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Steve Koran joins Bengard Ranch as general manager
Bengard Ranch, a leading grower-shipper of vegetables providing a year-round supply from California and Arizona, with extensive operations in Mexico and Florida, announced that industry veteran Steve Koran has joined the company as general manager. Koran has held a number of executive positions in sales during his career. Most recently, he was vice president of sales and customer service at Earthbound Farm in San Juan Batista, CA. Prior to that, he worked at Martori... Read more
IGA names president and CEO
John Ross, current president of Inmar Promotion Network, has been named president and chief executive officer of IGA Inc., succeeding current IGA Chairman, President and CEO Mark Batenic. Ross will begin his tenure mid-October, working closely with Batenic during the transition. Batenic will remain chairman of the board until his retirement Dec. 31, 2018, transitioning in January of 2019 to non-executive chairman. As president and CEO of IGA Inc., Ross... Read more
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expands organic, marketing staff
To keep pace with its expanding product line and volume increases, Wenatchee, WA-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers has expanded its staff in two key areas. Joining the company as organic category manager earlier in the season, Dan Davis brings a strong background in organic Washington tree fruit farming. Brent Shammo has added his expertise in retail marketing, produce analysis and procurement as national marketing representative.Dan Davis Davis is a Washington... Read more
FPAA names policy analyst/communications coordinator
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, based in Nogales, AZ, has named Erika Dominguez as its new policy analyst/communications coordinator. Dominguez has previous experience at the association, having served as a membership programs coordinator. Dominguez, a native of Nogales, AZ, and a Nogales High School alumna, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2015. Since graduating, she has worked as a... Read more
Coast Tropical expands team with three new hires
Coast Tropical has announced the addition of Monica Izaguirre, Lindelly Rajo and Edgard Torres to its sales and procurement team. Izaquirre will be joining the Texas team. She was most recently with CABE Fruit Produce, where she spent 10 years in sales, including sales manager roles. She will provide sales direction as well as share her knowledge to the sales team, while staying in contact and servicing numerous customer friends and growers she has cultivated... Read more
Trish Lovell returns to Curry & Co. as onion sales manager
With more than three decades in fresh market onion and potato sales and marketing, Trish Lovell has returned to Curry & Co. in Brooks, OR. Lovell, who had been with Agri-Pack in Pasco, WA, for three years, told The Produce News her return to the Oregon operation on Sept. 11 is a good fit. “I worked here for seven years before going to Pasco,” she said, saying she’s happy to work with the company’s owners, Aaron and Holly Ensign. “[Former... Read more
Emily Kohlhas takes director of marketing role at John Vena
John Vena Inc. announced last week that Emily Kohlhas will assume the position of director of marketing effective immediately. In this new role, Kohlhas is responsible for managing the John Vena Inc. brand across channels, business development and coordinating the strategic growth of products and services to enhance client relationships in foodservice, retail, meal kitting and processing. Kohlhas has been with the company since 2015 as sales and marketing coordinator,... Read more
Terra Exports has added Joe Cardenas to its leadership team as the West Coast sales director. Cardenas holds 24 years of professional experience in the industry, but has been involved with produce since the age of 12, when he would pick fruit in the fields with his parents. As a part of Terra Exports continuing growth plans, Cardenas (who is fluent in Spanish) will dedicate his focus on domestic sales. Cardenas will also be building and leading Terra Exports’... Read more
Terry Sokol retiring from The Produce News
Terry Sokol, associate editor for The Produce News, is retiring after 13 distinguished years with the publication. Her last day at the office was Aug. 30. "While we are certainly happy for Terry as she enters this new phase of her life, we (and I especially) will miss her steady hand on the editorial desk and her dedication to making our editorial product the best it can be," John Groh, editor and publisher of The Produce News, said in a recent memo to the staff.... Read more
Industry veteran retiring from Tom Lange Co.
After 28 years of service, Account Manager Tony Machi is retiring from Tom Lange Co., effective Aug. 31. Machi began his career at an early age at a produce company founded by his grandfather, Machi Produce, while also working alongside his father. After several years spent on the Pittsburgh wholesale market, he joined Tom Lange Co.’s Pittsburgh office in 1989, where he flourished and developed into the company’s top account manager for 15 years.  Greg... Read more
