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USDA cites Ohio business for $800K PACA violations
As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of... Read more
Sobeys expands curbside pickup service
Sobeys is expanding its e-commerce offering to Atlantic Canada with the launch of Voilà by Sobeys Curbside Pickup. Now available at three Sobeys store locations in Nova Scotia,... Read more
IPC helps foodservice operators make changes to meet COVID-era challenges
Portability, profitability, innovation and menu simplification. Those topics were the themes of a webinar presented by the Idaho Potato Commission as part of Restaurants Rise,... Read more
Indianapolis Fruit Co. expands robust team
Indianapolis Fruit Co. remains focused on being a leading super-regional produce and specialty foods distributor providing premium quality products and unprecedented customer... Read more
Meijer vet joins SpartanNash leadership
SpartanNash Co. has hired Shaquanda Gordon as vice president of human resources, talent and diversity. Gordon will build on the company's efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable... Read more
Index Fresh hires seasoned sales representative Susie Rea
In a move to bolster its sales efforts, Index Fresh hired Susie Rea this month. Rea has a great reputation in the avocado industry and brings with her an extremely successful... Read more
Record California walnut crop expected
USDA NASS recently released the Objective Measurement of the 2020 walnut crop, estimating production at 780,000 short tons, an increase of 19 percent over the prior year.... Read more
Brighter Bites increases access to fresh produce and food literacy
Brighter Bites began its general programming in the Washington, DC, area this month as schools opened during the continuing COVID-19 outbreak and food insecurity among families... Read more
 Food Lion's bagged apples to help provide 1 million meals
Food Lion is partnering with its customers to help end hunger in the towns and cities it serves. For every bag of specially marked Food Lion gala apples purchased in-store,... Read more
Starr Ranch Growers goes back to school with fall sweepstakes
Starr Ranch Growers created a back to school sweepstakes to help make the transition back to school a little more fun this year. The Back to School Sweepstakes (#B2SS) showcases... Read more
South 40 Snacks' produce position shakes up sunflower seed category
Looking to revolutionize the stagnant in-shell sunflower seed category, South 40 Snacks is partnering with retailers to uniquely position its giant-sized, premium seeds in... Read more
The Giant Co. goes on hiring spree
The Giant Co. is hiring an additional 4,000 part- and full-time team members to meet the continuing demand for groceries both now and into the busy holiday season. The company... Read more
Fresh Directions expands team, names new sales and marketing manager
Fresh Directions International (Avocados Plus Inc) is growing its sales and marketing team and appointed Andy Garces to the newly created position of sales and marketing manager. Garces... Read more
AFM launches Avo University to maximize sales, reduce shrink
Avocados may project an air of mystery, but they're really an open book — and now industry professionals can learn just how to read them. Avocados From Mexico has launched... Read more
Big Y expands with fresh-focused distribution center
In 1936, Paul and Gerry D’Amour were passionate about providing fresh local food to their customers at the Y Cash Market in Chicopee, MA. Today, close to 85 years after its... Read more
Eastern Produce Council hosts 45th annual golf outing
Oh, what a day! The skies were blue, the temperature in the mid 70s and people were so happy to gather together again as a council since the coronovirus pandemic began. Postponed... Read more
Frieda Rapoport Caplan continues to aid the produce industry
The United Fresh Produce Association announced the recipients of the 2020 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarship: Caitie Bowers, human resources director of The... Read more
SweeTangos driving up sales to retailers' delight
Just three weeks into the 2020 SweeTango apple season, the brand’s marketing and sales desks report that retailers are “really taking to” a “vintage” crop, driving sales up... Read more
Heat, fire and smoke affecting West Coast produce supplies
The most polluted town in the world for the past week is Portland, OR, as dozens of fires have inundated the skies up and down the Pacific Coast with a very smoky atmosphere... Read more
Church Bros. makes a splash with new products
Church Bros. Farms is launching three-minute microwavable Ready Sides — adding to its existing line of retail fresh-cut vegetables. This is the company’s first retail value-added... Read more

USDA cites Ohio business for $800K PACA violations
As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on PK Produce Inc. in Canton, OH, for failing to meet its contractual obligations to the sellers of produce it Read More ...
Sobeys expands curbside pickup service
Sobeys is expanding its e-commerce offering to Atlantic Canada with the launch of Voilà by Sobeys Curbside Pickup. Now available at three Sobeys store locations in Nova Scotia, the new service offers a freshness guarantee and products at affordable prices with no hidden fees. Orders are assembled with care by Voilà by Read More ...
IPC helps foodservice operators make changes to meet COVID-era challenges
Portability, profitability, innovation and menu simplification. Those topics were the themes of a webinar presented by the Idaho Potato Commission as part of Restaurants Rise, an initiative launched in May by Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality. The initiative has included live virtual events to aid Read More ...
Indianapolis Fruit Co. expands robust team
Indianapolis Fruit Co. remains focused on being a leading super-regional produce and specialty foods distributor providing premium quality products and unprecedented customer experiences through experts who care. The company, a business unit of IF&P Foods and the FreshEdge Group of Cos., primarily services the retail Read More ...
Meijer vet joins SpartanNash leadership
SpartanNash Co. has hired Shaquanda Gordon as vice president of human resources, talent and diversity. Gordon will build on the company's efforts to ensure a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce by driving the overall human capital strategy for the organization. In this newly created position, she will lead the human Read More ...

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