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Wisconsin potato crop to be very strong
All signs are positive for another strong season for the Wisconsin potato industry. Tamas Houlihan, executive director of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association, said all potato types, including reds, are thriving in Wisconsin fields. In a mid-August interview, Houlihan said, “We have had adequate rainfall and a great growing season.... Read more
Meijer shoppers going back to school with 1.6 million pounds of apples
Midwest retailer Meijer is getting ready to welcome an estimated 40,000 incoming college freshmen as they head to campus this fall during widely popular shopping parties dubbed “Meijer Mania.” One of retail’s leading shopping seasons, back-to-school and college is a $75 billion industry, according to the National Retail Federation. The retailer... Read more
NatureFresh Mobile Greenhouse Education Center connecting with consumers
Even in the heart of the summer when there is an abundance of fresh produce choices, NatureFresh Farms mobile Greenhouse Education Center is gaining momentum with consumers who want to know how and where their tomatoes, Bell peppers and cucumbers are being grown and by whom. “Using the Greenhouse Education Center as a living example of how we grow, we... Read more
WGA and C.H. Robinson note 10-year partnership with ‘Giving Day’
In 2006, C.H. Robinson and Western Growers Association formed the Western Growers Transportation Program to provide supply chain solutions for fresh produce growers in North America. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this program, the two organizations hosted a “Giving Day” on Aug. 24, 2016, using C.H. Robinson’s Bethlehem, PA, hub as... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Premier Fresh Wholesale and B Food Inc. 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: B Food Inc., operating out of Merritt Island, FL, for failing... Read more
The Produce Mom joins forces with food and lifestyle expert Chadwick Boyd
The Produce Mom and food and lifestyle expert Chadwick Boyd have joined forces to provide recipe development and photography services to U.S. produce brands and their marketing teams. The new business offering gives produce marketers access to deep industry expertise and nationally recognized talent to create magazine-quality content that appeals to modern families... Read more
Competition from improved Peruvian agronomy and economy puts a twist on onion future
It’s been about 40 years since south Georgia Vidalia onion growers took what was once just a local favorite and turned it into an international food star. In fact, those farmers were so successful they created an entirely new category at the supermarket: The sweet onion deal that now goes around the calendar. Vidalia still wears the crown in that category.... Read more
Natural Grocers aims to become organic headquarters
Natural Grocers, a 61-year-old family-run chain, will stake its claim this September as the official "Organic Month Headquarters." The company, which sells only 100 percent USDA Certified organic produce, will host an educational push for the entire month of September, which is nationally recognized as "Organic Harvest Month."DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth. PRNewsFoto/Natural... Read more
ReedTMS Logistics celebrating 20th anniversary
ReedTMS Logistics, a leading asset-based third-party logistics provider, is celebrating 20 years of business this month. Two decades of experience has helped to transform the company from a small startup to a leading organization within the logistics industry. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Tampa, FL, ReedTMS offers high-quality brokerage and freight management... Read more
Taylor Farms joins forces with Labor of Love
Taylor Farms, in partnership with Labor of Love, gave thanks to two automated harvesting crews for their service to the agriculture industry this week. The automated Romaine harvester was introduced by Taylor Farms in 2009 and provides an ergonomically correct working environment to harvesting crews. Taylor Farms employees and Labor of Love representatives caravanned... Read more
Frieda’s introduces watermelon radish pouch
Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, has debuted the first retail package for watermelon radishes, showing off the radishes’ vibrant internal color and with recipe ideas right on the bag. Restaurants and food bloggers have already grabbed onto the more visually impactful watermelon radish — from thinly shaved onto a salad... Read more
SunFed adds to Perfect Produce line
As SunFed continues to grow its one-stop-shop for retail partners, the company is now shipping vine-ripened Perfect Romas, with Grape and Beefsteak tomatoes, joining the Perfect Produce lineup this fall. “We are constantly working to improve and elevate our year-round program across the U.S. and Canada,” Eduardo Herbst, tomato sales manager, said... Read more
Former PMA board president John Martin dies at 94
John W. Martin, former board president of the Produce Marketing Association, died Tuesday, Aug. 23. He was 94 years old. Mr. Martin led the association in 1966 and was instrumental in broadening the scope of the Produce Packaging Association during his tenure, helping to guide strategic discussions for the rebranding of the PPA into what would eventually become... Read more
Avocados From Mexico goes big for the Month of the Guac
Avocados From Mexico, the No. 1 selling avocado in the United States, is going big for National Guac Month by bringing both retailers and consumers even more reasons to fill up their dip bowls with fresh, flavorful guac during the months of September and October. In addition to special in-store displays, huge consumer incentive offers will be launched to support... Read more
Josie's Organics expands recipe collection
Josie's Organics, a leading producer of premium organic vegetables, based in Soledad, CA, expanded its recipe collection, adding five new dishes that help moms mix up the weekly family repertoire with easy, go-to meals. The new recipes showcase fennel, leeks and dandelion greens, which were added to the Josie’s Organics whole vegetable product line earlier... Read more
Uesugi Farms expects good pepper harvest
Uesugi Farms’ 2016 Northern California pepper harvest, which includes green, red and yellow Bell peppers as well as mini-sweets and several varieties of hot peppers, started strong in early July. While green Bell peppers and hot peppers were on time, mini-sweets, red Bell peppers and yellow Bell peppers were about a week late. Heat ended the harvest early... Read more
New growing partner and new product line keeps Oakes Farms growth strategy at full steam ahead
The Aug. 8 edition of The Produce News reported that Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms had recently achieved its goal of becoming a year-round supplier of Eastern produce when it partnered with Chill C Farms in Moultrie, GA. Now the company has announced another new growing partner that will provide the company with its first line of hard squashes. On Aug. 17,... Read more
Garden-Fresh Foods and Carlin Group join forces
Garden-Fresh Foods, a leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, announced a new distribution partnership with Midwest-based Carlin Group, a leading regional retail merchandising company. "This is an exciting time for us," Tom Hughes, Garden-Fresh Foods co-founder, president and chief executive officer, said in a... Read more
APEAM’s reforestation program seeks to support long-term sustainability of Mexican avocado industry
The Mexican avocado industry, overseen by the Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Mexico, more commonly known by the acronym APEAM, announced it has expanded environmental efforts to support the long-term sustainability and strength of the industry. Recent news reports have discussed deforestation issues facing Michoacán, Mexico, related... Read more
Tops Friendly Markets opening six new stores
Tops Friendly Markets will be opening six new stores this week, four of which were previously Stop & Shop locations while the other two were Hannaford stores. Five of the stores will open in New York (Rhinebeck, New Paltz, Wappingers Falls, LaGrangeville, and Carmel) and one will open in Gardner, MA. Customers will find locally grown produce from up to... Read more