Robert Verloop joins Coastline Family Farms as COO/general manager
Coastline Family Farms, based in Salinas, CA, has named Robert Verloop as chief operating officer and general manager, a newly created position.  “Coastline Family Farms continues to innovate and evolve as our industry addresses the opportunities and challenges of today’s dynamic marketplace. We decided now was the right time to expand our leadership team so we can better manage our growth and maintain our focus on premium products and services,”... Read more
Suntreat names Sergio Rodriguez as director of sales
Suntreat, the provider of Sumo citrus, Oro Blanco grapefruit, Gold Nugget mandarins and other California-grown citrus varieties, has announced the hiring of Sergio Rodriguez as director of sales. “These are exciting times for Suntreat under the new ownership,” Rodriguez said in a press release. “This is a great career opportunity. I am very excited to join the leadership team at Suntreat. My vast background in accounting, finance and sales are... Read more
Ippolito International expands sales team with two industry veterans
Ippolito International has expanded its sales team with the addition of Henry Dill as vice president of sales and Sarah Clarke as sales and commodity manager. Dill was most recently with PIM of Salinas, CA, where he spent 22 years in sales and sales manager roles. He began his foray into the produce industry in 1979 with the Garin Co., and did sales stints at Bruce Church, Code (which later merged with Fresh Network) and D’Arrigo Bros. before joining... Read more
Harps Food Stores has promoted Mike Roberts to director of produce operations. Prior to taking on this new role, Roberts was produce merchandiser and before that produce manager. Roberts is succeeding Dennis Baker, who is retiring. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead our produce department and look forward to guiding us in the right direction. To be able to do what I have a real passion for with such wonderful people at a great organization... Read more
Dan Vaché named sales director at FreightFlow
FreightFlow, which offers easy-to-use 3PL logistics software, announced that longtime industry leader and former United Fresh Produce Association Vice President Dan Vaché has joined the company as a sales director. Vaché joins Bobby Grinstead, who was hired by the company earlier this year, as part of a dynamic and highly knowledgeable sales force. Both Vaché and Grinstead bring a wealth of experience and passion to FreightFlow and are committed... Read more
Sarah Burns joins T&A as senior manager of organic sales
Veteran organic produce sales pro Sarah Burns is the latest addition to Tanimura & Antle’s growing organic team. She joins the company as senior manager of organic sales. Burns’ deep experience comes from an entire produce career in organic sales, having spent 11 years on the sales team at Earthbound Farm. During her tenure at Earthbound, she developed strong relationships with retail and wholesale accounts in the western United States and Canada. Burns... Read more
SpartanNash has appointed Mark Shamber as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 11. Shamber previously served as CFO for United Natural Foods Inc., a specialty and organic food distributor. Following his departure from UNFI at the end of 2015, Shamber has been working as an independent consultant and serving as the vice chairman, board of directors of Day Kimball Healthcare Inc. Earlier in his career, Shamber worked in the audit... Read more
Joe Sbrocchi will assume the general manager role at the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, effective Sept. 18. He has been active in a number of roles in the greenhouse sector for the last eight years. Previously Sbrocchi held management roles with national retailers like Sobeys and Walmart, providing a solid body of work throughout the entire value chain. "We are pleased to have a quality leader join the OGVG at a point where his experience, skills and leadership... Read more
Idaho Potato Commission hires Northeast retail promotion director
Produce industry veteran Dave Rhodes has joined the Idaho Potato Commission as retail promotion director-Northeast, based in Indianapolis, IN. He replaces Ken Tubman, who is retiring after 15 years of service. Rhodes will work with retail produce managers in the northeastern United States and Canada to help drive sales of Idaho potatoes through marketing and promotions, competitive research and point-of-sale materials, in addition to representing the Idaho potato... Read more
Erik Katenkamp has been named vice president of omnichannel and application development. Katenkamp has been instrumental in launching the Publix Delivery online shopping solution, including formalizing Publix’s collaboration with Instacart. In this role, he will focus on the continued development and execution of the company’s omnichannel strategy. “We are proud of the work Erik and his team have accomplished. With dedicated resources, we will... Read more

