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Corona brand limes coming to market
Constellation Brands, a leading import beer company, has granted Earth Source, an international and domestic fresh produce grower representative, the right to source and distribute Corona Extra branded limes under an agreement brokered by the Joester Loria Group. Earth Source will oversee the procurement, packaging and distribution of the limes, which will be... Read more
AWG boosting produce purchases with PFK campaign
A year-long healthy eating-focused Produce for Kids campaign with Associated Wholesale Grocers' Springfield division is featuring in-store veggie-themed photo opportunities for families, registered dietitian tips for shoppers and signage call outs near all 17 produce supplier partners’ products. In addition, digital elements including a dedicated microsite, social... Read more
Vidalia Onion Committee honors Cruz, Stanley at awards banquet
Omar Cruz, agronomist for Bland Farms, was named the 2018 Grower of the Year and long-time industry icon R.T. Stanley was inducted into the Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame during the Vidalia Onion Committee 2018 awards banquet. More than 200 guests attended the annual event, which celebrated a strong production year in 2017 that also marked the 25th anniversary of... Read more
Sweet finale for Cuties' 100 Days of Sunshine campaign
For the past 100 days, Cuties and iHeart Radio have inspired families to share the sweetness of Cuties season through recipes, DIYs and family-friendly activities online and on-air. But this past weekend during Random Acts of Kindness Day, the brand celebrated the finale of its 100 Days of Sunshine campaign by asking fans to share how they promote kindness in... Read more
Amazon rewards consumers' Whole Foods purchases
Amazon.com Inc., Chase and Whole Foods Market announced that Amazon Rewards Visa cardmembers can now enjoy even more rewards when shopping at Whole Foods Market, including a vast selection of local, Whole Trade and organic produce. Eligible Prime members will earn 5 percent back on Whole Foods Market purchases when using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa... Read more
Sunny Sweet Peppers: J&J Family of Farms' new pepper variety
J&J Family of Farms is pleased to announce a new, one-of-a-kind pepper variety: Sunny Sweet Peppers. Like no other sweet pepper in its category, Sunny Sweet Peppers have a much sweeter taste than mini sweet peppers due to their higher Brix. The unique proprietary field-grown variety pepper also has a very small seed cavity located at the very top of pod,... Read more
AFM scores on flavor with Fanwich fanatics
Avocados From Mexico's Fanwich campaign will be launched for its fourth consecutive year, running Feb. 26 through March 30. Designed to drive excitement and avocado consumption during the college basketball season, Avocados From Mexico will inspire shoppers to turn ordinary sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs into something extraordinary with guac mashes, fueling... Read more
Stemilt's Snappiest Lil Snappers Contest
Stemilt Growers is inviting parents to shine the spotlight on their witty children through a nationwide video and story-sharing contest called Snappiest Lil Snappers. The digital contest is reaching parents via their favorite social channels and reinforcing Stemilt’s popular Lil Snappers brand of kid-sized apples and pears. “The Snappiest Lil Snappers Contest... Read more
Gourmet Finest launches new Gourmet Mushroom Crumble
Gourmet’s Finest is shouting out “Get Ready to Crumble” with its new Gourmet Mushroom Crumble, a blend of fresh white and various brown mushrooms. Alan Kleinman, sales and business development manager for the Avondale, PA-based mushroom producer, told The Produce News that the new item is being rolled out now. “Gourmet’s Finest has partnered with Atlanta-based... Read more
Tops files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
Tops Markets LLC is pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from the company’s balance sheet. Tops stores across the company’s portfolio in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont are continuing to serve customers with no impact to day-to-day operations. The company fully expects operations to continue... Read more
Gerardo Ritz, the youngest of nine children in the Ritz Habermann family, has died. His late father, Eduardo Ritz, and late mother, Berta Habermann, were both born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, where the family business, Agricola Ritz was founded. Gerardo Ritz, who was born April 30, 1970, was the general manager and principal of Ritz Produce in Rio Rico, AZ. Lance... Read more
Albertsons, Rite Aid to merge
Albertsons Cos., one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, and Rite Aid Corp., one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains, announced a definitive merger agreement under which privately held Albertsons Cos. will merge with publicly traded Rite Aid. The integrated company will operate approximately 4,900 locations, 4,350 pharmacy counters, and 320 clinics... Read more
EverCrisps for everyone
All Fresh GPS will be exhibiting at the Southern Exposure with a special guest, the EverCrisp apple. The apples taste is sweet like a Fuji, and the texture is crispy and juicy like a Honeycrisp. “Experiencing this apple will be something you do not want to miss, as this apple holds true to its name. The flavor and the texture will be a big game changer... Read more
Del Rey taking healthy label to heart
Del Rey Avocado Co.'s California conventional carton products are now part of the American Heart Association's Heart-Check Food Certification Program. Del Rey Avocado is one of the first companies in the industry to proudly display the Heart-Check logo on its packaging effective Feb. 1. The Heart-Check mark makes it easy to spot heart-healthy foods in the grocery... Read more
Bi-Lo may file Chapter 11
Operating under more than $1 billion in debt, Bi-Lo LLC may be close to filing for bankruptcy protection, according to Bloomberg. As part of the move the company, which owns the Winn-Dixie chain, is planning to close almost 200 stores. This would be the third time Bi-Lo has filed for bankruptcy, doing so previously in 2005 and 2009. Chapter 11 is not a foregone... Read more
Nielsen, Hartman Group dive into organic fresh sales
The second of six educational sessions to be held at the Organic Produce Summit 2018 will provide a data dive into sales, trends and analysis of organic fresh produce, while examining consumer behavior and attitudes of the multi-billion-dollar category. “Organic Sales, Analysis and the Why Behind the Buy” will feature representatives from research firm Nielsen... Read more
Ben B. excited for NWA Convention festivities
Watermelons are a big deal for Detroit-based Ben B. Schwartz & Sons, so attending the National Watermelon Association Convention, Feb. 21-24 in Nashville, TN, is a no-brainer, according to Nate Stone, who handles specials projects for the company. “Although it’s only our second year attending, this convention is just a natural fit for us,” Stone told The... Read more
Meijer Simply Give program sets record with 84.8 million-meal donation
The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million — the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals — for food pantries through the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $37 million since its inception in 2008. The retailer’s most recent campaign — held during the holiday season — resulted in more than $3.1 million,... Read more
In a brief session following the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Annual Meeting on Feb. 8, in Stevens Point, the board of directors elected Josh Mattek of J.W. Mattek & Sons Inc. as 2018 WPVGA president. Mattek succeeds Eric Schroeder of Schroeder Bros. Farms, Inc., who served as board president in 2017. Gary Wysocki of Wysocki Produce... Read more
No more tears, Sunions are here
A game-changing product of more than three decades of research, development and natural hybridization by Bayer Crop Science, Sunions are a long-day sweet onion variety grown in the United States. Unlike other long-day onions, Sunions actually become sweeter and more tearless in storage. It all comes down to the levels of volatile compounds responsible for pungency... Read more