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Del Rey taking healthy label to heart
Del Rey Avocado Co.'s California conventional carton products are now part of the American Heart Association's Heart-Check Food Certification Program. Del Rey Avocado is one of the first companies in the industry to proudly display the Heart-Check logo on its packaging effective Feb. 1. The Heart-Check mark makes it easy to spot heart-healthy foods in the grocery... Read more
Bi-Lo may file Chapter 11
Operating under more than $1 billion in debt, Bi-Lo LLC may be close to filing for bankruptcy protection, according to Bloomberg. As part of the move the company, which owns the Winn-Dixie chain, is planning to close almost 200 stores. This would be the third time Bi-Lo has filed for bankruptcy, doing so previously in 2005 and 2009. Chapter 11 is not a foregone... Read more
Nielsen, Hartman Group dive into organic fresh sales
The second of six educational sessions to be held at the Organic Produce Summit 2018 will provide a data dive into sales, trends and analysis of organic fresh produce, while examining consumer behavior and attitudes of the multi-billion-dollar category. “Organic Sales, Analysis and the Why Behind the Buy” will feature representatives from research firm Nielsen... Read more
Ben B. excited for NWA Convention festivities
Watermelons are a big deal for Detroit-based Ben B. Schwartz & Sons, so attending the National Watermelon Association Convention, Feb. 21-24 in Nashville, TN, is a no-brainer, according to Nate Stone, who handles specials projects for the company. “Although it’s only our second year attending, this convention is just a natural fit for us,” Stone told The... Read more
Meijer Simply Give program sets record with 84.8 million-meal donation
The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million — the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals — for food pantries through the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $37 million since its inception in 2008. The retailer’s most recent campaign — held during the holiday season — resulted in more than $3.1 million,... Read more
In a brief session following the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Annual Meeting on Feb. 8, in Stevens Point, the board of directors elected Josh Mattek of J.W. Mattek & Sons Inc. as 2018 WPVGA president. Mattek succeeds Eric Schroeder of Schroeder Bros. Farms, Inc., who served as board president in 2017. Gary Wysocki of Wysocki Produce... Read more
No more tears, Sunions are here
A game-changing product of more than three decades of research, development and natural hybridization by Bayer Crop Science, Sunions are a long-day sweet onion variety grown in the United States. Unlike other long-day onions, Sunions actually become sweeter and more tearless in storage. It all comes down to the levels of volatile compounds responsible for pungency... Read more
Southern Exposure 2018 ready for Tampa, FL, ‘where produce is king’
The Southeast Produce Council is getting “all shook up” over Southern Exposure 2018: “Where Produce Is King,” its annual conference and expo set to take place March 1-3 in Tampa, FL. As always, Southern Exposure will be packed with events both educational and entertaining, including the Tom Page Golf Tournament, three workshops, the Southern Roots luncheon,... Read more
Giant Food offering free heart-healthy store tours
To honor American Heart Month, Giant Food is encouraging customers to put their heart health first by offering free heart-healthy store tours at Giant locations across Maryland, Washington, DC, Delaware and Virginia. The tours are led by Giant Food's in-store nutritionists and will point out items that affect heart health such as fat and sodium while also teaching... Read more
Go for the green (apples) this St. Patrick’s Day
Granny Smith apples are the ideal apple for St. Patrick’s Day displays, adding a pop of bright green to retails displays that will convert into green at the cash register. Available in both organic and conventional, add Granny Smith bulk apples or bags to front-of-store displays for a seasonal push. Granny Smith is one of America’s favorite apples, maintaining... Read more
Heritage: Hudson River Fruit living the American Dream
James Truslow Adams coined the term “American Dream” in his 1931 book The Epic of America. His American Dream was for “a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” It is a national ethos that makes people proud and appreciative of their heritage and the... Read more
SunFed hires Laura Reyes as director of food safety
SunFed, based in Rio Rico, AZ, announced the recent addition of Laura Reyes as director of food safety. In her role, she will help the company and its growing partners adhere to guidelines outlined by the recently implemented Food Safety & Modernization Act. “As the landscape in which we operate continues to change, we too must change along with it,” said... Read more
Getting past the squeeze in the produce department
Someone once told me, “Don’t try to be all things to all people.” Well, that never went over too well with me, especially when it came to produce variety. I always wanted to handle every item, every size and every pack that was available in the industry. Some called me a “produce variety freak.” Every new item a sales representative introduced to me was welcomed... Read more
Wegmans ranked No. 2 on Fortune's Best Companies to Work For list
Wegmans has been named one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Wegmans has been on the list every year, and this year ranks No. 2. The list is based on survey responses... Read more
Catania Worldwide’s Garden State facility now in operation
On Feb. 5, Catania Worldwide, headquartered in Mississauga, ON, was fully operational in its new Catania New Jersey facility. The 40,000-square-foot facility is in Vineland, in the heart of the state’s agricultural district. Company President Paul Catania said one of the major services the company is offering in Vineland is storage.Paul Catania Jr. flanked by... Read more
H‑E‑B's Favor-able acquisition
H‑E‑B, one of the nation's leading independent food retailers, announced that Favor Delivery, an innovative on‑demand delivery service headquartered in Austin, TX, will become a wholly owned subsidiary. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. With this partnership, H‑E‑B accelerates its path to become a digital retail industry leader in Texas, enabling... Read more
Riding with Subway in the Sunshine State
Florida-grown produce will be promoted in Subway’s nearly 1,500 Florida locations. Running through April, Subway restaurants will feature “Fresh From Florida” advertising and marketing materials highlighting Subway’s commitment to sourcing locally grown Florida cucumbers, green peppers and tomatoes during local growing seasons. “Florida’s hard-working farmers... Read more
Innovation, technology and GMO: Hot topics for the CPMA Convention & Trade Show
The industry is constantly evolving, and at CPMA 2018 the association is offering two unique keynote speakers who will address hot button topics and teach attendees how the industry will need to respond to both consumer and technological needs to grow well into the future.Terry Stuart As Deloitte Canada’s chief innovation officer, you could say Terry Stuart... Read more
Kroger Prep+Pared Meal Kits ready to explode in 2018
Kroger has opened its Culinary Innovation Center in downtown Cincinnati. "Kroger's new Culinary Innovation Center is an exciting state-of-the-art test kitchen and education center," said Daniel Hammer, Kroger's vice president of culinary development and new business. "As we focus on redefining the customer experience and developing talent through food inspiration... Read more
Church Bros. grows sales team
Church Bros. Farms, a leading fresh produce farming-shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, recently made additions to its sales department. Lisa Dennis was promoted to assistant sales manager, and Bobby Nunes has joined the sales team. In her new role, Dennis is responsible for supporting in-house sales staff and reports to Tom Bramers,... Read more