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Organic apple opportunities soar with 2016 crop
Driving organic apple sales is getting easier for retailers thanks to a huge increase in organic apple production in Washington state. Following a short harvest in 2015, new crop organic apple production rebounded this year presenting supermarkets with a historic opportunity to increase organic sales. CMI Orchards, one of the larger organic apple and pear producers... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Kodiak Fresh LLC, operating out of Phoenix, for failing to pay a $122,599... Read more
Bard Valley Date Growers promoting to stay ahead  of production increases
YUMA, AZ — With its growers’ 8,000 acres of Medjool date production increasing by more than 20 percent per year, the members of the Bard Valley Date Growers Association have the necessary solid plan to build sales volume. Most of the association’s sales are in North America, while Australia is the largest export market and will also soon be... Read more
ORLANDO, FL — Produce sales at retail are on the rise, which has led to better placement and additional sales avenues within the store. That was one of the takeaways from an analysis of the Food Marketing Institute’s Power of Produce 2016 report, which was the subject of a seminar session at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit... Read more
The National Mango Board celebrates 10th anniversary
Members of the National Mango Board gathered recently to celebrate a significant 10-year milestone. During the first 10 years of educating and inspiring consumers about mangos, conducting innovative research and performing industry outreach, the NMB has accomplished significant achievements.Jorge Perez, Chuck Ciruli, Greg Golden and Larry Nienkerk. Mango visibility... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Bonert’s Inc., doing business as Bonert’s Slice of Pie, operating... Read more
Citrus a bright spot in Chile’s recovery from epic freeze
An epic freeze in 2012-13 dealt the Chilean fruit industry a serious blow, devastating volumes of grapes and other items. But recovery has been ongoing for the past three years, with citrus a bright spot in the comeback. According to data provided by Citrus from Chile, clementines, whose season concluded several months ago, led the way with a 48 percent increase,... Read more
In 2015, food safety was identified as a top priority area of focus for the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, and members agreed that while many organizations focus on food-safety research, there was very little which specifically addressed the Canadian produce industry. The CPMA Food Safety Committee suggested to the CPMA board that a model for outcome-based... Read more
AmazonFresh expands to Chicago and Dallas
AmazonFresh has expanded to Chicago and Dallas. These new cities add to the growing list of regions where AmazonFresh is available, including recently launched Northern Virginia, Boston, Baltimore and London. AmazonFresh is also available in Seattle, New York, Philadelphia, Stamford, CT, Trenton, NJ, and seven regions across California — Los Angeles, Riverside,... Read more
The Idaho Potato Commission recently invited food bloggers from around the world to see firsthand how America’s favorite vegetable is harvested, stored, processed, packed and shipped. Eighteen food enthusiasts spent three days in eastern Idaho learning what makes potatoes grown in Idaho different from potatoes grown in other states and countries. Food... Read more
Tanimura & Antle launches seasonal label for Artisan Lettuce
Upholding its commitment to quality, service and innovation, Tanimura & Antle, based in Salinas, CA, has launched a new seasonal label and online consumer campaign for its Artisan Lettuce. From Nov. 7 to Dec. 27, the company’s eye-catching Eat Healthy, Be Merry label will drive consumers to a consumer-focused website, On the... Read more
Whole Foods, Purple Carrot launch plant-based meal kits
Purple Carrot, a whole food, plant-based meal kit delivery service, announced a new partnership with Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic region. Beginning Oct. 26, Purple Carrot meal kits will be carried at the North Atlantic’s flagship location in Dedham, MA. Each kit will include hand-selected, portioned-out ingredients just like Purple Carrot subscribers... Read more
Associated Wholesale Grocers announced its successful unification with Affiliated Foods Midwest. With its first shipments to stores out of its newest divisions in Norfolk, NE, and Kenosha, WI, on Oct. 23, the combined cooperative will operate singularly as AWG with more than 1,000 independent members. This combination of retailers makes AWG the largest wholesale... Read more
USA Pears' spooky Halloween-themed promotion
USA Pears has partnered with Cricket Flours to create innovative and cutting-edge Halloween-themed promotions, recipes and social media tie-ins. “Alternative, healthy and sustainable protein sources are generating considerable consumer interest,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release.The... Read more
PMA Fresh Summit exhibitors donate 258,815 pounds of food
A host of food-insecure residents of central Florida will receive fresh fruits and vegetables in the days and weeks ahead, thanks to a generous donation from exhibitors who just wrapped up Produce Marketing Association’s largest-ever expo. The fruits and vegetables were donated by hundreds of companies who exhibited at PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention... Read more
Industry veterans launch agribusiness consultancy
Marcos Mada, formerly of Fresh Del Monte and Walmart, and Jerry Wagner, formerly of Farmers Best International, have formed Mada Wagner LLC, a partnership for agribusiness consulting. "We are geared to offer a wide range of consulting services to firms in the produce industry but will be focusing mostly on project management, best practices reviews... Read more
Metro's 'Fast and Fresh' promise for online shopping
Metro now offers consumers the opportunity to do their grocery shopping online with a guaranteed freshness promise. Implementation began today in two Metro Plus stores in Montreal and one in Laval, QC, reaching consumers in the greater Montreal area. To guarantee freshness, employees dedicated to online grocery shopping were trained to select the freshest in-store... Read more
BrightFarms continues growth with $30.1 million financing deal
In a move to expand operations for future growth, local greenhouse producer BrightFarms Inc. has secured $30.1 million in financing. The funds will aid BrightFarms with growth plans in production and marketing, enabling the company to respond to rising retail demand for its products. Over the past three years, BrightFarms has established a solid foundation... Read more
Hass Avocado Board spotlights alliance with American Heart Association
At the recently concluded 2016 Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, nutrition professionals from across the country had the opportunity to participate in the Hass Avocado Board’s Avocado Goodness Community Lounge. Back after its successful debut in 2015, the lounge allowed attendees to immerse themselves... Read more
North Shore launches new organic line at PMA Fresh Summit
North Shore Greenhouses Inc., grower of North Shore Living Herbs, launched a full line of living and organic herbs and microgreens under the new brand North Shore Organic Living at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL. The line features potted herbs, clamshell herbs for the wet rack and microgreens, all living on the... Read more