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California Giant enters fall berry season
Autumn will begin just in time for California Giant Berry Farms’ fall strawberry crop from Santa Maria, CA, complementing the harvest still under way in Watsonville and Salinas. Typically this was considered the tail end of the season, but now with the added volume the company has fruit to support consumer demand for year-round fresh strawberries. The company is expecting the volume to be strong from both Santa Maria and... Read more

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Innovative vision grows the apple category for CMI
Apples and innovation go hand in hand at Columbia Marketing International. Steve Lutz, vice president of marketing, said emphasis on brand development, organic sales and category management will keep the company and its customers at the top of their game. The company is headquartered in Wenatchee, WA, and is among Washington’s leading tree fruit producers. CMI... Read more

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Demand continues on an upward climb  for organics from Phillips Mushroom Farms
Kevin Donovan, national sales manager for Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square, PA, told The Produce News that the company’s organic line of mushrooms is really gaining ground in demand and that customers are looking for more organic products on retail shelves at their grocery stores. “Consumers are really helping to push this growth,” said Donovan. “In... Read more

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Mather leaving post at Pear Bureau Northwest
Cristie Mather is leaving her post as communications director at Pear Bureau Northwest, based in Portland, OR, to take the role of managing director at The Fiction Tribe, a creative agency with offices in Portland and Santa Clara, CA. Mather has led the marketing communications programs for Pear Bureau... Read more

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Whole Foods Market and Instacart partner to offer one-hour delivery across 15 major U.S. cities
Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods products delivered in as little as one hour. Customers will soon also have the option to place orders via Instacart and pick up their order at a local participating... Read more