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Latest Instacart expansion is Tops
Tops Friendly Markets has made a major expansion into nine new communities in New York with Instacart services. This expansion brings the overall number of Tops stores with the Instacart program to 125. “This is Tops’ fifth and largest expansion of Instacart services since the beginning of 2018,” said Edward Rick, director of consumer marketing and digital... Read more
Del Monte's vegetable tray recall affecting retailers in six states
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of six-, 12- and 28-ounce vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots and dill dip sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Centers for Disease Control has reported 78 laboratory-confirmed... Read more
Black Gold Farms’ fresh red potato program moves on to Missouri
Black Gold Farms will be harvesting fresh red potatoes in the boot heel of Missouri starting the middle of June. With ideal planting and growing conditions and plenty of moisture, this year’s crop looks to be one of the best yet.  “We’ve been growing red potatoes nestled in the bootheel of Missouri in the Mississippi River Delta for over 10 years, and every... Read more
Globalmex’s Magic Sun expands greenhouse capacities
GLOBALMEX International, Inc., a leading company in hydroponic growing in Mexico, announced expansions in four greenhouses, and new acreage committed to Magic Sun brand grape tomatoes, organic Tomatoes on the Vine, and organic Beefsteak tomatoes.  The Magic Sun senior management team and its grower group regularly review the performance of its varietal... Read more
Amazon expands Prime benefit at Whole Foods Market
Amazon and Whole Foods Market announced that savings for Prime members will be available this week in Whole Foods Market stores across 10 new states, including Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington. Beginning June 13, Prime members can enjoy exclusive offers on many popular products, including organic yellow nectarines and peaches —... Read more
FMS Solutions Holdings LLC and the National Grocers Association released the 2018 edition of the Independent Grocers Financial Survey, which covers fiscal year 2017. The survey, now in its 13th year, showed that independent grocers’ same store sales were down 0.6 percent compared to the previous year. Despite the decline, it is an improvement over last year’s... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four 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: Alejandro Produce Inc., operating out of Vista, CA, for failing to pay a... Read more
Retail jumping on organic opportunities with Stemilt Artisan Organics cherries
It’s go time for organic dark-sweet cherries, according to Stemilt Growers. The Wenatchee, WA-based grower-shipper has increased its share of Artisan Organics cherries in June, making it possible for a pre-Fourth of July organic promotion. Stemilt will have continuous supplies of organic dark-sweet cherries now through July. “Our organic dark-sweet cherry crop... Read more
Amazon Produce Network now offering Fair Trade mangos
Amazon Produce Network, a mango importer headquartered in Vineland, NJ, with offices in Los Angeles, McAllen, TX, Nogales, AZ, and Miami, is now offering Fair Trade-certified organic and conventional mangos this year for the first time.  From June through September, Amazon Produce will source a wide range of mangos from two family-owned-and-operated... Read more
Walmart, Microsoft checking in on cashierless checkout
Anything you can do I can do better. At least that is what Microsoft is saying to Amazon. The software giant is developing technologies aimed at eliminating store cashiers and checkout lines that would allow retailers to better compete with Amazon Go, according to Reuters.   Amazon Go opened in Seattle in January and will soon open in Chicago and San Francisco. The... Read more
New Inspired Leaves bring fresh back to convenience
The newest offering from The Star Group, Inspired Leaves, is Canadian-grown, pesticide-free lettuce that is cut, washed and ready-to-eat. It is an extension of Inspired Greens living lettuce, which is greenhouse-grown year-round in Coaldale, AB. “We are taking ultra clean, fresh lettuce and making it more convenient for consumers,” said David Karwacki, chief... Read more
The Wonderful Co. named fastest-growing company
The Wonderful Co. has positioned itself as the No. 1 growth leader among all multibillion-dollar consumer packaged goods companies, as well as the No. 1 growth leader in produce in 2017. That’s according to data provided by market research firm IRI. In addition, a study released today by the Boston Consulting Group and IRI measuring growth across all CPG categories... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Foods adding Cara Cara oranges to its summer citrus lineup
The days of summer citrus offerings being limited to juices and frozen products are long gone. Today, Duda Farm Fresh Foods makes fresh, high-quality citrus fruits available in the summer months because of the company’s strong import programs. The company, now in its 16th year importing summer citrus, has added Cara Cara oranges to its lineup this season. After... Read more
Organic Produce Summit to host over 1,200 attendees; including 250 retail buyers
With less than one month to go before the third annual Organic Produce Summit, organizers are touting a 30 percent increase in attendance, including over 250 retail buyers participating in the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together producers and buyers of the organic fresh produce industry. OPS 2018 will be held July 11-12 at the Monterey Conference... Read more
Supervalu looks to reorganize, separate wholesale and retail operations
Supervalu announced a proposal to reorganize the company’s corporate structure to further facilitate the company’s strategic transformation, among other benefits to stockholders. This proposal, as outlined in Supervalu’s preliminary proxy statement/prospectus filed June 12, would result in a reorganization of the company’s corporate structure into a holding company... Read more
Avodogs at the ballpark and avocado toast with chimps
In celebration of World Avocado Month, Avocados From Peru is sponsoring two consumer-facing activations: free Peruvian avocado topping to Orioles fans at the game on Father’s Day (June 17) and Peru at the Zoo at Baltimore Zoo throughout July. AFP’s renewed partnership with Entercom Baltimore (formerly CBS Radio) brings a free avocado topping to the June 17 Orioles... Read more
Kroger's Raleigh-Durham exit to affect 1,500 employees
Kroger is exiting the Raleigh-Durham market as of mid-August, which will affect 1,500 employees. Of the company’s 14 stores in the area, eight have been sold to Harris Teeter, one to Food Lion and another to Crunch Fitness. Kroger is exploring potential options for the remaining four stores. The transaction with Harris Teeter is expected to be completed in August.... Read more
Frieda’s Jackie Caplan Wiggins to keynote Global Cold Chain Conference in Chicago
Jackie Caplan Wiggins, vice president and chief operating officer of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, will deliver the keynote at the Global Cold Chain Conference, Monday, June 25 in Chicago. She will deliver a presentation entitled, “Normal is Boring: How to Handle Specialty Produce Logistics.” Caplan Wiggins will share how the women-owned family company based in... Read more
Shipments of pomegranate arils to the United States from Peru were suspended, effective June 11, following the discovery of Medfly larvae in two commercial shipments at the Los Angeles International Airport last month. According to a release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, the Medfly poses a serious threat... Read more
Whole Foods delivery expands to major markets
Amazon and Whole Foods Market launched free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond, VA. Prime members in those cities can shop through Prime Now for bestselling items, including fresh produce and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market. The service... Read more