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2021-02-18
Alice Grazziani, floral director of Gelson’s Markets in Southern California, believes she has only three seconds to catch the attention of shoppers as they walk into a store, grab their carts and walk by the floral department. “We are an impulse department,” she said. “Ninety percent of our sales are impulse. We need to look really good. Merchandising is everything.”
2021-02-18
Rob McDougall is unique as he is one of the very few produce executives to achieve the top spot at a retail grocery chain. Considering produce often is the top profit contributor to a chain’s bottom line, it shouldn’t be a surprise that McDougall is the chief executive officer and president of Gelson’s Markets, a 27-store upscale grocery chain in Southern California.
2021-02-18
One theme continually surfaced in interview after interview with Gelson’s CEO Rob McDougall, its top produce executives and its fruit and vegetable suppliers. Its produce team is full of veteran and passionate professionals that have been with the company a long time — and they love what they do.
2021-02-18
Walmart Inc. announced that the Issa brothers, founders and co-CEOs of EG Group, a global convenience and forecourts retailer headquartered in Blackburn, U.K., and investment funds managed by TDR Capital LLP, a leading U.K.-based private equity firm, have completed the acquisition of Asda, Walmart’s wholly owned U.K. business, for an enterprise value of $8.8 billion, on a debt-free and cash-free basis.
2021-02-18
In late January, the Mariposa Land Port of Entry in Nogales, AZ, hit a record of 1,900 trucks arriving from Mexico. Allison Moore, vice president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, said crossing numbers have recently risen into the 1,700- and 1,800-truck range, but the 1,900-truck level was a new high. While most of these trucks pulled trailers of produce, the numbers also involved an unknown number of manufactured goods and empties.
2021-02-18
Vanguard International grape harvest and packing seasons are under way in Peru, Chile and South Africa. Peru and Chilean grape demand is particularly strong in Mexico, and increasing in Canada, the U.S., and Asia as California completes their “storage season.” Vanguard is seeing the first arrivals of grapes from their own ranches in Peru into various markets around the world and the results have been very positive season to date. Overall quality and condition have been very well received.
2021-02-18
Misionero, a leader in organic salads, prepared lettuces, value-added vegetables, and a pioneer in plant-based salad products, announced a new strategic partnership with Grupo Altex, a leading agricultural company in Mexico.
2021-02-17
CMI Orchards announced that Ambrosia apples are dominating sales in the Southern Region, with strong sales reported throughout the rest of the United States.
2021-02-17
A display of large and vibrant Desbry tropical avocados creates excitement and stops shoppers in their tracks. And this bigger fruit means bigger margins and a bigger avocado category, which is why tropical avocados have been gaining traction and distribution with retailers across the country.
2021-02-17
iTradeNetwork, a global provider of supply chain management solutions for the food and beverage industry, has implemented a Walmart-compliant ASN on its platform. This solution allows perishables suppliers to seamlessly adhere to Walmart’s new SQEP protocols, which are updated by the nation’s largest retailer from time-to-time.