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Ayco reports jump in bagged asparagus sales
Ayco Farms is experiencing a substantial increase in bagged asparagus sales to some of its largest retail customers as consumer trends are changing in today's economy. “Bagged asparagus grabbed attention and seems to have kept traction due to consumer trends and the convenience of packaged produce,” said Avi Nir, Ayco Read More ...
Natural Grocers announces new director
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. announced that David C. Rooney was unanimously elected to the company's board of directors on Aug. 5. Rooney's election filled the vacant seat on the board created by the previously announced retirement of Michael T. Campbell, which was effective Aug. 5.  Rooney will serve an initial Read More ...
New cold storage and cross-docking operation Glacier Peak opens in Washington
Randy Hartmann, co-owner of Glacier Peak, a new cold storage, packing and cross-docking operation in Wapato, WA, announced its acquisition of the 55,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse Washington Harvest. Hartmann shared that "the purchase of this cold storage and packing operation is intended to provide for greater capacity and Read More ...
Keep on organic summer fruit for September success
Summer is cruising by and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peach and nectarine season is doing the same. Now is the time to plan and push sales starting Labor Day and through the remainder of September, according to Brianna Shales, Stemilt’s senior marketing manager. Retailers should plan ads and focus on creative displays to show off Read More ...
Kroger launches contactless payments pilot in QFC division
The Kroger Co. launched a contactless payments pilot across the QFC division, located in Seattle, WA, allowing customers to use their mobile device for a more seamless checkout experience. The pilot includes the acceptance of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, mobile banking apps and contactless chip cards, Read More ...
Oppy bringing Haskap berries to retailers
Building on its long history of breaking ground with new varieties, Oppy successfully introduced Haskap berries to customers in the greater Vancouver area, marking the first time these flavorful berries are available at retail. As a leading grower, marketer and distributor of fresh produce from around the world, Oppy is Read More ...
Salinas grower-shipper announces acquisition
Hitchcock Farms, Salinas, CA, a premier and innovative grower-shipper has acquired Pfyffer Associates, a grower, packer and shipper of premium Brussels sprouts in Santa Cruz, CA. Pfyffer has been a leading supplier of Brussels sprouts for over 45 years with its well-known Ernie’s Pride and Pfyffer labels. “I see this as a Read More ...

 

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John Groh

EDITOR and PUBLISHER

groh@theproducenews.com

John Groh was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ, in the suburbs of New York City. After two decades of dreadful Northeast winters and with a desire to experience life in a different part of the country, he moved to San Diego, CA, in the mid-1980s and attended the University of San Diego, where he majored in English.

While at USD, he developed an interest in oceanography and remained at the university after graduation, working as a researcher on a variety of projects in the field of geological oceanography, including tracking past El Niño weather occurrences and identifying marine organisms that live in and around the hydrothermal vents in the Salton Sea in California's Imperial Valley.

In 1992, John loaded his worldly possessions into his 1972 VW Bug convertible and embarked on his final cross-country journey back east. Soon after his return to New Jersey, he landed a job at a local newspaper as a sports editor and beat writer for the New York Giants of the National Football League. The following year, he joined insurance industry publisher A.M. Best Co. in Whitehouse Station, NJ, as an editor and writer for a number of titles.

Realizing that writing about loss control and risk management was far from his dream job, John responded to an ad about an opening for an assistant editor at The Produce News. As a vegetarian, he was intrigued at the prospect of writing about fruits and vegetables and was excited to join the company in 1995.Among the early challenges of his tenure was helping to implement an electronic desktop publishing system for the newspaper, while at the same time learning the nuances of the produce industry.

In 1997, John was promoted to managing editor of The Produce News, and with that took over the design of the front page of the newspaper, as well as the responsibility of assigning news stories and features. In 2000, he was appointed editor and associate publisher of The Produce News, and his duties were expanded to include day-to-day operations at the company. In July 2006, John was promoted to publisher of the newspaper. He retained his title and responsibilities of editor of the publication, but he now has oversight of all operations of the company.

John and his wife, Mary Anne, an attorney, live in the New York City suburb of Haworth, NJ, with their son, Zane, 16, and daughter, Skyler, 14. Most mornings have John up before the sun to get to the gym or enjoy some solitude before the mayhem of the day begins.

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