The people and produce of OPS 2017
Monterey, CA — The second annual Organic Produce Summit, held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, here, was jam-packed with people and a whole lot of produce! Check it out as exhibitors show off some of their favorite produce... Read more
California dreamin’ at the Organic Produce Summit
Monterey, CA — In a world where kids are asking for fruit instead of candy we’ll have an avocado in every house, Autumn Glory apples in every hand, and artichokes and organic Melonups for everyone! The Produce News took some time at... Read more
OPS gives attendees food for thought
Monterey, CA — The educational sessions at the Organic Produce Summit, which took place July13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, here, gave attendees some serious food for thought. Topics ranged from merchandising and trends, to opportunities... Read more
Sold-out OPS a hit with retailers
The Organic Produce Summit, held July 12-13 in Monterey, CA, was sold out for attendees and exhibition booths. More than 900 people were in attendance, including nearly 200 retailers from over 70 different buying organizations. Representatives... Read more
Silver Vase showcases its orchids at IFE
Silver Vase Orchids began as a tiny south Florida shadehouse in 1988, and has since grown to a multi-million square-foot production range, run by Andrew and llma Bartha. Today, the fully automated and environmentally friendly greenhouse operation... Read more
OPS gets down on the dance floor before getting down to business
Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, Wednesday, July 12 as the 2017 Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception. Industry members got down on the dance floor last night; today they’ll... Read more
Getting excited about summer citrus with Sunkist
Valencia oranges, great for juicing, snacking and marinades, are in peak season during the summer months. It's also a great time for grapefruit, which is perfect for breakfasts — or cocktails in the evening. If you’re looking for... Read more
Adam Cooper recaps Wonderful year
Adam Cooper, vice president of the Wonderful Company, chatted with The Produce News at the recent United Fresh Produce Show in Chicago to discuss the wild success of the company’s Halos, pistachios, Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice and... Read more
Red Sun Farms' specialties and innovative packaging
There is an ever-increasing demand for specialties from Red Sun Farms, according to Carlos Visconti, chief operating officer. This includes the company's flavorful Monarch Pearls and brightly colored Chef's Collection. This demand has allowed... Read more
Sunshine Bouquet shows off floral arrangements
CHICAGO — At Sunshine Bouquet Co., it's all about trends and design. In its booth at the International Floriculture Expo, June 14-15, here, the company displayed its 2018 offerings and some of the new products coming from its farm. Aaron Pickering,... Read more
Movers and shakers bust a move at United Fresh expo
CHICAGO — With four collocated shows, there was an abundance of activity last week at United Fresh 2017, held June 13-15 in the West Hall at McCormick Place Convention Center, here. Some of the produce industry’s movers and shakers... Read more
Produce passion at United Fresh 2017
CHICAGO — This year United Fresh attendees were able to experience every segment of the supply chain in one exhibit hall at the FreshTEC Expo, FreshMKT Expo, Global Cold Chain Expo and International Floriculture Expo. The Produce News asked... Read more
Reception Honoring Women in Produce honors Lorelei DiSogra
  Each year the Reception Honoring Women in Produce, which is held in conjunction with the United Fresh convention and expo, selects one individual to share her personal experience of service. Lorelei DiSogra, who recently retired... Read more
United Fresh reels in a crowd at opening party
The United Fresh opening party was held Tuesday, June 13 at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Industry members gathered to catch up with friends and peers while making new industry connections -- and possibly making their best fish faces. The FreshTEC... Read more
Farm Star Fave: Mission Produce
Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce has heavy volume of avocados coming from Peru, with good supplies expected throughout the summer. In her latest Farm Star Fave video, Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand... Read more
Great summer ahead for Domex Superfresh Growers
Cherry season should start around June 12, and Mike Preacher, marketing director for Domex Superfresh Growers, said the company should be shipping through most of August. The company's organic apple and pear harvest should start around the time... Read more
Apio shakes up single-serve salads
Apio Inc.’s new Salad Shake Ups salad bowls come in three different offerings — Avocado Ranch, Tropical Lime and Raspberry Acai. Each salad’s patented package comes with an interior tray that serves as a lockable lid, making it convenient... Read more
Side Delights a mainstay of a successful summer
Fresh Solutions Network recently announced the launch of its Side Delights celebration of summer program with three promotions, one for each month of the season: Meet Your New Flame in June, Star Spangled Steamables in July and Grill Potatoes... Read more
IFCO supporting its Canadian customers
In 1992, the International Food Container Organization, better known as IFCO, was convinced it had built a better mousetrap in the perishable packaging business that would revolutionize and standardize the packaging, transport, storage and display... Read more
Emerson helping to safeguard the world's food supply
Emerson recently announced its extension and leadership in cold chain management with the acquisitions of PakSense and Locus Traxx. Already a leader in serving the global container shipping and food retail industries, Emerson has included... Read more
Green Giant Fresh cutting down prep time
Green Giant Fresh featured several new items at the recent CPMA Convention & Trade Show. The company’s Merritt Bruce talked about its Cauliflower Crumbles Fried Rice Blend and sweet potato noodles, as well as its new spaghetti squash... Read more
Mucci brings its Cherto tomatoes to CPMA
Mucci's new greenhouse-grown Cherto tomato is a cherry tomato-on-the-vine with a lot of flavor packed inside. “Consumers want taste, and this is what we want to bring them,” Mucci Farms’ Stephen Cowan said at the 2017 CPMA... Read more
Red Sun's tiny tomato with huge flavor
Jim DiMenna, president and chief executive officer of Red Sun Farms, said the company’s cherry tomatoes on the vine continue to demand more acreage each year. The tiny tomato has huge flavor, and these super sweet, cherry tomatoes are great... Read more
Jazz apples always refreshing
Fresh-crop New Zealand Jazz apples are arriving in the United States now, decked out with a sharp new look and attitude geared to drive even stronger sales of the top-10 apple. The new brand elevates the always-refreshing eating experience delivered... Read more
Ocean Mist showcases Season & Steam line at CPMA
Ocean Mist Farms' Joe Feldman was at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 92nd annual convention and trade show, showcasing sweet baby broccoli and Brussels sprouts from the company’s Season & Steam line. Full of... Read more
Day two on the CPMA trade show floor
TORONTO — The 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, which took place May 9-11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, here, was a rousing success from start to finish, with its annual Half Your Plate Hockey Game, educational business... Read more
WestRock a one-stop shop for produce packaging
When it comes to produce packaging, WestRock said corrugated containers are still the cleanest, most versatile and economical shipping solution for products. They protect produce as it travels from farm to table, safeguarding it from spoilage... Read more
Mary B. hits the CPMA trade show floor
  TORONTO — The 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, taking place May 9-11 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, here, got off to a great start with its annual Half Your Plate Hockey Game and Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 9, and... Read more
CPMA 2017 opening night scores major points
  TORONTO — The 2017 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, May 9-11 in Toronto, already scored some major goals with its annual "Half Your Plate Hockey Game" followed by the Welcoming Reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 9. Relive... Read more
Attendees give 2017 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference rave reviews
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Resort, here. The three-day event included inspirational speakers, educational... Read more
Mel Robbins teaches WFPC attendees her '5 Second Rule'
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Resort, here. The three-day event included inspirational speakers, educational workshops,... Read more
 Farm Star Fave: Sunsweet
In this new video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, talks about Sunsweet and its Amazin prune juice. Sunsweet is one of the largest brands of dried tree fruits,... Read more
Maggie G. sits down with founding members of WFPC
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Resort, here. The three-day event included inspirational speakers, educational workshops,... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference kicks off with opening reception
MIAMI — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA hosted its fifth annual Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference April 23-25 at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Resort, here. The three-day event included inspirational speakers, educational... Read more
Another successful Viva Fresh Expo comes to a close
AUSTIN, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place April 20-22 at the Austin Hilton Hotel and the Austin Convention Center, here, in the Live Music Capital of the World. Between the annual golf tournament, educational sessions, rocking opening reception... Read more
Farm Star Fave: Green Giant Fresh
In this new video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, talks about Green Giant Fresh's Cauliflower Crumbles as well as the Cauliflower Crumbles Fried Rice... Read more
Viva Fresh 2017 trade show floor
Austin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place April 20-22 at the Austin Hilton Hotel and the Austin Convention Center, here, in the Live Music Capital of the World. Between the annual golf tournament, educational sessions, rocking opening reception... Read more
Viva Fresh 2017 gets down to business on the trade show floor
Austin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place April 20-22 at the Austin Hilton Hotel and the Austin Convention Center, here, in the Live Music Capital of the World. Known for its wide array of live music venues, vibrant shopping, dining and... Read more
Viva Fresh kicks off with rockin' opening party
Austin, TX — The Welcome Reception for the 2017 Viva Fresh Expo took place Friday, April 21, at Maggie Mae’s — a local legend here in Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, with the largest rooftop view on 6th Street and the entertainment... Read more
Maggie G. hits the links at the Viva Fresh Golf Tournament
Austin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo, taking place April 20-22, got off to a swinging start with the third annual Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament presented by Wonderful Citrus and Bebo Distributing at the Coore Crenshaw Golf Course, here. The... Read more
Taylor Farms celebrating steps to a sustainable future
Taylor Farms has announced a new renewable and alternative energy system at its Gonzales, CA, facility. This three-tiered system will utilize wind, solar and cogeneration energy to help Taylor Farms in its goal to power a sustainable future. This... Read more
Fill My Cart rolls through SEPC Southern Exposure
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, rolled into Southern Exposure 2017 with Fill My Cart to find the must-have produce that should be filling grocery carts: Spice World’s garlic and ginger, Well Pict’s strawberries, NatureSweet... Read more
Wilcox Fresh relaunching Potato Jazz
Rexburg, ID-based Wilcox Fresh uses cutting-edge technology in both the planting and harvesting stages of potato production. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent Southern Exposure, Derek Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for... Read more
