"Cherry harvest is progressing and the fruit is beautiful with excellent quality," said Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex. "We've spent the past 52 weeks preparing for where we are right now, picking. We make every effort to make sure we pick the fruit when its ready and in good condition so we deliver it to the warehouses to be put into packaging and sent on to the consumer. People are enjoying our cherries this year and with reason — they're some of the best cherries we've every picked."
A new television campaign for Grapes from California launched in June on the Food Network.
“These commercials showcase the natural beauty, easy versatility and great taste of California grapes while communicating the value of sharing life’s special moments with family and friends, and the care that growers put into growing,” Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission, said in a press release.
One of the two new commercials has a grower theme and the other has a dinner party theme.
These 30-second commercials, the first two of a planned series of six, are seen during shows like “Trisha Yearwood’s Southern Kitchen,” “Sandra’s Money Saving Meals,” “Home For Dinner with Jamie Deen” and “Diners Drive-ins & Dives.” The commercials will run through December and will be used in future seasons.
Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex Superfresh Growers, provides and update on this year's cherry crop in one of its lower Yakima Valley orchards. Harvest is progressing nicely this year, and color is developing due to warm weather with cool nights. The flavor is excellent and the crop loads are ideal for great fruit.
Fresh & Easy launched a full-scale marketing campaign inviting customers to discover an all-new Fresh & Easy. Since transferring to new ownership in November, the company has reinvigorated its brand and stores with the aim of providing healthy, convenient and affordable food.
The marketing campaign will include radio, outdoor, digital and social media elements running in all markets. The campaign is centered on five pillars that differentiate Fresh & Easy as new kind of market designed for modern consumers: affordable organics with the launch of its "Wild Oats" brand; freshly prepared food hand-picked, hand-chopped and handmade by in-house chefs; food delivered its peak freshness each morning; no hidden ingredients; and meal solutions, ranging from a quick bite to a gourmet meal.
“Our goal with this marketing campaign is to welcome shoppers to see the new Fresh & Easy,” Mike Evans, Fresh & Easy’s head of marketing, said in a press release. “We set out to make our stores and our brand fresher, easier and more relevant to modern consumers who are looking for healthy, convenient options.”
Campaign materials can be seen at http://itsabouttime.freshandeasy.com.
In response to member feedback and as part of its new strategic plan implementation, the Produce Marketing Association unveiled its redesigned website (www.pma.com) Tuesday, May 27. With a fresh new design, completely new structure, a fully functioning search feature and mobile-ready access, the website is part of the association’s ongoing efforts to bring a complete portfolio of value to members of the fresh produce and floral industries.
“Over the past several years, we’ve made a conscious effort to share the wealth of industry resources the association offers in addition to all our conventions, shows and meetings,” Bryan Silbermann, chief executive officer of PMA, said in a press release. “One of the challenges we had is providing members with a fully functioning and easy-to-use ‘one-stop-shop’ where they can access those resources. Our members told us they needed a global information hub that’s intuitive and engaging—and we’re responding to those needs through this complete rebuilding of pma.com.”
Changes to the website include the following:
And, to give members more of the resources they’ve asked for, the website will house a collection of new information, including three new consumer trend reports from the Hartman Research Group. Outlook on the Millennial Consumer 2014 is available on the website now, and members can expect to have two additional reports from Hartman this summer: Organic and Natural as well as Digital Lives. These reports provide critical insights into consumer behaviors driving fresh fruit and vegetable sales.
Members can also expect to see more information sharing on the site with the integration of blogs, social media and third-party news.
“We’re here to support the needs of our members by connecting them to experts, ideas, trends and talent,” said Silbermann. “We know produce and floral companies are focused on building consumer demand for the products they grow, ship and sell, and as the industry’s marketing association, we’re committed to providing resources that help reach that goal.”