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Competition from improved Peruvian agronomy and economy puts a twist on onion future
It’s been about 40 years since south Georgia Vidalia onion growers took what was once just a local favorite and turned it into an international food star. In fact, those farmers were so successful they created an entirely new category at the supermarket: The sweet onion deal that now goes around the calendar. Vidalia still wears the crown in that category.... Read more
Natural Grocers aims to become organic headquarters
Natural Grocers, a 61-year-old family-run chain, will stake its claim this September as the official "Organic Month Headquarters." The company, which sells only 100 percent USDA Certified organic produce, will host an educational push for the entire month of September, which is nationally recognized as "Organic Harvest Month."DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth. PRNewsFoto/Natural... Read more
ReedTMS Logistics celebrating 20th anniversary
ReedTMS Logistics, a leading asset-based third-party logistics provider, is celebrating 20 years of business this month. Two decades of experience has helped to transform the company from a small startup to a leading organization within the logistics industry. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Tampa, FL, ReedTMS offers high-quality brokerage and freight management... Read more
Taylor Farms joins forces with Labor of Love
Taylor Farms, in partnership with Labor of Love, gave thanks to two automated harvesting crews for their service to the agriculture industry this week. The automated Romaine harvester was introduced by Taylor Farms in 2009 and provides an ergonomically correct working environment to harvesting crews. Taylor Farms employees and Labor of Love representatives caravanned... Read more
Frieda’s introduces watermelon radish pouch
Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, has debuted the first retail package for watermelon radishes, showing off the radishes’ vibrant internal color and with recipe ideas right on the bag. Restaurants and food bloggers have already grabbed onto the more visually impactful watermelon radish — from thinly shaved onto a salad... Read more
SunFed adds to Perfect Produce line
As SunFed continues to grow its one-stop-shop for retail partners, the company is now shipping vine-ripened Perfect Romas, with Grape and Beefsteak tomatoes, joining the Perfect Produce lineup this fall. “We are constantly working to improve and elevate our year-round program across the U.S. and Canada,” Eduardo Herbst, tomato sales manager, said... Read more
Former PMA board president John Martin dies at 94
John W. Martin, former board president of the Produce Marketing Association, died Tuesday, Aug. 23. He was 94 years old. Mr. Martin led the association in 1966 and was instrumental in broadening the scope of the Produce Packaging Association during his tenure, helping to guide strategic discussions for the rebranding of the PPA into what would eventually become... Read more
Avocados From Mexico goes big for the Month of the Guac
Avocados From Mexico, the No. 1 selling avocado in the United States, is going big for National Guac Month by bringing both retailers and consumers even more reasons to fill up their dip bowls with fresh, flavorful guac during the months of September and October. In addition to special in-store displays, huge consumer incentive offers will be launched to support... Read more
Josie's Organics expands recipe collection
Josie's Organics, a leading producer of premium organic vegetables, based in Soledad, CA, expanded its recipe collection, adding five new dishes that help moms mix up the weekly family repertoire with easy, go-to meals. The new recipes showcase fennel, leeks and dandelion greens, which were added to the Josie’s Organics whole vegetable product line earlier... Read more
Uesugi Farms expects good pepper harvest
Uesugi Farms’ 2016 Northern California pepper harvest, which includes green, red and yellow Bell peppers as well as mini-sweets and several varieties of hot peppers, started strong in early July. While green Bell peppers and hot peppers were on time, mini-sweets, red Bell peppers and yellow Bell peppers were about a week late. Heat ended the harvest early... Read more
New growing partner and new product line keeps Oakes Farms growth strategy at full steam ahead
The Aug. 8 edition of The Produce News reported that Immokalee, FL-based Oakes Farms had recently achieved its goal of becoming a year-round supplier of Eastern produce when it partnered with Chill C Farms in Moultrie, GA. Now the company has announced another new growing partner that will provide the company with its first line of hard squashes. On Aug. 17,... Read more
Garden-Fresh Foods and Carlin Group join forces
Garden-Fresh Foods, a leading manufacturers of fresh and wholesome deli salads, dips, desserts and salad kits, announced a new distribution partnership with Midwest-based Carlin Group, a leading regional retail merchandising company. "This is an exciting time for us," Tom Hughes, Garden-Fresh Foods co-founder, president and chief executive officer, said in a... Read more
APEAM’s reforestation program seeks to support long-term sustainability of Mexican avocado industry
The Mexican avocado industry, overseen by the Avocado Producers and Exporting Packers Association of Mexico, more commonly known by the acronym APEAM, announced it has expanded environmental efforts to support the long-term sustainability and strength of the industry. Recent news reports have discussed deforestation issues facing Michoacán, Mexico, related... Read more
Tops Friendly Markets opening six new stores
Tops Friendly Markets will be opening six new stores this week, four of which were previously Stop & Shop locations while the other two were Hannaford stores. Five of the stores will open in New York (Rhinebeck, New Paltz, Wappingers Falls, LaGrangeville, and Carmel) and one will open in Gardner, MA. Customers will find locally grown produce from up to... Read more
Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin announced that Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committing an additional $1 million to Team Rubicon, Convoy of Hope, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and other organizations making a difference on the ground in Baton Rouge and across the state of Louisiana. Last week Walmart and the Walmart Foundation made... Read more
Side Delights autumn promotions to have shoppers 'fall' for potatoes
Fresh Solutions Network announced its autumn promotions designed for shoppers returning to their busy fall schedules. The monthly themed merchandisers and coordinating point-of-purchase signs are designed to attract shoppers and increase retail potato sales. “The carefree days of summer are just a memory now. Autumn brings with it a return to routine,... Read more
Agricultural production is big business in California, which produces significant volumes of fruits, nuts and vegetables, many of which come into solid volumes during fall months. According to Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, The Golden State produces over a third of the nation’s vegetables and two thirds of America’s... Read more
Port Manatee inks Del Monte lease extension
Del Monte and Port Manatee have signed an agreement to keep the company's fruit coming into the Florida Gulf Coast port for as many as 20 more years. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., which has imported fruit into the port since 1989, is now signed to a lease extension with Port Manatee through Aug. 30, 2021, with options for three additional extensions of... Read more
Remodeling highlights key position for produce at Oliver’s Supermarket
PROSPECT, CT — People have been shopping at Oliver’s Supermarket for many decades, enjoying excellent value and friendly service as well as a wide selection of items, especially high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Their experience got a big boost in April when the store completed a major remodeling, with special emphasis on the produce department.Dan... Read more
Whole Foods Market stores in Canada are now offering Apple Pay, a service that enables shoppers to make mobile payments with an iPhone. “Our customers are going to love the convenience of Apple Pay, which will bring a faster, easier, more secure and private way to make purchases at Whole Foods Market,” Joe Rogoff, president of Whole Foods Market’s... Read more