Milk in a bag and an 80-pound fruit? A peek inside Loblaws’ showcase Montreal store


Loblaws has long catered to its Québécois audience via its regional Provigo stores, but the company upped the ante with the opening of a Provigo Le Marché superstore a year ago in Montreal’s historic former Jean-Talon train station. The cavernous store — which includes underground parking — is designed with foodies in mind. The Produce News recently visited the store for a guided tour and discovered that things are definitely different in the Great White North. Vive la différence!

PMA Tech Knowledge Symposium


The second annual PMA Tech Knowledge Symposium took place in Monterey, CA, May 11-13. More than 200 fresh produce and floral industry members convened to explore emerging technologies positioned to help the industry strengthen food safety, streamline business operations and meet the increasing challenge of feeding more people with fewer resources.

Attendees heard from venture capitalists in an effort to learn how to analyze new technology pitches and start-up and in-market AgTech companies who showcased robotics, drones, water solutions and more. Education sessions included topics like 3D printing, flavor and fragrance perceptions, The Internet of Everything (IoE), nanotechnology and omni-channel fulfillment. Recaps of those sessions can be found on

SEPC duffers hit the links at Terry Vorhees Golf Classic


A rollicking casino night that raised $50,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta on day one of the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic was just a build up to the main event. The following morning, some 130 Southeast Produce Council duffers raised another $50,000 on the esteemed grounds of Atlanta National Golf Club in Alpharetta, GA.

Despite Executive Director David Sherrod's worry that "we might Caddyshack the place up," there were no injuries and no arrests. Probably.

JAZZ-y journey sparks season start


From the branch to the bowl, the journey of a New Zealand JAZZ apple to market is chronicled in a new video from brand owner Turners & Growers.
Fresh crop JAZZ apples will reach North American shores by the end of the month, according to David Nelley, Oppy’s executive category director, apples and pears. Oppy is T&G’s North American marketing partner. “We’re anticipating yet another stellar season from this top performing apple,” he said. “JAZZ ranked in the top three among premium apples in both sales dollars and volume over the last twelve months. We’re eager to keep this momentum rolling with New Zealand’s fresh crop as it’s arguably the best tasting apple with firm pressures available in summer.”
The tangy-sweet, super crunchy apple stars in a playful video that follows a single JAZZ apple from its birthplace in a New Zealand orchard to a family home. JAZZ marketers throughout the world will use the video to announce the season start and share the JAZZ apple story via social media, public relations, trade shows and other channels, Nelley said.


SEPC's casino night at the Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic


More than 130 Southeast Produce Council golfers descended on Alpharetta, GA, earlier this month for the second annual Terry Vorhees Charity Golf Classic, raising more than $100,000 for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The festivities opened with a casino night and silent auction at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta.