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Athletes embracing plant-forward diet
Some of the biggest names in sports, from Kyrie Irving to Chris Paul, are investing in Beyond Meat after discovering the power of plant-based eating. More than anyone, athletes intuitively understand the connection between what they put in their body and how it performs, and these powerhouses are betting that Beyond Meat is The Future of Protein. The new... Read more
KeHE Distributors LLC has renewed its supply agreement with Albertsons Cos. as its primary distribution partner for natural, organic and specialty products. “Albertsons is a premier U.S. food retailer, their blue-chip portfolio of banners, emerging omnichannel capabilities, and national scale position the company for growth and success," said Brandon Barnholt,... Read more
Naturipe rebrand targets Millennials, Gen Z
Naturipe Farms is speaking directly to Millennials and Gen Z with a rebrand that is as fresh as its berries. Starting this month, consumers will begin to see a new logo, packaging, and in-store merchandising in grocery stores across the U.S. and Canada. The rebrand is a result of a comprehensive consumer research study that determined what Millennials and Gen... Read more
Frozen mango marketing amendment approved for referendum
After five years of discussion, on Feb. 21 the Frozen Mango Amendment took a large step toward becoming a reality when the Federal Register published two relevant notices. The first notice indicates that frozen mango has been approved to become part of the Mango Promotion, Research & Information Order. The second notice indicates that a referendum for importers... Read more
Sale of Campbell Fresh begins in Washington
Campbell Soup Co. has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of its Everett, WA, refrigerated soup plant to an affiliate of the Joshua Green Corp., a Seattle-based private investment company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The 225,000-square-foot Everett facility is part of the Campbell Fresh division, which includes Bolthouse Farms and Garden... Read more
Whole Foods grants $500,000 to provide 150 salad bars to schools
Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit focused on children’s nutrition and wellness, announced that 150 new salad bars will be provided to schools in the U.S. this year. The $500,000 investment will ensure more than 75,000 students will have access to fresh healthy produce at school. In partnership with Salad Bars to Schools, Whole Kids Foundation has provided nearly... Read more
Family farmers supplying spring veggies to Morning Kiss Organic
Morning Kiss Organic is working with farmers up and down the East Coast to bring the highest quality organic vegetables to market and family tables this spring. Starting with growing partners in south Florida into Georgia and the Carolinas, then following the season into eastern parts of the Midwest as it progresses north. Organic vegetables will be sourced directly... Read more
Publix expanding GreenWise Market banner
Three additional cities have been selected as new-format GreenWise Market locations: Odessa and Nocatee (Ponte Vedra Beach), FL, and Lexington, SC. “We’re creating a community gathering place where high-quality natural and organic products are the center of what we offer,” said Publix President Kevin Murphy. “And we’re helping our customers support their healthy... Read more
Organic Kanzi leading branded apple sales growth
Kanzi apple sales continue to climb, proving that Europe’s favorite apple is poised for a successful future in the U.S. market. With both conventional and organic options now available, retailers can offer multiple price points to appeal to customers in search of a sweet, tangy and intensely flavored apple. George Harter, vice president of marketing for CMI... Read more
Wegmans ranks No. 3 on Best Companies list
Wegmans has been named one of the 2019 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune.  This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, a list that Wegmans has been on every year.  This year the family company ranks No. 3. Wegmans has... Read more
A berry big drug bust
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge hit the drug-smuggling organizations hard this weekend with a substantial interception of hard narcotics, seizing $12.7 million of methamphetamine in a commercial shipment of frozen strawberries. “This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this... Read more
More than 200 pounds of cocaine found in produce shipment
A joint collaborative effort between U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations resulted in the seizure of 221.7 pounds of cocaine concealed in produce cargo vessels arriving to port Hueneme from Ecuador and Guatemala. While conducting an enforcement boarding... Read more
Monterey Mushrooms Let's Blend line makes for juicier meals, sales
Monterey Mushrooms will showcase its product line called Let's Blend, finely diced mushrooms ready to blend with ground meat, at the Southeast Produce Council’s 2019 Southern Exposure, March 7-9 in Orlando, FL. Let’s Blend is available in an eight-ounce package for retail customers in three pre-seasoned flavors: classic, Mexican and Italian. Let’s Blend is also... Read more
Top-line executives need to put on an apron. In my early days as a produce manager, my department was a training site. Specific employees were assigned to our store to be trained for future produce manager positions. That included executive staff, who were there to learn the fundamentals of operating a produce department. The CEO, who was once a store manager,... Read more
Kroger reshaping East Coast experience with more robotics warehouse facilities
The Kroger Co. and Ocado, one of the world's largest dedicated online grocery retailers, announced central Florida and mid-Atlantic as the newly named regions for their next two customer fulfillment centers. "Kroger is excited to partner with Ocado -- one of the most innovative, advanced companies in the world -- to redefine the grocery shopping experience for... Read more
SEPC celebrating 20th anniversary at Southern Exposure
It was in 1999 that a visionary group of leaders led by Terry Vorhees met in Atlanta to form a produce organization that would serve and promote the produce industry in the southeastern region of the United States. That organization — the Southeast Produce Council —will proudly celebrate its 20th anniversary the first week in March during its annual Southern... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Write On Marketing Inc., operating out of Los Angeles, for failing to pay... Read more
Produce veteran Bert Boyd dies
Longtime produce industry veteran Bert Boyd of Pretty Lady Vineyards in Delano, CA, died Feb. 12. He was 67 years old. Mr. Boyd began his produce career at the age of 16. His mother decided it was time he went to work. She approached young Bert and informed him that she had gotten him a job as a bag boy at their local Piggly Wiggly in his home state of Illinois.... Read more
For the 22nd consecutive year, Publix has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, ranking No. 12, up from No. 47 last year. Publix also ranked No. 1 on the inaugural list of Fortune’s Best Big Companies to Work For, featuring only seven companies with more than 100,000 employees. “It is an honor to be recognized as a great place to work,”... Read more
Rocky Mountain Foods' innovation preserves farm-fresh quality
Rocky Mountain Foods is ramping up to sell edible hemp seeds manufactured with an innovative food-safety intervention process. The new technology is called Neo-Pure and it preserves the natural taste, aroma and nutrition of the product. “Our hemp seeds taste the same as if they were freshly harvested from the field. It’s truly amazing,” said Jeremy Schneider,... Read more