Todays Headlines

  • New CGTbyPMA program prepares university seniors to be 'Rooted to Succeed' press release 2017-09-22 17:00:22

    Top university students likely don't think of the fresh produce and floral industry as a career choice unless they grew up around agriculture, and that's especially true for students in non-agriculture majors that are in high demand in today's industry. To help prepare more students to begin successful careers in the industry, Center for Growing Talent by PMA will host an Immersion Academy Nov. 7-9 in Dallas for 100 seniors studying diverse majors. "Immersion Academy will prepare university seniors...

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  • AFM opens Culinary Innovation Center in Dallas, will launch Avocado University in early 2018 John Groh 2017-09-22 13:49:16

    DALLAS -- Avocados from Mexico is bringing the magic of Michoacan to the eighth floor of its headquarters, here, with the grand opening of its Culinary Innovation Center. AFM held a reception Sept. 20 to commemorate the opening, where Chef Mark Garcia, director of foodservice marketing for AFM, and Chef Kent Rathbun, a four-time James Beard Award nominee and owner of Abacus restaurant, delighted several dozen avocado industry dignitaries and others with creative culinary dishes inspired by...

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  • Ahold produce sales to get a healthy boost press release 2017-09-22 13:00:00

    Healthy Savings, a Minnesota-based healthy lifestyle program focused on improving diets, will expand its retail network this October with the addition of Ahold USA’s brands, including Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New York Metro, Giant Landover and Giant/Martin’s. Healthy Savings programs are sponsored by health plans, government agencies, employers and non-profit organizations. These sponsors provide members with access to savings of over $50 each week on fresh fruits and vegetables as...

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  • Meijer's Misfits program off to a monstrous start press release 2017-09-22 11:00:50

    Meijer offers a unique line of Misfits produce that helps connect shoppers to tasty but cosmetically-challenged fruits and vegetables at a reduced price. Delivered daily to 235 Meijer stores across the Midwest, the packaged fresh produce may be discolored, scarred or odd-sized, but offers the same taste, freshness and quality of other produce the retailer carries. The Misfits program rolled out at all Meijer locations earlier this month, and customers have already purchased nearly a quarter of...

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  • Plant-based tuna to hit Whole Foods sushi cases press release 2017-09-22 09:00:03

    Whole Foods Market will now offer Ahimi, a plant-based alternative to raw tuna, in select sushi venues in Los Angeles and New York. Ahimi, created by Ocean Hugger Foods, is made from tomatoes and umami-rich ingredients to replicate the taste and texture of ahi tuna.   “A tasty, vegan option for raw tuna is at the intersection of a few major trends, including the growing popularity of sushi, as well as the surge in plant-based diets and dishes,” said Andy Sasser, global category manager at Whole...

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  • IPC's new commissioner is first woman to represent potato growers press release 2017-09-21 19:00:02

    At the 2017 Idaho Grower Shippers Association meeting in Sun Valley, ID, the Idaho Potato Commission announced the appointment of Mary Hasenoehrl of Gross Farms, the first female to represent potato growers. Randy Hardy of Hardy Farms and Nick Blanksma of Legacy Farms were also sworn in to serve second three-year terms. “I’m looking forward to working with Mary who has a long and impressive background in farming and agriculture,” said Frank Muir, president and CEO of the Idaho Potato...

