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Walmart's newest investment the wind of change
Walmart and EDP Renewables announced purchase agreements that will enable the construction of three new utility-scale wind farms — developed, owned and operated by EDPR — a cumulative 233 megawatt investment in the states of Illinois and Indiana. Walmart’s purchase through these agreements will produce enough electricity to power more than 60,000 average homes... Read more
Kroger and the food waste warriors
The Kroger Co. announced a Zero Hunger | Zero Waste partnership with World Wildlife Fund, the leading global conservation organization, to introduce a food waste prevention and recovery curriculum for K-12 students in U.S. cities. Wild Classroom is WWF's signature education program and it is aimed at providing environmental curriculum for teachers and parents... Read more
Wonderful Pistachios joins forces with the Grinch to steal holiday sales
Wonderful Pistachios will kick off the holiday season with an integrated campaign with “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.” The campaign will consist of two television commercials, an online digital campaign, in-store point-of-sale, including bins and standees, and a Times Square billboard. In the two new commercials, the cynical grump takes a break from his usual antics... Read more
The U.S. International Trade Commission announced that Dec. 20 is the deadline for comments on the economic impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on the U.S. economy. The investigation, titled “Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors,” was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter received Aug. 31. At that time Mexico... Read more
Apeel Sciences recently created a chief revenue officer position and tabbed Gordon Robertson to spearhead the startup company’s growth. Robertson brings with him more than 30 years of industry experience, including 20 years at Campbell Soup Co., where he gained product and category management expertise, and 10 years at Sun World International, where he led the... Read more
Instacart secures $600 million in new funding
Instacart has raised $600 million as part of a financing round led by D1 Capital Partners. The investment from D1 Capital comes after a year of tremendous growth for Instacart and raises the company's valuation to $7.6 billion. "The U.S. is nearly a $1 trillion grocery market, and last year we saw almost every major grocer in North America bring their delivery... Read more
Candid conversation with National Organic Standards Board members
An educational session at the 2018 Organic Grower Summit will provide attendees an opportunity to hear from two members of the National Organic Standards Board, providing an overview of the agency responsible for recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling and processing of organic products. Candid conversation with National... Read more
AFM unveils strategic shopper marketing initiatives, robust lineup of partnerships
Avocados From Mexico will be showcasing its new robust year-round shopper communication platform, initiatives, and partnerships at the upcoming PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Exposition in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center Oct. 18-20. This year, Avocados From Mexico is making a stronger connection with shoppers through the launch of its... Read more
Sunkist’s We Are Citrus launches with innovative marketing programs at PMA Fresh Summit
The trend is everywhere for fresh, and Sunkist is ready to meet the demand with more than 40 varieties of fresh quality citrus for the new season, along with innovative ideas, new packaging, merchandising displays and promotional programs to drive citrus sales. Growth continues in specialty varieties such as sweet, seedless, and low-acidity Cara Cara navels... Read more
PMA InSight with David Marguleas
David Marguleas, executive vice president of Sun World International, assumes the role of chairman of the Produce Marketing Association for 2018-19 at the upcoming Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando. Marguleas took time out to chat with The Produce News about how his 30-plus years in the produce industry can help bring extra value to PMA’s members. The... Read more
Hudson River Fruit Distributors upping its game with New York-grown SnapDragon apples
A leading New York apple producer, Milton, NY-based Hudson River Fruit Distributors Inc., will be featuring its exclusive New York-grown SnapDragon apples at booth No. 2701, at the PMA Fresh Summit Oct. 19-20 in Orlando, FL. Alisha Albinder Camac, fourth-generation family member now helping to oversee the company’s operations from her sales and marketing... Read more
Giorgio Fresh unveils new packaging in celebration of 90th anniversary
Giorgio Fresh is celebrating its 90th anniversary and unveiling its new packaging at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, FL. As part of its commitment to leading the category in innovation and insights, the company looked inward starting with a packaging refresh, as it is the first interaction the consumer has with the brand. Consumers are looking for clean,... Read more
Whole Foods expands pickup and delivery options
Amazon and Whole Foods Market launched delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Annapolis, MD; Cleveland; Louisville, KY; north and central New Jersey; and Pittsburgh as well as additional locations in the San Francisco Bay area. Prime members in those areas can shop through Prime Now for thousands of bestselling... Read more
Dole launches refreshed brand
Dole Food Co. launched a refreshed logo and brand identity for the iconic 160-year-old produce company. Dole said it strives to more thoughtfully connect and understand consumers — and their preferences and desires when it comes to shopping for fresh produce. Insights gained through this discovery process have helped influence the development decisions of this... Read more
Duda Farm Fresh Foods hosts legacy experience at Fresh summit
Duda Farm Fresh Foods is encouraging Fresh Summit attendees to join it in celebrating over 90 years of business and six generations of legacy-building. By sharing personal legacy stories and goals in its booth, attendees will support school nutrition and also have the chance to win Apple AirPods. Duda Farm Fresh Foods will donate $5 per shared legacy in support... Read more
Adam Bazarnik, longtime produce retailer with Nugget Market, was 43
Adam J. Bazarnik, corporate director of produce and floral for Woodland, CA-based Nugget Markets, died unexpectedly Sept. 12 at his home in Sacramento. He was 43. Mr. Bazarnik spent more than 25 years at Nugget, joining the 12-store chain at the age of 16 as a grocery bagger as a high school student in his hometown of Davis, CA. “I started as a courtesy clerk,... Read more
Salix Fruits showing steady growth, poised to become a bigger player in citrus
Salix Fruits LLC, a U.S. importer-exporter that has been in business for seven years, is showing steady growth. The company will ship 1.5 million cases and make $25 million in revenues to close 2018, marking a 20 percent increase vs. the prior year. Salix Fruits’ U.S. business focuses on citrus, grapes and apples, and as a small operation with low overhead,... Read more
PMA InSight with Cathy Burns
The Produce News caught up with Cathy Burns, president and chief executive officer of the Produce Marketing Association, as the association’s Fresh Summit Conference & Expo approached. The Produce News: In the five years since you joined PMA, what are the biggest changes you have noted in the produce industry? Cathy Burns: Wow, has it been five years already?... Read more
C&S Wholesale Grocers names new chief supply chain officer
C&S Wholesale Grocers has appointed Chris Smith as chief supply chain officer, effective Oct. 15. Smith will lead all operations and transportation teams, working across the organization to enhance the customer experience. “Smith is a hands-on leader who believes in supporting and coaching his team,” said Mike Duffy, C&S chief executive officer. “His... Read more
Starr Ranch Growers' exciting new look and focus
With a fresh, bold look and exciting new direction, it’s only natural that Starr Ranch Growers would shine its PMA Fresh Summit booth spotlight on one of its newest and brightest proprietary apple varieties, the appropriately named Juici. In noting the company’s major rebranding, Starr Ranch Marketing Director Scott Marboe said, “We have a new look for the company... Read more