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Dalton Thomas announced as 2019 Apple Citizen of the Year
Dalton Thomas has been named 2019 Apple Citizen of the Year. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson and Former Wenatchee Valley College Athletic Director, Sandy Cooprider surprised Dalton with the award at the Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers Christmas Party at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club, Friday evening, Dec. 8. The Apple Citizen of the Year award began... Read more
Sun World’s export volume growth leads to increased sales, brand recognition
Grape category leader Sun World International has grown their export volume tremendously over the past few years. Growth can be attributed to strong brand presence overseas and strengthened partnerships with receivers. Specifically, Sun World International has grown their export volume by 40 percent year over year for the last three years. Strong receiver partnerships... Read more
Red River Valley growers contribute potatoes for 35th straight year
Thanks to the contribution of five Red River Valley potato shippers, Haun Potato Co. for thee 35th consecutive year will be boosting the spirits thousands of needy families in Kansas City. Spud and David Haun.David Haun, the president of the Kansas City-area potato distributorship, joins other area food companies in contributing food to The Salvation Army. The... Read more
Stater Bros. celebrates holiday season with over $850,000 in donations
Stater Bros. is spreading cheer this holiday season by giving back to the loyal communities it serves.  To brighten the holidays for those in need, Stater Bros. Charities donated over $850,000 to local non-profit organizations that benefit hunger relief and children’s well-being initiatives.  “For many, the holidays are typically a time of warm meals... Read more
Lawmakers have reached an agreement on the farm bill, clearing the way for votes in the House and Senate. The massive package -- $867 billion over 10 years – funds key farm programs but substantially leaves intact the federal food stamp program that serves 40 million low-income Americans. The farm bill establishes federal agriculture and food policy for five... Read more
Setton Farms adds two premium blends to plant-based snacks
Long Island, NY-based Setton International Foods, Inc., a leading company in the snack food industry for over 50 years, is expanding their line of plant-based snacks with the addition of two new blends: Simply Protein Blend and Nut Topper Blend. On Dec. 12, these premium snack bags will debut at the New York Produce Show and will be featured in the New Product... Read more
Publix named one of the best workplaces for diversity
Publix Super Markets has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces for Diversity, ranking No. 3 out of 100 companies, up from No. 6 last year. This list focuses on the experiences of women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, those with disabilities and those who belong to the baby boomer... Read more
Emeralds in the End Zone — a winning play for The Big Game
Mission Produce, a leading producer, distributor, and marketer of fresh Hass avocados, is gearing up for The Big Game by announcing its Emeralds in the End Zone retail campaign — a strategic promotion that offers retailers and shoppers a winning game day value. Emeralds in the Rough are two- or three-pound bags of grade 2, beautifully-blemished avocados — the... Read more
Attracting, training and retaining store level talent
Many of us began our love of produce as entry-level, part-time employees at the retail level. That experience provided a stepping-stone toward a career in our exciting industry. Back in the day, only the brightest and hardest working were given the opportunity to work in the produce department. Today, a large percentage of retail produce managers and many of... Read more
London Fruit offering avocados and limes in clamshells
London Fruit is expanding its clamshell line this December. A Dec. 10 press release from the firm promoted the new items as “a wonderful holiday idea for merchandising product.” The firm is offering two- and four-pack avocados and six- and eight-count limes in clamshells. London Fruit, which is based in Pharr, TX, has been “very successful” in marketing Honey... Read more
WP Rawl faces collard greens shortage ahead of holiday push
WP Rawl, a leading grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the United States was greatly impacted by various weather related national disasters contributing to a shortage of collard greens for the upcoming holidays. The Southeast experienced heavy rains and winds over a three-week stretch from indirect impacts from two major hurricanes that made landfall... Read more
EPA Recognizes Wegmans Food Markets as a Safer Choice Retailer
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Wegmans Food Markets as an outstanding Safer Choice Retailer. For the fourth year in a row, this award was given to Wegmans for fostering awareness of the Safer Choice program and committing to offer cleaning products that meet Safer Choice standards. EPA’s Partner of the Year Awards recognize organizations... Read more
Cultivating crops and care: Fyffes aids melon workers during off-season
When the calendar turned to November, the melons hit the United States market, marking the arrival into North America of melons grown offshore in Honduras and Guatemala. Indeed, the return of growing season in the Central American region at summer’s end means a lot for the well-being of local farming communities in Honduras and Guatemala, as the agricultural... Read more
New growing and packing operation adds to Big Taste
The Star Group’s new Culiacán growing and packing operation is off and running. Star is producing Big Taste roma tomatoes that will hit the market this week. Star-Group-roma-16The state-of the art packing operations, propagation facilities, greenhouses, and test fields have been in preparation throughout the fall. “We are thrilled to be shipping Big Taste... Read more
Haun Potato closing its doors
After almost 30 years of owning a family business, Haun Potato Co., David Haun is closing the company and retiring. Haun announced this move in an email to industry friends on the evening of Dec. 6. The next morning, he commented to The Produce News: “What a run!” Rick Ward, David Haun, and David Palermo of Haun Potato.The potato and onion distributor will... Read more
Morning Kiss Organic promotes over 10 varieties of organic citrus
Excitement for the citrus season is growing, and Morning Kiss Organic is prepared with a wide variety of consumer formats and price points. The company's program offerings will satisfy rising consumer demand for organic, and will provide promotional volume and advertising opportunities. The current citrus lineup includes grapefruit, lemons, limes, and navels.... Read more
Sunrise adds 33,000 square feet of cooler space
Sunrise Fresh Produce just finished a huge warehouse expansion project. The expansion of the Jackson, MS, facility was completed in November and has increased cooler space by 33,000 square feet. In just four short months, the Mississippi expansion has effectively doubled Sunrise Fresh Produce’s usable warehouse space. Each cooler was designed and built to improve... Read more
Trends to Watch for in 2019: Independent retailers are in a good position to advance
Some key industry and consumer trends from 2018 will take on even bigger importance in 2019. Getting ahead of these trends will be essential for all industry players, especially independent supermarket operators. They need to be aware of these developments and the big stakes involved. Here are five trends that should be on the radar of independent grocers in... Read more
Retailer's investment a Giant commitment to ag
Giant Food Stores has entered into a multi-year agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state Department of Agriculture to become the official sponsor of the Exposition Hall at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. The sponsorship was formally announced during a press conference in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex... Read more
Hawaiian getaway to be awarded in Idaho Potato Lover's Month Retail Display Contest
One lucky entrant in the Idaho Potato Commission’s 2019 retail display competition will be saying “aloha” to a six-night/seven-day stay at Hawaii’s Royal Lahaina Resort, the grand prize for the annual contest’s sweepstakes drawing. Overlooking sparkling Kaanapali Beach on the valley isle of Maui, the resort features nightly live Hawaiian entertainment, an oceanfront... Read more