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Giumarra introduces Fair Trade Certified hard squash from Mexico
Giumarra’s Nogales sales division announced that its organic and conventional hard squash is now Fair Trade Certified. The squash is grown in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico by José Carlos Coppel and his son, Juan Carlos Coppel, of Agroexport de Sonora S.A. de C.V. “We look forward to expanding our year-round support of the Fair Trade program with... Read more
Retailer's produce program has kids going bananas
Big Y looks to make raising healthy children easier with the launch of its Kid’s Fruit Club program, where any child 12 and under can select a free piece of fruit to enjoy during their family’s shopping experience at special displays in every Big Y produce department and their Fresh Acres Market. Children’s nutrition has always been a key focus... Read more
Strong SweeTango sales follow top billing in September
Retail scan data for the apple category shows that success for the SweeTango variety at retail nationwide continues to gain year over year. Debuted in 2010, SweeTango has made marked increases in volume and value each season as it gained a foothold as a consumer and retailer favorite. Neilsen scan data for September 2017 showed that SweeTango was the top ranked... Read more
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. and Instacart will work together to deliver groceries to Canadian homes, beginning in December. Loblaw has a network of nearly 2,500 stores and a large amount of click-and-collect grocery pick-up sites in Canada, now complemented by the option of home delivery. Instacart is a technology-driven, on-demand grocery delivery service, already serving... Read more
Organic apple, pear demand continues to soar
Following an ideal growing season and a beautiful harvest, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers is seeing exceptional movement of all apple and pear varieties, with demand soaring in the organic category. Oneonta National Marketing Representative Brent Shammo said as demand for organics increases, the company continues to transition acreage to certified status. “We... Read more
Maintaining premium quality a major focus of Big Idaho Potato Harvest Meeting
FORT HALL, ID — The Idaho potato industry has built its reputation on the delivery of premium-quality potatoes, and growers and shippers in Idaho have worked hard over the years to deserve that reputation. As with any fresh produce, maintaining a high quality standard is more difficult in some seasons than others. The 2016 Idaho potato crop proved particularly... Read more
Farmington Fresh named exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples
Farmington Fresh, a leading provider of fresh sliced apples, oranges, pears and other fruits and vegetables to the foodservice industry and retailers, has reached an agreement with FirstFruits Marketing of Washington to be the exclusive U.S. provider of sliced Opal brand apples. Discovered in Europe in 1999 and grown exclusively in the United States by Broetje... Read more
Raley’s named Amaize Sweet Corn Retailer of the Year
In recognition of its comprehensive support of the Amaize Sweet Corn program, Raley’s was named 2017 Amaize Sweet Corn Retailer of the Year. Raley’s was the first retailer in the West to carry Amaize in 2012, and it has developed loyal consumer demand for Amaize through its enthusiastic support of the program across their company banners. This year,... Read more
Colombian Hass in the US: supply security among other sustainable benefits
As the second-busiest container port in the United States, the Port of Long Beach in California received over 339,000 inbound TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units) last month, its busiest October in history. November, equally, could be marked as historic with the port receiving its first-ever container of Colombia-grown Hass avocados, destined for the fresh produce... Read more
LGS Specialty Sales, one of the leading importer and distributors of citrus and avocados is proud to announce the addition of mini avocados to the product round-up. Under the Tiny Tim’s label, these mini avocados are available to retailers starting this month.  Stemming from the Suavo Avocado family, Tiny Tim’s keep the creamy flavor profile... Read more
Produce industry legend Joe Procacci dies at 90
Joseph G. Procacci, a produce industry legend known for reshaping the U.S. tomato market with Santa Sweets Grape tomatoes and UglyRipe heirloom tomatoes, has died. He was 90. At the early age of 8, Mr. Procacci began pedaling produce in the streets of Camden, NJ, from his father's pushcart. From those humble roots, Mr. Procacci became an industry giant, building... Read more
Strong Q3 has Walmart optimistic about the future
Walmart hasn’t thrown in the towel against Amazon just yet. Aided by an increase in e-commerce and increased store traffic, the retail giant enjoyed its largest quarterly sales growth in almost 10 years. Total revenue for Q3 was $123.2 billion, an increase of $5 billion, or 4.2 percent. Online sales growth at Walmart U.S. remained strong, led by growth... Read more
Albertsons Cos. invests in Texas-based El Rancho Supermercado
Albertsons Cos., one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, has invested in El Rancho Supermercado, a Texas-based retailer that focuses on stores for Latino customers. El Rancho will continue to operate as an independent company headquartered in Garland, TX. "El Rancho has built a great business with its 16 Texas stores, and we're confident that we'll be... Read more
TimeSavors veggie kits help consumers Eat Smart
Inspired by consumer demand for convenient, healthy and unique ways to serve fresh and delicious vegetable dishes, Eat Smart, a leading producer of fresh-cut vegetables and salads for the United States and Canada, is launching TimeSavors, a line of ready-to-cook fresh vegetable side dishes. The line’s three initial offerings — Cauliflower Gratin,... Read more
SEPC to honor Dave Stornetta with its highest award
The Southeast Produce Council will honor Dave Stornetta, president and founder of Produce Careers, with the 2018 Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest honor, at the council's Southern Exposure conference and trade show, scheduled for March 1-3 in Tampa, FL. Stornetta's involvement with the Southeast Produce Council goes back a long way. He attended... Read more
Expensive shipments of tomatoes and heroin, broccoli and marijuana
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered alleged heroin and marijuana valued at $2.4 million within commercial trailers hauling shipments of tomatoes and broccoli in two separate enforcement actions. On Nov. 14, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility... Read more
Registration for third annual Organic Produce Summit to open next week
Retailer and buying organization registration for the third annual Organic Produce Summit will open Nov. 20 on the OPS website. OPS 2018 is scheduled for July 11-12 at the newly renovated Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA. Following the overwhelming success of the previous two events, OPS 2018 will again feature a gala opening reception, a series of... Read more
Holiday cheer starts early at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Market and Amazon introduced new lower prices on best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at Whole Foods Market stores. In addition to various meat and seafood products, organic broccoli, one-pound organic salad mixes, organic russet potatoes and organic sweet potatoes are among the items with lower prices. “These are the latest new lower... Read more
Vidalia onion pioneer W.J. Grimes dies at 84
W.J. Grimes, owner of W.J. Grimes Farms and one of the founding fathers of the Vidalia sweet onion industry, died Nov. 3 at the age of 84 in his Helena, GA, home. Working at W.J. Grimes Farms in McCrae, GA, Mr. Grimes helped bring about controlled atmosphere storage, which was instrumental in allowing grower-shippers to extend their season. With this new method,... Read more
Avocados From Mexico celebrates 20 years in the United States
Last night, Avocados From Mexico hosted a celebration like only one of America’s favorite fruits could — with a fiesta at the Mexican Cultural Institute featuring  the exclusive premiere of the Avocados From Mexico docu-series, Avocadoland, authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks crafted by PBS’ chef Pati Jinich, a panel discussion hosted... Read more