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Top-performing Envy apple returns to the market next week
Oppy offers Envy apples from New Zealand and Chile from June through September, and the wait is almost over. The New Zealand Envy apple crop is on the water. Envy sales nearly doubled in volume between 2014 and 2015, and its dollar contribution increased by over 120 percent, growing faster than all other premium apples in both measures, according to FreshLook... Read more
Weis Markets has entered into an agreement with Mars Super Markets Inc. to purchase five Mars stores in Baltimore County. According to a report in The Baltimore Sun, Mars will close its remaining grocery stores July 31 as a result of declining sales. Weis intends to complete its purchase in late July. Once the purchase is complete, Weis Markets will operate... Read more
Whole Foods opens first store under 365 banner
The first 365 by Whole Foods Market location opened today in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake, and it offers 5,000 square feet of produce with an extensive selection of organic and conventionally grown fruits and vegetables. Another key feature is “veg valley,” an enclosed area for chilled produce. Two other 365 by Whole Foods Market stores will... Read more
Monsanto rejects Bayer's $62 billion offer, but open to talks
Monsanto has rejected Bayer's $62 billion offer, saying its board of directors unanimously viewed the Bayer AG proposal as incomplete and financially inadequate. Monsanto, however, did say it is open to continued and constructive conversations to assess whether a transaction in the best interest of Monsanto shareowners can be achieved. “We believe in the... Read more
WASHINGTON — A new study by the National Academy of Sciences finds no substantiated evidence of human health risk from genetically engineered crops, nor did it find "conclusive cause-and-effect evidence" of environmental problems. However, NAS called resistance to current GE characteristics in crops a major agricultural problem. Researchers examined nearly... Read more
Giumarra now offering Certified Organic vegetables
The Giumarra Cos.' Los Angeles wholesale operation, Giumarra Bros. Fruit Co., recently added Certified Organic vegetables to its product line. The new organic line includes lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, beets, chard and kale, along with a variety of specialty vegetables, greens and herbs.Chuck Anunciation, division manager of Giumarra Bros.... Read more
Big Y and partners award $110,000 to local farmers
Big Y, which operates stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, along with Local Farmer Award and the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, awarded 47 local farmers $2,500 each to make physical infrastructure improvements to their farms. Along with the support of sponsors, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and MGM Springfield, farmers have already... Read more
Arrow Farms of New York has paid a $15,000 civil penalty for slow pay violations relating to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. To settle a complaint, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Arrow Farms of New York entered into a consent decision in which the company agreed to pay a $15,000 civil penalty for failing to make full payment promptly to... Read more
Organic Trade Association activities in full gear this year
The Organic Trade Association has a lot going on this year. In early March a record-setting crowd of more than 650 organic visionaries, activists and business executives gathered in Anaheim, CA, for the Organic Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Attendees enjoyed an organic feast, caught up with old friends, made new ones and celebrated the science of organic.... Read more
Northwest cherry growers eyeing 20.5 million box crop
A Round One projection for the 2016 Northwest cherry crop has been compiled by the 22-person Northwest Cherries Field Estimate Team. According to data, the first estimates indicate that a total of 20.5 million 20-pound equivalent boxes are expected to be produced during the 2016 cherry season. “As always, it is important to note that this Round One estimate... Read more
Mushroom recipes abound on heels of the Mushroom Council’s The Blend campaign
The Mushroom Council set off a virtual recipe storm when it launched The Blend initiative a couple of years ago. The project calls for a portion of meat protein to be replaced with mushrooms, resulting in less fat and calories and higher nutrition and flavor. Mushroom producers jumped on the opportunity to participate, and chefs and consumers are following suit. Kathleen... Read more
Supervalu one step closer to Save-A-Lot spin-off
In July Supervalu announced it was exploring a potential separation of its Save-A-Lot segment. As part of that process it had begun preparations to allow for a possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. Now that is one step closer to becoming a reality. Supervalu has successfully completed the amendment of its $1.5 billion... Read more
Tom Lange Family of Cos. joins Peoria Public Schools for A to Z Salad Bar Celebration
Last week Becky Wilson, Tom Lange Family of Cos. vice president of operations, and Bre Macomber from Tom Lange Family of Cos. joined third and fourth grade students from Franklin Primary School at the school’s A to Z Salad Bar Celebration and Fruit & Veggie Pep Rally. The event, organized in part with the United Fresh Start Foundation, showcased... Read more
SEPC golf tournament raises $85,000 for two good causes
GREENSBORO, NC -- The Southeast Produce Council raised $85,000 to help two organizations at its third annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, held May 17-19 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center, here. The two beneficiaries, which each received $42,500, were the Produce for Better Health Foundation and Victory Junction. The Southeast Produce Council... Read more
Oneonta stone fruit season kicks off with apricots June 1
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers will see another early start of its stone fruit season, which much like 2015’s will kick off with tree-ripened apricots from Gilbert Orchards on June 1. The apricots will go through early August, according to Scott Marboe, director of marketing at Wenatchee, WA-based OSRG. "The new apricot crop looks to be close to last year’s... Read more
Meijer kicks off nine-store expansion
This week Meijer opened new 192,000-square-foot supercenters in Evansville, IN, and Owensboro, KY. The stores are the first of nine new Meijer supercenters to open -- and part of an investment of more than $400 million in new and remodeled stores -- this year, which will create 3,000 new jobs across the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer’s six-state footprint. With... Read more
 US Foods to acquire Freshway Foods
US Foods has agreed to acquire Freshway Foods, a fresh fruit and vegetable processor, repacker and distributor serving customers throughout the eastern half of the United States. The transaction is expected to close June 10. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Established in 1988, Freshway Foods is owned by brothers Phil Gilardi and Frank Gilardi and... Read more
Bloomberg News reported May 19 that the Mexican peso slid 6.7 percent in value against the dollar and is down 18 percent in the past 12 months. On May 20, 18.4 pesos were trading for one U.S. dollar, nearly matching a low of 18.9 in early February. But the peso has generally been on a slide since early 2012. For the Mexican fresh produce trade, the falling peso... Read more
Mann Packing delivers on taste and convenience with new Nourish Bowls
Mann Packing has launched of a new line of single-serve, warm meals with fresh veggies, grains and sauce. Developed by an expert panel of chefs, Mann’s Nourish Bowls feature kohlrabi, butternut squash, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, kale and sugar snap peas. Mann’s Nourish Bowls are available in four popular flavor profiles, including Southwest Chipotle,... Read more
Giumarra adds year-round sweet onions to product line
Giumarra Cos., based in Los Angeles, has entered into an agreement with G&R Farms in Glenville, GA, to help market G&R’s onion crop. G&R Farms is known primarily as a premier Vidalia onion grower, but it also offers a vertically integrated supply of sweet onions grown in Peru, Mexico and Texas.  G&R Farms co-owners Walt Dasher, Pam... Read more