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Ayco reports jump in bagged asparagus sales
Ayco Farms is experiencing a substantial increase in bagged asparagus sales to some of its largest retail customers as consumer trends are changing in today's economy. “Bagged... Read more
Natural Grocers announces new director
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. announced that David C. Rooney was unanimously elected to the company's board of directors on Aug. 5. Rooney's election filled the... Read more
New cold storage and cross-docking operation Glacier Peak opens in Washington
Randy Hartmann, co-owner of Glacier Peak, a new cold storage, packing and cross-docking operation in Wapato, WA, announced its acquisition of the 55,000-square-foot cold storage... Read more
Keep on organic summer fruit for September success
Summer is cruising by and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peach and nectarine season is doing the same. Now is the time to plan and push sales starting Labor Day and through the... Read more
Kroger launches contactless payments pilot in QFC division
The Kroger Co. launched a contactless payments pilot across the QFC division, located in Seattle, WA, allowing customers to use their mobile device for a more seamless checkout... Read more
Oppy bringing Haskap berries to retailers
Building on its long history of breaking ground with new varieties, Oppy successfully introduced Haskap berries to customers in the greater Vancouver area, marking the first... Read more
Salinas grower-shipper announces acquisition
Hitchcock Farms, Salinas, CA, a premier and innovative grower-shipper has acquired Pfyffer Associates, a grower, packer and shipper of premium Brussels sprouts in Santa Cruz,... Read more
Retailer's efforts generate a big fat zero
As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts and commitment to healing the planet, The Giant Co. announced four additional stores in Pennsylvania have reached zero waste,... Read more
USDA cites California company for $3.8M PACA violations
As a part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of... Read more
Cascades launches a new packaging line
Cascades, a leader in eco-friendly recycling, hygiene and packaging solutions, launched its new range of Cascades Fresh packaging products for fruits and vegetables. Designed... Read more
$16 million broccoli shipment is mostly meth
U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered $16.1 million worth of alleged methamphetamine... Read more
Renaissance Food Group adds sales leadership to growing team
Renaissance Food Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calavo Growers Inc., is excited to announce the addition of two food industry veterans to its sales team: Edward Redd... Read more
Alsum Farms begins Wisconsin red and gold potato harvest
Wisconsin red and gold potato harvest is under way at Alsum Farms in Arena, WI, with the first potato loads being washed, graded and packed for fresh market delivery to distribution... Read more
NEPC announces leadership changes
The New England Produce Council Inc. announced Aug. 5 a number of changes to its leadership, including Tom Murray as president, plus Brian Fleming and David Dearborn as new... Read more
Hurricane expected to strengthen Texas citrus market
A week after Hurricane Hanna struck south Texas, the region’s fresh citrus industry has had the chance to evaluate the influence of the storm. There is a silver lining emerging... Read more
Okanagan Specialty Fruits welcomes new director of research and regulatory affairs
Okanagan Specialty Fruits announced Muhammad Tahir has joined the company as its new director of research and regulatory affairs, replacing John Armstrong, who is retiring... Read more
2020 organics in review
The Organic Produce Network has announced a virtual online event featuring Frank Padilla, Costco’s vice president and general merchandise manager for produce and meat,... Read more
Tops Friendly Markets fills two leadership roles
Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, announced the promotion of Sarah Jaworski to store system support... Read more
Braga Fresh hires new VP of operations
Braga Fresh hired Colby Pereira as vice president of operations. In her new role, Pereira will support the company’s overall farming and harvesting operations with a... Read more
Certified Onions Inc. expecting increase in pathogen testing
In the wake of a voluntary 50-state recall of red, white, yellow and sweet onions originating from Thomson International Inc. in Bakersfield, CA, an increase in pathogen testing... Read more

Ayco reports jump in bagged asparagus sales
Ayco Farms is experiencing a substantial increase in bagged asparagus sales to some of its largest retail customers as consumer trends are changing in today's economy. “Bagged asparagus grabbed attention and seems to have kept traction due to consumer trends and the convenience of packaged produce,” said Avi Nir, Ayco Read More ...
Natural Grocers announces new director
Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. announced that David C. Rooney was unanimously elected to the company's board of directors on Aug. 5. Rooney's election filled the vacant seat on the board created by the previously announced retirement of Michael T. Campbell, which was effective Aug. 5.  Rooney will serve an initial Read More ...
New cold storage and cross-docking operation Glacier Peak opens in Washington
Randy Hartmann, co-owner of Glacier Peak, a new cold storage, packing and cross-docking operation in Wapato, WA, announced its acquisition of the 55,000-square-foot cold storage warehouse Washington Harvest. Hartmann shared that "the purchase of this cold storage and packing operation is intended to provide for greater capacity and Read More ...
Keep on organic summer fruit for September success
Summer is cruising by and Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peach and nectarine season is doing the same. Now is the time to plan and push sales starting Labor Day and through the remainder of September, according to Brianna Shales, Stemilt’s senior marketing manager. Retailers should plan ads and focus on creative displays to show off Read More ...
Kroger launches contactless payments pilot in QFC division
The Kroger Co. launched a contactless payments pilot across the QFC division, located in Seattle, WA, allowing customers to use their mobile device for a more seamless checkout experience. The pilot includes the acceptance of Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, mobile banking apps and contactless chip cards, Read More ...

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