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Safeway, Sobeys stores converting to discount banner
Empire Co. Ltd. will convert up to 25 percent of its 255 Safeway and Sobeys full-service format stores in western Canada to its discount FreshCo banner over the next five years. “This is a very attractive strategic and financial opportunity for us that will grow our market share in the Western provinces in a profitable way,” said Michael Medline, president and chief executive officer. “Our comprehensive... Read more

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New GM on staff at River Point Farms
As the winter holiday season transitioned from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hermiston, OR-based River Point Farms was bullish on several fronts, including good supplies, steady demand and the recent addition of a new GM to the staff. River Point Farms President Bob Hale said, “We are very pleased to welcome Mark Fisher to the team as our general manager. Mark... Read more

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Baker & Murakami's first post-merger season
Noting that current supplies will take Ontario, OR-based Baker & Murakami Produce through its planned shipping season, company CEO Grant Kitamura said the operation is “managing orders and being orderly about how we’re marketing our onions” during this inaugural season of business. With the merger of Baker Packing and Murakami Produce earlier this year,... Read more


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Roland Paul Blaser, president of Moody Creek Produce, a potato grower in Sugar City, ID, died Nov. 6 at his home in Plano, ID. He was 87. Mr. Blaser was born Aug. 19, 1930, to Ernest and Margaret Grosnick Blaser. A lifelong resident of Plano, he attended school in Plano, graduating in 1948 as the last... Read more