Nothing hotter than Steamables potatoes
Eight farming families across the United States come together to form Fresh Solutions Network. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent Southern Exposure the organization featured its Steamables line. Triple-washed, microwavable in the bag... Read more
Great Vidalia season ahead for Shuman Produce
Shuman Produce is coming off a bumper crop of Vidalia onions, and after experiencing very favorable growing conditions for 2017, the Vidalia onion industry should see equal or better numbers than last year. This year the official pack date for... Read more
Getting Redventurous with Black Gold's red potatoes
Black Gold Farms is a few weeks away from harvesting its red potatoes in Texas. “The crop looks great,” said Leah Halverson Brakke, director of business development. “We feel like red potatoes have a chance to be the new sexy... Read more
Melon 1’s Crisp Delight is almost too good
The Syngenta-grown Crisp Delight watermelon is Melon 1’s exclusive variety, according to Rachel Syngo, director of business development. Designed for the fresh-cut market, this watermelon is bursting with flavor as you’ll see by the... Read more
Strong summer in the works for Mission Produce
Starting the third or fourth week of April, Oxnard, CA-based Mission Produce will have heavy volume of avocados coming from Peru, with good supplies throughout the summer. In the coming weeks the company will also open new ripe centers throughout... Read more
Oneonta, Nash and Sbrocco at Southern Exposure
The Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure trade show floor was filled with great products. In this video you’ll hear about Oneonta’s pears, Nash Produce sweet potatoes and Sbrocco’s clementines, pears, grapes... Read more
Ocean Mist's Season & Steam line streamlines cooking
Diana McClean, director of marketing for Ocean Mist Farms, was at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure showcasing the company’s Season & Steam line, including sweet baby broccoli, artichoke and various Brussels sprouts... Read more
Potandon's petite potatoes pack a punch
Potandon Produce’s Klondike mini potatoes pack a lot of flavor — and convenience — into a small package. With several options available, including a shelf-stable microwavable line, there’s something for everyone. Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Foods making celery exciting
Duda Farm Fresh Foods is bringing excitement to the celery category. Dan Duda, president and chief operating officer, said the company’s fresh-cut celery sticks are 100 percent usable and edible, making consumers happy by eliminating waste... Read more
Mucci's new Cherto cherry tomato-on-the-vine
Nick Williamson, key account manager for Mucci Farms, showed off an exciting new product at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure in Orlando, FL. Mucci's greenhouse-grown Cherto tomato is a cherry tomato-on-the-vine, and it... Read more
IFCO’s RPCs, an environmentally friendly world traveler
Craig Kelly, IFCO’s vice president of sales, didn’t have to travel very far to get to this year’s Southern Exposure, but every day his company’s RPCs journey through the global market. The environmentally friendly RPCs... Read more
Superheroes, cruises and Idaho potatoes
This year’s Potato Lover’s Month Retail Display Contest winner will be taking a cruise, but the big question is whether they’ll bring Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, and Seth Pemsler, the Idaho Potato Commission’s... Read more
Sunkist features sweet lineup at Southern Exposure
With an easy-to-peel rind, Sunkist's Gold Nugget mandarins are currently at the peak of their season, as are the company's candy-like Pixie tangerine. Julie DeWolf, Sunkist's director of retail marketing, took some time at the Southeast Produce... Read more
Tastyfrutti’s Andy Economou talks end of Chilean deal, transition to Mexican, Coachella grapes
Now that the Chilean grape season is coming to an end, Andy Economou of Tastyfrutti International discussed market conditions with Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living. Once the Chilean deal is over Tastyfrutti will source its grapes... Read more
The magic of Southern Exposure's opening reception
The Southeast Produce Council kicked off its annual conference and trade show March 9 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL, and magic was in the air last night at Southern Exposure's opening reception. Attendees are already... Read more
PMA: stronger, faster, better together
Cathy Burns, chief executive officer of PMA, is an avid cyclist. In this video, Burns describes how her experience on the bike, teaming with other riders, parallels with what takes place off the bike at PMA. Stronger, faster, better together,... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: The Nunes Co.
In this new video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, talks about The Nunes Co. and its 22,000 acres of conventional and organic produce. Read more
Farm Star Living Product Harvest 2017
Farm Star Living’s Product Harvest 2017 farm-to-everything showcase, held Jan. 26 in Atlanta's W Hotel, enabled produce companies to share their messages and passion with consumer press and bloggers, mix and mingle with shoppers, and sample... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: NatureSweet tomatoes
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, takes some time to talk about "Tomatoes Raised Right" in this Farm Star Favorites video featuring NatureSweet tomatoes. Read more
New variety of grapes arriving from Chile in February
A new grape variety from Chile will be available in North America starting in early February. Sable seedless black grapes offer a unique blend of muscat and tropical flavors, according to Karen Brux, managing director for the Chilean Fresh Fruit... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Trucco’s KiwiStar kiwifruit
With more Vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana, Trucco’s KiwiStar brand kiwifruit gets a glowing review from Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, in this Farm Star Favorites video. Read more
Farm Star Living features Taylor Farms Chopped Salad
Taylor Farms brought the original chopped salad kits to market in 2012. Since then the company has expanded its offerings in the category, including Organic Chopped Salad Kits. This Farm Star Living video features the Taylor Farms Farmhouse... Read more
Sunkist Minneolas now in season
The Minneola tangelos, which is the largest piece of fruit in the mandarin family, is currently entering its prime marketing season. Typically available from mid-December through April, the Minneola has a beautiful, bright deep orange... Read more
Pummelos in peak of season
Available from Sunkist from October through April, pummelos are currently in the peak of their season. Sometime referred to as a Chinese grapefruit, they are botanically known as Citrus Grandis, the largest of all citrus. Big on flavor and... Read more
Amazon's first brick-and-mortar grocery store reshapes shopping experience
Amazon's first brick-and-mortar grocery store, Amazon Go, has launched in Seattle. The company said the 1,800-square-foot location offers the world’s most advanced shopping technology, allowing customers to walk into the store, grab whatever... Read more
California citrus harvesting off to fast start
With the Christmas marketing pull in sight, California’s citrus harvest is well underway with good quality and good volume the order of the day. The preseason estimate for the 2016-17 navel crop was pegged at 84 million cartons by... Read more
Farm Star Living goes behind the scenes at Fowler Farms
Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle online brand promoting the farm-to-everything movement, went behind the scenes at Fowler Farms to see what apple growing and processing entails. Fowler Farms, which has been growing apples for more than 150... Read more
Fred Wescott of Honeybear Brands reveals new, exciting apple varieties
Elgin, MN-based Honeybear Brands prides itself on identifying, developing, nurturing and bringing the finest apple varieties to market for retail partners and apple lovers everywhere. Learn more about the company’s popular... Read more
Sunlight International expects firm grape supplies through Christmas
Grape supplies are expected to hold firm through Christmas. Nick Dulcich of Sunlight International in Delano, CA, shows off the company's Pretty Lady Christmas packaging, with hopes of helping retailers move grapes through the holiday season. Read more
The Wonderful Co. gives inside scoop on new campaign
The Wonderful Company announced today the launch of a new $30 million promotional campaign called “Good Choice, Kid.” that features its popular Halos brand Mandarins and encourages kids to make healthy eating choices. David... Read more
Nick Dulcich of Sunlight gives fall grape forecast
Nick Dulcich with Sunlight International in Delano, CA, wants to assure produce buyers that the fall grape harvest is still going strong. Dulcich operates from the heart of the California Grape region, and expects volume to be promotable into... Read more
Mary B. chats with Ocean Mist, Chiquita, Del Monte, Wonderful, PakSense and IPC at PMA Fresh Summit
With a total of 1,200 exhibitors at this year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, there was certainly no shortage of products to see and people to talk to. Check it out as The Produce News'... Read more
Mary B. chats with Oakes Farms, Nash Produce, Shuman Produce, Red Sun Farms, Kwik Lok, and Sun World on the trade show floor
With a total of 1,200 exhibitors at this year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, there was certainly no shortage of products to see and people to talk to. Check it out as The Produce News'... Read more
Day two on the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit
With a total of 1,200 exhibitors at this year's PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center, there was certainly no shortage of products to see and people to talk to. Follow along as The Produce News' correspondent... Read more
On the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit
The Produce Marketing Association's 67th annual Fresh Summit Convention & Expo, Oct. 14-16 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, set a new East Coast record for attendance with a total number of 20,889 attendees from... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit kicks off with opening reception
Orlando, FL — Attendees and exhibitors of the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition enjoyed good company, great conversation and delicious food last night, Friday, Oct. 14, during the event's opening reception at the Hilton Orlando,... Read more
Del Monte's dancing bananas take over Chicago
On Sept. 15 a flash mob of bananas appeared in the middle of Pioneer Court in downtown Chicago. As onlookers curiously watched, over 35 bananas performed a choreographed dance and handed out bananas and discount coupons to the surrounding... Read more
Half Your Plate campaign launches second set of Chef Michael Smith  instructional cooking videos
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced the launch of the second part of a new series of instructional cooking videos geared at educating consumers on how to select, store and prepare popular vegetables. The video series is part... Read more
Top Chef winner and judge Richard Blais talks about hot produce trends
MONTEREY, CA — Chef Richard Blais, the genius behind restaurants like Atlanta's FLIP Burger Boutique (now with locations in Birmingham Nashville) and San Diego's Juniper & Ivy, first won fame as a "Top Chef" winner and judge, and is now... Read more
Mann's reaches out to millennials and Gen Z with Veggie-Go video
Just in time for the back-to-school rush, Mann Packing released its latest video in the Inside the Valley series as an ode to the company’s millennial interns. “The Veggie-Go concept was the brainchild of our millennial interns who... Read more
Church Bros. rocks the ranch at annual bash in the California hills
MONTEREY, CA — Church Bros.' annual party at its private family ranch in the California hills near here has become an annual tradition in the Salinas Valley — and one hot ticket. Start with the setting: a historic private ranch and hacienda... Read more
Christopher Ranch celebrates 60th with elegant California hillside soiree
GILROY, CA — Garlic wasn't the only aroma in the air as Christopher Ranch recently celebrated 60 years as one of the nation's top providers of "the stinking rose" — the smell of success hung sweet as well (along with a whole lot of... Read more
