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Special events highlight CAC’s marketing activities

CA-Avo-Month-at-PSM-Wiz-Bang-Bar-Wild-Berry-Froyo-and-CA-Avo-Lime-Fudge-ParfaitJune usually is in the sweet spot of promotable California avocado volume, and this year has been no exception. Since 2012 the California Avocado Commission has marketed June as California Avocado Month. The celebration continued this season with a full slate of marketing activity to support the fruit’s peak availability.

CAC’s California Avocado Month activities this year included a sponsorship of the historic Grand Central Market in Los Angeles and the popular Pine Street Market in Portland, OR. In late May, CAC hosted media previews at these popular food halls. Bloggers and other influential media learned about California avocados from the chefs and California avocado board members Rick Shade and Jessica Hunter.

COVID-19 triggers shifts in consumer food preferences
The coronavirus and government quarantines have triggered significant shifts in consumer shopping behavior, packaging preferences as well as purchase priorities. That’s the topline finding from a national consumer survey released by Category Partners. According to a national study of 2,000 consumers, survey participants say Read More ...
Lidl opens new regional distribution center to meet customer needs
Lidl formally opened its state-of-the-art regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, MD. The new 700,000-square-foot facility will serve as the backbone of Lidl’s regional store network, quickly supplying products to stores in five states. Lidl invested more than $100 million in the project which will Read More ...
Consumers turn to apples in challenging times
Americans are stocking up on apples as they contend with the COVID-19 crisis, especially Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Granny Smith. Consumers are favoring packaged apples, which jumped up 34 percent in volume in the last four weeks ending March 21, and likely more than that since. As consumers hunker down, they are turning to Read More ...
Progressive Produce anticipates late spring and summer asparagus supply
As consumers continue to look for fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables to serve their families during these difficult times, Progressive Produce will begin shipping its strongest supply of the year of nutritious and versatile asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada. "As retailers discover what the new Read More ...
USDA files action over NJ company's $750K PACA violations
As 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 Agriculture has filed an administrative complaint against Southern Sun LLC. The company, operating from New Jersey, allegedly failed to make payment Read More ...

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