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NMB awards the top mango displays across the U.S.
The results are in for the National Mango Board’s ninth annual Mango Mania Display Contest. Participating retailers built impressive, eye-catching displays for at least one week during the month of June 2019 to delight and educate consumers in grocery stores nationwide. Over $1,500 in cash incentives were awarded to the winning stores. Every store was a winner... Read more
Walmart partnership looks to boost children's nutrition
Breakfast Club of Canada and Walmart Canada are kicking off their annual campaign to support kids’ school breakfast programs, with the aim of breaking a major milestone. Customers can donate and “add a child’s breakfast to your bill” at the checkout at Walmart stores across Canada and online on Walmart.ca until Oct. 4. The average breakfast served through one... Read more
Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet is partnering with avocado grower Valvilla Produce
Greenyard USA/Seald Sweet has announced a long-term strategic partnership with Valvilla Produce. This is a true example of Greenyard’s mission to partner with the best suppliers, from fork to field, to meet consumers’ needs while creating value for all. “Our initiative is to develop and strengthen our business by offering direct programs with the growers while... Read more
The U.S. Department of Commerce released its final decision on the Mexican Tomato Suspension Agreement Sept. 19. The 17.56 percent tariff that has been in place on Mexican tomatoes in recent months will end and the industry will return to reference prices, which come with stricter oversight than the past. The key point of concern to Mexican tomato interests... Read more
Krasdale rolling out redesigned private-label logo
Krasdale Foods, a 111-year-old, privately owned company providing grocery distribution, merchandising and marketing to independent grocery stores, recently completed a redesign of its private-label logo — the first update in several decades — and has already begun rolling out new product. The new logo design is simpler and more streamlined, featuring white font... Read more
Bee Sweet Citrus gears up for Fresh Summit
Bee Sweet Citrus is gearing up to participate in Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit event for the third year in a row, and its sales team is eager to meet with the show’s attendees to discuss the company’s recent developments in technology, packaging and more. “With PMA just around the corner, our team is looking forward to going to Anaheim to meet... Read more
In its latest move to make products and packaging more sustainable, Ahold Delhaize USA announced that each of its local brands — Food Lion, Giant Food, GIANT/MARTIN’S, Hannaford, Peapod and Stop & Shop, and its U.S. services company, Retail Business Services, which develops private brand products for each of the local brands — have implemented a new sustainable... Read more
TIPA teams up with the Equitable Food Initiative and CIERTO Global
The Texas International Produce Association will be hosting two workshops at their corporate headquarters in Mission, TX, on Sept. 24. The topics will focus on overcoming labor challenges which is proving to be a key concern in the produce industry. These sessions are available for free for TIPA members along with Texas Vegetable Association, Texas Citrus Mutual... Read more
With temperatures still in the 90’s it may be a little early to dust off the Uggs and break out the flannel, but fall is right around the corner despite Mother Nature’s fickle forecast. Faux spider webs can be seen draped across store fronts, the aisles are starting to fill with vampire teeth and fun size candy bars are on every end cap. Most retailers have... Read more
Guatemala specialty products on the rise
For the past two decades, Guatemala has seen steady growth in demand for specialty vegetables and fruits. “There has been a consistent import increase of fresh fruits and vegetables from Guatemala,” said Priscilla Lleras-Bush, coordinator for the Guatemala Produce Trade Association. “According to the USDA, from 2014 to 2018 imports of fresh or frozen fruits from... Read more
BJ’s Wholesale Club names Lee Delaney president
BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that Lee Delaney has been named president, effective immediately. Delaney, who had been executive vice president, chief commercial officer, will lead BJ’s retail, e-commerce and membership operations in addition to his current responsibilities for merchandising, supply chain and marketing. He will continue to report to Christopher... Read more
Through two rounds of Agricultural Trade Promotion Program funding allocations, Potatoes USA was awarded over $5.1 million for activities and programs to increase U.S. potato export opportunities. Potatoes USA’s strategy for the ATP funding includes focusing on new activities and projects in existing target markets while expanding into new markets to increase... Read more
CAC to tout increased avocado volume in 2020 at PMA Fresh Summit
The California Avocado Commission is preparing for the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit event in its home territory this year, as the annual convention will take place Oct. 16-19 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Zac Benedict, Jessica Hunter, CAC board member and secretary), Jan DeLyser and student Trevor Garcia at the PMA Fresh Summit... Read more
Meijer expands Shop & Scan technology to all stores
Midwestern retailer Meijer completed a 15-month initiative to offer the Shop & Scan technology at all its stores across the Midwest, rolling out the advanced checkout option to 44 stores throughout southeastern Michigan. Shop & Scan works through an innovative mobile app that allows customers to shop and bag as they go, giving them the opportunity to... Read more
Rainier launches second annual Pears for Pairs campaign
On the heels of last year’s success, Rainier Fruit announced its second annual holiday marketing program, “Pears for Pairs.” The campaign, designed to exemplify Rainier Fruit’s “Wholesome to the Core” company values of giving back to the community, launches in stores in September. Rainier will contribute a portion of the proceeds of bulk pear and bag pear sales... Read more
Square Roots, Gordon take first step toward year-round local food across the continent
Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open its newest indoor farm Sept. 30 on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, MI. This is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service locations across the continent, bringing high-quality, hyper-local produce to customers all... Read more
Kroger takes Apeel produce coast to coast
The Kroger Co. announced that Apeel's longer-lasting avocados will be available in more than 1,100 Kroger stores in the U.S. The company will also introduce two new produce categories, Apeel asparagus and Apeel limes, through a pilot in its Cincinnati market this fall. "Kroger is excited to offer more customers Apeel avocados and introduce longer-lasting limes... Read more
Mission's staggering avocado growth agenda in Colombia
Mission Produce Inc. announced its staggering growth agenda in Colombia, including plans to ramp up avocado production within the next two years. This news comes as no surprise, since Mission Produce announced its partnership with Cartama in 2017. Cartama is one of Colombia’s largest avocado growers. “Colombia will provide us with an added source of year-round,... Read more
Stop & Shop invests $133 million to deliver a fresh look
Stop & Shop has introduced a fresh new look at 21 Suffolk County stores on Long Island. The new look comes with a $133 million capital investment to improve the in-store experience for local customers, with a focus on delivering more fresh, healthy, and convenient options, plus lower prices on items throughout the store. Stop & Shop employs over 8,000... Read more
World Avocado Congress headed to city of eternal spring
Medellín, Colombia, the “city of eternal spring,” will host the IX World Avocado Congress Sept. 23-27. A highly anticipated industry event, the WAC has convened every four years since 1987. It brings together business leaders, academia and key innovations in a unique global exchange. The organizers of the WAC 2019, Corpohass and Agrilink, invited the World Avocado... Read more