Top chefs turn out for PMA Foodservice competition
MONTEREY, CA — Top chefs representing Duda Fresh, Hollandia Produce and the National Mushroom Council squared off at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel & Spa here for a strolling chefs' tour and cook-off as part of the annual PMA Foodservice Conference... Read more
Wrapping up business on the PMA Foodservice floor
MONTEREY, CA — Edible flowers, wild mushrooms, frozen pomegranate and a system that lets purveyors hydroponically grow herbs and veggies on the spot — it's hard to say if any of those will be the next big thing in the foodservice industry,... Read more
PMA Foodservice Spotlight: On the show floor in Monterey
MONTEREY, CA — The foodservice industry sets the bar high for produce providers — the PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo, held here July 28-31 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa, gives ample proof of that. And providers, from growers... Read more
On the floor at the PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — Some 2000 people gathered here July 28-31 at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa for the annual PMA Foodservice Conference and Expo. Four days of educational and networking opportunities all led to the grand finale — a five-hour... Read more
Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception at PMA Foodservice
MONTEREY, CA — The PMA Center for Growing Talent's 10 year anniversary celebration continued here with the Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception July 31 as part of the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel &... Read more
PMA science chief talks building consumer trust
MONTEREY, CA — For most of the last decade, Bob Whitaker has led the food-safety efforts of the Produce Marketing Association and thus the industry as PMA's chief science and technology officer. Whitaker led a session on building consumer... Read more
PMA Foodservice show gets off to quick start at opening reception
MONTEREY, CA -- The 2016 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo got off to a fast start with a packed opening reception at the Hyatt Monterey Hotel and Spa here July 29. Familiar faces and newcomers mixed and mingled through the evening -- The... Read more
Bacon and grapefruit? Chef Jill Davie makes it work
Everything's better with bacon — Sunkist Chef Jill Davie even a found a way to make it work with grapefruit in a quick and easy shrimp wrap that's perfect for a weeknight feast. There will be chefs aplenty at the PMA Foodservice show that... Read more
Walmart gives Organic Produce Summit rave reviews
New suppliers, new products and new packaging were just a few of the things that blew away Walmart representatives at the sold-out Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 in Monterey, CA. Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up... Read more
Buyers galore at Organic Produce Summit
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with several buyers at the Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 in Monterey, CA. Be sure to hear what Olivia Waszkiewicz of Sam's Club, Charlie Russel... Read more
Mary B hits the show floor at Organic Produce Summit
Monterey, CA — The inaugural Organic Produce Summit, held July 13-14 at the Monterey Hyatt Resort & Spa, was a huge success with a sold-out trade show floor buzzing with activity and a wide array of the world's largest organic fresh produce... Read more
Sold-out Organic Produce Summit kicks off with opening reception
Retailers, growers, distributors and processors gathered in Monterey, CA, last night as the inaugural Organic Produce Summit kicked off with its opening reception at the Monterey Hyatt.  The day-and-a-half-long OPS continues today with a series... Read more
Inaugural Kale Cup champ crowned
Gideon (The Truth) Oji of Marrow, GA, hoisted the Kale Cup as the World’s healthiest eating champion at Kale Yeah! The World’s Healthiest Eating Championship, the newest event cooked up at the 2016 Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops. Oji,... Read more
North Carolina summer ag update
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — When one thinks of North Carolina agriculture, one thinks of sweet potatoes — and that's understandable since the state leads the nation in production of that crop. But North Carolina has much more going on than... Read more
NatureSweet's quick pasta toss for the weekend
CHICAGO — Looking for a quick, fresh, healthy meal option for the weekend? We caught up with NatureSweet staff home economist Ali Mendez at United Fresh, who whipped up this garlicky tomato pasta treat in a matter of minutes. Try it yourself... Read more
South African summer citrus hits U.S. shores
CHICAGO — Two decades ago, summer citrus wasn't much of a factor in U.S. produce departments. Since then, new import programs from around the globe have filled gaps in the schedule, none more notably than the ever-growing summer citrus from... Read more
More surprises from United with Mary B's Grab Bag
Farm Star Living Founder Mary Blackmon took to the floor at United Fresh and dazzled exhibitors with the Grab Bag. In the second installment, Blackmon meets up with Cindy Elrod of Peri & Sons, Joan Wickham of Sunkist, Jason Fuller of Sun... Read more
Wrapping up business on the United Fresh show floor
CHICAGO — They came, they saw, they conquered — and they moved a whole lot of produce. Chefs, champagne and food galore lured attendees to booths at United Fresh 2016, held here at McCormick Place June 20-24. We've distilled two solid... Read more
Wendy’s video highlights Church Bros. Farms
Wendy’s has featured Church Bros. Farms in the first video in a series called Profiles in Quality. The video, Lettuce… From Start to Fresh, takes a tour of the Wendy’s lettuce supply chain. It features Tom and Steve Church of... Read more
More from the United Fresh floor
CHICAGO — Kohlrabi spaghetti and watermelon cocktails were among the more intriguing offerings on the trade show floor at United Fresh, held at McCormick Place here June 20-24. We take a look at some new products, new packaging and new ideas... Read more
Farm Star Living dazzles Dan Crowley of Well-Pict
Caught on film — or should we say video! Farm Star Living Founder Mary Blackmon took to the floor at United Fresh and dazzled exhibitors with the Grab Bag. Some questions were serious, some zany and some awarded lucky folks with prizes. In... Read more
United Fresh Reception Honoring Women in Produce
CHICAGO — Veteran industry consultant and leadership guru Julie Krivanek was honored for her achievements at the United Fresh 2016 Women in Produce reception, held as part of the organization's annual convention here June 20-24. Then a highly... Read more
Northwest apricots available for limited time
Cold winters and an extra hour of sunshine help enhance the flavor of CMI’s Northwest apricots. This year the company has come out with a high-graphic pouch bag to set its apricots apart, and they also feature high-graphic PLU stickers. Read more
Day 1 from the United Fresh show floor
CHICAGO — Thousands of international delegates thronged The Windy City for United Fresh 2016 at McCormick Place Convention Center. Produce and packaging, food and fun, hula hoops and hoopla were all part of the proceedings. Here's our look... Read more
Opening soiree kicks off United Fresh 2016 in style
CHICAGO — United Fresh 2016 got under way here June 21 with an elegant opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Attendees from around the world mixed and mingled among modern art masterpieces. They also talked with The... Read more
Farm Star Living in the house at United Fresh
At United Fresh, Farm Star Living will be having fun filming a new consumer video for shoppers. It will share information and trivia about a variety of companies and their produce items. Look for Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, and... Read more
U.S. Potato chief talks state of the industry
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — Small potatoes are big business. They weathered the recession without a slip but now there are bigger challenges ahead. The Produce News caught up with Blair Richardson, U.S. Potato chief executive officer, recently during... Read more
History meets youth at NC potato partners Pamlico Shores
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — Dawson Pugh and Hunter Gibbs were childhood friends, playing on land their families have farmed here for generations. For the last decade they've been bringing a young, aggressive approach to the North Carolina fresh... Read more
CMI’s Rainier cherries at their peak
The Rainier cherry harvest reaches its seasonal harvest peak this week, yet few retailers or consumers will ever have an opportunity to see the harvest in person. CMI has released a video highlighting one of its growers, which offers a unique glimpse... Read more
S.C. commissioner talks 'peachy' produce picture
MONETTA, SC — South Carolina's top crop is peaches, but Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers wants folks at home and beyond to know there's much more to the Palmetto State produce deal. During a recent swing through South Carolina, The... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Peri & Sons sweet on onions and sustainability
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, takes some time to talk about Peri & Sons. In addition to producing a variety of high-quality onions — white, yellow, red, Sweetie Sweets, organic and mild/sweet yellow — the company adheres... Read more
Fast and furious N.C. potato deal fills summer gap
ELIZABETH CITY, NC — North Carolina's potato season is short but sweet: six weeks starting in mid-June and all done by the end of July. It fills a critical summer window that comes on as storage supplies dwindle and the Florida fresh crop... Read more
Avocados from Peru aboard USS Bataan for superfoods breakfast
Avocados from Peru hosted a superfoods breakfast May 27 to honor the 2,000 men and women of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who proudly serve on board the USS Bataan. The breakfast featured Peruvian avocados and other superfoods from the South... Read more
Half Your Plate launches new video series
Half Your Plate has launched a new series of instructional cooking videos geared at educating consumers on how to select, store and prepare popular vegetables. Each video features a unique recipe created by Chef Michael Smith and shows the basics... Read more
Banner Vidalia harvest wrapping up with storage full
VIDALIA, GA — Some growers here are calling this the best Vidalia onion crop in 30 years — all agree it's the best in recent memory with great volume and sizing trending toward jumbo and colossal. The last of the onions in the field... Read more
State-of-the-art cherry packing
At the peak of cherry production last season, CMI navigated a drone through the new McDougall & Sons Baker Flats facility, capturing close up action of the organized chaos that is cherry packing. CMI released the new video this week and the... Read more
Despite record fall flooding, South Carolina peach crop thriving as season starts
MONETTA, SC -- Despite a "100-year" flood last fall that led to some tree and crop loss in prime production areas, the South Carolina peach season began this week with an abundant, highly promotable crop that's actually come on a few days early. Early-season... Read more
Farm Star Living recipe features Sunsweet's diced prunes
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, headed into the kitchen to make granola bars featuring Sunsweet's diced prunes and dark chocolate. Visit Farm Star Living to see other... Read more
Vidalia Spotlight: G&R Farms' Dasher talks about banner 2016 crop
GLENNVILLE, GA — The Dasher Family has been growing Vidalia onions and raising cattle here for generations. Walt Dasher said this year's onion crop is one of the best in recent memory. The Vidalia harvest will continue through the end of the... Read more
Vidalia Spotlight -- Shuman Produce
REIDSVILLE, GA -- Six weeks ago, John Shuman of Shuman Produce Inc. believed a high-quality, promotable crop of his RealSweet Vidalia onions was on the way. He was right. The Vidalia deal officially kicked off April 25 with one of the most promising... Read more
Bland Farms humming along as Vidalia season ramps up to full speed
VIDALIA, GA — There's something different at Bland Farms as this Vidalia season continues at full-pace: a third-generation of Blands has entered the ranks of executive leadership. The late Raymond Bland founded the operation decades ago. His... Read more
