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Weis offering online ordering in 81 stores
Weis Markets is introducing Weis 2 Go online ordering with curb-side pick-up in 25 additional stores over the next six weeks. Once the rollout is complete, online ordering with curbside pick-up will be available in 81 Weis Markets stores. “We have expanded and upgraded our Weis 2 Go online ordering service, which now offers a more seamless shopping experience... Read more
ShopRite rolls out in-store meal kits
ShopRite has launched a line of gourmet-style meal kits for customers seeking affordable meal solutions that are creative, easy to make and prepared with better-for-you ingredients. Each recipe was created by a professional chef and contains an entrée that serves between two and four people. The pre-portioned kit includes fresh vegetables, a protein such as chicken,... Read more
Natalie’s nutritional twist to summer classics
Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. will introduce four new lemonades and brewed teas to usher in the upcoming spring and summer months. The four new bottled juices -- Matcha Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach Green Tea and Pomegranate White Tea -- all represent new takes on the cool, refreshing lemonades and brewed teas Americans traditionally enjoy during the... Read more
Amazon-Whole Foods growing pains causing execs-odus?
Many people from older generations have said millennials in the workplace can be… let’s just say they don’t always see eye to eye. That disconnect can be exacerbated when long-time, knowledgeable executives have to answer to younger superiors. That seems to be the case at Whole Foods — and the older generation is having none of it. The Wall Street Journal reported... Read more
Viva Fresh Expo announces Gateway to Innovation Awards finalists
The Viva Fresh Expo, hosted by the Texas International Produce Association, announced the category finalists for the first annual Gateway to Innovation Awards. The purpose of these awards is to further expand on what is happening in the Tex-Mex produce corridor, and recognize this region’s excellence in areas like packaging design, new product development, food... Read more
Supervalu's power struggle gets worse
The power struggle for control of Supervalu and its board has gotten worse. Initially Blackwells, which holds roughly 2 percent of Supervalu's shares, announced plans to nominate three director candidates to Supervalus nine-member board; however, now Blackwells is looking to nominate six candidates. "Such an attempt effectively seeks control of the company, without... Read more
Guatemalan Produce Trade Association: expertise to further trade
The Guatemalan Produce Trade Association, an association of the major importers and key players in the Guatemalan produce trade, has implemented some vital initiatives for 2018. The association’s activites have the goal of benefiting Guatemalan produce trade in a broad range of areas from marketing to promotion to logistics. The first agenda item of year is... 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: R. Ponce Produce Inc., operating out of Los Angeles, for failing to pay... Read more
Raley’s acquisition bolsters Nevada footprint
Raley’s announced plans to purchase six Scolari’s Food & Drug locations in northern Nevada. As a third-generation family-owned grocery operator, Raley’s will assume operations of the purchased Scolari’s stores, which will be transferred to the Raley’s banner. Under the terms of the agreement, Raley’s will purchase five locations of Scolari’s Food & Drug... Read more
Sunny Valley to host NEPC event
Sunny Valley International will host the New England Produce Council's April 30 dinner meeting at historic Fenway Park in Boston. Glassboro, NJ-based Sunny Valley is the largest shipper of New Jersey peaches and is among the leaders in the New Jersey blueberry industry, the NEPC noted in a recent email. Sunny Valley is also a leader in eastern stone fruit marketing,... Read more
Winter Sweetz increases demand for Texas Red grapefruit
Texas-based Winter Sweetz grapefruit, owned by Lone Star Citrus, is proud to announce another incredibly successful season thanks to its combined sales and marketing efforts promoting the Texas Red grapefruit variety. Committed to changing the perception that grapefruit has to be eaten cut in half with sugar on top to taste good, Winter Sweetz has prioritized... Read more
Kroger and Instacart expand partnership
The Kroger Co. recently announced it is expanding its partnership with Instacart to increase its customer delivery coverage area in 2018. "As part of Restock Kroger, we are investing in redefining our customers' grocery shopping experience by bringing online and offline seamlessly together," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer. "Having grown our... Read more
Sbrocco adding organic pears and apples
Sbrocco International is adding organic imported pears and organic imported apples this season for the first time, according to Harold Sbrocco, president of Sbrocco International, headquartered in Mt. Laurel NJ. The well-known company will be receiving organic Bartlett, Bosc, Packham and d'Anjou pears from Argentina, with the first arrivals due the week of March... Read more
Nogales produce flow to benefit from $25 million grant
At the peak of its long produce season, Nogales, AZ, receives over 1,200 truckloads of perishable Mexican produce a day. Unrelated industries in Mexico add heavily to port commercial traffic. Movement of that much product was expedited four years ago with a $250 million expansion of the Mariposa port of entry. But this traffic is dumped onto State Road 189 for... Read more
Wegmans ranked No. 2 for reputation; HEB, Publix and Aldi make top 10
Wegmans Food Markets, a family-owned supermarket chain with 95 stores in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region, was ranked No. 2 for corporate reputation among the 100 most visible companies, according to the 2018 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study. Other retailers on the list were HEB (sixth), Publix (eighth), Aldi (10), Costco (17), Kroger (18) and Whole... Read more
IPC launches Idaho Potato Life Hack videos
The Idaho Potato Commission has partnered with Ivan Nanney, former member of the Big Idaho Potato Truck's Tater Team and's newest Cancun Experience Officer, to create a series of Idaho Potato Life Hack videos showcasing the many uses of Idaho potatoes beyond a recipe ingredient. These do-it-yourself tater tricks use Idaho potatoes to increase... Read more
New Wonderful Pistachios No Shells packaging a cart-stopper
Wonderful Pistachios unveiled a dramatic packaging refresh of its Wonderful Pistachios No Shells variety. Available in stores now, the convenient No Shells variety will feature cart-stopping bright green packaging, and will bring all the great unique taste and health benefits of pistachios, but without the need to crack open the shells. Wonderful Pistachios... Read more
Wegmans lowers prices on potatoes, tomatoes, Romaine and more
Wegmans has once again lowered prices on items families buy every week. It was late 2016 when the company last made a major investment in lower prices, and the majority of those prices remain unchanged today. The list comprises approximately 130 SKUs across produce, grocery, dairy and frozen foods. Colleen Wegman, president and chief executive officer,... Read more
Mergers, acquisitions, tech and food safety on tap at Viva Fresh Expo
The 2018 Viva Fresh Produce Expo has announced the agenda for this year’s educational sessions. The Viva Fresh education committee has assembled this lineup to focus on proactive ways attendees can capitalize on trends shaping the produce industry, especially as they pertain to the Tex-Mex region. “We’re excited about the diverse range of topics as well as the... Read more
Shake Shack founder to deliver keynote at PMA Foodservice Conference
Produce Marketing Association is pleased to announce that Danny Meyer, chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group and Shake Shack founder, will be the keynote presenter at PMA’s 2018 Foodservice Conference & Expo scheduled July 28-29 in Monterey, CA. Registration opened March 8. Meyer is a 32-year hospitality industry veteran and widely recognized... Read more