It truly is all about the consumer.  At least that was the theme three speakers articulated during an educational session at the PMA Foodservice Conference held in Monterey, CA, this past weekend (July 24-26). “It’s All About the Base: Meet Today’s Consumers” was the direction three experts took the crowd as they tried to explain various segments of the... Read more
SuperValu could separate its Save-A-Lot business
SuperValu Inc. is exploring a separation of its Save-A-Lot business, and as part of that process it has begun preparations to allow for a possible spin-off of Save-A-Lot into a stand-alone, publicly traded company. “Save-A-Lot is a leading national hard discount retailer with over 1,300 total stores, comprised of approximately 430 corporate stores and approximately... Read more
Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosts 28th annual golf outing and trade show
Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 28th annual golf outing and trade show July 20 and 21. The event brings together the wholesale distributor’s valued retail partners and vendors.  The 2015 golf outing and trade show was one of Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s most actively attended events in company history with more than 600 total guests enjoying the two-day... Read more
CMI plans to expand pear pouch bag success
The initial Washington state pear crop forecasts for the 2015 harvest are in, with a slight increase in production predicted, up from the smaller 2014 harvest.  While there are plenty of pears on trees, hotter-than-normal termperatures throughout the growing season are reported to have reduced pear growth. According to Steve Castleman, senior vice president... Read more
Colorful campaign an industry game-changer
The eat brighter! campaign, forged through a joint alliance of the Produce Marketing Association and Sesame Workshop in conjunction with the Partnership for a Healthier America, is already having an impact on the lives of young school children, their parents and caregivers. The program, designed to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among children,... Read more
PMA Foodservice: cauliflower and carrots the next kale
Can you imagine cauliflower and carrots qualifying as the next hot products to take over that mantle from kale?   Their staple status and long tradition on the American dinner plate would seem to make both of them ineligible for the “next hot thing” moniker, but these two items were center stage and center plate during two different chef presentations at... Read more
Popularity of PMA Foodservice Conference continues to soar
MONTEREY, CA — Already one of the more popular conferences on the produce circuit, the Produce Marketing Association’s annual foodservice conference continues to reach new highs owing to a combination of location, networking and educational programming. The numbers tell the story: 442 attendees at the educational sessions; 120 participants at the Joe Nucci Golf... Read more
PMA Foodservice Conference breaks attendance records in Monterey
The Produce Marketing Association announced another record-breaking crowd at its 34th annual PMA Foodservice Conference in Monterey, CA, held this past weekend (July 24-26). The association reported that 1,870 attendees, including more than 480 foodservice distributors and in excess of 200 operators, were registered for the get-together.  Held near the... Read more
Sonya apples have arrived from New Zealand
The Sage Fruit Co. announced that the Sonya apple has arrived from New Zealand with great flavor and taste. The company has a marketing agreement with Freshco from New Zealand and will be bringing this apple to the United States on a year-round basis. The Sonya apple, a cross between a Red Delicious and a Gala apple, has a great crunch and is very sweet. Not... Read more
SEPC’s Bright Ideas Platform exhibitors announced
MILLEN, GA — The new Bright Ideas Platform mini-trade show is set to host the best of the best at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Innovations Symposium Sept. 17-19 at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, SC. With a lineup of 43 produce companies showcasing the industry’s most innovative products and services, this conference is not to be missed. All the... Read more
A&P’s days  appear to be numbered
For the second time in five years, the A&P grocery store chain has filed for bankruptcy protection, but this time longtime observers say its ability to survive is in doubt. The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. Inc., which had its start more than a century-and-a-half ago, filed for bankruptcy protection on Sunday, July 19, and announced that it was looking... Read more
NYC baseball fans upgrade hot dogs to avodogs
In celebration of National Hot Dog Day on July 23, the Peruvian Avocado Commission treated New York baseball fans to a complimentary topping of fresh smashed avocados at a local major league ball game. Although avocado may not be considered as classic a topping as mustard and relish, adding summer avocados to one of America’s favorite summertime foods proved... Read more
 New president for Price Chopper, Market Bistro parent company
The Golub Corp., parent company of Price Chopper Supermarkets, Market 32 and Market Bistro, announced that Scott Grimmett has been named president and chief operating officer — the first non-Golub in the company’s history to hold the title. Grimmett will continue to report to Jerry Golub, who will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the company.... Read more
K-VA-T Food Stores Inc. and Southeastern Grocers LLC have entered into an agreement under which K-VA-T will acquire 29 BI-LO stores from Southeastern Grocers. K-VA-T intends to continue to operate all of these stores under the Food City banner and hire the vast majority of their store associates, retaining their years of service. “We are extremely excited to... Read more
Loblaw Cos. plans to close 52 stores over the next 12 months. The announcement was made as part of its second quarter financial results. On an annual basis, the closures will decrease sales by approximately $230 million but will result in a favorable impact to operating income of approximately $27 million to $31 million. The company reported net earnings of... Read more
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council applauded the commitment made Wednesday by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair to introduce payment protection for produce farmers and sellers similar to the trust protection offered by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act in the United States. “The produce industry is grateful for... Read more
AFM fall promotions focus on football, food and fun
Avocados From Mexico, the No. 1 selling avocado in the United States, announced its fresh new fall promotions for both the general and Hispanic markets. In addition to working with major partners, AFM will be capitalizing on the popular American tradition of tailgating, as well as Fiestas Patrias celebrations with guacamole-focused campaigns designed to drive... Read more
Turbana and Food City partner on record-breaking pineapple display
Turbana and a long-standing retail partner, Food City, announced the success of their joint summer event, World’s Largest Pineapple Display. The record-breaking interactive promotion leveraged social media, in-store activations and a show-stopping display that housed 18 tons of Fyffes Gold pineapples, supplied by Turbana. Breaking the world record that was set... Read more
Envy outperforms apple category, JAZZ shines
Envy apples are living up to their name, by posting dollar sales and volume growth other apple varieties can only wish for. Freshlook Data indicates that in the first half of 2015, Envy delivered 20 percent higher dollar sales than in the same period last year, while also increasing in volume sold by 36 percent. Meanwhile, the apple category as a whole has dropped... Read more
Mucci Farms adding Naked Leaf lettuce
Mucci Farms, a leading greenhouse grower based in Kingsville, ON, was set to harvest its first Ontario-grown Naked Leaf lettuce in late July. Hydroponically grown and harvested with the roots still intact, Naked Leaf is alive and growing when purchased, which provides added value for both retailer and consumer with their longer shelf life, greater freshness,... Read more