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  • Whole Foods plan could hurt local suppliers press release 2017-09-21 13:24:34

    Efficiency is generally good for businesses, but changes meant to streamline decision-making at Amazon-acquired Whole Foods could hurt local suppliers. Starting in 2018 the retailer plans to change the way it allows companies to sell and market products in stores, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. At the core of the change is a shift toward a more centralized decision-making process, which is expected to make things more efficient but also cut down on variety. Additionally,...

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  • Albertsons acquisition sets the stage for meal kit service press release 2017-09-21 12:25:50

    Albertsons Cos. announced the acquisition of Plated, a premier meal kit service. This move advances a shared strategy to reinvent the way consumers discover, purchase and experience food. Plated will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Albertsons Cos. In teaming up with Plated, Albertsons Cos. adds a meal kit company with leading technology and data capabilities, a strategic step as it continues to focus on innovation, personalization and customization. Together, Albertsons Cos. and Plated...

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  • Tanimura & Antle expands Artisan Family with Artisan Dew Drop cabbage press release 2017-09-21 11:25:55

    Tanimura & Antle has launched a new and exciting addition to its Artisan Family of products: Artisan Dew Drop cabbage. Over the past year, the company’s in-house product development team has been testing the item at various growing locations to assure year-round availability and has now increased the volume of the program. The Artisan Dew Drop cabbage was featured in the new product showcase in July at the annual Foodservice Produce Marketing Association Conference in Monterey, CA. With the...

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  • Production to spiral out of control at Veggie Noodle Co. press release 2017-09-21 08:30:22

    Veggie Noodle Co. has completed construction on a custom-designed, 42,300-square-foot facility with five times the production capacity of its current operation. The new building will employ over 250 people locally and is a SQF level 3 food production facility, meeting the highest level of comprehensive implementation of food safety and quality management as certified by the Safe Quality Food Institute. Incorporating several patent-pending “noodling” apparatuses to streamline production and...

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  • United Fresh and WGA team to provide recall insurance press release 2017-09-20 18:48:31

    The United Fresh Produce Association and Western Growers Association have entered into a formal marketing agreement to jointly promote the Western Growers Shield, a first-of-its-kind insurance program specifically designed to protect food companies from recall liability. “This program represents an innovative solution to a critical bottom line issue facing our members,” said Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh. “Our Finance & Business Administration Council was...

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  • Mexico City earthquake leaves Centro de Abasto unharmed Tad Thompson 2017-09-20 14:23:36

    As Sept. 20 rescue efforts revealed more than 250 deaths in Mexico City on the day after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake centered in nearby Puebla, preliminary indications were that those in and supporting the Mexican produce industry escaped without major negative effects. Calls into Mexico City were not connecting early on Sept. 20, but responses by email indicated that the produce industry was functioning.Kevin Thomas and Phillip Cuccerre of Le Best Banana Supply Co. Inc. Photo by Tad Thompson It...

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  • Kroger solving one problem with another press release 2017-09-20 14:09:56

    The Kroger Co. announced a new, national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025. "No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. Across the United States, 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year. "More than 40...

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  • Torch passed to new president and CEO at SunFed press release 2017-09-20 13:17:01

    After a transformational 23 years of emphasizing the fresh in fresh produce, SunFed is evolving once again with the appointment of Craig Slate as the company’s president and CEO. Co-Founder Danny Mandel, the company’s most recent president and CEO, has retired, effective Aug. 31. “I am proud to have Craig carry our company’s passion, commitment, and focus on excellence, into this next phase of growth for SunFed. Twenty-three years has been a long, but exciting time. We have constantly worked...

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  • Stop & Shop's HowGood news is great for produce press release 2017-09-20 09:00:00

    Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts have partnered with HowGood, an independent research organization dedicated to bringing transparency to the shopping experience. Now Stop & Shop customers can benefit from HowGood’s extensive research and easily identify food products that meet rigorous environmental and social benchmarks. Using the simple ratings on store shelves, shoppers can find the most sustainable, wholesome and honest foods. Over the past 10 years, HowGood has developed a...