Domex benefitting from ideal spring weather
Spring temperatures have been great in eastern Washington, and a lack of frost means that things are looking good for Domex Superfresh Growers. “There’s a lot going on in the orchards these days,” said Dave Gleason, chief horticulturist at Domex... Read more
Vidalia Spotlight — Generation Farms
LYONS, GA — The folks from Coggins Farms in Lake Park, GA, and Stanley Farms, here, have been farming for, well, generations. So it made perfect sense when earlier this year, the two organizations, both purchased by the same outside interest in... Read more
CPMA says goodbye to Calgary
CALGARY — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the best of times because the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 91st annual expo, held here in this city of 1.2 million at the edge of the Canadian Rockies April 12-14, was... Read more
Forget golf — CPMA takes to the ice for hockey classic
CALGARY — Most trade shows feature a golf tournament charity fundraiser. But the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo starts with a puck drop in the annual CPMA Half Your Plate Hockey Classic, pitting a team of the host city's CPMA members... Read more
Maggie talks women's objectives with top PMA leadership at WFPC
SAN DIEGO — The Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference is a ground-breaking program designed exclusively by women in the produce industry for women in the produce industry. This year’s conference, put on by the Center for Growing Talent by PMA, took... Read more
Maggie G at the PMA Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference in San Diego
SAN DIEGO — The Center for Growing Talent by PMA celebrated its 10th anniversary by welcoming attendees to sunny San Diego April 17-19 for the 2016 Women's Fresh Perspectives Conference at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island. Attendees... Read more
The last roundup from the CPMA expo floor
CALGARY — The 91st Canadian Produce Marketing Association show April 10-12 was the last roundup here — next year a rotation begins between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal as host cities. Our Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon (FarmStar Living) check... Read more
More from the CPMA show floor with Maggie G and Mary B
CALGARY — From tropical tastes to local favorites to an apple that won't turn brown, our Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon found it all on the show floor at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo 2016 held here April 12-14. Their favorite?... Read more
Maggie G and Mary B from the CPMA trade show floor
CALGARY — Our tag team coverage of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association 2016 expo continues with a first look at business on the trade show floor. This is the last roundup for CPMA in Calgary (a rotation between host cities Toronto,... Read more
Maggie G and Mary B team up for CPMA opening soiree
CALGARY — This is the last time the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo will be held here (a rotation of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal starts next year) and the city seemed determined to say goodbye in style. Festivities kicked off April... Read more
Maggie G checks out golf Texas-style at Viva Fresh tourney
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Country music, Jerry Jeff Walker and Pitbull on the golf course? Must be San Antonio. Dozens of duffers brought out their A game (or as close as they had) for the Viva Fresh golf tournament at the TPC course at the JW... Read more
Talking 'bout Texas — the social side of Viva Fresh
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Just a few short years ago, what is now the Viva Fresh Expo, held here at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa March 31-April 2, was the Texas Produce Association Convention. That event typically was a couple hundred... Read more
Maggie G wraps up business on the Viva Fresh floor
SAN ANTONIO, TX -- With 170 exhibitors and more than 1,500 attendees, there was enough happening on the show floor at the 2016 Viva Fresh Expo, held March 31-April 2 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa here, to keep people looking... Read more
Viva Fresh gets down to business Texas-style on the trade show floor
SAN ANTONIO, TX — They say everything's big in Texas and that was certainly true of the 2016 Viva Fresh Expo March 31-April 2 at the JW Marriot Hill Country Resort & Spa here. With last-minute and walk-up registrations factored in — and a waiting... Read more
Viva Fresh attendees get a sneak peek at the new San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market
SAN ANTONIO, TX — Viva Fresh attendees got a sneak peek at the sparkling new San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market with a pre-grand opening tour as part of the expo schedule March 31. Our Maggie Giuffrida was on-hand for an up-close look. When SAWPM... Read more
Florida Marketrack Spotlight: Locus Traxx keeps up with produce
JUPITER, FL — It started with a simple idea: Help transporters track loads during shipment, keeping up with real-time temperature, location and security monitoring for perishable and high-value cargo. Now Locus Traxx has become a world leader in... Read more
Golf and rain: Mixed emotions in Central California
On March 11, 127 golfers showed up to Kings River Golf & Country Club in Kingsburg, CA, hoping it would rain. The California Fresh Fruit Association held its 45th annual golf tournament under stormy conditions. Considering the historic drought... Read more
Florida Marketrack Spotlight: Nickey Gregory Miami
MIAMI — Based in Atlanta, the Nickey Gregory Co. opened a second location here in 2010 and quickly became one of the largest distributors in the area. Now the company is branching out even further with a new program servicing clients in the Caribbean... Read more
'Masterchef' winner Whitney Miller signs on to promote Vidalia onions this season
VIDALIA, GA — The Vidalia Onion Committee always brings something special to the table to market its annual crop. The season will begin April 25 and Whitney Miller, the first winner of "America's Masterchef" has signed on to promote the crop this... Read more
Vidalia recovers from rough start, crop could be early
VIDALIA, GA — Early season weather problems have been overcome and the region is expecting a normal season with a crop that could be above average in quality despite some early stand losses that diminished volume slightly. Now that's assuming "the... Read more
Southern Exposure social scene lights up south Florida
HOLLYWOOD, FL — Three yacht parties in 24 hours? Oh yeah — and that was even before the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure expo officially kicked off. While Southern Exposure is one of the industry's more power-packed business gatherings,... Read more
Produce for Kids raises the bar at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — Produce for Kids has raised some $5.7 million for children's charities since its inception in 2002. The organization said thanks and unveiled its plans and new programs for the 2016 campaign at its annual reception at the Southeast Produce... Read more
SEPC duffers rock the golf course at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — From Led Zeppelin to lizards, it wasn't your typical golf tournament. That was made even more apparent by the golf ball cannon available to duffers on one hole. Regardless, about 280 turned out March 3 for the annual Tom Page Golf... Read more
Mary B says 'FILL MY CART’ (Part 3)
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, zooms into Southern Exposure 2016 with “FILL MY CART!” to show shoppers the must-have produce that should be in their grocery carts. In part three of the series Blackmon meets with Foxy, Seald Sweet, Southern... Read more
More Maggie G from the expo floor at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — A record crowd packed the Diplomat Hotel and Resort here March 3-5 for the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 conference and trade show. The theme was "Produce in Paradise" and that was right on target, as our Maggie... Read more
Mary B and Produce Connection's Marc Dudley
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Marc Dudley of Produce Connection while on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2016. Dudley said new packaging and exotic produce were two... Read more
Mary B's 'FILL MY CART’ Part 2
Farm Star Living zooms into Southern Exposure 2016 with “FILL MY CART!” In order to show shoppers the must-have produce that should be in their grocery carts, Mary Blackmon, founder, asks top growers across the trade show floor to “Fill My Cart!”... Read more
Maggie G hits the expo floor at Southern Exposure
HOLLYWOOD, FL — A record crowd packed the Diplomat Hotel & Resort here March 3-5 for the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 conference and trade show. The theme "Produce in Paradise" was right on target, but attendees took time... Read more
Whole Foods meets with Mary B at Southern Exposure
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, took some time at the Southeast Produce Council's 2016 conference and trade show to speak with Sean McGoldrick, team leader procurement for Whole Foods Market in Florida. McGoldrick explains why Southern... Read more
Grower-retailer partnerships developed at Southern Exposure
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Jim Brinkley of Natural Markets Food Group on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2016. Brinkley talked about how the show is a great venue for retailers... Read more
Joe Klare celebrates lifetime of achievement at SEPC
HOLLYWOOD, FL — One of the most familiar faces in the industry, Joe Klare of the Castellini Group of Cos., was recognized at the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure conference here March 5 with the Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award... Read more
Mary B says 'FILL MY CART’ at SEPC
Farm Star Living zooms into Southern Exposure 2016 with “FILL MY CART!” In order to show shoppers the must-have produce that should be in their grocery carts, Mary Blackmon, founder, asks top growers across the trade show floor to “Fill My Cart!”... Read more
Loblaws talks with Mary B at SEPC
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, took some time at the Southeast Produce Council's 2016 conference and trade show to speak with Eric Biddiscombe of Loblaw. Biddiscombe explained how the company maximizes its time at Southern Exposure,... Read more
Southern Exposure helps Wendy’s stay fresh
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, caught up with Joe Loiacano of Wendy’s on the trade show floor at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure 2016. In his fifth year at the show, Loiacano said it’s a great venue to learn about... Read more
First female 'Top Gun' pilot's message soars at SEPC Southern Roots Luncheon
HOLLYWOOD, FL -- Lt. Carey Lohrenz made history as the first fully qualified female Navy aviator to fly the F-14 Tomcat fighter in the United States military, earning her wings in 1993 and reporting for duty to Naval Air Station Miramar, CA -- "Top... Read more
SEPC Southern Exposure 2016 — Produce in Paradise — sets sail from Hollywood, FL
HOLLYWOOD, FL — The Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure 2016 Produce in Paradise expo set sail March 2 with a sunset dinner cruise for the executive council and guests aboard the Venetian Lady in the tranquil waters of Florida's Intracoastal... Read more
Maggie G takes the 10 for Talent challenge
The Center for Growing Talent by PMA, formerly known as the PMA Foundation for Industry Talent, is celebrating its milestone 10th anniversary this year. In addition to launching a new name, website and logo, the Center for Growing Talent by PMA... Read more
SEPC 2015 remix: Getting down to business
Yesterday we showed you the social side of the Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure show, now we're focused on business, just like SEPC. If you are heading to the show you will be seeing most of these people sometime in the next few... Read more
SEPC Southern Exposure 2015 remix
With the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure expo on the way to Hollywood, FL, later this week, we thought it would be a good time to show you a couple of remixes of what you missed or remember from the 2015 show. First up, a look at the social... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Procacci Bros.
