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Kanzi sales peak as imports rise
The Kanzi apple season is in full swing as Southern Hemisphere imports peak. Exclusive importer CMI reported that Kanzi will continue to arrive from now into August to coincide with the final, strong sales months of the Southern Hemisphere apple season in the United States. Robb Myers, vice president of sales for CMI, said CMI learned last year that late summer... Read more
L&M has kicked off its Midwest summer season with the grand opening of a warehouse and new farm acreage in Hamilton, MI. The company recently completed construction on its 20,000-square-foot facility with state-of-the-art cooling, multiple temperature zones and new offices. The new facility is welcomed by L&M manager, Jake Parker, who has spent the last... Read more
Ask This Old House features special segment on Idaho potatoes
Ask This Old House, a popular home-improvement show on PBS, recently aired a six-minute segment exploring how Idaho potatoes are grown and thoroughly explaining how potatoes from Idaho differ from potatoes grown in other states. Landscape contractor Roger Cook, a veteran of the show for over 30 years, traveled to Idaho Falls to meet fourth-generation... Read more
Summer is peak produce season, and Associated Retail Operations banners — Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market — are adding Utah love to the produce department with its Local Farmers Markets program, which launched July 1 and has been successful in increasing produce sales and guest count in each store. The... Read more
This month, Walmart plans to introduce a new food label that it hopes will help reduce food waste while keeping food prices low. “With 795 million people in the world reportedly going hungry, food waste is an ugly problem to face,” said Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety for Walmart. “In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that consumers... Read more
Eliminating out-of-stocks requires attention to detail
If you went to an automobile dealer and the salesperson told you, “Sorry, we’re all out of cars,” what would you do? Without a doubt, you would go to another automobile dealership. Prior to the July 4 holiday, I was shopping at a supermarket for a planned family cookout. Upon entering the produce department, it was evident that several displays... Read more
Higaki and Van Valkenburg honored at FPFC expo
ANAHEIM, CA — Longtime industry veterans Harry Higaki of Bay City Flower Co. Inc. in Half Moon Bay, CA, and Rich Van Valkenburg of Van Valkenburg & Associates in Capistrano Beach, CA, were honored with their respective industry’s top award at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Expo, held here July 19 at the Disneyland... Read more
Innovate today for tomorrow’s success
Foodservice operators are increasingly thinking “innovation first” as they move to capture market share and deliver exciting culinary options that appeal to today’s marketplace and consumers. This year, the Produce Marketing Association’s Foodservice Conference & Expo will give attendees an opportunity to hone their skills, discover... Read more
Southeastern Grocers reveals innovative store concept
Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, unveiled its new Harveys Supermarket store concept July 20. With a focus on great value, stunning quality food and serving with personality, this store has been tailored to the Charlotte, NC, community and continues Southeastern Grocers’ extensive store remodel program for... Read more
Baldor Forager to launch at new Whole Foods Market store
Baldor Specialty Foods and Whole Foods Market announced a collaboration that will make the company’s selection of unique culinary items available to home cooks for the first time through an in-store, digital kiosk called The Baldor Forager, which will launch exclusively on July 26 in coordination with the grand opening of Whole Food Market Williamsburg... Read more
Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers’ pears to start first week of August
A new crop of pears is coming on in the Northwest, and Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers will soon be shipping exceptional fruit in all varieties. OSRG Marketing Director Scott Marboe said Bartlett harvest will start the first week of August, with first loads going out the week of Aug. 8. “The Bartletts are beautiful this year,” Marboe said in a press... Read more
Kroger announces retirement of Bill Breetz, names three new division presidents
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Houston division President Bill Breetz and the promotion of Marlene Stewart to succeed him. Stewart currently serves as president of the company's Dillons division. Colleen Juergensen, who currently serves as vice president of merchandising of the Smith's division, will succeed Stewart as president of Dillons. Kroger... Read more
Mann Packing to debut Tenderbite Beans, two Romaine hybrids
Mann Packing will launch three new items at the PMA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, CA, on July 31: Mann’s Tenderbite Beans and two new Romaine lettuce hybrids. Mann’s Tenderbite Beans are a long, plank-shaped green bean variety not seen on the mass market in the United States since the 1970s. Also known as runner or Romano beans and popular in Europe,... Read more
US Foods Holding Corp. announced that Timothy R. McLevish has resigned effective immediately from his position on the board of directors after it was announced that he will become the executive chairman of Lamb Weston Holdings Inc. upon the completion of its planned spinoff. Because Lamb Weston is a significant supplier to US Foods, McLevish would no longer qualify... Read more
Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding the food waste diversion services it receives from Quest Resource Holding Corp. Quest designed and deployed a comprehensive organics recycling program at all California stores, ahead of new mandatory commercial organics recycling regulations. The program reduces food waste by diverting produce, dairy, bakery, bulk, deli and... Read more
Facility expansion helps Apio increase service in eastern United States and Canada
Apio Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corp. and a leading national producer of fresh-cut vegetable products for the United States and Canada under the Eat Smart brand, has completed a major expansion of its Hanover, PA, operations. The $19.5 million expansion triples the size of the facility to 64,000 square feet and increases the number of production... Read more
Stemilt’s Kyle Mathison orchestrates cherry harvest under a full moon
In the life of a cherry grower, it’s not every day that everything aligns just as you would want them to. However, for fourth-generation Stemilt cherry grower Kyle Mathison and his high-altitude Moon cherries, this year’s harvest is shaping up exactly the way he would prefer if he could have scripted it. That’s because July 18 will have... Read more
Chile pepper grower seeks support for improved grades and standards for category
A Florida-based grower-shipper of chile peppers is lobbying the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Division to establish a USDA Grade and Delivery standard for the category, positing that it will benefit the industry at large. Steve Veneziano, vice president of sales and operations for Oakes Farms, based in Immokalee, FL, said the company... Read more
MONTEREY, CA — Because of difficulty in finding suitable land, one of the biggest obstacles for suppliers of organic produce is meeting demand. That theme was top of mind during a breakout session featuring suppliers at the recent Organic Produce Summit, held here July 13-14. Titled “Organic Produce Innovation: Next Generation, Next Geography,”... Read more
FirstFruits Marketing of Washington finished its sixth annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger program at select retailers with a collective donation of 350,000 pounds of apples to local food banks. This brings the total program donation to approximately 1,600,000 pounds over six seasons. FirstFruits created Take a Bite Out of Hunger with the goal of helping feed... Read more