Driscoll’s has unveiled the top 10 berry-loving metropolitan areas in the United States, and with national retail sales for all fresh berries continuing to grow at 7.6 percent and leading all produce category sales over the past five years, Americans continue to discover the berry joy. In celebration, Driscoll’s is launching #BerryTogether, a nationwide... Read more
Stemilt looking to spark post-Independence Day cherry sales
Stemilt is urging retailers to start their post-Fourth of July cherry sales off with a bang by giving consumers big, sweet cherries. Kyle’s Pick premium cherries will deliver Stemilt’s highest quality cherries with the best flavors, largest sizes and immense firmness beginning the second week of July. “July will be a big month with promotable... Read more
Pitching star Pedro Martinez to address NEPC expo
The New England Produce Council's board of directors and expo committee announced June 28 that Major League Baseball's Pedro Martinez will speak at the NEPC Produce, Floral & Food Service Expo keynote breakfast this September. Martinez is a retired pitcher who played for five teams from 1992 to 2009 but is best known for his years with the Boston Red Sox,... Read more
Dole Packaged Foods joins Tops Friendly Markets to inaugurate Learning Garden
Officials in Rochester, NY, and New York state legislators joined executives from Tops Friendly Markets, Dole Packaged Foods, Captain Planet Foundation and Hillel Community Day School to inaugurate a special Learning Garden for the school on June 27. Together, these three organizations joined forces to offer Hillel students the opportunity to interact with the... Read more
New Jersey Department of Agriculture projects large peach crop for 2017
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is projecting the state’s peach crop to be one of its largest in years. “New Jersey’s crop of peaches are shaping up and will be available in abundance throughout the state,” New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said June 22. “We want produce retailers and buyers as well... Read more
WAO taking Europe by storm with new marketing initiative
Avocados have taken the world by storm, and the United Kingdom, France and Germany have seen a considerable rise in avocado consumption. The European Union, including the U.K., is one of the fastest-growing markets worldwide and already the second-largest consumer market in the world for avocados. This comes as no surprise since avocados are the favorite superfood... Read more
Uesugi Farms adding organic sweet corn to its offerings
Uesugi Farms, a second-generation grower and one of California's top producers of peppers, Napa cabbage and other produce has begun its 2017 sweet corn harvest and is looking ahead to a very productive season. Continuing its multi-year growth as a leading supplier of sweet corn, Uesugi has added white, yellow and bi-color value-added organic sweet corn to its... Read more
Fourth of July avocado consumption expected to top 100 million pounds
Spring and summer are key times for California avocado availability and the California Avocado Commission is offering back-to-back programs in support. The commission kicked off its programming in April with season opening activities followed by its American Summer Holidays program in May, California Avocado Month activities in June and programs for the Fourth... Read more
Albertsons announces key leadership changes to marketing and merchandising team
Albertsons Cos. announced two key executive appointments to its marketing and merchandising team aimed at building on the organization’s momentum and accomplishments over the last several years. Dennis Clark has been promoted to senior vice president of merchandising, and Pat Brown, most recently chief executive officer of Natural Markets Food Group, has... Read more
Kalettes growing brand awareness with new marketing strategy in the Southeast
Kalettes is targeting consumers in the Southeast with a comprehensive digital advertising strategy to build greater brand awareness. Highly targeted ads on Facebook are combined with public relations, eye-catching social media posts and social influencer content to create a layering effect to reach consumers through multiple touchpoints at once. Consumer awareness... Read more
Dole Go Berries! to expand into blueberries
Dole has won a major produce industry award and unveiled rollout plans for its popular Dole Go Berries! snack-size package solution that allows strawberry lovers to enjoy their favorite fresh fruit on-the-go. The revolutionary new product introduced by Dole to much fanfare earlier this year received a United Fresh Innovation Award in the Best New Packaging category... Read more
Avocados From Peru's Avodog to knock it out of the park at Baltimore Orioles game
Just in time for the Fourth of July festivities, Avocados From Peru will treat baseball fans to a free topping of fresh Peruvian avocado with the purchase of an Oriole dog during the Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays game in Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 2. Known as the ‘Avodog’, Peruvian avocados add a flavorful twist to an American classic.... Read more
Cherry season looking great for Domex Superfresh Growers
Cherry season started a few weeks ago for Domex Superfresh Growers, and the fruit is looking great — sweet, juicy, firm and delicious — according to Dave Gleason, chief horticulturist. Over the next few weeks, the fruit will grow in size, and the color will deepen to the dark red that Superfresh Growers is known for in its dark sweet cherries. Gleason... Read more
The United States Department of Agriculture has found Cathy G. Poppell responsibly connected to Poppell’s Produce Inc. in Wayne County, GA. Poppell’s Produce Inc. failed to pay 18 of 20 sellers in the total amount of $304,614, a violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Cathy Poppell, without admitting her responsible connection to... Read more
SuperValu exec resigns, company completes Unified Grocers acquisition
SuperValu has completed the previously announced acquisition of Unified Grocers Inc. in a transaction valued at $390 million, comprising $114 million in cash to Unified Grocers’ shareholders for 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Unified Grocers plus the assumption and pay-off at closing of Unified Grocers’ net debt of approximately $276 million. “The... Read more
Evans Fruit Co. setting stage for leadership transition
Bill and Jeannette Evans founded their company in 1949 with a vision to produce year-round consistently flavorful fruit farmed on their own orchards. The business practices that grew the company for almost seven decades will launch the company forward as the next generation transitions into leadership roles. In addition to sales responsibilities, Bill and Jeannette... Read more
Giumarra to supply Glacier Fresh Montana cherries in July
The Giumarra Cos., based in Los Angeles, announced that it will be working with family-owned Glacier Fresh to market the orchard’s Montana-grown cherry harvest this summer.    “We are excited to partner with a like-minded company to expand our premium cherry category,” said Craig Uchizono, vice president of Southern Hemisphere for... Read more
Instacart has entered into partnerships with Wegmans Food Markets and Giant Food Stores LLC. The new service is currently available at select Northern Virginia and Maryland Wegmans stores as well as Giant shoppers in the Philadelphia area. “We know our customers are busy, and that any found time in their week can make a difference. That’s where... Read more
CMI Orchards anticipating a record harvest of Rainiers
After a late bloom and cool spring temperatures, the 2017 Northwest cherry crop kept retailers across the United States anxiously awaiting the main harvest to get under way. Strong export pricing created additional market shortages as many of the early cherries were pulled into international markets, limiting supplies and keeping upward pressure on pricing. But... Read more
ShopRite expands locally grown program
Continuing its long-held tradition of carrying locally grown products, ShopRite has expanded its Locally Grown program, offering a rich variety of products throughout the supermarket — from fresh fruits and vegetables to farm-raised beef, seafood, flowers, baked goods, honey, craft beer and roasted coffees.ShopRite associate Chun Hung of Cherry Hill, NJ. “ShopRite... Read more