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Getting past the squeeze in the produce department
Someone once told me, “Don’t try to be all things to all people.” Well, that never went over too well with me, especially when it came to produce variety. I always wanted to handle every item, every size and every pack that was available in the industry. Some called me a “produce variety freak.” Every new item a sales representative introduced to me was welcomed... Read more
Wegmans ranked No. 2 on Fortune's Best Companies to Work For list
Wegmans has been named one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Wegmans has been on the list every year, and this year ranks No. 2. The list is based on survey responses... Read more
Catania Worldwide’s Garden State facility now in operation
On Feb. 5, Catania Worldwide, headquartered in Mississauga, ON, was fully operational in its new Catania New Jersey facility. The 40,000-square-foot facility is in Vineland, in the heart of the state’s agricultural district. Company President Paul Catania said one of the major services the company is offering in Vineland is storage.Paul Catania Jr. flanked by... Read more
H‑E‑B's Favor-able acquisition
H‑E‑B, one of the nation's leading independent food retailers, announced that Favor Delivery, an innovative on‑demand delivery service headquartered in Austin, TX, will become a wholly owned subsidiary. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With this partnership, H‑E‑B accelerates its path to become a digital retail industry leader in Texas, enabling... Read more
Riding with Subway in the Sunshine State
Florida-grown produce will be promoted in Subway’s nearly 1,500 Florida locations. Running through April, Subway restaurants will feature “Fresh From Florida” advertising and marketing materials highlighting Subway’s commitment to sourcing locally grown Florida cucumbers, green peppers and tomatoes during local growing seasons. “Florida’s hard-working farmers... Read more
Innovation, technology and GMO: Hot topics for the CPMA Convention & Trade Show
The industry is constantly evolving, and at CPMA 2018 the association is offering two unique keynote speakers who will address hot button topics and teach attendees how the industry will need to respond to both consumer and technological needs to grow well into the future.Terry Stuart As Deloitte Canada’s chief innovation officer, you could say Terry Stuart... Read more
Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits ready to explode in 2018
Kroger has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati. "Kroger's new Culinary Innovation Center is an exciting state-of-the-art test kitchen and education center," said Daniel Hammer, Kroger's vice president of culinary development and new business. "As we focus on redefining the customer experience and developing talent through food inspiration... Read more
Church Bros. grows sales team
Church Bros. Farms, a leading fresh produce farming-shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, recently made additions to its sales department. Lisa Dennis was promoted to assistant sales manager, and Bobby Nunes has joined the sales team. In her new role, Dennis is responsible for supporting in-house sales staff and reports to Tom Bramers,... Read more
DiMare Fresh VP and COO retires
After 15 years representing DiMare Fresh Inc. as its vice president and chief operating officer, Eric Janke retired Jan. 31. Janke’s career began over 40 years ago when as a young man he was sweeping floors and bagging groceries at Fleming Foods. He has held many positions in the produce industry from produce clerk to sales, procurement and operational positions.... Read more
Meijer focused on veggies with Meal Inspirations, Roasters kits
One of the challenges that many at-home cooks find draining is the time that goes into meal prepping. While testing new soup recipes, the Meijer chefs realized that there was an opportunity to cut time away from dicing vegetables. The retailer’s new Meal Inspirations draw on the culinary skill of creating a classic mirepoix, defined as a flavorful mixture of... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four 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: Taylor Produce LLC, operating out of Rigby, ID, for failing to pay a $1.33... Read more
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced Execulytics Consulting as the winner of the Monthly Fresh Health Award. The company has showed great dedication in spreading the Half Your Plate message to customers by engaging on social media and featuring the brand prominently on its website. “Half Your Plate has become an important philosophy for me as... Read more
Weis rewards program upgrades are bananas
Weis Markets has upgraded its Weis Preferred Shopper program, which now offers discount rewards on certain Weis brand products, including Weis Quality bananas. It has also added a 10 percent discount on Weis brand items every Tuesday for seniors 60 years and older. “Our upgraded rewards program now offers more of our customers reward discounts on some of our... Read more
FPAA addressing industry concerns
NOGALES, AZ — Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, described some industry concerns being addressed by his Nogales-based association. Jungmeyer was interviewed before he attended the sixth round of NAFTA negotiations in Montreal.Lance Jungmeyer But, speaking in general terms favoring the free trade agreement, he noted... Read more
Alfonso Cano joins Albertsons
Alfonso Cano, formerly assistant produce director at Southern California-based Northgate Gonzales Markets, has joined Albertson’s Inc. in Boise, ID, as director of produce and floral. Cano, a Southern California native, has moved to Idaho and began his new position the first week of February. He reportedly will be involved in the expansion of Albertson’s Lucky... Read more
Hazel keeping pears at their peak
Hazel Technologies Inc. has successfully completed research trials with Cornell University to validate a new post-harvest quality technology for fresh pears. Hazel Pear joins the Hazel suite of technologies and is available to growers and packers during the 2018 U.S. pear season. Pears pose a unique challenge to growers, packers and retailers. Overripe pears... Read more
Honeydew, the money melon, off to a Super Starr-t
Super Starr International enters a new season of production with a high volume of sweet, refreshing honeydews available now until April. With the brand’s Fair Trade Certification, people can expect to continuously receive excellent products backed by sustainable practices from Super Starr. Grown in the fertile soil of Tecomán, Mexico, the Super Starr honeydew... Read more
Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.’s third nonbrowning Arctic apple variety, Arctic Fuji, has been approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada. Arctic Fuji trees will join the growing commercial orchards of Arctic Golden and Arctic Granny apples in spring 2018. The CFIA and HC announced that the Arctic Fuji variety “did not pose a greater risk... Read more
 Meijer's produce picks for Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year kicks off on Feb. 16, celebrating the Year of the Dog. Although celebrations vary by region and household, they all have one custom in common: creating dishes that give blessings in the New Year. Vegetables are staple items in many Chinese New Year dishes because they symbolize the coming of spring. The Meijer produce buyers and Meijer Test... Read more
Dole expands chopped salad kit line
Dole Food Co. is capitalizing on growing demand for its chopped salads and increased customer preference for Greek-inspired flavors with the launch of the Dole Greek Chopped Salad Kit, now shipping nationwide. The new SKU offers shoppers a restaurant-caliber experience by combining bite-sized Romaine lettuce, feta cheese and sweet onion pita chips with herb... Read more