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2021-02-16
Harps Food Stores, including its 10 Box banner, service consumers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Headquartered in Springdale, AR, Harps, celebrated its 90th anniversary last year and shows no signs of slowing down. The produce department is led by Mike Roberts, director of produce, and he and his team have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to make sure its customers can find what they are looking for when shopping any of its more than 100 Harps or 10 Box stores. This month, we salute the Harps Food Stores produce department.  
2021-02-16
Ocean Mist Farms, the leading grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., launches the Coachella artichoke production season with the third annual Peace, Love & Artichokes winter promotion. This multifaceted campaign, launching today and lasting through March 15, includes email marketing to a robust community of artichoke shoppers and produce buyers, social media advertising, and sweepstakes prizes — all to drive sales and in-store demand.
2021-02-16
Eagle Eye Produce offers the best of both worlds: the benefits of a large company with a national logistics network paired with the customer experience of a small, multi-generational company with deep roots, according to the company’s director of melon sales, Joey Anticevich. “Our team of produce veterans has decades of experience in the melon industry, and we believe we offer the best service in the industry,” he said. “We can pack any size melon in any pack our customers are needing.”
2021-02-16
The 2020 apple season was a mixed bag of experiences as the domestic production in Washington state was down approximately 15 percent from the previous year, which prompted pricing on mainline varietals to move up with the shorter crop.  Regionally, club varieties had a strong season in both volume and quality. With the price compression on domestic varieties, regional club varieties were competitively priced yet offered more desirable eating experiences compared to standard varieties.  
2021-02-16
Are you ready to face the sales figures from last year's COVID-19 panic shopping period? Think you'll match those colossal March produce numbers?  It looks like corporate management is at it again by handing down some impractical and unattainable sales targets. This reminds me of a time when I first experienced this tactic in my earlier years as a produce director. I believe it's termed, "Live and learn."
2021-02-16
The Southeast Produce Council has announced that this year's SEPC Vorhees Vision Scholarship recipient is Emily Lessard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Lessard of The Giant Co.
2021-02-16
United Fresh’s sixth annual BrandStorm event will take place online March 9-11. The event will feature the general session Global Marketing: Trends from Abroad, where marketing professionals from around the globe will share perspectives from each of their business segments on changing fresh produce marketing strategies.
2021-02-16
Freshcourt is an agribusiness group that has more than a quarter century of experience in packing and processing fresh avocados from Mexico. The company’s passion for quality and service has helped it thrive around the world, as it has built up long-term business partners in the U.S. and abroad.
2021-02-16
Valentine’s night of 2021 will be remembered as the “Valentine’s Day massacre for the fruit and vegetable industry of south Texas,” Bret Erickson, senior vice president of business affairs for J&D Produce Inc., said the follow morning. J&D, one of Texas’ largest fresh vegetable growers, has a large packing and shipping facility in Edinburg, TX, and grows thousands of acres of vegetables throughout the lower reaches of the Rio Grande Valley.
2021-02-16
The Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC watermelon program has grown larger each year. “With our sweet potato program in the Carolinas, a lot of our growers that we work with over there grow several other commodities,” said Joe Esta, vice president of the  Idaho Falls, ID-based company. “We had a few of them ask us if we’d be interested in selling some of the items they were currently growing in a small fashion and wanting to expand.”