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  • PACA sanctions for Calif. companies press release 2017-09-19 19:00:00

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on two California produce businesses — Fontana Wholesale and Mpgwest — for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Mpgwest LLC, operating out of La Quinta, for failing to pay a $293,949 award in favor of a California seller.  As of the issuance date of the reparation order, William L....

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  • Cleanup from Hurricane Irma a daunting task Christina DiMartino 2017-09-19 13:00:00

    Major hurricanes like Irma take a major toll on farmland, even when it’s very early in the season. When Irma scathed the western side of Florida in early September, plantings in North Florida were in their early growth stage in greenhouses intended to protect them. Other young plants were already planted in fields, typically covered with plastic that protects them until they are sturdy. Oakes Farms’ acreage in Immokalee, which is also the company’s headquarters, had about five million young...

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  • New leadership at Rice Fruit Co. press release 2017-09-19 11:00:37

    Ben Rice and Brenda Briggs are the new leaders of Rice Fruit Co. At the company’s Sept. 14 board of directors meeting Rice was elected president, succeeding his father, David Rice. Briggs, vice president of sales and marketing, assumed the leadership of sales at the company earlier this year when John Rice stepped back from his duties. Ben Rice and Briggs join Ted Rice, company treasurer, as the top leadership in the organization.John Rice, Brenda Briggs, Ben Rice and David Rice. Ben joined...

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  • A very berry boost for organic sales Craig Levitt 2017-09-19 09:00:00

    For retailers looking to boost organic sales focus should be placed on berries and packaged salads. In an educational seminar prior to the opening of the New England Produce Council show entitled Excellence in Organic Merchandising, Matt Seeley, chief executive officer of the Organic Produce Network, emphasized that berries and packaged salads were driving organic produce sales. Packaged salads were the top selling organic produce item in the past year, while berries were second largest, with an...

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  • Pure Palm now shipping fresh crop Medjool dates press release 2017-09-18 19:00:09

    Pure Palm Produce, a Bakersfield, CA-based grower that specializes in California-grown Medjool dates, is now shipping fresh crop from the Coachella Valley. “The 2017 Medjool Date Harvest is under way in California’s Coachella Valley,” said Ben Antongiovanni, president of Pure Palm Produce. “This year’s harvest was about 10 days later than last year, but in line with the traditional start date, which is usually the last week in August or first week of September. Harvest came just in time as we...

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  • Publix honored for food-safety innovation press release 2017-09-18 13:51:18

    Food Marketing Institute presented its inaugural Food Safety Innovation Award in conjunction with the International Food Protection Training Institute to Publix Super Markets Inc. for demonstrating a commitment to the advancement of food protection through performance, practice, creation, sustainability and leadership. “We created this award to recognize companies that have made an innovative contribution and commitment to food safety and to encourage others in the industry, government and academia...

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  • Peru maintains position in world asparagus market Tim Linden 2017-09-18 13:00:00

    In 2016, Peru represented 40 percent of the world’s supply of asparagus and about 43 percent of the total U.S. import dollar value. These numbers have remained fairly consistent over the past five years, though typical market fluctuations have occurred. Peru continues to maintain fairly steady supplies of product into the United States the entire year, reaching a low point in the February-March time frame and typically peaking during the last three months of the year. From May through December in...

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  • Potato Lovers Month display contest gets new partner, more chances to win Rand Green 2017-09-18 11:00:00

    The Idaho Potato Lovers Month display contest, which the Idaho Potato Commission has been running annually for more than a quarter of a century, is a major component of the organization’s retail promotion programs, and it has been successful beyond initial expectations. During the early years, “we were lucky if we hit 1,000” entries in the competition, said Seth Pemsler, vice president of retail for the commission. Last year, “we hit 5,000” for the third consecutive year.More popular than ever,...

