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A couple of Baltimore-area businesses are taking the lead in a national movement, ‘eat brighter!’ to inspire young children and their families to eat healthier. With the help of friends from Sesame Street, Savage, MD-based fresh produce supplier East Coast Fresh and grocery retailer Mars Supermarkets are putting emphasis — and marketing — in the produce department... Read more
Stemilt begins sixth season of all-organic peaches and nectarines
Harvest is under way for Stemilt’s all-organic peach and nectarine crop in Washington state, and natural farming methods are proving yet again to deliver summer fruits with true dessert flavors. “This is the sixth season that our entire peach and nectarine crop is grown and certified as organic," Roger Pepperl, Stemilt's marketing director, said in a press release.... Read more
A court hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 15 in connection with charges filed against two top officials at Mucci Farms, headquartered in Kingsville, ON. General Manager Danny Mucci and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Spano face charges of defrauding the public and three major grocery store chains by misrepresenting the country of origin of greenhouse... Read more
Ready Pac celebrates new Wrap Kits with vacation giveaway
Ready Pac Foods, Inc. recently launched its latest contest promotion, Elite Eats. This indulgent-inspired promo gives contestants the chance to win an ELITE spa vacation for two at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix — valued at $3,000, courtesy of Ready Pac. Contestants enter by voting for their favorite new Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Wrap Kit on Ready... Read more
I Love Produce donates money to local Peru village school
I Love Produce, a pioneer in importation of organic ginger from Peru, took part in a new harvest celebration and ceremony to commemorate its donation of $13,440 to the local village school called the "Antonio Raymondi" secondary school. The school donation program was initiated by I Love Produce to give back to the local native Asháninka Community of Churingaveni... Read more
Sage Fruit teams up with Marvel to 'snack like a super hero'
Sage Fruit announced the release of an exciting new product line that will feature Marvel characters. Beginning July 2014, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man cherry packaging will be available at retailers nationwide. This will include Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man pouch bags, as well as Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man point-of-purchase display bins. Based on recent Q... Read more
NatureSweet Tomatoes announced the return of the Glorys Homegrown Tomato & Chef’s Challenge tour for 2014 on July 28. The contests will put green thumbs and cooking skills to the test with four events beginning Aug. 9 and concluding Sept. 6. This year, the tour kicks off in Indianapolis, marking the 53rd challenge conducted to date. Since 2003, NatureSweet... Read more
T&A introduces George T's Special Colossal Romaine Heart
Tanimura & Antle introduced a new lettuce variety, George T's Special Colossal Romaine Heart, in honor of company co-founder George Tanimura, who is celebrating his 100th year in 2014. This new seed variety combines two of George Tanimura's favorite lettuces — Iceberg and Romaine Hearts — and offers superior flavor, improved sustainable value and impressive... Read more
Driscoll's once again partnered with Wegmans Food Markets to sponsor the eighth annual Strawberry Days fundraiser to benefit The Children's Home Society of New Jersey. The three-day fundraising event aims to promote a healthy summer snack while raising awareness and critical funds for the at-risk babies, children and families of New Jersey. For each carton of... Read more
Lantao opens new fruit import distribution facility
Lantao, which imports premium fruit from around the world into China, has opened its seventh fresh fruit import distribution facility in Qingdao, Shandong Province. Jim Provost of I Love Produce LLC and John Wang, chief executive officer of Lantao, were on-hand to help kick off the celebration. Shandong is one of the top farm export provinces in China,... Read more
Peach harvest in southwest Michigan is under way. “A few are in now,” said Barry Winkel, the partner and general manager of Benton Harbor, MI-based Greg Orchards & Produce Inc. The volume will grow in the last days of July. Red Haven peach harvest will begin from this area in the first week of August, Winkel said. Southwest Michigan’s peach trees were... Read more
After months of discussions, the primary food-safety agencies for the United States and Mexico signed a statement of intent July 21 to form a partnership to promote the safety of fresh agricultural products. Officials from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, along with Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety & Quality, and... Read more
Growers throughout California's Central Valley are reporting optimal growing conditions for pomegranates. Ralph Melendez, field operations manager for Slaydeco Inc., a principal grower of early season varieties, expects the company's Granada’s to start shipping by the end of the last week of July. “A consistently warm summer has moved our traditional start date... Read more
PMA Foodservice show reaches new heights
MONTEREY, CA — For a show that already is one of the favorites among produce industry members, the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo managed to set the bar even higher this year, reaching new heights in a number of different categories. The 33rd year of this popular event, held July 25-27, here, saw a record number of attendees (1,821), foodservice operators... Read more
Retail View: Bolthouse launches refrigerated retail snack program for kids
Beginning with seven new fruit- or vegetable-forward offerings, Bolthouse Farms in Bakersfield, CA, has launched a new line of kid snacks designed to be sold in a healthy kids section of the produce department. Suzanne Ginestro, vice president of strategic marketing at Bolthouse Farms, which is one of the larger producers of baby carrots and premium juice beverages... Read more
Uruguay citrus joins Oppy lineup
Sweet citrus snacks are abundant now at Oppy, as the marketer adds fruit from Uruguay to its summer offerings. Early shipments of Uruguayan lemons — which sold out quickly — were followed by clementines and Navels that will be available through August. This is Oppy’s first offering of fruit from Uruguay, which was granted access to the U.S. market in 2013. “It’s... Read more
Cub Foods and Robinson Fresh team up for world-record attempt
Records are meant to be broken, which is why Cub Foods and Robinson Fresh have teamed up to top the Guinness World Record for largest fruit display. Robinson Fresh will supply and transport four truckloads of fresh MelonUp! Pink Ribbon watermelon to the Cub Foods store in Maple Grove, MN. The display will be approximately 1,500 square feet in area and contain... Read more
Sun World, a grower, marketer and breeder of fresh fruit, announced its partnership with Farm Star Living, a national lifestyle brand that celebrates American farming, farm-fresh foods and the farm-to-table food movement. “We are thrilled to have Sun World onboard as Farm Star Living’s exclusive grape sponsor," Farm Star Living Founder Mary Blackmon said in... Read more
Basciani starts new blackberry farm
Fred Recchiuti, general manager of Basciani Mushroom Farms in Avondale, PA, told The Produce News that the company has begun a new venture into producing blackberries. “We haul berries for some other companies,” explained Recchiuti. “Over time we’ve learned about berry programs, including that there is an import gap on blackberries in July and August. We decided... Read more
Taylor Farms Retail and Green Giant are shining a spotlight on value-added fresh-cut vegetables this summer. The national promotion features 55-cent instant redeemable coupons for select Green Giant Fresh cut vegetables and QR codes to enter into an exciting summer sweepstakes. Customers will find displays in seven grocery chains nationwide featuring a QR code... Read more