Haggen, a West Coast regional grocer, has filed a lawsuit against Albertsons LLC and Albertsons Holdings LLC seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Among its complaints, Haggen claims that Albertsons illegally accessed Haggen’s confidential data to gain an unfair competitive advantage. The complaint, which was filed Sept. 1 in United States District Court for the District of Delaware, alleged that following Haggen’s December... Read more

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National Honeycrisp production may double in five years
SPARTA, MI — It has been 20 years since Riveridge Produce Marketing Inc. planted its first Honeycrisp apples. Don Armock, the owner of Riveridge, said the variety’s production still hasn’t caught up with consumer demand. Vast newer plantings of Honeycrisp are in production or are increasingly productive each season, Armock said. Rick Zemaitis, the quality assurance... Read more

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Pandol infusing pipeline  with standard, proprietary grapes
Pandol Bros. Inc. continues to hone its grape manifest to bring the finest product to the marketplace. Director John Pandol said consumers can expect to see a number of varieties hitting the retail shelf this fall. “There is a mistaken idea that varieties come to market in a sequential order. In reality, there is much overlap and, in some cases, simultaneous... Read more


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Adam Brohimer joins Category Partners as vice president
Adam Brohimer, a seasoned retail produce marketing executive, has joined Category Partners LLC of Aurora, CO, as vice president. Most recently, Brohimer had been vice president of Fusion Marketing, and prior to Fusion he was an account manager for the Perishables Group Inc. “I’ve had the opportunity... Read more