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Ready Pac Foods acquired by world leader of ready-to-eat vegetables
Ready Pac Foods will be acquired by Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France-based Bonduelle, a world leader of ready-to-eat vegetables. This milestone transaction will strengthen Bonduelle's international footprint and dramatically change its profile, making the U.S. the largest country of operations. This transaction is also expected to offer new opportunities to Ready Pac... Read more
Murakami-Baker merger creates Treasure Valley ‘supershed’
After more than a year of negotiations, Baker Packing Co. and Murakami Produce Co. LLC, two of the largest-volume onion shippers in the Treasure Valley, have announced they are merging their Ontario, OR, companies to form Baker & Murakami Produce Co. LLLP effective July 1. On Feb. 23 Baker President Steve Baker, along with his father, Jerry, who is company... Read more
STARS recipients to attend Southern Exposure
The Southeast Produce Council's Southeast Top Agricultural Recruits Scholarship program, known as STARS, is available to outstanding students who are agriculture majors in Southeast-based land grant universities. The goal of STARS is to recruit top students and to introduce them to job opportunities in the produce industry. The 12 most recent students to benefit... Read more
Potandon Produce mourns co-founder Kent Romrell
Kent Romrell, one of the original founders and former senior vice president of sales at Potandon Produce LLC, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, from an inoperable brain tumor for which he had been undergoing treatment since Aug. 26. He was 70 years old. Mr. Romrell retired from Potandon Produce in March 2013 after more than 30 years in the fresh produce industry.... Read more
Vons now carrying Rä Nanoshoots product line
Rä Foods LLC, based in Sacramento, CA, has announced its Rä Nanoshoots product line is now in the produce section of over 120 Southern California Vons stores. The new distribution represents a significant addition to its existing presence in Southern California through Stater Bros., Save Mart and Lucky stores. According to Rä Foods LLC, grocery... Read more
Sliced FC, part of The Star Group of companies, continues to innovate with the introduction of vegetable noodles to its fresh-cut portfolio. Produced fresh in Calgary, AB, and Winnipeg, MB, vegetable noodles are available in sweet potato, zucchini, beets and butternut squash in either spaghetti, fettucine or chip cuts. Vegetable noodles can be blanched,... Read more
L&M to handle sales for Sun Valley Orchards
Sun Valley Orchards LLC and the L&M Cos. Inc. announced Feb. 21 that they have formed a partnership whereby L&M will handle the sales for Sun Valley. Sun Valley Orchards, a well-respected, 3,000-acre farming operation headquartered in Swedesboro, NJ, is owned and operated by the Marino family, and is New Jersey's largest family-owned produce farm, according... Read more
Volcanoes of produce at SpartanNash expo
MINNEAPOLIS — Even the 27-foot-long Oscar Mayer Wienermobile made an appearance at the Minneapolis Convention Center during the 2017 SpartanNash Jungle of Savings Midwest Spring Expo Feb. 15-16. More than 1,000 attendees checked out the full range of supermarket offerings from 170 exhibitors, including produce, deli, bakery, meats, floral and general merchandise... Read more
The board of directors of the Fruit Exporters Association of Chile, commonly known as ASOEX, has joined forces with the Fundacion Desafio Levantemos Chile in relief efforts connected to recent fires that affected thousands of people in Chile. The organizations will work together to rebuild houses and support infrastructure in areas of greatest need following... Read more
Homegrown Organic Farms launches new retail merchandising display
Homegrown Organic Farms has launched a new merchandising option to better promote its recently announced freeze-dried organic fruit line, including freeze-dried organic blueberries, grapes and apples. The display shipper offers great impulse sales opportunities for any aisle or department. “We want to give our customers options for merchandising this new... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on seven 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: Magnolia Brand Produce Inc., operating out of Vardaman, MS, for failing... Read more
The 2017 American Advertising Awards honored Meijer with 10 awards for its creative excellence in advertising, including Best in Show and Judge’s Choice. The American Advertising Federation West Michigan hosted the awards ceremony on Feb. 16. Meijer was recognized for Beer Frontier, Mmmmeat Thanksgiving, more Meijer, and the holiday Twitter videos. The... Read more
Green Giant Fresh gets patent for Cauliflower Crumbles processing method
Green Giant Fresh has been issued a U.S. patent on its Cauliflower Crumbles chopped cauliflower processing method, and a Canadian patent is pending. The company's patented method — comprising elements from processing to packing — maintains the freshness of the products while preventing discoloration and ensuring an optimal shelf... Read more
Kanzi brand apples are out of this world
Kanzi brand apples have blasted into space, rocketing from Washington state orchards to the crew of the International Space Station. A special hand-picked selection of Kanzi apples traveled on an unmanned SpaceX-10 cargo flight on Falcon 9 rocket, providing an intensely flavored treat for the astronauts living aboard the station. The SpaceX-10 flight was launched... Read more
IFCO celebrates 25 years of RPC growth
In 1992, the International Food Container Organization, better known as IFCO, was convinced it had built a better mousetrap in the perishable packaging business that would revolutionize and standardize the packaging, transport, storage and display of fresh food in Europe, the United States and globally.Daniel Walsh Twenty-five years later, by any standard, the... Read more
N.Y agriculture department leading the way for ag industries
There are about 7 million acres of farmland throughout New York, representing about 23 percent of all land in the state. On that land, approximately 36,000 farms produce some of the world’s best food. It’s the responsibility of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets to promote New York agriculture and safeguard these farms... Read more
Contests and sweepstakes have been around for centuries, with the first recorded sweepstakes dating back to the early 15th century in the form of a lottery, wherein everyone placed in a “stake” and the winner would then “sweep” (or win) all the stakes. Today, the Internet and social media have given sweepstakes new life, and when executed... Read more
S.C. Watermelon Association sets plan for year, raises funds
COLUMBIA, SC — Gilbert Miller, a Clemson University researcher at Edisto Research Center in Blackville, SC, was elected president of the South Carolina Watermelon Association Jan. 14 at its 45th annual meeting at the Hilton Garden hotel, here. Miller succeeds Scotty Sandifer of Sandifer Farms in Blackville, who becomes past president. First vice president... Read more
From Grandma pink muscatel grapes on track
New World Farming Trade, with U.S. headquarters in Larchmont, NY, is promoting the arrival of this season’s new From Grandma pink seedless Muscatel grape crop from Chile. Matias Ruiz Tagle of New World Farming Trade’s Chile office said, “This season’s condition, flavor, perfume and color are optimal. Because this grape is a late-harvested... Read more
Retail View: Back to the future with packaged produce
A young shopper surveying the retail produce landscape over the past decade would most likely conclude that packaged produce items have gained market share from bulk items and call it a trend. The observer a bit longer in the tooth might note the same thing, but determine that bulk might make a renaissance, as it has so many times before. This time might be... Read more