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What's new at Meijer? The stores
Meijer has completed 22 remodeled supercenters this year. In 2017, the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer aggressively remodeled stores in key Midwestern markets, such as Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, and suburban Chicago. Six Meijer supercenters in Michigan alone were updated. This year’s remodel investment means that Meijer has now remodeled more than... Read more
Inaugural Organic Growers Summit draws diverse crowd
More than 800 attendees, including 300 growers of a wide variety of crops from 12 different countries, attended the first ever Organic Growers Summit in Monterey, CA, Dec. 13 and 14. The event, which was a collaboration between the Organic Produce Network and California Certified Organic Farmers, featured a sold-out exhibit floor, six different breakout sessions... Read more
G&R’s Vidalia onions featured in Delta One seasonal menu
World famous Vidalia onions from G&R Farms in Tattnall County, GA, are featured on Delta Air Lines’ seasonally rotating Delta One menu for select international flights outbound Atlanta. Inspired by the Coastal Plains of Georgia and its rich farming heritage, Chef Linton Hopkins creates unique dining experiences using fresh, locally sourced ingredients from... Read more
Kroger joins the Sustainable Packaging Coalition
The Kroger Co. has joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a membership-based collaborative of like-minded companies striving to advance sustainable packaging. Kroger joins more than 130 brands, manufacturers, government officials, academics and organizations in the SPC. Kroger's membership in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition reinforces its commitment... Read more
Safeway, Sobeys stores converting to discount banner
Empire Co. Ltd. will convert up to 25 percent of its 255 Safeway and Sobeys full-service format stores in western Canada to its discount FreshCo banner over the next five years. “This is a very attractive strategic and financial opportunity for us that will grow our market share in the Western provinces in a profitable way,” said Michael... Read more
Commercial volume of KORU apples a holiday treat
The holiday season timing could not be more perfect – nor could flavor and size – for the first commercial release of U.S.-grown KORU apples from Washington and New York. According to Jim Allen, vice president of marketing for New York Apple Sales, harvest of that state’s KORU started a month earlier than Washington’s, which allowed fruit to hit the market in... Read more
Eastern Produce Council announces Leadership Program
NEW YORK -- The Eastern Produce Council has announced that it is launching a Leadership Program. The new program is a "professional development experience for produce professionals who have less than 10 years of experience in the industry," according to EPC literature. "The goal is to provide those selected for the program the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge... Read more
Del Monte opening state-of-the-art distribution facility in Houston
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced the opening of its state-of-the-art distribution and processing center in Houston, TX. This 96,285-square-foot facility on approximately 8.5 acres is Del Monte Fresh Produce’s 24th distribution, processing and repacking operation in North America and now gives the company four facilities in Texas to better serve its... Read more
Viva Fresh Expo launches Gateway to Innovation Awards
The Viva Fresh Expo, hosted by the Texas International Produce Association, has launched its first annual Gateway to Innovation Awards to recognize this region’s excellence in packaging design, new product development, food safety, machinery, software and technology. “Since the inception of the Rio Star red grapefruit or the Texas 1015 sweet onion, Texas has... Read more
Whole Foods' new produce push
Beginning Dec. 27 Whole Foods Market salad bars nationwide will incorporate new composed and build-your-own salad recipes with a focus on root-to-stem food preparation, seasonal produce and superfood ingredients. “We’re refreshing our salad bars for the New Year to support shoppers who are looking for convenient, healthy dishes that don’t sacrifice quality or... Read more
PMA, Brighter Bites join to cut food waste, boost consumer health
Empowering healthy families, reducing food waste and boosting produce consumption are behind the Produce Marketing Association’s partnership with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit that delivers fresh fruits and vegetables, nutrition education and a fun food experience directly to families in underserved communities to create communities of health through fresh food.Lisa... Read more
Target Corp. has agreed to acquire Shipt Inc., a leading online same-day delivery platform, for $550 million in cash. Target will leverage its network of stores and Shipt’s proprietary technology platform and community of shoppers to quickly and efficiently bring same-day delivery to guests across the country. The acquisition significantly accelerates Target’s... Read more
Walmart announces up to $250,000 for California wildfire relief
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed up to $250,000 in support of ongoing relief efforts surrounding wildfires in California. This includes funding for nonprofit grants supporting the America Red Cross and Salvation Army for shelter and feeding efforts, as well as in-kind product donations to support first responders. “We are saddened by the devastation... Read more
ALDI has received the 2016–17 “Best of the Best” award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership for its use of cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems in 34 of its stores. As part of its capital investment of $5 billion in new and remodeled stores over the next five years, ALDI is increasing its environmentally... Read more
Deck the produce halls with boughs of fruits and vegetables for the holidays
Given the bounty of bright and colorful fruits and vegetables now available from around the world year-round, there’s no reason why a produce department in any retail store — from a major chain to a mom and pop bodega, cannot decorate for the holiday season. And there’s plenty of reasons to put some extra effort into doing so. Beautiful displays that scream out... Read more
Peapod is launching its first ever text-to-order grocery application. With the Chat-to-Cart platform from StorePower, shoppers can use their phones' text feature to type, speak and even use popular emoji icons to build and update their Peapod carts. "At Peapod, we have always been committed to being the ultimate convenience for our customers," said Cat De Merode,... Read more
 Limoneira appoints Mark Palamountain as chief financial officer
Limoneira Co., a leading agribusiness with prime agricultural land and operations, real estate and water rights throughout California, Arizona and Chile recently announced that it will name Mark Palamountain as its new chief financial officer, treasurer and corporate secretary, effective Jan. 8, 2018. Mark PalamountainPalamountain will replace Limoneira’s Chief... Read more
Publix Super Markets Charities announced today it would donate $5 million to more than 125 Habitat for Humanity affiliates, including those impacted by Hurricane Irma, and over 30 shelters and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast. This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves... Read more
Hurricane Irma continues to haunt Florida farmers as the U.S. Department of Agriculture once again decreased its monthly estimate of the state's 2017-18 citrus crop. The USDA now says Florida will produce 46 million boxes of oranges, down 4 million boxes from November and 8 million boxes from October. The USDA makes its first estimate in October of each year... Read more
Former Wegmans, Bi-Lo exec takes new role at The Fresh Market
The Fresh Market Inc., a leading specialty grocery retailer, announced the appointment of Mary Kellmanson as the company’s chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Kellmanson joined The Fresh Market with more than 20 years of experience in the grocery industry. In this role, Kellmanson will serve as a member of the senior leadership team, overseeing all... Read more