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Lebron-like produce star taking its talents to South Beach
The Avocados From Mexico brand has announced its new avocado-centric concessions officially coming to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens with the debut of “TACOS por fAVOr,” which provides fans with an inventive avocado taco menu to enjoy during all of the stadium's events, including Miami Dolphins games. From Avo Mojo Chicken Tacos and Avo Pork Carnitas Tacos... Read more
IMG Citrus makes multi-million-dollar investment
IMG Citrus, a family-owned, vertically integrated citrus grower-packer-shipper in Vero Beach, FL, has added a $1.5 million investment to its packinghouse processing line, a state-of-the-art electronic fruit grader, the “Global Scan 7” manufactured by MAF Roda Industries in France. The new sorter has the ability to precisely capture 120 images per fruit and up... Read more
Side Delights 'Adopt a Potato Farmer' program responds to shoppers seeking locally grown produce
The Side Delights “Adopt a Potato Farmer” program aims to generate grassroots awareness with food bloggers and their audiences to the importance of the locality of each partner in Fresh Solutions Network.  The program paired regional food bloggers with Network farmers to share their stories about growing Side Delights potatoes.  In turn, the blogger... Read more
A symphony of produce at Southern Innovations 2019
NASHVILLE — From informative education sessions to a dynamic keynote presentation, from an interactive Southern Roots luncheon to the presentation of the Next Generation Award, from the introduction of the new officers to the energetic trade show, the Southeast Produce Council's 2019 Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo was by all accounts another... Read more
US Foods completes $1.8 billion acquisition
US Foods, one of the largest foodservice distributors in the nation, has acquired five Services Group of America subsidiaries that mainly serve customers throughout the western U.S. and into the Midwest, Alaska and the Pacific Rim. “We are excited to finalize this transaction and enhance our overall scale and footprint in the attractive Northwest and West regions,"... Read more
Baldor to be honored by Lovin’ Spoonfuls
Lovin’ Spoonfuls, a nonprofit food rescue organization based in Boston, is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. At its annual Ultimate Tailgate party, being held on Nov. 3, the organization will honor Baldor Specialty Foods, based in the Bronx, NY. The company will be honored with the... Read more
Last time in this space we compared aggressive produce selling with conservative practices. This topic struck home with many readers. Some shared their thoughts related to an article. Here are a few of those: One produce manager wrote, “I couldn’t agree more about selling produce. There is an open space before entering my produce department and I like setting... Read more
C&S, PFK give independent retailers healthy options for kids
C&S Wholesale Grocers is providing shoppers at its retail partners — ShurSave Markets and ShurSave Independent Supermarkets — the opportunity to join the Produce for Kids Club when they make a fresh produce purchase through Oct. 9. Every time shoppers in these stores purchase fresh produce, a code is automatically generated on their receipt with an invite... Read more
Del Monte's Better Break is the ultimate plant-forward snack
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced the launch of an exciting new product to join its robust lineup of convenient and wholesome lunch and snack solutions. The Better Break convenience line, available nationwide later this summer, provides the solution busy consumers on-the-go have been looking for when it comes to wholesome, flavorful prepared meals. Perfect... Read more
Chile stresses quality to remain competitive in blueberry market
Chilean blueberry producers created the winter market for blueberries in the United States, but in recent years they have seen increasing competition from other countries, most notably Peru. “We are certainly aware of the growing challenges in the U.S. market,” said Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association. “Peruvian volumes have... Read more
Food Lion launches specially marked bagged-apple campaign
Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help end hunger by offering specially marked Food Lion Feeds bagged apples for sale in its stores. In its sixth year, the bagged apple campaign will help nourish families and their neighbors in need by helping provide more than 1 million meals to end hunger in local communities across Food Lion’s 10-state footprint. With... Read more
School is back in session and, in addition to newly-sharpened pencils, crisp papers and (relatively) clean lunch boxes, there’s a fresh re-start to family mealtimes. The looser schedules of summer have transitioned back to a more structured day, including planned lunches and snacks as well as family dinners. Sure, there’s something to be said for the lazy days... Read more
Vanguard launches new campaign
The Vanguard International Group launched two refreshed marketing campaigns this fall for two arms of its business, Vanguard International and Vanguard Direct. Developed by the Vancouver-based advertising and design agency of record If Communications, the campaign will further position Vanguard International as an innovative industry leader in produce worldwide,... Read more
Target looking to hire 130,000 team members
Target Corp. plans to add more than 130,000 seasonal team members across the country for the upcoming holiday season, including a two-fold increase in the number of roles focused on fulfilling digital orders from its stores. In addition, the company said it committed to offering existing team members additional hours based on their preference and availability. “It’s... Read more
Green Giant Fresh introduces six new Veggie Bowls
Green Giant Fresh, a leading innovator in fresh value-added vegetables, is introducing a convenient line of easy-to-prepare Veggie Bowls to include great-tasting flavors and more hunger-crushing ingredients in each meal. “Consumers are demanding more plant-based alternatives at every meal occasion and we’ve created a satisfyingly complete option that can be... Read more
Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has strongly responded to the U.S. Department of Commerce, challenging important segments of new recommended trade rules for the U.S. import of Mexican tomatoes. On Sept. 9, James R. (Tres) Bailey, the senior director of federal government affairs for Walmart Inc., emailed the retailer’s position to Jeffrey Kessler, the... Read more
Vision Produce names new president
Vision Produce Co. has announced the promotion of Dan Lawton to president and managing partner. He is taking over the day-to-day operation of the company, though founder and majority owner Bill Vogel will remain as chairman and CEO. Vogel, who started the company as Tavilla Sales Co. of Los Angeles in 1980, said he is still involved with the company on a full-time... Read more
Unique varieties offer niche for specialty firms
Grapes, tomatoes, apples and host of other mainstream crops are finding excellent opportunities for proprietary and limited volume varieties as these new items are creating buzz and adding shelf space at retail operations throughout the country. A stroll through any retail produce department reveals expanded space and SKUs for grape and colored tomatoes, a plethora... Read more
Ahold Delhaize announced that Jeff Carr, CFO since 2011, has informed the company that he will not stand for another term as member of the management board after his current term expires per the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in April 2020.   Frans Muller, President & Chief Executive Officer Ahold Delhaize said: “I respect Jeff’s decision and... Read more
NEPC celebrates 20 years
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New England Produce Council’s annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo, which regularly attracts more than 1,000 produce movers and shakers in the region. “We are really excited to celebrate out 20th anniversary and 20 went by so fast,” said Laura Sullivan, NEPC’s executive director. “We have a great lineup as... Read more