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Whole Foods Market predicts top 10 food trends for 2020
Whole Foods Market’s global buyers and experts revealed the most anticipated and innovative food trends for 2020 in the retailer’s fifth annual trends predictions announcement. Regenerative agriculture, fresh snacks, meat-plant blends, plant-based prepared foods and West African foods are among the food influences and movements expected to take off in the... Read more
SpongeBob and Bland Farms set to costar in the produce aisle
You may wonder what SpongeBob has to do with Vidalia sweet onions; besides onions being one of the key ingredients to the signature Krabby Patty, both will be playing a starring role in the produce aisle this spring. Bland Farms and Paramount Pictures Corp. announced a partnership for the 2020 Vidalia sweet onion season in conjunction with the release of The... Read more
Mucci Farms wins Best Sustainable Packaging Award at Fresh Summit 2019
Mucci Farms was awarded the top prize for Best Sustainable Packaging at the PMA’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo for Simple Snack, a plastic-free, backyard compostable series of packaging.  “To win this category in particular is exciting because sustainability is by far the top of mind subject in the food industry today,” said Emily Murracas, director... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found Nicholas Allen responsibly connected to Allens Inc. in Siloam Springs, AR, which failed to pay $9.76 million to 40 produce sellers for 2,312 lots of produce. This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Allen challenged the initial determination that he was responsibly connected to Allens Inc.... Read more
Harris Teeter named 2019 Pear Retailer of the Year
The Pear Bureau Northwest's award for 2019 Pear Retailer of the Year went to Harris Teeter. Presented on the show floor of the 2019 PMA Fresh Summit, the award is based upon tactics devoted to pear category improvements in merchandising performance and sales increases throughout the year. "Over the course of the past season, Harris Teeter put forth commendable... Read more
Mary Zink of Wegman’s named Mango Retailer of the Year
ANAHEIM, CA — Although she has been working on the mango desk for Wegman’s for less than a year, Mary Zink has already made her mark on the category. Zink, product category manager for the Rochester, NY-based retailer, was honored Oct. 18 as the National Mango Board’s 2019 Mango Retailer of the Year during the board’s annual reception at the PMA Fresh Summit,... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
The food as medicine movement
You know the saying, if only there were a magic pill for (fill in the blank). It could be weight loss, a cure to the common cold, lowering your risk of heart disease, the possibilities are endless. While there may not be a magic pill, a new movement is on the rise: Food as Medicine. As Hippocrates put it, “Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” The... Read more
Big Y names new VP of fresh foods, district sales and merchandising mentor
Eric A. Swensen has been named Big Y Foods' vice president of fresh foods and Christian P. D’Amour has taken on the role of district sales and merchandising mentor for the company. As vice president of fresh foods, Swensen is responsible for developing strategies and team support for sales, marketing, and merchandising for all fresh foods departments for... Read more
IMG Citrus celebrates 40-year anniversary in the Florida citrus industry
IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically-integrated citrus grower, packer, and shipper in Vero Beach, FL, is celebrating its 40 years of business. Its Florida citrus business began in 1979 when Michel Sallin, IMG Citrus president, traveled to Florida seeking investment opportunities in agriculture. Sallin and his wife, Veronique’s, first investment, 72... Read more
Avocados from Peru closes out 2019 season
This season, Avocados from Peru continued to exceed expectations of quality and supply. Peru’s commitment to sustainable and socially responsible agricultural practices, and its reputation as a reliable supply source, solidified AFP’s dominance in the industry as one of the largest suppliers of avocados during the summer months. Peru exported 183 million pounds... Read more
Anyone who has been to Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo can speak to the excitement, the buzzing energy and the fresh and delicious produce and floral on display. For two days the industry comes together to put their best on display and to walk aisle after aisle taking in the unmatched samples across all varieties of all commodities.... Read more
PeaTos Sprouts into the natural channel
PeaTos will debut in Sprouts Farmers Market, a leading natural-channel grocery phenomenon that opened in 2002 to make natural foods accessible to everyone. Available in all 300-plus coast-to-coast Sprouts markets as of Oct. 14, consumers can experience PeaTos’ wildly popular and crowd-pleasing crunchy curls in flavor favorites that include Classic Cheese, Fiery... Read more
Shoppers choose Envy apples for best flavor, crunch and appearance
The Envy apple ranked No. 1 for flavor, texture, aroma and appearance, after being tested against category stalwarts like Honeycrisp, Fuji and Gala — and newcomers like Cosmic Crisp. The sensorial results were revealed through independent research involving 142 participants, conducted by New Zealand-based FORWARD Insight & Strategy, in April in New York.... Read more
Dachman, Smith recognized with industry awards at PMA Fresh Summit
ANAHEIM, CA -- Two industry icons were recognized with separate awards for their dedication and service to the produce industry Oct. 17 during the opening general session of the PMA Fresh Summit convention and exposition, here. Rich Dachman, a longtime executive at Sysco who retired from that company in June and is now chief executive officer of Brighter Bites,... Read more
Crunch Out campaign: 'Crunch carrots, conquer chaos'
The newly formed California Crunch, Crunch, Crunch Council announced its new advertising campaign, Crunch Out, to reintroduce consumers to a whole new appeal for fresh carrots. The objective of the fictitious, tongue-in-cheek new council and the multi-media campaign, a brainchild of the California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board and Fortnight Collective is to re-engage... Read more
Misionero introduces new sauté kits
Green Wave Farms, Misionero’s fresh-cut vegetable line, launched a Green Beans Sauté Kit and a Brussels Sprouts Sauté Kit to be unveiled at Fresh Summit. Shoppers can expect to see both kits in stores by November 2019. To meet the growing demand of healthy and convenient products, Misionero created the Green Wave Farms four-ingredient sauté kits that come with... Read more
The iceberg lettuce market has soared above $30 per carton f.o.b., and all indications are that it could very well stay in that stratosphere beyond Thanksgiving. Veteran vegetable salesman Mark McBride of Coastline Family Farms in Salinas, Ca, explained that warm weather in the Salinas Valley has caused many lettuce fields to be two weeks or more ahead of schedule.... Read more
POM Wonderful campaign reinforces antioxidant superpower status
POM Wonderful is launching a brand new marketing campaign to champion the health benefits of antioxidants and continue to establish POM Wonderful 100 percent pomegranate juice as the antioxidant superpower. The creative advertisements display the iconic POM bottle in compelling designs that bring the health benefits of antioxidants to life. “Two-thirds of super... Read more
Baja Son announces year-round organic green onions program
Baja Son Growers, one of the larger suppliers of asparagus and green onions in North America, has announced it will begin offering a year-round organic green onion program in its Baja Son Growers label. The company entered the sales and marketing arena in 2010 and introduced the Baja Son Premium asparagus and green onion label. One of the few asparagus and green... Read more