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As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
Stop & Shop introduces same-day online pickup
Stop & Shop has launched same-day online pickup for Peapod by Stop & Shop orders at select stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The new offering provides customers with a faster and more convenient way to shop with pick-up available in as little as four hours. Customers can place an order on Peapod.com, head to their local... Read more
Wonderful returns to the Big Apple
The Wonderful Company, known for its healthy, iconic brands such as FIJI Water, POM Wonderful and Wonderful Pistachios, is once again taking the spotlight at the One Times Square digital billboards in the heart of New York City now through October 2019. The parent company known as The Wonderful Company, and its popular brands Wonderful Pistachios, POM Wonderful,... Read more
Nelsen reappointed to senior trade policy group
California Citrus Mutual’s Joel Nelsen was reappointed to the Fruit & Vegetable Trade Advisory Committee this week as announced by  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Trade Ambassador Robert  Lighthizer. These positions are highly coveted as they have direct engagement with administration officials on trade policy. Nelsen has served since the George... Read more
Target launches same-day delivery throughout U.S.
Looking to make the shopping experience easier for customers, same-day delivery shopped by Shipt is now available directly through Target.com. “With same-day delivery now available directly within the Target.com experience, we’ve made it even easier for our guests to shop at Target — while still getting the great value, curated product assortment and helpful... Read more
California Avocado Month promotion enters seventh season
It’s June, which means it is time for the seventh annual California Avocado Month promotion designed by the California Avocado Commission. This year’s program includes a food hall partnership, activities by spokesperson Chef Sam Zien, public relations and influencer outreach, blogger recipe development, digital and social support. “California Avocado Month helps... Read more
Kroger breaks ground on first U.S. high-tech customer fulfillment center
The Kroger Co. and Ocado, one of the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailers, broke ground on America's first customer fulfillment center. "Kroger is incredibly excited to reach this meaningful milestone in our Restock Kroger vision to serve America through food inspiration and uplift," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and chief executive officer.... Read more
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas along with other organizations representing the U.S. food and agriculture industries are calling on members of Congress to swiftly ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. In a letter sent to Congress, more than 950 groups representing the U.S. food and agriculture value chain at the national, state and local levels... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on Spiech Farms LLC in Paw Paw, MI, for failing to pay $1.15 million to 38 sellers for produce that it purchased, received and accepted in interstate commerce from... Read more
Loblaw unleashing a Flashfood of discounted fresh food
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is furthering its commitment to reduce store-generated food waste by partnering with Flashfood to make its app available to Canadians across the country. With the Flashfood app, customers can purchase food items nearing expiration at a reduced price of up to 50 percent off at select Loblaw grocery stores. Currently available at 139 Maxi and... Read more
AFM partners with Walmart, revolutionizes the way consumers shop for avocados
Avocados From Mexico has developed a first-of-its-kind educational campaign to help importers, retailers and consumers overcome common barriers to purchase. The guidelines, which are outlined in the new Avocados From Mexico Education Playbook, offer importers and retailers new insights for positioning and strategy. For more than a year, AFM performed in-depth... Read more
Sunkist President, CEO Russ Hanlin announces retirement
Sunkist Growers and Fruit Growers Supply today announced the retirement of Russ Hanlin, president and chief executive officer of the two cooperatives. After more than 41 years of service, Hanlin will retire at the end of the 2019 fiscal year on Oct. 31. The board has selected Jim Phillips, current president of Porterville Citrus, to succeed Hanlin as president... Read more
EPC Leadership Program tours Rutgers Snyder Research Farm
The Eastern Produce Council's Leadership Program 2019 group received a warm welcome from Peter Nitzsche, county agent I and professor for the Rutgers Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the Snyder Research & Extension Farm on Tuesday, June 4 in Pittstown, NJ.   The group spent the day touring the farm, learning about the Rutgers Research... Read more
United Fresh introduces Class 25 of the Produce Industry Leadership Program
The United Fresh Produce Association announced the members of the 2019-20 United Fresh Produce Industry Leadership Program Leadership Class 25. Sponsored by a grant from Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, this program was launched in 1995 and has graduated more than 200 program participants. The Produce Industry Leadership Program welcomed... Read more
Driscoll’s limited edition berries bringing Rosé lovers into the produce aisle
Driscoll’s is proving that there is more than one way to enjoy rosé season this summer. Beginning today, consumers will discover two new high-flavor berry offerings from the leading brand of fresh, delicious berries. This curated collection, now available for a limited time, features Rosé berries, beautiful blush colored strawberries and raspberries bred for... Read more
US Foods breaks ground on California distribution center
US Foods Holding Corp., one of the nation’s leading foodservice companies, broke ground on a 355,000-square-foot distribution center in McClellan, CA. The facility is expected to open at the end of 2020 and will support the company’s commitment to helping restaurant and food service operators across the Northern California region succeed. To celebrate the official... Read more
Industry Viewpoint: Is your display talking to shoppers?
We know the rules: The right product, price, place and promotion. While these might have once been the key marketing tools for retailers to capture the attention of today’s shopper, retailers must add experiential and shareable to the famous 4Ps. Shoppers are spending more time online where their experience is highly visual, personalized and curated based on... Read more
Peapod champions personalization to meet diverse shopper needs
Peapod, the online grocery brand of Peapod Digital Labs, is more than just a delivery service — it also helps customers connect to and share their culture through food. At a recent presentation to the National Hispanic Corporate Council in Columbus, OH, Jan Ingraham, non-perishable merchandising lead for Peapod, detailed how the brand innovates to meet the needs... Read more
'Solid' Northwest pear crop looking smaller than last year's
During the annual Pear Bureau Northwest meeting held in Portland, OR, on May 30, industry members compiled the first official estimate of the 2019-20 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon. Pear growers and producers from Washington's Wenatchee and Yakima districts and Oregon's mid-Columbia and Medford districts estimated this year's fresh pear harvest at... Read more
Like almost everything else these days, grocery stores are in the midst of rapid change. While the traditional grocery store is still the center of the food shopping experience for most U.S. consumers, it is by no means the only source for food. Consumers from Denver and Knoxville to Hartford and Ames are seeking new food experiences, particularly those associated... Read more