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The Inside Look (Sept. 2)

This month’s edition of the Floral Pulse will literally take you around the world! That’s what’s so great about our business — every single growing region is uniquely gifted in its own right with the perfect product for our customers. And be sure to read about the upcoming trade shows: PMA, Proflora, SAF and TPIE, plus many other important events around the world!

insidelook.sept2019 Do you need one complete resource of all industry trade shows throughout the year? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Clip out the calendar of events inside! It’s updated each month with the latest and greatest events to grow our business for 2020 and beyond.

Did I mention what a great industry we’re blessed to be part of? Back on the home front, we’ll start delving into pre-holiday merchandising and timely information on our workforce: labor management and human resources. And speaking of workforce, don’t miss the perspective of Shanley King, AFE Communications Intern, who recently joined the industry as a newcomer. She’s a new believer in “Power to the Flowers!”

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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 ...

Market Watch

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Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

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