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Metro's 'Fast and Fresh' promise for online shopping
Metro now offers consumers the opportunity to do their grocery shopping online with a guaranteed freshness promise. Implementation began today in two Metro Plus stores in Montreal and one in Laval, QC, reaching consumers in the greater Montreal area. To guarantee freshness, employees dedicated to online grocery shopping were trained to select the freshest in-store... Read more
BrightFarms continues growth with $30.1 million financing deal
In a move to expand operations for future growth, local greenhouse producer BrightFarms Inc. has secured $30.1 million in financing. The funds will aid BrightFarms with growth plans in production and marketing, enabling the company to respond to rising retail demand for its products. Over the past three years, BrightFarms has established a solid foundation... Read more
Hass Avocado Board spotlights alliance with American Heart Association
At the recently concluded 2016 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, nutrition professionals from across the country had the opportunity to participate in the Hass Avocado Board’s Avocado Goodness Community Lounge. Back after its successful debut in 2015, the lounge allowed attendees to immerse themselves... Read more
North Shore launches new organic line at PMA Fresh Summit
North Shore Greenhouses Inc., grower of North Shore Living Herbs, launched a full line of living and organic herbs and microgreens under the new brand North Shore Organic Living at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL. The line features potted herbs, clamshell herbs for the wet rack and microgreens, all living on the... Read more
Idea Garden Marketing educates the industry on digital marketing
Idea Garden Marketing hosted its second annual Digital Marketing University for Produce Professionals class this fall. Course graduates participated in a five-week online webinar series designed to educate produce professionals on how to connect with their target audiences and increase sales through the use of digital marketing.John Avola Topics covered this... Read more
Oneonta’s new JUICI apple wows the crowd at PMA
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers received rave reviews as it introduced the new JUICI apple variety to thousands of eager samplers at this year’s record-setting PMA Fresh Summit. In limited volume this first year of commercial distribution, the newly released JUICI is a delightfully sweet-tart cross between the Honeycrisp and Braeburn, combining the best eating... Read more
The Save Mart Cos. has chosen ReposiTrak to manage regulatory and business documentation compliance within its supply chain. Based in the heart of the California’s Central Valley, Save Mart is committed to sourcing a wide variety of local products ensuring that fresh comes first for neighborhoods throughout California and Northern Nevada.  “At... Read more
WTRMLN WTR launches lemonade blend at PMA Fresh Summit
WTRMLN WTR, the pioneer in cold-pressed juiced watermelon, unveiled its all-natural LMNADE at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Exposition, held Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, FL. WTRMLN WTR’s LMNADE combines the fresh taste of cold-pressed watermelon with organic lemon juice for a healthy, nutrient-dense hydration beverage. ... Read more
SAGARPA aggressively promoting Mexican food exports
ORLANDO, FL — Produce exports are critically important to Mexico, according to José Calzada, the country’s secretary of agriculture. Calzada heads SAGARPA, which is the national secretariat for agriculture, ranching, rural development, fish and nutrition. In 2015, Mexico had $26.6 billion in agricultural exports. Of that, $22.9 billion were... Read more
Baldor Specialty Foods announced this week that its in-store, digital kiosk called The Baldor Forager — which makes the company’s selection of unique culinary items available to home cooks — is now available to shoppers at the newly-opened Whole Foods Market at 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. The Baldor Forager kiosk was first... Read more
Baloian Farms begins harvest on winter leaf program
As Baloian Farms celebrated its 40th leaf and wet veg season in Fresno, CA, the third week of October, it was set to begin harvest on its winter leaf program.  “The conditions in Fresno this time of year are optimal for growing premium quality leaf and wet veg crops,” said Tim Baloian. “Over the years, we have built a reputation for servicing... Read more
Stemilt pushes organic apple performance with new promotional idea and offerings
Apple harvest is winding down in Washington state just as apple promotions are ramping up in produce departments. Retailers are in the midst of celebrating October’s National Apple Month and preparing for big holiday promotions around apples. Stemilt Growers, one of the nation’s longest and leading suppliers of organic apples, is reminding retailers... Read more
Harbinger Group LLC, parent company of Green Wave Farms, Vertical Foods, Epic Foods and Fresh Produce Partners, announced that it has acquired organic specialty salad pioneer Misionero Vegetables, effective immediately. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. The new organization reunites Stephen Griffin of Misionero with Todd Koons and Thomas Minnich... Read more
Maine potato growers love what they do and they do it extremely well
Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. The nationwide crop contributes about 15 percent of farm sales receipts for vegetables each year. Annually over 30 billion pound of potatoes are produced in the nation. Over 50 percent of potato sales are to processors for... Read more
Picking resumes, avocado volume to ramp up quickly
There were 900 picking crews back in the Mexican avocado groves on Saturday, Oct. 15, and more than 1,000 crews were picking fruit Monday, Oct. 17, so the expectation is that millions of pounds will soon be flowing to the United States to start to fill the empty pipeline. “We have ample fruit on the trees and will be harvesting and sending it to the U.S.... Read more
California growers increasing role in Mexico production
NOGALES, AZ — California fruit and vegetable growers are expanding their production interests to Mexico. A strong indicator of this is increased membership interest by Californians in the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer said he has had multiple meetings with Californians interested in joining his association and... Read more
Things were hopping at booth No. 1160 at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, as Village Farms constructed a large booth shaped as a greenhouse to welcome attendees to talk about its new offerings and exciting developments. “Our booth was consumer-centric,” said Doug Kling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer... Read more
AMC North America announces new logo, restructured management team
AMC North America, part of the AMC Group, has a brand new logo and a restructured management team that shows the company is an integral part of a larger, global team of innovators and leaders in the fresh produce industry. "Innovation is at the heart of everything we do," Alvaro Muñoz, AMC Group chief executive officer, said in a press release. "This... Read more
The Fresh Market unveils new logo, refreshed stores
The Fresh Market will unveil a new look and enhanced shopping experience Oct. 26 at three North Carolina locations before it will begin rolling out refreshed stores across the country — 13 more locations currently scheduled for Nov. 30 in the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham, NC, markets, and continuing in waves through early 2018. “This is a significant... Read more
Avocados from Peru closes successful 2016 export season
Avocados from Peru announced the close of a successful 2016 export season that saw continued growth in demand for Peruvian avocados, the launch of both the world’s first international superfoods brand and a new worldwide cooperative marketing initiative, and official recognition of avocados’ health benefits from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “We... Read more