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170 million pounds of Peruvian avocados coming this summer
As the world’s insatiable appetite for avocados continues to skyrocket, the Peruvian Avocado Commission is thrilled to be kicking off it’s 2018 season with many exciting retail and consumer focused marketing initiatives. Beginning in June and in celebration of World Avocado Month, Avocados From Peru is the exclusive sponsor of various exciting activations in... Read more
Retailer's produce managers are Tops
Tops Friendly Markets, a full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont, announced its 2018 Produce Managers of the Year. Nominees from each district were evaluated on several criteria, including sales growth, overall department conditions, and development of associates, customer interaction, merchandising, shrink and profitability.... Read more
Avocados from Peru and California Walnuts join forces on superfoods promotion
Avocados From Peru is joining forces with California Walnuts to promote two of the world’s most potent superfoods through the first-ever in-store tasting collaboration between two nutrient-rich powerhouse foods. The in-store tastings will be held at Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart in the United States, and Costco in Europe with the World Avocado Organization.  “We... Read more
Avocados From Peru's new mascot
Avocados From Peru introduced its new brand mascot as part of a refreshed 2018 social media strategy. The mascot imagery draws inspiration from Peru's heritage and the existing Peruvian Avocado logo. The updated look incorporates hand-drawn elements, pops of color and modernized typography into a unique and flexible brand package. Cultural elements are introduced... Read more
FPAA's new chairman takes over at annual meeting
Members of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas held their annual meeting May 15, in Nogales, AZ. The annual meeting is an opportunity for members to discuss key actions from the previous year with detailed updates from the FPAA’s president, chairman and staff. In addition, the annual meeting is the opportunity to vote for board members to fill the terms... Read more
Vision Import Group to see first shipment of Argentinean lemons in years
After almost 17 years of being absent from the United States due to previous trade restrictions, Argentinean lemons are returning to the U.S., and Vision Import Group LLC expects to receive its first shipment this week. Ronnie Cohen, a principal at Vision Import Group, based in Hackensack, NJ, said there is great anticipation for Argentinean lemons in the market.... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. LDS Food Distributors Inc., operating out of Chicago, failed to pay a $46,154 award in favor of a Texas seller. As of the issuance date of the reparation order, Amado Acosta and Cecilia... Read more
Campbell Soup Co.’s foray into fresh appears to be a flop. The Camden, NJ-based company best known for its soups entered the fresh segment with its $1.55 billion acquisition of Bolthouse Farms in 2012, heralding the move as a new direction for the company that would provide a new avenue for growth. At the time of the acquisition, Campbell Chief Executive Officer... Read more
Argentine lemons break 17-year drought
This past week, Seald Sweet welcomed the arrival of the first containers of Argentine fresh lemons in 17 years to the U.S. “Argentine lemons are considered the top lemons in the world with superior juice quality and content,” said Mayda Sotomayor, chief executive officer of Seald Sweet. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this quality, fresh product to U.S.... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's most recent Florida citrus crop forecast of 44.95 million boxes of oranges for the 2017-18 season is 50,000 boxes down from the April estimate and 9 million boxes down from the 54 million boxes predicted at the start of the season. The forecast represents a decline of more than 80 percent since the peak of citrus production... Read more
Organic produce category driving sales
Two separate pieces of data released this month clearly show that the organic category continues to be a solid driver of growth at retail — and devotees are committed to the category. The Organic Produce Network released scan data showing that organic fresh produce sales started 2018 strong with 8 percent dollar and volume growth compared to the first quarter... Read more
Partnership enhances Kroger's digital and robotics capabilities
The Kroger Co. and online supermarket Ocado announced an exclusive partnership agreement in the United States that will accelerate Kroger's creation of a seamless shopping experience for America's families. The alliance will bring to the U.S. for the first time the unparalleled technology underpinnings of the Ocado Smart Platform, which includes online ordering,... Read more
Michigan vegetables start a little late
HART, MI — Like much of the nation, winter lingered in Michigan this spring. Vegetable growers are running late, but overall the condition of Michigan crops look good. As The Produce News toured key Michigan growing areas the week of May 7, grower-shippers were mostly comfortable that their blooming crops would be safe from a spring freeze.Nick Osmulski of North... Read more
NWPB takes watermelon-on-the-go
Convenient and portable may not be the first qualities that come to mind when you think of a big, whole watermelon; however, the National Watermelon Promotion Board is challenging that thinking and creating new occasions for eating watermelon. NWPB recently visited Time Inc. Food Studios in Birmingham, AL, to demonstrate endless ideas for watermelon-on-the-go... Read more
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations CBP officers at Laredo Port of Entry recently apprehended three pedestrians in connection with the seizure of alleged methamphetamine with a street value of $331,000 hidden within cans of produce. “Our frontline officers continue to maintain vigilance while conducting their inspections and the judicious... Read more
BJ's CEO takes on new role
BJ's Wholesale Club announced that Christopher J. Baldwin, president and chief executive officer, has added chairman of the board of directors to his responsibilities, effective immediately. Laura Sen has announced her retirement from the Board. The company also announced that Nishad Chande has joined the board of directors. "I'm pleased to be named chairman... Read more
Lidl names new president and CEO
Lidl US announced that Johannes Fieber has been appointed president and chief executive officer, and will assume responsibility for U.S. operations over the coming months. Fieber succeeds Brendan Proctor, who led the U.S. expansion from June 2015. Fieber has extensive retail experience and has been with Lidl for about 10 years, serving in multiple Lidl countries.... Read more
Labor concerns in Colorado: Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue leads produce roundtable
More than a dozen Colorado farmers shared concerns and a few laughs with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado Secretary of Agriculture Don Brown and American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall at a roundtable discussion in Brighton on May 15. Hosted by Sakata Farms, the event was part of a four-day,... Read more
Florida ag commissioner gets Publix support for gubernatorial bid
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and retail giant Publix share more than a common origin — Polk County, FL — both are invested in Putnam becoming the state’s next governor. Publix, which has 812 Florida stores and is one of the state’s largest private employers, has given more money to Putnam's bid for governor than any other candidate since... Read more
Cal Giant shoppers are good to its produce partners
California Giant Berry Farms has been gaining consumer insights for several years as it continues to use a permission-based marketing approach through its website and email communication. With a rich established database, those insights are paying off for the company and their trading partners as the first quarter results for 2018 have just been released. The... Read more