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The Hass Avocado Board announced its new executive committee and slate of board members for 2017 as appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The board will work to support the mission of HAB’s five-year strategic plan: being the catalyst of collective efforts toward market expansion in the U.S. The plan’s six strategic priorities include... Read more
The Save Mart Cos. announced the appointment of Nicole Piccinini Pesco as the company's chief executive officer. Most recently Pesco, daughter of Save Mart owner and Chairman Bob Piccinini, served as co-president and chief strategy and branding officer, where she oversaw marketing, merchandising strategies and strategic execution. Having grown up in... Read more
Stemilt Fast Facts video shows apple volume and dollars up
Stemilt has released a new Fruit Tracker Fast Facts video that provides the company’s analysis of Nielsen retail scan data from October 2016, and shows both apple volume and dollars up considerably over the same time frame in 2015. “October was a great month for apples,” Brianna Shales, Stemilt’s communications manager, said... Read more
Sprouts' upcoming hiring day aims to fill more than 2,000 openings
Sprouts Farmers Market will hold a hiring day on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all of its stores from coast to coast. Sprouts aims to fill more than 2,000 full- and part-time, non-seasonal positions to meet the demand of continued growth. Open interviews will be held at each Sprouts location; no appointment is necessary. A list of local... Read more
Mann Packing’s award-winning Nourish Bowls to launch in Canada
Mann Packing announced that its Nourish Bowls line of single-serve, warm meals will soon be available in Canadian markets. Mann’s is ready to expand Nourish Bowls distribution to Canada after successfully introducing them to the U.S. market earlier this year. Available to Canadian retailers in December, the award-winning line includes the new Cauli-Rice... Read more
Stan Swales has been named chief executive officer of the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, effective Nov. 28. Swales re-joins the cooperative and brings with him over 30 years of industry experience. “After a long search, we are excited to move forward with our selection of Stan,” Jeet Dukhia, president of BC Tree Fruits Cooperative, said... Read more
Wegmans lowers prices on fresh produce, organics
In time for the holidays and to help customers make healthy meals on a budget, Wegmans has expanded its list of family items, lowering prices on more than 40 products. The list of products is heavy with fresh produce, including organic salad blends, organic bananas and asparagus.Colleen Wegman The number of SKUs with new consistent low prices totals 247,... Read more
HAB’s new study: 25 percent of households purchase nearly 75 percent of avocados
Marketers and retailers can create strategies that build loyalty, drive traffic and grow sales of Hass avocados by better understanding the avocado shopper. The Hass Avocado Board’s newly released Shopper Segmentation Study, based on data from The IRI Consumer Network, analyzes the households that are buying avocados and reveals the underlying purchase... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that New Farm Inc. and Stay Fresh Distributors Inc. satisfied reparation orders issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. Brooklyn, NY-based New Farm and Brooksville, FL-based Stay Fresh can continue operating in the produce industry upon applying for and being issued PACA licenses. Jong Hwa... Read more
Center for Growing Talent by PMA recently announced key staff positions that will help the center carry out its mission to attract, develop and retain talent for the global produce and floral industry.   “The Board of Directors of the Center for Growing Talent by PMA approved an 'invest to grow' strategy and, with it, a budget to support this growth.... Read more
Worldwide Pear Day set for Dec. 3
This year, National Pear Month is going global. To celebrate the 12th anniversary of U.S. Department of Agriculture officially declaring December as National Pear Month, USA Pears will hit the road Dec. 3 and provide samples of this juicy, delicious fruit to consumers across the world. Beginning at 2 p.m. local time in New Zealand, people will have the... Read more
U.S. Apple Association announces new director of consumer health & media relations
Korenna Wilson will join U.S. Apple Association on Dec. 1 as the association’s director of consumer health and media relations. Wilson brings significant experience in promoting food, health, defense, economic development and science industries through both traditional media and social media channels. She also has particular expertise in high-profile crisis... Read more
Report: Albertsons to buy Price Chopper for $1 billion
Supermarket operator Albertsons Cos. is close to reaching a deal to acquire Schenectady, NY-based Price Chopper for around $1 billion, Reuters reported on Nov. 29. Price Chopper operates 130 stores in the Northeast in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Albertsons, based in Boise, ID, is the second-largest supermarket chain with 2,200 locations in the... Read more
Samantha Cabaluna joins Tanimura & Antle
Tanimura & Antle, a leading grower and shipper of premium fresh produce, has hired produce industry veteran Samantha Cabaluna as vice president of brand marketing and communications. In this new role, Cabaluna will lead the evolution of the Tanimura & Antle marketing and communications program, working closely with Rick Antle, chief executive officer... Read more
Continental Fresh steps up to the plate at NY Produce Show
If Albert Perez, president and chief executive officer of Coconut Grove, FL-based Continental Fresh Produce, could have had one wish in his younger days, it would have been to pitch for the New York Yankees. “Even though that train has left the station, I am more than thrilled to be going to New York to pitch my produce items at the New York Produce Show,”... Read more
Georgia organizations helping produce trade thrive
The state of Georgia boasts being one of the top five growing states in the nation, and it has a long and storied agricultural history. Those who do business there are aided by a number of organizations whose mission is to keep the produce business prospering. The Georgia Department of Agriculture continues to be one of the most progressive promoters of produce... Read more
Food Lion donates 110,000 meals on #GivingTuesday
This #GivingTuesday, Food Lion will celebrate the season of giving with the gift of food. For the third year in a row, Food Lion Feeds, the philanthropic arm of Food Lion, will make a $10,000 donation, or 110,000 meals, to Feeding America. The donation also supports the company’s Holidays Without Hunger in-store campaign. “Food Lion is committed... Read more
TMD receives MarCom awards, including platinum for Organic Produce Summit campaign
TMD Creative, an international marketing and design firm, was selected as a MarCom winner out of more than 6,500 entries from all 50 states, Canada and 17 other countries. The company received a platinum award for its Organic Produce Summit marketing/promo campaign and integrated marketing. This year TMD Creative received a total of three platinum awards, one... Read more
Caribbean cruise for IPC's retail display contest winner
The Idaho Potato Commission announced that first-place retail display winners will set sail in the Caribbean for a seven-night getaway in an ocean-view stateroom, the new top award in the annual competition. “We are delighted to be able to offer six all-expenses-paid vacations for two on Celebrity Cruises as grand prizes for the 26th annual contest,”... Read more
Rainier Fruit launches Healthy Holiday Eating Challenge
As holiday promotions ramp up in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry, one particularly healthy campaign is being undertaken by Rainier Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA. According to Andy Tudor, director of business development, this year’s holiday promo will run from Thanksgiving through Christmas as “part of our comprehensive consumer outreach and social... Read more