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E. coli prompts Wegmans to recall cauliflower products from six states
Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of fresh Cauliflower Rice, Veggie Cauliflower Rice Blend and Stir-Fry Mix with Cauliflower, sold in the produce department Dec. 7-18 because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria. The recalled products were distributed to 98 Wegmans stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland,... Read more
Duda driving demand with Dip It 2 Win It Sweepstakes
Back for its third year, Dandy Celery, grown by Duda Farm Fresh Foods, is proud to announce the return of its Dip It 2 Win It Sweepstakes running through Jan. 23, which encourages healthier snacking and drives in-store sales during peak football season — the third-highest celery-consumption time of the year next to Thanksgiving and Christmas. To enhance football-focused... Read more
OGS attracts big crowd celebrating the continued growth of organics
Nearly 1,000 devotees of organic farming spent two days in Monterey, CA, in mid-December connecting with each other, educating themselves and learning about new advancements from more than 80 exhibitors. The overarching message was that the production of organic fruits and vegetables is continuing its two-decades long growth spurt.Keynote speaker John Foraker,... Read more
Price Chopper, Market 32 expand partnership with Instacart
Just in time for the holidays, Price Chopper Supermarkets and Market 32 is expanding its partnership with Instacart to bring same-day home delivery of groceries to Price Chopper customers in Putnam, CT. The service launched on Thursday, Dec. 13. Price Chopper said Instacart’s business model raises the bar for online ordering and home delivery service to customers... Read more
On the heels of digital sales boost, Kroger launches first-ever unmanned delivery service
Nuro and The Kroger Co. announced the launch of the first-ever unmanned delivery service available to the general public. Since August, the companies have operated a self-driving grocery delivery service in Scottsdale, AZ, with an autonomous Prius fleet accompanied by vehicle operators. The autonomous vehicles have completed nearly one thousand deliveries to... Read more
Listeria prompts salad kit recall
Apio Inc. of Guadalupe, CA, is voluntarily recalling five SKUs of Eat Smart Single-Serve Salad Shake Ups (bowls). The recall comes after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency informed the company that one random sample of Eat Smart Single-Serve Salad Shake Ups Sweet Kale (5.5-ounce) with Best Before of Dec. 14 tested positive for Listeria Monocytogenes. As a... Read more
NEPC announces new dates for two events
The New England Produce Council has announced new dates for two upcoming events. Its dinner meeting, formerly scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 14. This event, sponsored by Dole, will be held at the Greater Boston Food Bank. "We are very happy to have Dole back as our sponsor at the Greater Boston Food Bank," said NEPC... Read more
The multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections has led investigators to Santa Barbara County, CA-based Adam Bros. Farming Inc., one of the eight farms identified in traceback. FDA’s traceback work suggests that additional romaine shipped from other farms could also be implicated in the outbreak. CDC analyzed water and sediment... Read more
Wonderful partnership bringing millions of kids and parents into Halos orchards
Wonderful Halos debuted a new YouTube video featuring seven-year-old Ryan of Ryan ToysReview, one of YouTube’s top video creators, boasting over 1 billion views per month and 17 million subscribers. The video is another collaboration between Wonderful Halos and pocket.watch, and features Ryan and his parents’ first visit to California’s Halos orchards... Read more
Ron Carkoski announces retirement
Ron Carkoski, who has served as the chief executive officer of Four Seasons Family of Cos. since 2002, will be retiring on Dec. 21. Carkoski started his career at Four Seasons Produce in 1994 as the director of procurement after previous leadership roles at Gateway Foods in Wisconsin. David Hollinger, founder and chairman of Four Seasons, quickly noticed Carkoski’s... Read more
Publix donates $3 million to Build Hope
Publix Super Markets Charities will donate $3 million to fund more than 215 Habitat for Humanity affiliates, shelters and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast. This donation continues the foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through transitional support, client service programs and financial support for... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Bronx, NY-based Tumi Produce International Corp. for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $563,831 to seven sellers for produce that was purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from October 2016 through May 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities... Read more
Bonduelle plans to grow single-serve salad market
Bonduelle Fresh Americas, formerly Ready Pac Foods, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bonduelle, announced it will expand its leadership in the fresh prepared meals category, launching Bonduelle Fresh Picked salads in Canada. The new lineup will provide consumers with a convenient and nutritious meal without compromising taste. Each salad comes with farm-fresh... Read more
Raley’s to sell off 13-location division
Raley’s announced plans to sell its Aisle 1 fuel stations to Anabi Oil, a Southern California family business and convenience store operator. The deal will make Anabi’s Aisle 1 locations and Raley’s exclusive fuel partners. Anabi Oil is prepared to assume operations of the Aisle 1 fuel stations as of early 2019, under the name Aisle 1. Raley’s currently operates... Read more
Heart-healthy certification expanded for all USA Pears
Following a successful introduction of the Red Anjou, Bosc and Bartlett pears over the last few years, Pear Bureau Northwest is announcing the expansion of American Heart Association's Heart-Healthy branding to all of the 10 varieties of pears from the Northwest. "We have received positive feedback from retailers and nutritionists throughout the industry since... Read more
Former Whole Foods co-CEO to invest in Cece’s Veggie Co.
Cece’s Veggie Co., an Austin, TX-based food brand known for shaking up the produce department with organic veggie innovations, announced that Walter Robb, former Whole Foods Market Co-chief executive officer and board member, will become a Cece’s investor. Cece’s is a natural new addition to Stonewall Robb’s portfolio, as advocacy for socially conscious food... Read more
Sunkist Delite mandarins are back and in demand
Sunkist Delite mandarins are back and shipping to retailers around the globe. The California-grown Sunkist Delite mandarins debuted last year, tripling in sales its first season, making it one of the leading brands in its category. “Consumer demand for mandarins is skyrocketing, now representing more than 45 percent of the citrus category,” said Christina Ward,... Read more
LGS Specialty Sales expands Spanish fruit imports
LGS Specialty Sales is expanding its Spanish imports to include lemons, Clementines, and vanilla persimmons, also known as rojo brillante. This expanded line of citrus from Spain reflects a continued investment in a region that the company values for impeccable fruit quality, food safety standards, and well-developed infrastructure for increased supply to the... Read more
H-E-B sweet for Texas food banks
With winter break around the corner, even more children and families across the state will struggle with the threat of hunger. To combat the problem, H-E-B through its Food Bank Assistance Program will donate more than 1.2 million sweet potatoes to 17 Texas food banks this holiday season. “The holidays are a time for celebration, but anytime children are on... Read more
Sunions driving away tears at retailers
Sunions, a game-changing tearless and sweet onion that captured wide consumer and media acclaim during its inaugural 2017-18 season, began shipping to a limited number of retailers last week.  In its inaugural season of availability, Sunions racked up more than 1.2 billion consumer media impressions in print, radio, web and television media, including... Read more