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The Quebec Produce Marketing Association announced that a new provincewide I love 5 to 10 Servings a Day campaign will run from May 2 through June 5 in Quebec. The campaign is meant to remind everyone about the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy lifestyle, and also about the amazing variety of ways we can enjoy their benefits. First... Read more
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is investigating Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. in connection to a report the company detected listeria before shutting down its Ohio facility, which was later tied to an outbreak, the company confirmed Friday. Health officials started investigating the multistate outbreak in September 2015, but the source of the illnesses... Read more
Publix Q1 sales increase to $8.7 billion
Publix’s sales for the first quarter of 2016 were $8.7 billion, a 4.5 percent increase from last year’s $8.3 billion. Comparable-store sales for the first quarter of 2016 increased 3.3 percent. The company estimates sales increased 1.2 percent due to the effect of the Easter holiday being in the first quarter of 2016. In 2015, the effect of the Easter holiday... Read more
Giant/Martin's Bag Hunger spring campaign raises $632,620
Giant Food Stores and Martin's Food Markets customers donated $632,620 during the annual Bag Hunger campaign, held in March, to support local and regional food banks in four states. Giant/Martin's will conduct a second Bag Hunger campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month. As part of its ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin's is committed to supporting... Read more
Frieda’s donates salad bars to three hometown schools
Frieda’s Specialty Produce, through the United Fresh Start Foundation, donated three salad bars to Los Alamitos Unified School District schools in Los Alamitos, CA, where the company is headquartered. “We’re so pleased to be able to support salad bars for schools in our local community, encouraging healthy choices for children in our hometown,” Karen Caplan,... Read more
HAB’s Holiday & Events study shows robust sales growth
The Hass Avocado Board, a leader in providing insightful information to the avocado industry, recently released a study analyzing 13 holidays and events throughout the year. Holiday volume saw robust growth, particularly for spring and summer holidays where growth rates reached over 20 percent. The Big Game, Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth of July had the highest... Read more
Raley’s launches new digital customer experience
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has partnered with Unata to launch an improved web and mobile eCommerce platform, E-Cart. The new system will replace Raley’s current online order and curbside pickup solutions across all existing eCommerce-enabled locations. The new eCommerce platform is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering... Read more
PureFresh Sales Inc. in Selma, CA, will handle pomegranate sales for Slayman Marketing Inc. in Bakersfield, CA. Bill Purewal, owner of PureFresh, has grown his company over the last 10 years and the addition of Slayman pomegranates to Purewal’s sales makes the company a year-round supplier of pomegranates. Jim Peirone, who handled sales and marketing for Slayman... Read more
Harvest Sensations wins New Product Innovation Award at Pro*Act conference
Harvest Sensations was named the New Product Innovation Award winner at the annual Pro*Act sales and procurement conference in Jacksonville, FL. The conference brings together North America’s top foodservice distributors and vendors. Every year, the conference features new and exciting products in the show’s New Product Showcase. This year, Harvest Sensations’... Read more
Retail View: United Fresh enhances Produce Manager Award experience
On Monday, April 18, representatives from the United Fresh Produce Association, Dole Food Co. and the corporate headquarters of Save Mart Supermarkets descended upon a Save Mart outlet in Placerville, CA, to honor the store’s produce manager, Ken Miller. Miller is one of the 25 in-store personnel from around the country that will be honored with a Retail Produce... Read more
Cherry crop forecast, keys to maximizing sales
With the critical bloom period now past, officials at CMI have the first solid estimate for the 2016 cherry crop and the news is good. The company is gearing up for a solid cherry season, according to Steve Castleman, vice president of sales at CMI. He said it won’t be a record crop, but the timing is early allowing retailers to generate strong sales in June... Read more
365 by Whole Foods Market announces plans for second store
365 by Whole Foods Market announced today that its second location, in Lake, Oswego, OR, will open July 14. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market store location will open May 25 in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. A third location will open in Bellevue, WA, later this fall, and up to 10 additional 365 by Whole Foods Market stores are expected to open... Read more
There is a better chance than not that New England’s peach trees won’t bear fruit this year. Jon Clements, a tree fruit specialist working for University of Massachusetts, Amherst’s Extension Fruit Program, told The Produce News that if any, only small areas in the southernmost part of New England will see peaches this summer. “Connecticut and Rhode Island may... Read more
Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest U.S. food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing that crops will rot in the field on many farms this year, according to Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation president. Communications with state farm bureaus across the nation have revealed worker shortages... Read more
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington names general manager
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington has named a new leader as company veteran Chuck Zeutenhorst takes over as general manager. Zeutenhorst moves into his new role leaving his former post as export sales manager and domestic sales specialist for FirstFruits, effective immediately. Zeutenhorst brings decades of experience in the industry to his new position at... Read more
Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. announced that the Food & Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have completed their investigations of the Springfield, OH, plant. After fully coordinating with these regulators, limited production has restarted and will expand in the coming weeks. “We’re grateful for the support... Read more
Boston Marathon, Rainier score a win-win
Go big... and then go home. A simple phrase that well describes the feelings that Rainier Fruit Co. had about its inaugural year as an official sponsor of The Boston Marathon. The company, headquartered in Yakima, WA, is one of leading grower-packer-shippers of premium tree fruit in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier this year, Rainier announced the start of a multi-year... Read more
Freshway Foods' new fall and winter salads
Freshway Foods has announced its new fall and winter line of fresh deli salads, which emphasize the vibrance of fresh produce. The new salads feature heirloom vegetables, such as golden beets and rainbow carrots, as well as ancient grains, including farro and quinoa. Development of the new fall and winter deli salads was driven by market research, as well... Read more
California Avocado Commission launches new marketing campaign
Building on the success and equity of the California Avocado Grower Campaign (2008-15), the California Avocado Commission is running a new campaign that positions the California avocado as the perfect symbol of the California lifestyle. “It’s a celebration of everything that is endemic to the Golden State, from a climate that’s unlike any other to its diverse... Read more
ALDI announces new stores as part of coast-to-coast expansion plan
ALDI will successfully take its California footprint from zero to 25 stores in less than three months with the grand opening of seven new locations on May 19. The company will open its newest stores in San Diego, Kern and Imperial counties. ALDI, one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers, is in the midst of an aggressive coast-to-coast expansion plan. The... Read more