The company announced that Anthony Hucker, the company's chief operating officer, will assume the responsibilities of president and CEO on an interim basis. The company has initiated a search for McLeod's successor. Hucker will assume his interim responsibilities effective... Read more