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  • Scaring up sales with spooky foods press release 2017-09-18 09:00:00

    Frieda’s Specialty Produce is encouraging retailers to summon shoppers to the produce department with a spooky foods display featuring out-of-this-world fruits and vegetables, along with traditional fall pumpkin and squash. “Halloween is the perfect time to showcase your tropical fruits and specialty vegetables as shoppers will be looking for unique, spooky items for their Halloween celebrations,” said Alex Jackson Berkley, senior account manager of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “Build out your...

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FLORAL

Applications are now being accepted for the American Floral Endowment’s Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program and Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program, according to a news release. AFE administers paid internship programs for floriculture and environmental horticulture students each year, and the next application deadline is Oct. 1. Students selected will receive a scholarship upon successful completion of their internships. The Vic & Margaret... Read more
FTD Cos. Inc. announced the appointment of Jeffrey D. T. Severts as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, according to a news release. “I am very pleased to welcome Jeff to our team,” said John C. Walden, FTD’s president and chief executive officer, in the release. “His diverse set of marketing skills and track record of success, with particular depth in customer and brand strategy, customer experience and analytics, make... Read more
Dümmen Orange announced that Angela Storm has joined the sales team to support customers and brokers in the western United States, according to a news release. Her primary focus will be to facilitate a positive customer experience by liaising between customers and all facets of the Dümmen Orange organization, including production planning, logistics, product management, and marketing. She will also oversee the work of Whitney Voelker, a recent addition... Read more
Joep Wiegel stepped down Sept. 1 as Chrysal’s chief executive officer — a position he’s held since 2007 — and after being active for over 20 years with the company, according to a news release. Wiegel was the driving force behind the further expansion of Chrysal’s post-harvest business and the expansion to Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya and Japan. He will remain involved with Chrysal until the end of the year in connection with handing... Read more
The Society of American Florists’ chief executive officer, Peter Moran, will retire at the end of the year from his post after 33 years with the organization, according to a news release. Kate Penn, currently chief content officer and editor-in-chief of SAF’s publication, Floral Management, will assume the role of CEO effective Nov. 1, after which Moran will help work through the transition through the end of the year. “There is... Read more
The American Floral Endowment is in its third year of aiming to attract young business professionals to the world of flowers through its Business Internship Program, according to a news release. An Employer Resource Guide that was created to help companies build a successful internship program is also available, with easy-to-use guidelines and steps to create meaningful learning experiences for the next generation of business leaders. Now’s your chance to... Read more
Dwight Larimer, president at Design Master color tool Inc. in Boulder, CO, will be inducted into the Michigan Floral Foundation Hall of Fame at the MFF Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Oct. 24 at the University Club of Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. The MFF was established to support and advance the floral industry, its members and the communities they serve through educational opportunities and community enrichment activities. “Dwight is a... Read more
How the floral industry can overcome millennials’ barriers to purchasing flowers
In order to better understand millennials’ preferences for and barriers to purchasing flowers, the American Floral Endowment and the Floral Marketing Research Fund released a study that helps all segments of the industry understand millennials’ purchasing behaviors. An online survey was conducted with 3,011 U.S. millennial consumers aged between 18 to 40 years old, according to a news release. Price is a major purchasing barrier for 75 percent of millennial... Read more
The House Appropriations Committee has recommended allotting $500,000 to a key floral industry research fund — doubling the amount that the Society of American Florists members lobbied for during Congressional Action Days, according to a news release. Members of the committee wrote that their recommendation would allow the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative “to expand research capacity.” “The committee values the importance of... Read more
Proflora 2017 exhibit space nearly sold out
The 14th edition of the biennial floral trade show Proflora is slated for Oct. 4-6 at the Corferias Convention Center in Bogota, Colombia, and this year’s 15 percent increased exhibit space is almost sold out, according to a news release. On the floor of a previous Proflora trade show.Over 300 companies from 15 countries, including flower growers and breeders, general suppliers and service companies from Colombia, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Spain,... Read more
