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The Canadian Produce Marketing Association is ready to support the introduction of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s new Safe Food for Canadians Regulations. The SFCR officially came into effect Jan. 15. The purpose of the SFCR, as described by the CFIA, is to “make our food system even safer by focusing on prevention and allowing for faster removal of unsafe... Read more
Stop & Shop sending produce in self-driving grocery vehicles
Stop & Shop will launch driverless grocery vehicles in the greater Boston area beginning this spring. The vehicles will bring a selection of Stop & Shop produce as well as meal kits and convenience items directly to customers so they can shop right at their doorsteps. Part of an engagement with San Francisco-based startup Robomart, the vehicles will... Read more
General registration for OPS 2019 now open
General attendee registration for the fourth annual Organic Produce Summit is now open on the OPS website.  OPS 2019, dedicated exclusively to bringing together organic fresh produce, growers and shippers with retailers and buying organizations across the globe, is slated for July 10-11 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA. “The response from... Read more
Kroger CEO on the future of retail
The Kroger Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rodney McMullen recently offered five predictions for the future of retail, saying that it won't go away, it will be both digital and physical, it will offer new solutions to customers, it will be purpose-driven and it will disrupt the ad industry. McMullen provided his outlook on the future of retail at the... Read more
Blue Book Services’ free Know Your Commodity app is now available. The app provides essential information for sourcing and shipping produce including good arrival guidelines, product availability, U.S. grades, storage and packaging and more. “The Know Your Commodity app is a great resource for those who sell, buy, and transport fresh produce. From açai to zucchini,... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Farmers Best of NYC Inc., operating out of Brooklyn, NY, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $610,685 to 11 sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from February 2016 through October 2016.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities... Read more
Stater Bros. names new SVP of retail operations
Stater Bros. Markets announced the promotion of Keith Thomas to the position of group senior vice president of retail operations. In his new position, Thomas will continue to lead the company’s retail operations and training departments, and be responsible for overseeing the entire operations of all 172 Stater Bros. supermarkets.  He will also become a... Read more
Farm Fresh Greens a key to nutrition and wellness
WP Rawl, a premier grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens, is launching a new campaign for 2019: Farm Fresh Greens. Targeting millennials as well as baby boomers, the year-long campaign was designed to provide guidance for incorporating leafy greens into different lifestyles as well as educating consumers where produce comes from. Positioning itself as... Read more
Reducing Plastic: A priority for Inspired Greens
Inspired Greens living lettuce has made it a priority to reduce the use of plastics since its inception. Operating since June 2017, Inspired Greens has reduced its plastic impact by packaging its living lettuce in a sleeve rather than the domed clamshell. Across North America it has been traditional for greenhouse lettuce to be sold completely encased in a plastic... Read more
Walmart going high-tech to add efficiency to its supply chain
This July, a Walmart supply chain first is coming to Colton, CA. A newly built, 340,000-square-foot high-tech consolidation center will be the first in Walmart’s supply chain to receive, sort and ship freight. This automated technology will enable three times more volume to flow throughout the center and helps Walmart deliver the right product to the right... Read more
Kwik Lok joins forces with Idaho Package Co.
Kwik Lok Corp. and Idaho Package Co. have signed a distribution agreement that authorizes IPAK to sell Kwik Lok closure products, closures and closure labels in Idaho and eastern Oregon. IPAK provides packaging solutions for a wide variety of products. Its experienced staff works with customers to develop optimal, custom packaging for retail and wholesale.  “It’s... Read more
AFM launches Guac Nation program just in time for the Big Game
Avocados From Mexico is taking shoppers' party spreads to the next level with its Guac Nation program. The No. 1 selling avocado brand in the U.S. is teaming up with Ritas and Tabasco Brand to help consumers savor winning flavors during the Big Game. The program runs through Feb. 3 and will offer support to inspire avocado consumption and lift sales. Avocados... Read more
Apio signals strategic transition with transformation to Curation Foods
Landec Corp. is changing the name of its food business from Apio Inc. to Curation Foods Inc. to signify the completion of its strategic transition from a fresh packaged vegetable company to a branded, natural foods company. Curation Foods will serve as the corporate umbrella for a portfolio of five natural food brands, including its flagship brand — Eat Smart... Read more
Mission's partnership extending avocado shelf life
After over a year of testing post-harvest solutions, Mission Produce Inc. and Hazel Technologies Inc. announced a partnership to extend the shelf life of avocados and enhance customer experience. As part of the collaboration, Mission Produce will continue to test (with the aim to integrate) Hazel Technologies' USDA-funded packaging solution across its global... Read more
Ahold Delhaize rolling out robots at all Giant, Martin's stores
Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores announced the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores. Marty, a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services company... Read more
SEPC gives back over the holidays
While many were taking a much-needed break during the month of December, the Southeast Produce Council elves were busy making sure that those in need had a merrier Christmas through its SEPC Cares initiative. During the first week of December, SEPC members enjoyed an evening of delicious food, rewarding fellowship and wholesome fun at the Paul Anderson Youth... Read more
Trader Joe’s repeats as top U.S. grocery retailer
Trader Joe’s is once again the top-rated grocery retailer, according to a nationwide study by dunnhumby. The grocery retailers with the highest overall consumer preference index scores are: 1) Trader Joe’s, 2) Costco Wholesale, 3) Amazon, 4) H-E-B, 5) Wegmans Food Markets, 6) Market Basket, 7) Sam’s Club, 8) Sprouts Farmers Markets, 9) WinCo Foods, 10) Walmart,... Read more
New GreenWise Market part of Publix acquisition
Publix Super Markets will acquire the leases for two Western Market locations near Birmingham, AL. One will open as a GreenWise Market and the other as a Publix. The acquisition is expected to close in March. “Publix is always seeking locations where we can serve our customers and offer an exceptional shopping experience,” said Publix Chief Executive Officer... Read more
Plant-based burger moves Carl’s Jr. beyond meat
Beyond Meat is partnering with Carl’s Jr. to launch The Beyond Famous Star, which marries the 100 percent plant-based Beyond Burger patty with the restaurant’s fan-favorite Famous Star burger. The new Beyond Famous Star is a first-of-its-kind flexitarian take on the iconic Carl’s Jr. Famous Star, with a 100 percent plant-based patty from Beyond Meat. The quarter-pound... Read more
Target's new president of food and beverage one of many leadership changes
Among several leadership changes, Target Corp. announced that Stephanie Lundquist, who has served as chief HR officer since 2016, has been named president of food and beverage. In a new role for the company, Lundquist will oversee the full spectrum of all merchandising and operations for food and beverage, including strategy development and implementation. Lundquist... Read more