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Florida is ‘in good shape’ for fall season
When it comes to produce, the sun is definitely beaming down brightly on the Sunshine State with sweet and rosy forecasts for the current fall and upcoming winter seasons. “After avoiding hurricanes and with decent levels of rainfall, Florida producers remain in good shape as we enter our heavier production months beginning in November and December,” said Karol... Read more
In the past, the early fall deal has seen inconsistent supplies of Mexican avocados as growers have attempted to influence the market by decreasing production through picking “holidays.” This year, supplies have been a model of consistency and U.S. retailers have responded with lots of promotions. “We’ve had steady supplies and very attractive pricing for quite... Read more
IPC teams up with Chobani to create festive recipe campaign
For the first time, the Idaho Potato Commission has collaborated with Chobani, America’s #1 Greek Yogurt brand, to create a festive recipe campaign promoting America’s favorite holiday side dish, mashed Idaho potatoes made with Chobani Greek Yogurt. The recipe celebrates two of Idaho’s most important agricultural industries: potatoes and dairy, which generate... Read more
Envy apple achieves celebrity status
The Envy apple has achieved a level of celebrity status, reaching millions with a simple swipe or click. Kourtney Kardashian’s modern lifestyle guide – POOSH – recently highlighted Envy as “my favorite apple of all time — so crispy and sweet,” when listing summertime grocery favorites. Now, there’s even more to Envy on POOSH, which focuses on wellness in all... Read more
Grocers having trouble turning data to dollars
dunnhumby released The Future of Retail Revenues Must Be Data Led, a November 2019 commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting that found 85 percent of grocery retailers globally lack the capabilities, technology, people and processes to use insights to monetize their data and drive customer experience in the $5.9 trillion worldwide grocery retail market.... Read more
Viva Fresh Expo launches Clean Eating Challenge
Viva Fresh is launching a health and wellness campaign that starts this week and will continue until the 2020 Viva Fresh Expo April 30–May 2, 2020 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, TX. Best-selling author, TV personality and physician Dr. Ian Smith will lead a group of four produce industry professionals who are changing their diets in an... Read more
Kroger taking new approach with produce
The Kroger Co. and Infarm, an urban farming network, announced a partnership that will bring modular living produce farms to North America, delivering produce picked so fresh you can see the roots. The partnership between Kroger and Infarm marks the first-of-its-kind in the United States. The living produce farms will launch this month at two of the 15 stores... Read more
Sun World grants three new fruit licenses
Sun World International LLC has added a Chilean and two Peruvian grape companies, Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina and Sun Fruits, to its list of licensees worldwide. The partnership with Sun World will allow Pronto Exports, Agrícola Interandina Sun Fruits, to expand and build their table grape profile with Sun World varieties, giving them access to domestic... Read more
Green Giant's record-breaking green bean feat
Green Giant broke the Guinness World Records title this morning for creating the largest serving of green bean casserole, weighing in at 1,009 pounds. The original serving record of 637 pounds was set by the Green Giant brand in 2017 to mark the inaugural year of the Green Giant float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The entirety of the record-breaking... Read more
Four of the Ontario produce industry’s hardworking individuals were honored Nov. 15 at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association’s 28th annual Gala and Awards Ceremony. The OPMA annual awards are presented to individuals or organizations whose efforts have made a significant impact on the Ontario produce industry. Over 400 people from across the industry gathered... Read more
Fulfilling Honeycrisp sales dreams
Although we are just entering the holiday season and spring planning may feel like it is out in the distance, Stemilt Growers is encouraging retailers to pick up planners and lean into the company’s Honeycrisp apple leadership, including premium programs like Honeyhill Incredible Honeycrisp apples and expanded volumes of Artisan Organics Honeycrisp. “We have... Read more
Walmart refreshing its produce approach
A few years ago, Walmart committed to a relentless focus on quality improvement and giving customers the best fresh produce possible, adding more organic and locally grown foods. Now the company sees an opportunity to change up its in-store look and feel to even further emphasize the quality of the food it sells, including an open market feel, an organic shop... Read more
Industry Viewpoint: The case for upgrading trucks
Food distributors are increasingly realizing the need to upgrade the trucks in their transportation fleet more frequently by replacing older, less efficient units that cost more to operate and produce harmful emissions. Without question, newer, eco-efficient trucks deliver significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs. In fact, according to the most recent... Read more
Meijer campaign capitalizes on social media to help the hungry
In an effort to help feed even more hungry families across the Midwest, Meijer is capitalizing on today's social behavior of posting food photos to social media through a hashtag campaign called Don't Just Share the Photo, Share the Meal. For each food photo publicly posted, or each Meijer Simply Give post shared, with the #meijersimplygive on Facebook, Instagram... Read more
Apeel Sciences and Sage Fruit Co. bring organic Apeel apples to market
California-based Apeel Sciences and Washington-based Sage Fruit Co. have announced that they are working together and bringing organic apples with Apeel shelf-life-extending coating to select markets. This marks Apeel’s first major partnership in the apple category and its first launch into organics. “This partnership marks a significant milestone for the organic... Read more
WGA elevates Talley, honors Nassif at Annual Meeting
At the Western Growers Annual Meeting in mid-November, Ryan Talley of Talley Farms was elected chairman of the board for 2019-20 and longtime President Tom Nassif was presented with the association’s prestigious WG Award of Honor in recognition of his service to the organization and the agricultural industry. Nassif will retire on Feb. 1, 2020, completing 18... Read more
Albertsons names EVP and chief customer and digital officer
Albertsons Cos. announced that Chris Rupp has been named executive vice president and chief customer and digital officer, effective Dec. 3. Rupp joins Albertsons Cos. from Microsoft Corp., where she most recently served as general manager of the company’s Xbox Business Engineering team. Rupp will be responsible for integrating and enhancing customers’ experiences... Read more
The USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has announced that they will begin to inspect tomato and pepper seed, transplants and fruit by Nov. 22 to protect against a plant virus known as Tomato Brown Rugose Virus, which has spread around the world since first being detected in Israel in 2014. The virus does not affect humans or animals, but it is... Read more
Exclusive showing of The Last Harvest at OGS
An exclusive showing of the award-winning Driscoll’s documentary The Last Harvest, which shines light on the labor shortage and immigration reform, will be held at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit, followed by an open forum discussion among produce industry leaders. Produced by Driscoll’s, in partnership with studio Farm League, The Last Harvest offers an... Read more
Bland Farms drives sweet onion sales with holiday display merchandisers
Bland Farms has re-released its holiday designed display merchandiser for its premium sweet onion products. The rustic seasonal look was developed by Bland Farms in coordination with Orlando, FL-based consultant Super Marketing Promotions. The merchandiser maximizes Bland’s sweet onion footprint and allows the retailer to co-merchandise with peak-season-seller,... Read more