In her latest video Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, talks tomatoes — specifically Santa Sweets UglyRipe heirlooms from Procacci Bros. Below Blackmon also features a recipe for heirloom tomato and goat cheese gallette, which includes... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: North Shore Living Herbs
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, discusses how North Shore Living Herbs helps to bring flavor — and your own personal farm — into the kitchen. Below Blackmon also features a recipe for a dark chocolate blackberry pudding cake with Living... Read more
IPC's retail display contest
Running until mid-March, the Idaho Potato Commission's 2016 Potato Lover’s Month Retail Display Contest has double the number of award levels, double the number of spud-friendly partner products and the largest amount of prize money ever. The display... Read more
An early look at the 2016 Vidalia onion crop
VIDALIA, GA — It's far too soon to know just how the 2016 Vidalia onion deal — due to hit the market in late April — will eventually come off. But, despite some adverse weather in the early going, the crop has set up well and all indicators are... Read more
'Super' Vidalia awards banquet
VIDALIA, GA — It was fitting that Super Bowl XXVI champion and hometown hero Fred Stokes was the featured speaker at the annual Vidalia onion awards banquet held here Feb. 6 at the Hawks Point Country Club. The annual event serves as the industry's... Read more
Farm Star Favorites: Taylor Farms and the Green Monster smoothie
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, discusses what makes Taylor Farms such a special company — from its focus on sustainability to its work with more than 100 family farmers. In addition to highlighting some of the company’s organic salad... Read more
Aliens, Scott Baio star in AFM’s 2016 Super Bowl ad
Avocados from Mexico, whose 2015 Super Bowl ad spot received critical acclaim from media pundits, is returning to the Big Game lineup again in 2016. This year’s ad, which will air in the first quarter, features a group of aliens being led through... Read more
Robot harvester a reality for strawberries
PLANT CITY, FL — With labor already in short supply and a crisis looming, agricultural technology has turned its sights toward automation. But there's always been some question whether a machine could harvest a crop as complex as strawberries. Florida... Read more
Florida strawberry deal light through Valentine's Day, volume after
PLANT CITY, FL — Unseasonable heat brought on an early, heavy start to the Florida strawberry season that began before Thanksgiving and lasted through Christmas. Now the crop is in a lull and it's unlikely to again reach volume by Valentine's Day... Read more
In the orchards with Honeybear Brands
Honeybear Brands of Elgin, MN, started as a small orchard in the Mississippi River Valley of Minnesota. Today, the company has relationships with growers around the globe. Find out more about how company President Fred Wescott first got his start in... Read more
Mary B. sweetens up the holidays with Sunkist oranges
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, is sweetening up the holiday season with Sunkist dark chocolate mandarin cupcakes. Get the recipe for this sweet, holiday treat by watching... Read more
Artist and illustrator Shirley Chapman makes the produce industry look good
California artist and illustrator Shirley Chapman has spent much of her career in the produce industry — she's even won a Clio Award, the advertising industry's version of an Oscar, for her work for clients like Village Farms, the Washington Apple Commission... Read more
What's a pummelo?!? Maggie G investigates
It looks like a small basketball, but don't dunk it. Native to Southeast Asia, the pummelo is the largest fruit in the citrus family. It's also one of the grandparents that all of today's better-known citrus fruits come from (the others being citron,... Read more
Mary B turns the holidays inside out with Fowler Farms apples
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, headed into the kitchen with McIntosh apples from Fowler Farms to turn things inside out with an inside-out apple pie recipe.... Read more
CMI give bird’s eye view of new packing facility
With over 500,000 square feet of new packinglines equipped with the latest technological machinery, capturing the scope of McDougall & Sons’ new operation on video couldn’t be accurately portrayed without taking to the skies. According to Katharine... Read more
After a decade, Miss Florida Citrus again representing crop
For eight decades starting in the 1920s, the Florida citrus industry crowned a queen each year to represent the crop as a world ambassador. The pageant was abandoned in 2004 but was revived this year. The first Miss Florida Citrus in a decade is... Read more
Seald Sweet rolls out impressive new trade show booth with nod to history
Seald Sweet International started over a century ago as a cooperative of Florida citrus growers. Things have changed quite a bit since then. Now, with Belgian partner Univeg, the Vero Beach, FL-based company has become an international gateway... Read more
Mary B features Peri & Sons Sweetie Sweet onions
Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, headed into the kitchen with Peri & Sons Sweetie Sweet onions to demonstrate how to make two appetizers that are perfect... Read more
Kid chef Haile Thomas helps Wholesum Harvest shine
Wholesum Family Farms is one of North America’s fastest-growing organic producers, with farming and greenhouse operations in the United States and Mexico. Miguel Crisantes Gatzionis, a Greek immigrant, planted his first crop in Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1930.... Read more
BBC Technologies revolutionizing packing and filling
New Zealand-based BBC Technologies is revolutionizing packing and filling with an assortment of new machines introduced to the U.S. market in the past year. At the top of that list is the Curo-16, a high-speed small fruit filling machine that can... Read more
 N.Y. apples a perfect fit for NYC students
New York City schools now distribute 35 million New York state apples to schoolchildren each year. That makes New York City schools the single-largest customer of the entire New York state apple industry, and to celebrate this mutually healthy... Read more
NFL great Fred Stokes teams up with Vidalia
Fred Stokes spent 10 years terrorizing NFL quarterbacks as a hard-charging defensive end out of Georgia Southern University. Now he's teamed up with the Vidalia Onion Committee to help spread the word about the world's most famous onion — and to make... Read more
Mary B pre sells shoppers on Sunsweet Thanksgiving stuffing recipe
Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand promoting the farm to everything movement, features videos with quick and easy healthy recipes. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, demonstrates how to make a... Read more
Honeybear rolls out new apple with 'Pazazz'
Honeybear Brands of Elgin, MN has always been an innovator in the apple game. Its first big breakout came with the Honeycrisp, originally developed at the University of Minnesota. Now the company is right in the middle of rolling out a brand... Read more
PMA social scene sizzles from flaming donuts to rock and roll
ATLANTA — Anyone who's ever been part of the PMA Fresh Summit social whirl probably won't be surprised to see donuts set ablaze and one of the industry's own heading up a rocking band at his own party. From elegant receptions to late night jams, this... Read more
PermaTherm parked an F-150 where?!?
ATLANTA — PermaTherm Industries, a maker of premium insulated metal refrigeration panels headquartered here, has long claimed to have the strongest product in the industry. While we were in town for PMA, we asked if they'd be willing to put... Read more
Maggie G wraps up business on the PMA trade show floor
ATLANTA — Almost 20,000 attendees from 63 countries packed the Georgia World Congress Center here Oct. 21-25 for PMA Fresh Summit 2015. The number of attendees set a record for an East Coast Fresh Summit, and the 3,380 buyers were the most since 2011... Read more
More from the PMA trade show floor in Atlanta
ATLANTA — Avocado ice cream, a kohlrabi jack-o'-lantern and a sort-of disturbing giant peach — that's part of what we found on the trade show floor at PMA Fresh Summit here Oct. 21-25. Maggie Giuffrida investigates the action at the Georgia World Congress... Read more
Mary B tours PMA Fresh Summit
Join Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, as she tours the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit exposition floor. The record-breaking trade show opened on Saturday, Oct. 24 with 1,060 exhibitors occupying 267,400 net square feet,... Read more
Day 1 from the PMA trade show floor
ATLANTA — Well over 20,000 people descended on the Georgia World Congress Center here for PMA Fresh Summit 2015 Oct. 21-25. Our PMA video series continues as Maggie Giuffrida heads out onto the bustling trade show floor for Day 1. Read more
Maggie G talks produce with Walmart's Wenninger, IFCO's Walsh
ATLANTA — Walmart has made a major commitment to consumers in the produce department over the last year. That continues with the release of a new wood-grain reusable plastic container from IFCO. Maggie Giuffrida talked with Walmart Vice President... Read more
Miss America and Maggie G talk produce at PMA
ATLANTA — The stars come out at PMA but few have ever shined brighter than Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who spent Saturday at Fresh Summit in the Shuman Produce booth promoting her agenda for better childhood nutrition. Cantrell, a 21-year-old... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta: Mary B tours Atlanta's top restaurants
Join Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, as she goes behind the scenes at some of Atlanta's top restaurants. Farm Star Living is welcoming PMA Fresh Summit attendees to the city by helping them identify some great restaurants — and it even convinced... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit's 'fishy' opening reception
ATLANTA -- PMA Fresh Summit 2015 got under way here with a spectacular welcoming reception at the Georgia Aquarium Oct. 23. Maggie Giuffrida and Mary Blackmon teamed up to kick off our wall-to-wall video coverage of the show. Stay tuned for more... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight — Welcome to Atlanta!
Hotlanta! Home to Coca-Cola, CNN, Peachtree Street — and of course the site of PMA Fresh Summit 2015 Oct. 23-25. In September we spent some time exploring the South's most famous city with the goal of showing you where to go and what to see if... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta — Varsity is the world's largest drive-in
ATLANTA — "What'll ya have? What'll ya have? What'll ya have?" That mantra is as familiar to Georgians as the Pledge of Allegiance, and many have heard it since childhood. Since 1928, The Varsity restaurant has been welcoming diners with that question... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta — The Oakwood Cafe
FOREST PARK, GA — Congressmen, athletes and entertainers — not to mention a whole lot of produce people — have been flocking to the Oakwood Cafe on the Atlanta State Farmers Market for years for the freshest in authentic downhome Southern fare. Fresh... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta: Baker Farms family heritage keeps Georgia 'green'
NORMAN PARK, GA — The Baker family has been farming here in central Georgia for generations. In 1970, Terry Baker planted some cabbage and Southern vegetables. When sons Joe and Richard came of age, they joined the business and soon steered it in... Read more
Pre-Pma Spotlight on Atlanta: 60 years of history at the Atlanta State Farmer's Market
FOREST PARK, GA — The 150-acre Atlanta State Farmers Market here pretty much runs as a self-contained town, with 24-hour traffic every day of the year, restaurants, a supermarket, USDA offices and even its own police force. It also moves about... Read more
Mucci Farms and 'Sesame Street' eat brighter!
Mucci Farms uses a combination of new technologies and old-world growing techniques to deliver quality produce. Now the company is using some of the best know "Sesame Street" character images to promote its products — and help grow sales. Read more
Sunkist making big impression with eat brighter!
Sunkist Growers — one of the first eat brighter! partners — continues to make a big impression with colorful "eat brighter!" packaging on several of its products. Joining is easy — view the video to hear what Sunkist Growers has to say about the... Read more
Pre-PMA Spotlight on Atlanta: The Nickey Gregory Co.
