The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council applaud the commitment from the Liberal Party of Canada and Liberal Agriculture Critic Mark Eyking to establishing a Canadian mechanism comparable to the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act in the United States and to restoring Canada’s preferential access to PACA programs. “CPMA... Read more
Fresh Thyme expansion continues with three Chicagoland stores
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market will open three new Chicagoland stores Oct. 14, increasing its presence in the area to seven locations. The company is scheduled to open 60 stores by 2019. “We love our fellow Chicagoland residents, and we’re excited to continue to share value-priced, fresh, healthy and organic offerings to more of our neighbors,” Chris Sherrell, Fresh... Read more
$300 million in crop losses from South Carolina flood
Following intense rain and flooding, South Carolina Department of Agriculture Commissioner Hugh E. Weathers toured the state by air Oct. 5 and 6, and said conservative early estimates are that direct crop losses from the flood may exceed $300 million. The storm has had a significant statewide effect, and it appears that low lying farmland adjacent to rivers... Read more
Avocados From Mexico to unveil 'Fresh' approach
Avocados From Mexico, the No. 1 selling avocado in the United States accounting for more than 75 percent of the market share, will be unveiling a lineup of new and exciting innovative branding and category building programs at the upcoming Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Expo in Atlanta. Echoing the brand’s unique year-round availability, a “Fresh... Read more
Pears primed to get boost from snacking trend
Harvest is nearing completion for the Northwest pear growers of Washington and Oregon. Over the next months, 10 pear varieties will be at their peak, putting a fresh crop of Northwest-grown pears within easy reach now through next spring. As part of a multi-year campaign, Pear Bureau Northwest will position pears as a perfect choice for wholesome, simple snacking... Read more
IPC holiday promotion helps families in need
Retailers can help give back to the community during the holiday season thanks to a new retail coupon promotion from the Idaho Potato Commission, in partnership with Country Crock buttery spread. Unilever and the IPC are teaming up for the “Buy, Get, Give” program, which will run from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, is designed to both drive sales and promote hunger... Read more
Publix VP of fresh to retire, successor named
David Bridges, Publix vice president of fresh product business development, will retire Jan. 1, 2016, after 49 years of service to the company. Upon Bridges’s retirement, Chris Litz, Atlanta division regional director, will be promoted to the vacated position. The position will realign to report to Dave Bornmann, senior vice president. Bornmann currently has... Read more
DiMare poised to release two new organic items
As part of its commitment to supply the growing demand for organic produce by consumers around the United States, The DiMare Co. will be introducing two new organic items to the fresh produce industry around mid-November. The items are organic greenhouse-grown grape tomatoes and organic greenhouse-grown heirloom tomatoes. The two new items are being grown in... Read more
C.H. Robinson eyes future growth with Chicago expansion
C.H. Robinson has announced plans to move its Chicago office headquarters to a 207,000-square-foot build-to-suit office building located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The company should be in the new building in late 2018. The construction of the three-story building will transform the former tannery site into the Chicago office headquarters for C.H.... Read more
Sun Pacific introduces ‘Vintage Sweets’ heirloom Navels, expands ‘Cuties’ supply
Sun Pacific, the growers of “Cuties” premium Mandarins and “Mighties” kiwifruit, has introduced a new heirloom Navel orange that will be marketed under the “Vintage Sweets” label.   Harvested from Sun Pacific’s old line Navel orange groves, the Brix level of “Vintage Sweets” oranges is individually tested for high sugar content.   “Consumers... Read more
Whole Foods supplier summit invites local growers to meet with buyers
Whole Foods Market is inviting local growers and food artisans to meet with buyers for its newest store in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood, opening spring 2016. The Missouri Supplier Summit, hosted by Whole Foods Market Midwest, educates prospective new suppliers around the company’s quality standards and process for becoming a supplier. “We love supporting... Read more
Kroger announces partnership with Indiana Grown program
Today Kroger Co.’s Central Division President Jeff Burt hosted Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, announcing Kroger’s partnership with the highly successful Indiana Grown program at a Kroger store in Indianapolis. All of Kroger’s 102 division stores throughout the state will feature Indiana Grown products, including Kroger brand milk. The stores will also be equipped... Read more
Mango sales jump during NMB display contest
The National Mango Board announced the winners of the Mango Mania Display Contest and reported an outstanding 168 percent increase of mango volume sales amongst participating stores compared to the same time last year. The contest is designed to help small and large retail chains pump up mango sales, while showcasing their creativity and educating shoppers about... Read more
Chilean blueberries on the rise
During their recent annual meeting, the Chilean Blueberry Committee reported that production will continue to grow during the 2015-16 season, and global exports of fresh blueberries will be in the range of 218 million to 241 million pounds, resulting in an increase of between 7 and 19 percent over the previous season’s exports of 203 million pounds. North America... Read more
California Giant's Scary Berries promotion ready for Halloween
According to the National Retail Federation, 157 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, spending almost $7 billion — and one-third of those celebrating plan to throw or attend a party. California Giant Berry Farms is looking to have its berries on the menu at those parties. As consumers embrace fall and all of the color and celebrations... Read more
36 more A&P stores sold, 72 on auction block this week
The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. held an auction for certain stores on Oct. 1 and 2. The auction resulted in 36 stores receiving successful bids from a variety of companies, including Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc., Wakefern Food Corp. and Stop & Shop. At this time, terms of the agreements have not been announced. Other successful bidders were... Read more
Sprouts Farmers Market adding 12 locations in 2016
Sprouts Farmers Market announced plans to add 12 locations to its growing roster of healthy grocery stores in early 2016. This is in addition to the 27 new stores Sprouts will have opened by the end of 2015, at which point it will have expanded into three new states: Missouri, Alabama and Tennessee. Each of the 2016 stores will bring an estimated 100... Read more
CMI hosts national food writers summit for Ambrosia apple education
Ambrosia orchard tour participants view the McDougall family’s newest investment, Legacy Orchards in East Wenatchee, WA. Rochelle van den Broek and Steve Lutz of CMI, Summer Whitford of The Daily Meal, Laura Hoover of CMI, Charles Grayauskie of Every Day with Rachel Ray, Emily Lee of, Rachel Green of CMI, Jacob Muselmann of Saveur, Liz Weiss... Read more
Pacific Tomato Growers gets new name, adds to product line
Fourth-generation, family-owned Pacific Tomato Growers announced the company’s newly established brands — “Sunripe Certified Brands” in the United States and “Suncoast Certified Brands” in Canada — to emphasize the company’s commitment to leading and serving as stewards for progress in the agriculture industry. The newly designed brands are intended to communicate... Read more
Texas citrus on the rise again
Though some groves are still coming out of production, unmistakingly the Texas citrus industry is gaining acreage and the future looks bright for the famed Texas red grapefruit and its companion orange crop. Two devastating freezes in the 1980s, urbanization, marketing conditions and other factors drastically reduced the number of acres devoted to citrus in... Read more