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WTRMLN WTR launches lemonade blend at PMA Fresh Summit
WTRMLN WTR, the pioneer in cold-pressed juiced watermelon, unveiled its all-natural LMNADE at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Exposition, held Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, FL. WTRMLN WTR’s LMNADE combines the fresh taste of cold-pressed watermelon with organic lemon juice for a healthy, nutrient-dense hydration beverage. ... Read more
SAGARPA aggressively promoting Mexican food exports
ORLANDO, FL — Produce exports are critically important to Mexico, according to José Calzada, the country’s secretary of agriculture. Calzada heads SAGARPA, which is the national secretariat for agriculture, ranching, rural development, fish and nutrition. In 2015, Mexico had $26.6 billion in agricultural exports. Of that, $22.9 billion were... Read more
Baldor Specialty Foods announced this week that its in-store, digital kiosk called The Baldor Forager — which makes the company’s selection of unique culinary items available to home cooks — is now available to shoppers at the newly-opened Whole Foods Market at 2101 Pennsylvania Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. The Baldor Forager kiosk was first... Read more
Baloian Farms begins harvest on winter leaf program
As Baloian Farms celebrated its 40th leaf and wet veg season in Fresno, CA, the third week of October, it was set to begin harvest on its winter leaf program.  “The conditions in Fresno this time of year are optimal for growing premium quality leaf and wet veg crops,” said Tim Baloian. “Over the years, we have built a reputation for servicing... Read more
Though the shipping of Mexican avocados began in a big way in mid-October after about a two-week supply stoppage over in-the-grove prices, there was still a lot of uncertainty as U.S. distributors discussed the situation within several days of the resumption of picking and shipments. In early October, growers and others in a handful of Michoacán avocado... Read more
With a final production of about 94 million cartons, the 2015/16 California navel crop was the second largest on record. This year’s crop is expected to be 10-15 percent smaller topping out near the 84 million carton mark. “With a smaller crop, we are expecting the market structure to be better with better returns to the grower,” said Joel... Read more
Stemilt pushes organic apple performance with new promotional idea and offerings
Apple harvest is winding down in Washington state just as apple promotions are ramping up in produce departments. Retailers are in the midst of celebrating October’s National Apple Month and preparing for big holiday promotions around apples. Stemilt Growers, one of the nation’s longest and leading suppliers of organic apples, is reminding retailers... Read more
Harbinger Group LLC, parent company of Green Wave Farms, Vertical Foods, Epic Foods and Fresh Produce Partners, announced that it has acquired organic specialty salad pioneer Misionero Vegetables, effective immediately. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. The new organization reunites Stephen Griffin of Misionero with Todd Koons and Thomas Minnich... Read more
Maine potato growers love what they do and they do it extremely well
Potatoes are the leading vegetable crop in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service. The nationwide crop contributes about 15 percent of farm sales receipts for vegetables each year. Annually over 30 billion pound of potatoes are produced in the nation. Over 50 percent of potato sales are to processors for... Read more
Picking resumes, avocado volume to ramp up quickly
There were 900 picking crews back in the Mexican avocado groves on Saturday, Oct. 15, and more than 1,000 crews were picking fruit Monday, Oct. 17, so the expectation is that millions of pounds will soon be flowing to the United States to start to fill the empty pipeline. “We have ample fruit on the trees and will be harvesting and sending it to the U.S.... Read more
California growers increasing role in Mexico production
NOGALES, AZ — California fruit and vegetable growers are expanding their production interests to Mexico. A strong indicator of this is increased membership interest by Californians in the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas. FPAA President Lance Jungmeyer said he has had multiple meetings with Californians interested in joining his association and... Read more
Things were hopping at booth No. 1160 at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, as Village Farms constructed a large booth shaped as a greenhouse to welcome attendees to talk about its new offerings and exciting developments. “Our booth was consumer-centric,” said Doug Kling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer... Read more
AMC North America announces new logo, restructured management team
AMC North America, part of the AMC Group, has a brand new logo and a restructured management team that shows the company is an integral part of a larger, global team of innovators and leaders in the fresh produce industry. "Innovation is at the heart of everything we do," Alvaro Muñoz, AMC Group chief executive officer, said in a press release. "This... Read more
The Fresh Market unveils new logo, refreshed stores
The Fresh Market will unveil a new look and enhanced shopping experience Oct. 26 at three North Carolina locations before it will begin rolling out refreshed stores across the country — 13 more locations currently scheduled for Nov. 30 in the Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham, NC, markets, and continuing in waves through early 2018. “This is a significant... Read more
Avocados from Peru closes successful 2016 export season
Avocados from Peru announced the close of a successful 2016 export season that saw continued growth in demand for Peruvian avocados, the launch of both the world’s first international superfoods brand and a new worldwide cooperative marketing initiative, and official recognition of avocados’ health benefits from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “We... Read more
Sprouts Farmers Markets named pear retailer of the year
On the show floor of the 2016 PMA Fresh Summit, USA Pears presented Sprouts Farmers Markets with the 2016 Pear Retailer of the Year award for its pear category improvements in merchandising performance and sales increase. “On behalf of nearly 1,600 fresh pear growers of Washington and Oregon, we congratulate the Sprouts produce team and appreciate their... Read more
Peterson and Campisi of Walmart honored as the 2016 Mango Retailers of the Year
The National Mango Board named Wynn Peterson and Gary Campisi of Walmart the 2016 Mango Retailers of the Year. The award was announced during the NMB’s Annual Mango Industry Reception Oct. 16, 2016 during PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. Present at the award were mango industry leaders, including many of Walmart suppliers... Read more
Wegmans veggie noodles, pasta and rice a success with customers
Vegetables in the Wegmans Food Markets produce department are taking new shapes — some like little ribbons and others like nuggets no bigger than a grain of rice. These novel cuts of squash, beets and cauliflower easily replace starches like noodles, pasta or rice and pair nicely with dozens of different ingredients and sauces. The company said families... Read more
There were 900 picking crews back in the Mexican avocado groves on Saturday, Oct. 15, and more than 1,000 crews were picking fruit Monday, Oct. 17, so the expectation is that millions of pounds will soon be flowing to the United States to start to fill the empty pipeline. “We have ample fruit on the trees and will be harvesting and sending it to the U.S.... Read more
Four companies, representing five new products, were named the produce industry’s best packaging innovators on Friday, Oct. 14, receiving the Produce Marketing Association’s 10th annual PMA Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. The winning companies were announced during PMA’s 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo in Orlando, FL. The award... Read more