FOREST PARK, GA — Nickey Gregory has been on the Atlanta State Farmers Market since he started helping his dad out 50 years ago when he was school kid. In 2000, he launched the Nickey Gregory Co. as a full-line distributor delivering overnight... Read more
Expert Kevin Coupe talks online retailing and making the most of the Millennial market
CHATHAM, MA — You know Kevin Coupe from Morning News Beat and as the author of a pair of well-known books, "The Big Picture" and "Retail Rules." Coupe was the keynote speaker at the New England Produce Council Expo 2015 — NEPC by the Sea... Read more
Maggie G soaks up some Cape Cod flavor
CHATHAM, MA — When you think of old Cape Cod, you think Pilgrims, boats, lighthouses, clam "chowdah" and a whole lot of history. Our video series from the New England Produce Council Expo 2015 — "NEPC by the Sea" — continues as Maggie Giuffrida... Read more
PMA's new member directory
Exclusive to Produce Marketing Association members, the new PMA Member Directory can help individuals find their next business partner. The new directory features better, faster and smarter search functionality, the ability to browse company and... Read more
NEPC show host to fruit from Chile, veggies from Jersey and more
CHATHAM, MA — Our series from the New England Produce Council Expo 2015 — NEPC by the Sea — held here Sept. 16-18 continues with another look at the beachside trade show floor. Fruit from Chile, veggies from Jersey, nuts from North Carolina and... Read more
Caloroso, Hoxie and Giumarra's new avocado packaging
Today’s consumers demand health and flavor, and Nature’s Partner and Giumarra are promoting nutritious, versatile avocados in an effort to grow avocado sales. Their avocado bag and supporting marketing materials highlight the Hass Avocado Board’s... Read more
NEPC takes business beachside at Cape Cod outdoor trade show
CHATHAM, MA — The historic and elegant Chatham Bars Inn here was the setting for the New England Produce Council 2015 Expo — NEPC by the Sea — Sept. 16-18. Our Maggie Giuffrida put her toes in the sand to talk to industry movers and shakers on... Read more
NEPC 2015 kicks off with Cape Cod clambake
CHATHAM, MA — The New England Produce Council Expo 2015 — "NEPC by the Sea" — kicked off in grand style on Cape Cod with a ritzy beachside clambake at the historic Chatham Bars Inn Sept. 16. Our Maggie Giuffrida chatted with guests about the... Read more
Potandon transitioning from storage to fresh potatoes
Purple, pink, red, white — it’s a whole new world for potatoes. And a whole new season. Our Maggie Giuffrida caught up with Jamey Higham, Potandon's vice president of new business and foodservice,  for an update on the transition from the... Read more
Everybody needs a (spuddy) buddy
  Everybody needs a buddy, as our Maggie Giuffrida found out from the Idaho Potato Commission. Armand Lobato provided the lowdown on all the marketing materials the commission has available — including its irresistible Spuddy Buddy mascot. Read more
Food safety comes first throughout Chick-fil-A supply chain
We all think of chicken when we think of Chick-fil-A, but salads and other produce are a hugely important part of the chain's success. Chick-fil-A Manager of Food Chain Safety Steven Lyon talks about how the fast food giant keeps food safety top-of-mind. "Food... Read more
The social side of PMA Foodservice and Monterey
MONTEREY, CA — Our Maggie Giuffrida did a little California dreaming while we were on the West Coast for the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo here. From Pebble Beach to Cannery Row, the Pacific Coast Highway to a little French bakery, the journey... Read more
How does Christopher Ranch peel all that garlic?
What do auto mechanics and Christopher Ranch have in common? A lot, when it comes to garlic. Imperfect garlic bulbs are still perfectly delicious, they're just not cosmetically appealing. So how to save a significant part of a crop and turn... Read more
Cooking with the Fit Foodie at the PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — Chef Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie, is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur and media veteran who showed our Maggie Giuffrida how to whip up a mean Kohlrabi Hash Three-Way at the PMA Foodservice show here. The secret ingredient?... Read more
Avocado and chocolate? Some delicious avocado options
We all know avocados are extremely versatile. It's obviously the go-to dip for any occasion. But how about a chocolate truffle with a creamy avocado center? Chef Mark Garcia with Avocados From Mexico gives our Maggie Giuffrida a lesson on alternative... Read more
'New-Fashioned' cocktails with Sunkist Chef Robert Danhi
What's a "new-fashioned" cocktail? Sunkist Chef Robert Danhi showed our Maggie Giuffrida at the PMA Foodservice Convention & Expo in Monterey, CA, July 24-26. A little bit classic and a lot fresh, this drink is an instant contender — and... Read more
Industry leaders offer advice at Women's Fresh Perspectives reception
MONTEREY, CA — A packed house turned out for the PMA Foundation Women's Fresh Perspectives Reception at the Marriott Monterey as part of the PMA Foodservice Show here July 24-26. Our Maggie Giuffrida talked with leaders like Margi Prueitt, senior vice... Read more
PMA Foodservice: Network, network, network
More than 1,800 fresh produce and foodservice professionals convened in Monterey, CA, for the 34th annual PMA Foodservice Conference — with one major goal in mind — to connect with new ideas and old friends. Catch some highlights of the most popular... Read more
PMA Foodservice education session highlights
More than 440 attendees tuned in for education sessions at the PMA Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA. Speakers included celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Gerry Ludwig and Hugh Acheson, who talked about produce and foodservice trends like the veg-centric... Read more
Hustle and bustle on the PMA Foodservice expo floor
MONTEREY, CA — What's new in the foodservice world? The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida had just under six hours to find out as the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo wrapped up with a whirlwind one-day trade show July 26. More... Read more
Seaside opener sets the tone for PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. The Produce News Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida, the newest member of our video team, talked shop with the industry — and sampled the... Read more
PMA Foodservice awards
Exhibitors were awarded for various contests at the 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference, including the Chefs Talk: A Strolling Lunch event, Sensory Experience Contest, Best of Show and Best Product Promo. Read more
Fresno Food Expo taking back Fresno’s identity as Food Capital of the World

The 2015 Fresno Food Expo boasts an 86 percent growth in the number of participating exhibitors and a 400 percent growth in buyers since the expo first began in 2011. The expo, held on Thursday, July 23, drew big buyers with high levels of purchasing... Read more
Catching up with Bryan Silbermann at PMA Foodservice show
MONTEREY, CA — The 2015 PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo kicked off with a seaside gala here July 24. Record numbers of attendees were expected, as Bryan Silbermann, PMA's chief executive officer, told The Produce News Assistant Editor... Read more
 PMA Foundation Career Pathways students try specialty produce items
College students interested in learning more about careers in the fresh produce industry joined the PMA Foundation Career Pathways program at PMA Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA. Activities included a specialty produce item tasting session,... Read more
Great Lakes International Trading's Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit Bus
For some youngsters — and their parents — it’s the same old peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple or fruit cup and some carrots sticks day after day in lunch boxes. But Great Lakes International Trading’s new Awesome Apricot Yummy Fruit... Read more
ALDI's Calif. expansion gets help from popular comedian in video series
ALDI launched an online video series in collaboration with Ben Bailey, popular comedian and Emmy award-winning host of "Cash Cab." The series is equal parts education and entertainment to help introduce ALDI to new customers across the United States... Read more
Cherry volume reaches annual peak
It doesn’t matter if the crop is large or small. It doesn’t matter if the weather is good or bad. Every year in the Northwest, at some point the cherry season peaks. When the peak comes, it presents retail buyers with the best cherry sales and promotion... Read more
Plenty of promotional opportunities for Chilean citrus
Chile’s first 2015 shipment of Navel oranges to the United States departed from the port of San Antonio during the week of June 8 with a total of 11,200 boxes destined for the U.S. market. While volume shipped year to date is somewhat lower than... Read more
Karen Brux shares the latest updates on Chilean clementines
The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association’s Karen Brux pays a visit Chile to bring you the latest crop updates on Chilean citrus. Chilean clementines, she notes, will be available May through August, followed by W. Murcotts, which will be available from... Read more
United party scene rocks Chicago from dusk til dawn
In the finale of our United Fresh 2015 video series, Mary Blackmon heads out on the town to check out the sights of Chicago. She also drops in on the UF party scene, with stops atop the famed Willis Tower (you might remember it better as Sears Tower)... Read more
Mary Blackmon tackles day two from the United Fresh show floor
Innovations, fake food and a giant walking Listeria bug? All part of our look back at United Fresh 2015, which continues with a whirlwind tour of day two from the trade show floor. Our series concludes later this week with an inside peek at the... Read more
Scenes from Chicago: United Fresh trade show Day 1
Our Mary Blackmon hit the trade show floor running at United Fresh in Chicago. Here we bring you the best from day one of the proceedings. Next up in our United series: day two of the show, followed by the grand finale, a look at the social scene and... Read more
Mary Blackmon talks South African citrus as season's first ship arrives
With the season's first shipment of South African citrus arriving on the docks of Gloucester City, NJ, June 15 and unloading this week, The Produce News caught up with shippers and growers in the deal to talk about its history and the first fruit... Read more
Beauty and culture behind Peruvian avocados
Now in its fourth season shipping to the United States, avocados from Peru are being promoted by the Peruvian Avocado Commission in a video series showing the beauty and culture of Peru and the quality of the avocados it produces. See special section... Read more
Chef Jill Davie and Mary Blackmon spice up United Fresh
Chef Jill Davie is famous for her work at L.A.'s renowned Josie restaurant and for numerous television appearances, including several Food Network showdowns. She's also well known for the culinary delights she whips up at the Sunkist booth at trade... Read more
Tom Stenzel and Brian Kocher talk shop with Mary Blackmon at United Fresh
Our Mary Blackmon caught up with United President Tom Stenzel and incoming Chairman of the Board Brian Kocher of the Castellini Group for an exclusive interview about the show and the state of the industry on day one of United Fresh 2015 in C... Read more
Mary Blackmon at the United opener at Chicago's Navy Pier
United Fresh 2015 attendees packed the Crystal Gardens at Chicago's famed Navy Pier June 8 for a spectacular opening reception before the trade show kicked off June 9. Our Mary Blackmon joined the fun in the Gardens, an indoor tropical paradise... Read more
Milk in a bag and an 80-pound fruit? A peek inside Loblaws’ showcase Montreal store
Loblaws has long catered to its Québécois audience via its regional Provigo stores, but the company upped the ante with the opening of a Provigo Le Marché superstore a year ago in Montreal’s historic former Jean-Talon train station. The cavernous... Read more
PMA Tech Knowledge Symposium
The second annual PMA Tech Knowledge Symposium took place in Monterey, CA, May 11-13. More than 200 fresh produce and floral industry members convened to explore emerging technologies positioned to help the industry strengthen food safety, streamline... Read more
JAZZ-y journey sparks season start
From the branch to the bowl, the journey of a New Zealand JAZZ apple to market is chronicled in a new video from brand owner Turners & Growers. Fresh crop JAZZ apples will reach North American shores by the end of the month, according to... Read more
