El Niño a cause of concern for Mexican produce distributors
NOGALES, AZ — With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in Mexican fields every year, Nogales fruit and vegetable distributors are always concerned about adverse weather affecting their fields. Now there is an extra cause for concern because of warm eastern Pacific waters boosting El Niño. "El Niño is intensifying much earlier than usual this summer and... Read more
The Fresh Market Inc. has named Richard (Rick) Anicetti as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1. Anicetti has also been elected to the company’s board of directors. Anicetti joins The Fresh Market with more than 30 years of experience across all key retail functions at Hannaford Bros. Co. and Food Lion LLC. He served for eight... Read more
A judge ruled Sept. 1 that A&P can place restrictions on seniority bumping rights for employees at 25 stores set to close in October, but also said workers at those stores should receive more severance than what the company wanted to pay. While acknowledging the frustration A&P workers are experiencing due to the company not honoring its contract, U.S.... Read more
WASHINGTON — With the childhood nutrition law set to expire Sept. 30, the timing of the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference, which brings produce industry leaders to Capitol Hill, could not be better. The Sept. 28-30 meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the WPPC. About 100 produce leaders attended the first conference in 1995,... Read more
Haggen, a West Coast regional grocer, has filed a lawsuit against Albertsons LLC and Albertsons Holdings LLC seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Among its complaints, Haggen claims that Albertsons illegally accessed Haggen’s confidential data to gain an unfair competitive advantage. The complaint, which was filed Sept. 1 in United States District Court... Read more
Ready Pac adds to back-to-school options
With the new school year top of mind, Ready Pac Foods has added several on-the-go snack options to its popular Snack Cups and Ready Snax offerings — an ideal option for school lunches and quick and healthy snacking. “By offering parents and students a wider range of nutritious snacks to choose from, the new Ready Snax and Snack Cups will give parents confidence... Read more
United Supermarkets reaffirmed its commitment to the Lubbock, TX, community with news that it will open a new location in 2016. According to Ron Bonacci, senior director of marketing, it will showcase a new look and feel for United shoppers, including a larger produce section with extensive organic options. Construction is expected to start late this fall and... Read more
BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that Christopher J. Baldwin will take over as president and chief operating officer, effective Sept. 8, with oversight of the chain’s business operations, including merchandising, marketing, membership and logistics. He will also sit on the company’s board of directors. Prior to joining BJ’s, Baldwin was chief executive officer... Read more
New reports shows that organic growing methodology is bee-friendly
An important and timely report released in June by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators — predominantly bees — which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security. Titled The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator... Read more
Go Broncos... Go Colorado fruits and veggies
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association is reaching out to broad audiences in Colorado and eight other states with a focused message: Fall in love with Colorado produce. Adrian Card, who works as an agent with Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County, serves as a partner on the association’s board of directors. He talked about the... Read more
Raley’s new concept store
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announced plans to develop a new store that will be state-of-the art with a focus on the most sustainable features. The 36,000-square-foot store will deliver an extensive assortment of fresh, high-quality food. The new site, located in the Sacramento area, advances the company’s vision to bring health and wellness to... Read more
New generation of GMO potatoes deregulated
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has deregulated J.R. Simplot Co.'s genetically modified Russet Burbank variety of Innate potatoes. This is the second generation of Innate potatoes to receive deregulated status. The new potatoes contain four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers. These traits were achieved by... Read more
Sobeys Inc. has launched a new concept store Chalo! FreshCo in Brampton, ON. The new banner is the company’s first South Asian-focused discount grocery store. “Chalo! FreshCo is a significant and unique addition to our company’s food retailing lineup,” Rob Adams, general manager of discount format for Sobeys Inc., said in a press release. “This store caters... Read more
San Luis Valley reporting good crop for 2015, organic acreage on the rise
Monte Vista, CO — With 52,900 acres of potatoes on the receiving end of good rainfall and not much hail throughout the growing season, Colorado’s San Luis Valley was getting ready in August to harvest what growers and shippers were describing as a good crop size-, yield- and quality-wise. Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative... Read more
New Domex 'Superfresh Kids' pear pouch bags feature eat brighter! artwork
This fall, Domex Superfresh Growers will debut a new line of two-pound gusseted Superfresh Kids-themed pear pouch bags with "Sesame Street" characters in support of the eat brighter! campaign. The eat brighter! campaign is a unique and powerful partnership with Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association, in collaboration with the Partnership for... Read more
QUEBEC CITY — With the theme “A Healthy Industry, a Shared Responsibility,” the Quebec Produce Marketing Association held its 68th annual convention Aug. 20-22 at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, here. Convention delegates found a unique and enriching convention waiting for them, starting with a warm personal welcome from 2014-15 QPMA board president Sammy... Read more
A&P requests $5 million for execs, key management
Days after sending WARN layoff notices to more than 22,000 employees, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. filed paperwork in hopes of using $5 million to retain 495 executives and key management employees — less than 2 percent of the overall workforce. Nearly $1 million of the funds would be divided between just 11 employees. The request was filed with... Read more
WASHINGTON — One month before Congress must act to reauthorize school nutrition standards, the United Fresh Produce Association defended government policies to increase fresh fruits and vegetables after a new study raised questions about consumption and plate waste. The University of Vermont study, which was released Aug. 25, used digital imaging to capture... Read more
Mission Produce sends first-ever shipment of Peruvian avocados to China
Mission Produce Inc. in Oxnard, CA, has exported the first-ever container of fresh avocados from Peru to China. The load was grown on Mission-owned ranches in Peru, and packed at Mission’s Avocado Packing facility in Chao, Peru. This first shipment left the port of Paita, Peru, and will arrive at the Chinese port of Shanghai, China, by mid-September. According... Read more
David H. Murdock, Dole Food Co. Inc.'s chief executive officer, and C. Michael Carter, former president and chief operating officer, have been ordered to pay shareholders more than $148 million for efforts to drive down the market price as well as fraud during the negotiations for Murdock's 2013 buyout of the company. "Although facially large, the award is conservative... Read more