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Green Giant completes national network of fresh herb facilities
Green Giant Fresh has completed its national network of fresh herb packing facilities. These locations extend the company's ability to deliver premium fresh herbs around the country from certified local and regional farms. “These strategic locations mean better efficiencies and shorter lead times, adding to the products’ shelf life, retailer profits and consumer... Read more
Giant Eagle shuttering discount banner
Giant Eagle, one of the nation’s larger food retailers and distributors, announced that it will discontinue operations of its  discount grocery chain throughout western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio. All eight of the company’s Good Cents Grocery + More locations will cease operations by the close of business on Thursday, March 26. “While our Good Cents... Read more
Rawl honors employees, customers at 90th anniversary celebration
W. P. Rawl family members and employees assembled for a group photo to memorialize the firm’s 90th anniversary at a reception Feb. 26 at the Southeastern Produce Council’s Southern Exposure show in Orlando, FL. ORLANDO, FL — About 80 employees and customers of W.P Rawl & Sons Inc., a greens grower, packer and shipper in Pelion, SC, gathered here Feb. 26... Read more
Picabo Street addresses Southern Roots luncheon
ORLANDO, FL — Picabo Street, World Cup Alpine skier and Olympic gold and silver medalist, spoke Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Southern Roots luncheon, one of many events of the Southeast Produce Council's 2015 Southern Exposure conference and trade show, Feb. 26-28, here at the Caribe Royale All Suite Hotel & Convention Center. Southern Roots is the council's... Read more
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas announced the dedication of salad bar equipment to San Cayetano Elementary School in Rio Rico, AZ, as part of the Let’s Move Salad Bars 2 School program. The dedication occurred Feb. 17 at the San Cayetano Elementary School and included school representatives, members of the FPAA and Rep. Raul Grijalva. The program... Read more
Roundy’s president to deliver keynote address at United Fresh 2015
Robert A. Mariano, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Roundy’s Inc. in Milwaukee, WI, will address leading produce retail industry executives at the United Fresh 2015 opening general session June 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Mariano started out in the retail grocery business at the age of 17, working as a part-time deli clerk at Dominick’s... Read more
Potandon Produce launches a new organic line, new brand
Potandon Produce has announced the launch of its newest brand: "Potandon Produce." Initially the brand will be used to market organic potatoes. The company already offers potato and onion products in the "Green Giant," "Klondike Brands" and "Sunfresh" labels. “Growth in the organic sector has been double digits for over a decade with no real end in sight”, Ralph... Read more
AFM joins collaboration behind FNV
Avocados from Mexico has announced that it is a founding supporter of FNV, a new brand that promotes fruit and vegetable consumption to teens and moms using the same relentless, compelling and catchy marketing that major consumer brands do. The collaboration was announced this week during the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Building a Healthier Future... Read more
Honey Belles open New Zealand pear season
New Zealand’s first pears of the year are on the water, with North American arrivals of the ready-to-eat Honey Belle variety planned for the first week in March. This small, sweet fruit heralds the beginning of the much-anticipated New Zealand pear season, which includes Bosc, Comice, Velvetine and Taylor’s Gold, available spring and summer from The Oppenheimer... Read more
An annual report titled the “dirty dozen” was released Feb. 25 concerning pesticide residues and produce. However, the group releasing this report recently called conventionally grown fruits and veggies “best” foods for consumers and strongly urged increased consumption of these healthy foods.  “This group continually issues confusing and conflicting... Read more
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools celebrates 4,000th salad bar donation
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools announced that the partnership has granted its 4,000th school salad bar, serving more than 2 million children a day. This milestone represents an investment of over $10 million by the LMSB2S partners, foundations and corporate and non-profit donors. A sub-initiative in support of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program,... Read more
Two tree fruit growers in the Pacific Northwest have joined forces in a joint venture designed to enhance marketplace competitiveness and implement operational efficiencies. The new business entity, Legacy Fruit Packers LLC, officially began operations Jan. 1, according to Dean Gardner, Legacy's chief executive officer. According to Gardner, Valley Fruit III... Read more
Food safety, immigration discussed at United Fresh town hall meeting
NOGALES, AZ — Common issues shared by the Nogales produce community and the United Fresh Produce Association membership were discussed at a United Town Hall meeting, here, Feb. 24. Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh, met in a Nogales restaurant with about 50 members of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas to discuss and... Read more
Nature Fresh Farms to unveil eat brighter! theme at Southern Exposure
With the start of the Canadian greenhouse season just a few weeks away, Nature Fresh Farms is putting the final touches on its new brand packaging with help from Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association’s eat brighter movement. “We are very excited to take part in the eat brighter! movement, it is an opportunity for Nature Fresh to assist in an... Read more
The tentative agreement between the International Longshore & Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association is positive news for the Washington apple industry, which has seen several challenges on the export front during the current season. The deal struck Feb. 20 means that normal work flow is being resumed at the 29 ports on the West Coast, including... Read more
A five-year analysis of media coverage of the Environmental Working Group’s annual release of its “dirty dozen” list showed efforts to counter this misinformation by the Alliance for Food & Farming resulted in EWG’s once dominant one-sided media coverage to decline by more than half (99.8 percent down to 48 percent).  Further, the analysis showed the... Read more
Ambrosia apples get huge media boost from Oscars
An unlikely star emerged as the national media darling when the contents of the “Everyone Wins at the Oscars” nominee gift bags were revealed to the public. In a gift bag valued at nearly $170,000 given to this year’s non-winning Oscar nominees, Ambrosia apples grabbed a share of the media spotlight as the only fresh produce item included. “We were stunned and... Read more
Mann Packing revamps organic packaging
Mann Packing Co. redesigned the packaging for its full line of fresh-cut organic vegetables. The revamped graphics, several months in creation, feature a premium rich color palette, clean, natural fresh design and a large window and product viewing area, according to Kim St. George, director of marketing and communication for the Salinas, CA-based firm. The... Read more
Dan Croce has been named president of ACME Markets, which operates more than 100 stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He succeeds Jim Perkins, who was promoted to chief operating officer of parent company Albertsons-Safeway’s East region. Croce, a 30-year grocery industry veteran, began his career with SuperFresh/A&P Food Markets. He... Read more
Cucumbers from a Maryland farm are the apparent source of a Salmonella outbreak that has caused one fatality and sickened 275 people in 29 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Although the outbreak occurred between May 20 and Sept. 30, 2014, this is the first public reporting of the incident. Of those sickened, approximately... Read more