SEPC duffers hit the links at Terry Vorhees Golf Classic
A rollicking casino night that raised $50,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on day one of the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic was just a build up to the main event. The following morning, some 130 Southeast Produce Council... Read more
SEPC's casino night at the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic
More than 130 Southeast Produce Council golfers descended on Alpharetta, GA, earlier this month for the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, raising more than $100,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The festivities opened... Read more
Peachy times ahead for Georgia as season begins
Georgia might not be tops in production these days — that distinction belongs to South Carolina — but state mottos and license plates all agree it's still the Peach State. The Produce News recently visited Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley... Read more
CPMA's more than business — the social side of Montreal
The 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Montreal was 72 hours of non-stop business April 15-17. But there was time for a little fun. In the last installment of our CPMA video series, we take a look at the social side of... Read more
Vidalia celebrates history and heritage as 2015 season begins
The 2015 Vidalia onion season officially got under way April 27. Earlier in the month we spent some time in the field with the people who've been growing Vidalias for decades, discovering the history and heritage behind the world's most famous ... Read more
 PMA Fresh Connections: Retail
More than 150 members of the fresh produce and floral supply chain gathered in Philadelphia in April for Produce Marketing Association Fresh Connections: Retail. The event gave industry members a platform to network and discuss industry trends and... Read more
Mary Blackmon gets cooking with Food Network Chef Roger Mooking
Star chefs were abundant at the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Montreal April 15-17, from new CPMA Half Your Plate Campaign ambassador Michael Smith to Food Network Canada’s Roger Mooking, who hosts three... Read more
Sarah Hoxie compares apples to apples at CPMA
An apple a day is always good policy. But as Sarah Hoxie found out at the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention April 15-17 in Montreal, you could go a couple of weeks without ever eating the same variety twice. Here she... Read more
Day two from the CPMA expo floor
Our video series from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 90th annual convention April 15-17 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal continues with a look at the second day of the expo from the trade show floor. Representatives from seven nations... Read more
CPMA open for business on the expo floor
Record numbers of attendees and exhibitors packed the Palais des congrès de Montréal April 15-17 for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 90th annual convention and trade show. Our CPMA video series continues with a look at day one of... Read more
CPMA 2015 convention and trade show kicks off with spectacular soiree
  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 90th annual convention and trade show kicked off April 15 with the Chair’s Welcoming Reception at the spectacular Montreal Science Centre. The Produce News caught up with key players in the Canadian... Read more
 FPFC holds Northern California Expo
PLEASANTON, CA — The Fresh Produce & Floral Council held its annual Northern California Expo April 8 at the Alameda Fairgrounds, here. The event featured more than 150 booths with over 200 companies exhibiting. The crowd of retail and foodservice... Read more
Consumers dish on Vidalia onions and upcoming season
VIDALIA, GA — Vidalia onion season officially starts two weeks from today. It's a rite of spring that consumers everywhere look forward to, and there is no better place to talk to shoppers about Vidalias, the sweet onion category and the upcoming... Read more
Vidalia onion crop straight from the fields
VIDALIA, GA — Short supplies of sweet onions from elsewhere have the market primed for the annual Vidalia onion crop, which by all accounts is shaping up to be the best in four years. The Produce News spent some time in early April visiting... Read more
Hoxie, Seald Sweet's Desana discuss Mexican grape deal
Most people know Seald Sweet International for citrus. But the company and its global partner Univeg have made major moves in grape and tree fruit markets. Seald Sweet's Chris DeSana recently talked with Sarah Hoxie about the upcoming Mexican grape... Read more
Marzetti video series connects to consumers, gives to charities
Marzetti, a leader in refrigerated dressings and produce dips, is reaching out to consumers with a four-part video series. The company will donate up to $5,000 to four different charities in connection with the videos. “Marzetti is about... Read more
SEPC gets down to business at trade show
After two days of play, the Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure trade show and expo got down to business Feb. 28 at the Caribe Resort in Orlando, FL. Our Mary Blackmon hit the expo floor for a whirlwind tour... Read more
SEPC goes back to the 1950s at gala
Car hops and ice cream shops, leather jackets and poodle skirts — was it really the Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure fabulous Friday night gala at the Caribe Resort in Orlando, FL? Our Mary Blackmon found out that — despite... Read more
Legendary QB talks football and Manning family values
Archie Manning was a football legend in the Southeastern Conference long before he was the keynote speaker at the Southeast Produce Council Southern Exposure Expo 2015. He had a stellar career as an NFL quarterback, but you... Read more
Gold medal skier Picabo Street taps into 'Southern Roots' at SEPC women’s luncheon
The Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Roots program for women in produce kicked off at the organization’s fall meeting in 2014 and continued with a Feb. 26 luncheon at the SEPC Southern Exposure expo in Orlando, FL at the Caribe Resort. Olympic... Read more
Record crowd packs Reunion golf courses for SEPC Tom Page Classic
Close to 300 duffers churned up the Reunion Resort golf courses Feb. 26 for the Southeast Produce Council’s annual Tom Page Golf Classic at the Southern Exposure trades how and expo in Orlando, FL. What did we learn? There’s a reason... Read more
Southern Exposure kicks off in Orlando
  The Southeast Produce Council 2015 Southern Exposure trade show and expo kicked off Wednesday night with dinner for the executive council and guests at Orlando’s exclusive Eleven, a rooftop restaurant at the Reunion Grand Resort Club. SEPC... Read more
Celebrity ad campaign and ‘iconic’ branding of fruits and vegetables
WASHINGTON — The Produce Marketing Association has approved $1 million to launch a new, celebrity-endorsed fruit and vegetable marketing blitz, called FNV, that will be tested in Fresno, CA, and Hampton Roads, VA, this spring. Some details of... Read more
First lady stars with Big Bird and Billy Eichner in ‘eat brighter!’ video
First lady Michele Obama, Sesame Street’s Big Bird and comedian Billy Eichner of Billy on the Street star in a Funny or Die video released this morning touting the consumption of fruits and vegetables and the Produce Marketing Association’s... Read more
AFM Super Bowl ad airs during big game
Avocados from Mexico became the first fresh produce brand to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. The 60-second spot, called The Very First Draft, aired... Read more
New Products Showcase: Stemilt Fresh Blenders provide convenience to consumers
A healthy, nutritious breakfast is just a fingertip away with Stemilt Growers’ new “Fresh Blenders” line of apples. “It became quite evident to us through consumer research and engagement that people were using apples in their juicers and blenders at... Read more
Commitment to quality, innovation drives Potandon
Potandon Produce LLC, headquartered in Idaho Falls, ID, has carefully crafted a business model that can be summarized this way: Excellence beyond expectation. Senior Vice President of Sales Dick Thomas said that attention to the smallest detail gives... Read more
Sunkist's  S’alternative Citrus Hack
Sunkist has released a new Citrus Hacks video that focuses on its S’alternative program, which is aimed at educating consumers on how they can reduce sodium intake by seasoning their food with fresh lemon. "We’ve received a great response to our Sunkist... Read more
New consumer pack released by Owyhee Produce
A new mesh sleeve consumer pack designed to minimize onion skin flaking is now available from Owyhee Produce of Nyssa, OR. In describing the Sleeve Pack, which holds onions in a single column, Owyhee General Manager Shay Myers said the benefits... Read more
Sunkist's Citrus Hack video series
Sunkist has developed a video series called Sunkist Citrus Hacks to inspire consumers to get creative this citrus season. "The videos are a spin-off of 'life hacks' — the popular clever life solutions that have garnered so much online traction," said... Read more
Stemilt brings locales to life in new Rushing Rivers Pear video
Stemilt is giving consumers a look at its world renowned pear locales in a new video that highlights the company’s heritage and its position growing and packing pears in Washington state’s Wenatchee and Entiat river valleys. The video features... Read more
IPC launches new national television commercial
For the past two years, the Idaho Potato Commission's national television commercial has featured the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck and a perplexed potato farmer who can't seem to keep tabs on it and its fun-loving Tater Team. Now, the IPC has... Read more
PMA TV recaps Fresh Summit 2014
Two years after a record-breaking convention in Anaheim, CA, PMA Fresh Summit returned to the city with a new record number of exhibitors and produce industry members from more than 60 countries around the world. Oct. 17 Oct. 18 Oct. 19 ... Read more
New POM Wonderful TV campaign to kick off pomegranate season
POM Wonderful, one of the world’s larger producers of Wonderful variety pomegranates and a leading premium refrigerated juice company, is celebrating fresh pomegranate season. For the first time in three years, POM Wonderful is returning to television... Read more
Whole Foods Market and Instacart partner to offer one-hour delivery across 15 major U.S. cities
Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods products delivered in as little as one hour. Customers will soon also have the option to place orders via... Read more
Domex Superfresh self-driven platforms helping workers, fruit quality
In an orchard update from Domex Superfresh Growers, Dave Gleason talks about the beginning of this year's apple harvest and the use of self-driven, multi-level platforms that aid workers in the pick process. The platforms allow Domex to do away with... Read more
Mushroom Council continues strong promotion, mushroom consumption swelling
“Mushroom blendability is the driving and emerging trend for mushrooms in both foodservice and retail,” said Bart Minor, president of the Mushroom Council. “Mushrooms are on target to make a big impact at foodservice and retail that will improve consumers’... Read more
Domex Superfresh apple orchard update
This year is progressing nicely and the apple harvest is set to start about a week early. The weather has been ideal for growing fruit, and Domex has a record size crop hanging on the trees right now. The company expects to have a full complement of apples... Read more
PMA’s record-setting foodservice conference
It was a record-breaking year at Produce Marketing Association’s 33rd annual Foodservice Conference, including the unseasonably warm temperatures in Monterey, CA, which soared into the high 80s. The conference by the numbers: 1,821 attendees (record)... Read more
Eastern Washington cherry and apple crop updates
"Cherry harvest is progressing and the fruit is beautiful with excellent quality," said Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex. "We've spent the past 52 weeks preparing for where we are right now, picking. We make every effort to make sure we... Read more
Grapes from California campaign kicks off on Food Network
A new television campaign for Grapes from California launched in June on the Food Network. “These commercials showcase the natural beauty, easy versatility and great taste of California grapes while communicating the value of sharing life’s special... Read more
Fresh & Easy rebranded in new marketing campaign
