RECENT HEADLINES

Arizona pomegranate harvest kicks off
BOWIE, AZ -- The first commercial harvest of pomegranates at Hurley Bowie Pomegranates was set to kick off as September begins. The orchard, located about 100 miles east of Tucson in southeastern Arizona, is thought to be Arizona’s only commercial pomegranate orchard. It is owned by 75-year-old Marshall Turley, who is also a grower of apples and other commodities... Read more
Del Campo to launch new organic line
NOGALES, AZ — In mid-January, a new organic program will be launched by Del Campo Supreme Inc. Jimmy Munguia, sales manager at the Nogales, AZ-based firm, said the small, preliminary organic line will involve eggplant and several tomato varieties, including Roma, round and grape. Diego Ley, tgeneral manager of Del Campo Supreme Inc., with Jimmy Munguia, the... Read more
Today’s grocery shopper is much different than ever before, which means new marketing strategies are needed to reach this consumer. That is the common theme running through the latest Grocery Shopping Trend Survey conducted by the Food Marketing Institute. In a webinar detailing the study in August, FMI Senior Vice President Susan Borra said a generation ago... Read more
The Kroger Co. has named Jessica C. Adelman to serve as Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs, effective Nov. 1.   "Jessica brings a wealth of public affairs leadership experience and deep knowledge of the food supply chain," Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a press release. "We look forward to welcoming... Read more
CMI: Early season apple opportunity 'best in history'
Washington state’s unprecedented early apple harvest is already driving strong supermarket sales, according to industry experts. An early bloom and consistently high temperatures through the growing season pushed harvest dates forward in the state’s orchards by as much as three weeks. Early season sales reports from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association... Read more
El Niño a cause of concern for Mexican produce distributors
NOGALES, AZ — With hundreds of millions of dollars invested in Mexican fields every year, Nogales fruit and vegetable distributors are always concerned about adverse weather affecting their fields. Now there is an extra cause for concern because of warm eastern Pacific waters boosting El Niño. "El Niño is intensifying much earlier than usual this summer and... Read more
The Fresh Market Inc. has named Richard (Rick) Anicetti as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective Sept. 1. Anicetti has also been elected to the company’s board of directors. Anicetti joins The Fresh Market with more than 30 years of experience across all key retail functions at Hannaford Bros. Co. and Food Lion LLC. He served for eight... Read more
A judge ruled Sept. 1 that A&P can place restrictions on seniority bumping rights for employees at 25 stores set to close in October, but also said workers at those stores should receive more severance than what the company wanted to pay. While acknowledging the frustration A&P workers are experiencing due to the company not honoring its contract, U.S.... Read more
WASHINGTON — With the childhood nutrition law set to expire Sept. 30, the timing of the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference, which brings produce industry leaders to Capitol Hill, could not be better. The Sept. 28-30 meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the WPPC. About 100 produce leaders attended the first conference in 1995,... Read more
Haggen, a West Coast regional grocer, has filed a lawsuit against Albertsons LLC and Albertsons Holdings LLC seeking more than $1 billion in damages. Among its complaints, Haggen claims that Albertsons illegally accessed Haggen’s confidential data to gain an unfair competitive advantage. The complaint, which was filed Sept. 1 in United States District Court... Read more
Ready Pac adds to back-to-school options
With the new school year top of mind, Ready Pac Foods has added several on-the-go snack options to its popular Snack Cups and Ready Snax offerings — an ideal option for school lunches and quick and healthy snacking. “By offering parents and students a wider range of nutritious snacks to choose from, the new Ready Snax and Snack Cups will give parents confidence... Read more
United Supermarkets reaffirmed its commitment to the Lubbock, TX, community with news that it will open a new location in 2016. According to Ron Bonacci, senior director of marketing, it will showcase a new look and feel for United shoppers, including a larger produce section with extensive organic options. Construction is expected to start late this fall and... Read more
BJ’s Wholesale Club announced that Christopher J. Baldwin will take over as president and chief operating officer, effective Sept. 8, with oversight of the chain’s business operations, including merchandising, marketing, membership and logistics. He will also sit on the company’s board of directors. Prior to joining BJ’s, Baldwin was chief executive officer... Read more
New reports shows that organic growing methodology is bee-friendly
An important and timely report released in June by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators — predominantly bees — which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security. Titled The Role of Organic in Supporting Pollinator... Read more
Go Broncos... Go Colorado fruits and veggies
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association is reaching out to broad audiences in Colorado and eight other states with a focused message: Fall in love with Colorado produce. Adrian Card, who works as an agent with Colorado State University Extension in Boulder County, serves as a partner on the association’s board of directors. He talked about the... Read more
Raley’s new concept store
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores announced plans to develop a new store that will be state-of-the art with a focus on the most sustainable features. The 36,000-square-foot store will deliver an extensive assortment of fresh, high-quality food. The new site, located in the Sacramento area, advances the company’s vision to bring health and wellness to... Read more
New generation of GMO potatoes deregulated
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has deregulated J.R. Simplot Co.'s genetically modified Russet Burbank variety of Innate potatoes. This is the second generation of Innate potatoes to receive deregulated status. The new potatoes contain four beneficial traits of relevance to potato growers, processors and consumers. These traits were achieved by... Read more
Sobeys Inc. has launched a new concept store Chalo! FreshCo in Brampton, ON. The new banner is the company’s first South Asian-focused discount grocery store. “Chalo! FreshCo is a significant and unique addition to our company’s food retailing lineup,” Rob Adams, general manager of discount format for Sobeys Inc., said in a press release. “This store caters... Read more
San Luis Valley reporting good crop for 2015, organic acreage on the rise
Monte Vista, CO — With 52,900 acres of potatoes on the receiving end of good rainfall and not much hail throughout the growing season, Colorado’s San Luis Valley was getting ready in August to harvest what growers and shippers were describing as a good crop size-, yield- and quality-wise. Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative... Read more
New Domex 'Superfresh Kids' pear pouch bags feature eat brighter! artwork
This fall, Domex Superfresh Growers will debut a new line of two-pound gusseted Superfresh Kids-themed pear pouch bags with "Sesame Street" characters in support of the eat brighter! campaign. The eat brighter! campaign is a unique and powerful partnership with Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association, in collaboration with the Partnership for... Read more