Petals and Plates tour launches in Canada
Flowers Canada (Ontario) and pickOntario announced a new dining experience called Petals and Plates, a series of flower-focused farm dinners that highlight Canadian flower growers and their importance in Canada’s agricultural landscape. “Each dinner will be a complete sensory experience, yet unique from each other in that the table will be surrounded by a different crop of flowers,” said Jesseline Gough, marketing coordinator at Flowers Canada... Read more
Fun ‘N Sun 2017 celebrates CalFlowers’ 75th anniversary
This year’s Fun ‘N Sun event was held Aug. 9-12 in Carlsbad, CA, at the Hyatt Park Aviara Resort. Everything about our time in San Diego County was first rate — including the weather. Fun ‘N Sun is a biennial event and it’s truly unique among U.S. floral conventions and conferences. In addition to a great locale and abundance of old friends and new friends, it included a Flower Fair — with the largest display of California floral... Read more
San Francisco Asian Art Museum exhibit explores the art of flowers
This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco and the San Francisco Asian Art Museum is currently staging an exhibit titled “Flower Power.” The museum website explains, “During the Summer of Love, flowers became powerful symbols of peace, a concept plucked from Buddhist art. More than merely decorative, floral imagery has helped convey ideas from the refined to the revolutionary for thousands of years.” In addition,... Read more
WF&FSA 2017 floral conference slated for Oct. 18-20 in Miami
The Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s 2017 Floral Distribution Conference will convene Oct. 18-20 at the Miami Airport Convention Center in Miami and close to 900 industry professionals are expected to attend, according to a news release. The three-day event is an opportunity to join industry peers for education and networking designed to help your business grow. Additional Table Tops have been added this year with an extra five feet... Read more
PMA event brings mass-market floral supply chain together in Miami
The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Connection: Floral Miami brought together a who’s who of mass-market retail sellers and buyers to learn about new trends in floral, and to simply celebrate the floral community, according to a news release. More than 200 people gathered at the Hyatt Regency Miami from across the floral and potted plant supply chain — including breeders and growers, importers and exporters, retailers and suppliers “Spending... Read more
PMA summit floral focus connects attendees to ideas, innovations
The mass-market floral industry will come together for inspirational education, networking, leadership recognition and community when Produce Marketing Association’s 2017 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo convenes Oct. 19-21 in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, according to a news release. “This year’s floral programming is designed by industry, for industry, and offers something for everyone across our supply chain to help... Read more
Where the green fern and foliage grow
Miami is the hub of the U.S. floral industry because it serves as the distribution center for flowers and foliage from across the globe. And five hours north, along a rural corridor winding through three central Florida counties, sits the production hub of the American cut foliage industry. With Greenery being the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, and the popularity of foliage designs — including garlands — being at an all-time high, this seems like... Read more
On Sept. 12, Miami will be the place to meet and talk about the latest developments in consumer marketing and new business models in the field of international floriculture, according to a news release. Dümmen Orange, Ideavelop, Ter Laak Orchids and the Dutch Consulate in Miami, in collaboration with the Produce Marketing Association, invite you to join a unique Meet-Up, which coincides with the presence of two international trade missions visiting Miami —... Read more
Charmelia — the new, long-lasting flower that’s charming the U.S. market
All floral professionals are familiar with alstroemeria, but have you seen its stunning relative that is taking the industry by storm? Charmelia, meaning “charming beauty,” is a new flower variety that features 20 blooms per stem and a long-lasting vase life. With its many branches, Charmelia’s blossoms grow upwards in a fountain-like shape topped by a rich floral crown. And as an added bonus, it does not drop its flowers and its leaves also... Read more
What do pork chops on a stick, school buses and Monday night football have in common? The end of summer here in the upper Midwest. Our “Great Minnesota Get-together,” the annual State Fair, means overindulging in every possible type of food on a stick (usually deep-fried), cramming “a year’s worth of eating into 12 days,” and the dawning of autumn. On top of that, I’ve noticed a change in the color palette at local supermarket... Read more