Fresh & Easy launched a full-scale marketing campaign inviting customers to discover an all-new Fresh & Easy. Since transferring to new ownership in November, the company has reinvigorated its brand and stores with the aim of providing healthy,... Read more
Cherry crop update from Domex
Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex Superfresh Growers, provides and update on this year's cherry crop in one of its lower Yakima Valley orchards. Harvest is progressing nicely this year, and color is developing due to warm weather with cool... Read more
PMA launches redesigned website, provides better access to resources
In response to member feedback and as part of its new strategic plan implementation, the Produce Marketing Association unveiled its redesigned website ( Tuesday, May 27. With a fresh new design, completely new structure, a fully functioning... Read more
Protecting the 2014 Pacific Northwest cherry crop
As producers move into the 2014 cherry production season in the Pacific Northwest, they will concern themselves with protecting the precious fruit from rain and the damage that can be done to ripe cherries. Domex Superfresh Growers provides some insights... Read more
Good season expected for Pacific Northwest cherries
Mother Nature has been a cooperative lady in the Pacific Northwest, and the region's producers are anticipating a good cherry season for the highly prized fruit in 2014. It's 80 days and counting for Domex Superfresh Growers in Yakima, WA. Read more
Wish Farms' consumer program features recipe videos
Wish Farms is offering a year-round supply of conventional and organic strawberries and blueberries. With the Florida strawberry season completed, focus has turned to the California strawberry season and Florida blueberry season. Wish Farms grows strawberries... Read more
Domex Superfresh Growers' orchard tech
Domex Superfresh Growers continues to innovate with use of GPS-equipped tractors as technology moves from the drawing board to the orchard. Use of GPS allows the tractor to create a planting line within an inch of accuracy. A specialized plant platform... Read more
Produce Alliance leads fundraising campaign for children’s hospital
Produce Alliance LLC, one of the larger produce management services companies in the United States, leverages its national distribution and grower-shipper network to lead an annual philanthropic campaign benefitting one of Chicago’s premiere Children’s... Read more
Local sponsorship fuels national health and fitness messaging for California Giant
California Giant Berry Farms has teamed up with the local D-League Basketball Team for the Golden State Warriors this season and launched a kids club to promote health and fitness to fans. The partnership with the Santa Cruz Warriors D-League team resulted... Read more
CMI's high-quality KIKU apples
From picking at the peak of ripeness, to polishing and preserving freshness, to packing, there are a lot of steps involved in making sure that "KIKU" brand apples are high in quality and exceptionally sweet. Columbia Marketing International provided... Read more
E. Armata completes renovation of Hunts Point facility
E. Armata, a fourth-generation family-run fruit and vegetable wholesaler located in the Hunts Point terminal market in the Bronx, NY, has been in business for over 100 years. Today, it is a tenant of major significance on the market... Read more
Limited supplies of Kanzi apples hit the market
Washington-grown "Kanzi" brand apples are hitting U.S. markets this week. Due to high demand for this premium apple — in combination with limited early production on young trees — supplies are limited. An unfortunate hail event last season eliminated... Read more
Super Bowl spud challenge a win-win for food banks
During the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, several challenges have been made by fans of the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks — including a major wager between the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and the Washington State Potato Commission. The... Read more
Florida's wintertime strawberry production leads the nation
Florida Strawberry Growers Association Executive Director Ted Campbell talks about Florida’s $400 million winter strawberry deal as the season ramps up to full volume this month. The area within a 20-mile radius of FSGA headquarters in Plant City, FL,... Read more
Atlanta’s General Produce named Georgia Family Business of the Year
General Produce Inc. of Atlanta began more than 50 years ago as a purveyor of bananas and has since grown to become one of the Southeast’s larger distributors of produce — from apples to zucchini — with its own fleet of more than 100 trucks providing... Read more
Georgia Pecan season in full swing during National Pecan Month
Sure, Georgia is known for peaches, but since the late 1800s the state has led the nation in pecan production. November is National Pecan Month and Georgia pecan growers are getting ready for the hectic holiday season. Here, grower Al Pearson talks with... Read more
Meijer reduced carbon footprint by nearly 60 percent in three years
Midwest retailer Meijer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel fleets in North America. As part of its ongoing green initiatives, the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer’s fleet utilized innovative technology to improve fuel efficiency and reduce... Read more
Banana journey from jungle to supermarket is an amazing ride
Ever wonder just how bananas get from tropical jungles to suburban supermarkets? It’s quite a journey as Turbana, a leading supplier of bananas and vegetables from Colombia, reveals in this video. Read more
Turbana partners with One Laptop Per Child organization
Turbana, a leading supplier of bananas and vegetables from Colombia, has partnered with the One Laptop Per Child organization to bring rugged, durable laptops to remote impoverished area. The goal is to provide access to knowledge that can change lives. Find... Read more
Florida’s Wish Farms 'pixies' get tongue-in-cheek credit for work behind the scenes
They say anyone who loves their job never works a day in their life. Florida strawberry, blueberry and vegetable giant Wish Farms takes that idea one step further in a series of hilarious videos that present the idea that behind-the-scenes pixies are... Read more
T&A's field-packed lettuce impresses in the field and online
When buyer-segment demand spurred Tanimura & Antle to reintroduce it's field-fresh packaged leaf lettuce, the Salinas-based company had a trick up its sleeve, or at least on its packaging: a personal trip from T&A's fields through its shipping... Read more
Georgia Peaches launch YouTube channel; videos help council connect with consumers
As part of its ongoing promotional and educational program, the Georgia Peach Council has launched a YouTube channel to inform consumers about one of the state’s more popular crops. The YouTube channel includes videos to introduce consumers to the prominent... Read more
Tanimura & Antle’s packaging preserves lettuce and profits
Bulk produce may have a traditional farm-fresh appearance, but Tanimura & Antle’s field-packed lettuce actually delivers field freshness. “We select special packaging materials to maximize freshness,” said Caitlin Antle. “[The] crinkly bag not only... Read more
Growing California video series wins two Telly Awards
The Growing California video series, a partnership betweeen CDFA and California Grown produced in association with California State University-Sacramento, has been recognized with two 2013 Telly Awards, a video competition now in its 34th year. The two... Read more
Del Monte's 'Find Your Inner Chef' competition
MIAMI — Kara Adanalian of Fresno, CA, took top honors in the Del Monte Fresh "Find Your Inner Chef" competition, besting runner-up Karen Gulkin of Greeley, CO, in a cook off held at the Miami Culinary Institute, here. "The cook off event was as exciting... Read more
T&A's Artisan lettuce perfect for Fourth of July celebrations
As the Fourth of July approaches and consumers are shopping for their parties and cookouts, Tanimura & Antle's field-packed heart-healthy Artisan lettuce is sure to catch their eyes. The packaging process for T&A's Artisan lettuce offers superior... Read more
Retailers, growers join Produce for Kids to provide $4 million in donations to charities in a decade
Produce for Kids has donated more than $4.1 million to children’s charitable concerns, including the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and The program brings grower-shippers and retailers together to help raise funds that stay... Read more
Buyer demand drives T&A's reintroduction of 'Field-Fresh' wrapped leaf lettuce
Someone once said, "What's old is new again." Reviving a unique harvesting technique originally launched a decade ago, Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle has reintroduced its "Field-Fresh" wrapped leaf lettuce for one simple reason: buying segment demand. T&A's... Read more
RockTenn’s Meta series improves efficiency with better strength and cost savings
Norcross, GA-based RockTenn, one of North America’s leading vertically integrated packaging manufacturers, has introduced a pair of products that can provide produce shippers substantial savings on materials and freight, as well as allow for better packouts... Read more
Salinas-based Mann Packing’s new video supports sustainability of its vegetable trays
Mann Packing, based in Salinas, CA, released a new video and ad campaign at the recent United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego, which looks to reinforce the sustainability features of its lidless vegetable trays.Last fall the company redesigned its... Read more
Perfect weather turns Vidalia onion crop around, second half yields and quality are ‘phenomenal’
As the Vidalia onion season started in mid-April, growers feared they had a disaster on their hands. With seed stem bolting through the crop, it appeared that as much as half the Vidalia deal would disappear. For the first half of the season those projections... Read more
Young company aims for growth by staying hands-on
Kelly Bros. Inc. out of Exeter, CA, is an up-and-coming fruit company devoted to working hands-on with its suppliers and customers. The company is just three years old and has built a devoted customer base of fruit processors and distributors across the... Read more
Shuman Produce promotes its ‘RealSweet’ onions with promotional products
Shuman Produce in Reidsville, GA, is giving away the ultimate grilling tool, its ‘RealSweet Sportula’ – a multi-use heavy duty spatula – in a spring promotion. Here, Shuman spokesman The Fat Man, of Chef and The Fatman fame, shows off the sportula... Read more
California Giant Berry Farms signs on with FoodLink
In March, California Giant Berry Farms, based in Watsonville, CA, agreed to use FoodLink, a commerce and traceability platform, for item-specific tracking on all of its strawberries grown in the United States. FoodLink created QR-coded labels for "clamshell"... Read more
Agriculture brings science and math to life for North Carolina high school students
Students and teachers from high schools in Rowan County, NC, are engaged in a new project that seeks to bring science and math concepts alive through agriculture. They are taking a leap from their textbooks to hands-on learning at an outdoor laboratory... Read more
Industry turns out in full force for United Fresh 2013 in San Diego
Thousands of produce industry members and affiliates headed to San Diego last week for United Fresh 2013, May 14-17. From the opening night gala aboard the USS Midway to the closing night awards banquet and even the post-show Produce Marketing & Merchandising... Read more
Vidalia deal driving demand in sweet onion category despite seasonal volume reduction
VIDALIA, GA – Retailers and consumers alike anxiously await the beginning of the Vidalia onion season – and with good reason. The world-famous onion virtually created the sweet onion category and, retailers say, drives the deal and has spurred 12-month... Read more
  Southeast Produce Council helps Paul Anderson Youth Home grow the future with ‘Goodness Garden’
 VIDALIA, GA – As the Southeast Produce Council grows and prospers, it is increasing its philanthropic outreach. One of its most recent projects is underwriting a garden at the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, GA, which serves boys and teens in crisis.... Read more
North Carolina Strawberry Project looking to breed better berries with help of culinary experts
In a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership, North Carolina State University at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, joined forces for the N.C. Strawberry Project. Supported by a grant from the Golden... Read more