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Whole Foods Market names Angela Lorenzen Pacific Northwest regional president
Whole Foods Market announced that Angela Lorenzen has been named regional president of the company’s Pacific Northwest region. Lorenzen will oversee 22 stores in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, including two stores opening in Eugene, OR, and Victoria, BC, in September and November, respectively. "I’m thrilled to lead our team in the Pacific... Read more
Good attendance at NEPC expo on Cape Cod
BREWSTER, MA — The New England Produce Council's 17th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo, held Sept. 21-23 at the Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, which is located here on historic and beautiful Cape Cod, saw increased attendance from last year's event, according to NEPC Executive Director Laura Sullivan.NEPC President Anthony Sattler of C&S... Read more
Foxy Organic partners with MegaFoods to be exclusive supplier of organic kale
The Nunes Co., marketers of Foxy Organic produce, has entered into a partnership with MegaFood. Foxy will be the exclusive provider of the organic kale used in MegaFood’s reformulated Balanced B Complex. The new product was launched this past week at Expo East, the natural and organic exposition held every year in Baltimore. Matt Seeley of the Nunes Co.... Read more
Uesugi Farms continues strong year-round pepper business, heads to Coachella
Uesugi Farms, a year-round supplier of a variety of peppers, including green, red and yellow Bells, mini sweets and hot peppers, is transitioning to harvesting premium-quality peppers from Northern California to Southern California. With the Northern California pepper harvest coming to a close in the next few weeks, the next location for growing peppers on Uesugi... Read more
International Blueberry Organization announces new president
During the International Blueberry Organization Summit in Argentina and Uruguay the group announced Peter McPherson would take the reigns as the new president, succeeding Chilean Blueberry Committee president Andres Armstrong in the role. McPherson, who is general manager–berry international at Costa Group, one of Australia’s larger integrated fresh... Read more
Whole Foods Market seeking local suppliers for Pennsylvania stores
Whole Foods Market is looking for unique products from local growers and producers to feature in its relocating Lexington, PA, store as well as its new South Hills Pittsburgh store. Across the United States, Whole Foods Market stores source from more than 6,500 local suppliers. Whole Foods Market defines local products as grown or produced within 100 miles of... Read more
The Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences will host an Alumni & Industry Friends Reception at this year's PMA Fresh Summit conference in Orlando, FL. The reception, sponsored by Mission Produce and Urban Produce, will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando’s Rock Springs banquet room, across... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms to debut new product at PMA
Ocean Mist Farms will debut the newest member of its award-winning Season & Steam value-added fresh vegetable line at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit in booth No. 642. Ocean Mist Farms’ Season & Steam Sweet Baby Broccoli is packaged in an innovative Steamfast microwavable pack that gives users the option to open the bag, pre-season... Read more
Black Gold Farms' red potato harvest under way in the Red River Valley
Black Gold Farms is digging in the fields of the Red River Valley and anxious to begin shipping red potatoes to its customers. Harvest will run for about four weeks with the majority of the harvest stored, packed and shipped out of Black Gold Farms' expanded packing facility in East Grand Forks, MN. This year’s red potato growing season was not like last... Read more
New Market 32 store committed to organic and local produce
The Golub Corp. cut the ribbon on its first “ground up” Market 32 in Connecticut earlier this week. The new store includes a wide ranging, colorful and fresh produce department with mountains of heirloom tomatoes, fresh bunches of herbs and a wide variety of mushrooms and peppers. Market 32 is dedicated to finding local providers for produce —... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Halfmoon Farms LLC satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. In February the USDA imposed sanctions on the company for failing to pay an $8,066 award in favor of a California seller.  As a result of satisfying the reparation order, the Salt Lake City-based company... Read more
Tom Stenzel's keynote address opens NEPC expo
BREWSTER, MA — The New England Produce Council's 17th annual Produce, Floral & Foodservice Expo began Wednesday, Sept. 21, with a presentation by Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh Produce Association, who delivered the keynote address, titled, "We're Driving a Fresh Revolution." Stenzel began his presentation by noting... Read more
Village Farms to host Greenhouse Guru marketplace at Epcot festival
Village Farms will be participating in the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The Heathrow, FL-based company will be one of 30 global marketplaces at the popular festival that draws guests from around the world. The new Greenhouse Guru marketplace will feature a food and beverage kiosk serving a number... Read more
Ahold USA forms exclusive partnership with Queen Latifah
Ahold USA announced an exclusive partnership with award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer Queen Latifah on a unique and groundbreaking floral line. The Queen Collection is a first-of-its-kind line of floral bouquets and plants designed by Queen Latifah, reflecting her iconic style with beautiful arrangements and premium-quality flowers. Beginning... Read more
GreenFruit Avocado introduces new Sesame Street packaging
Just two years into the successful launch of the Eat Brighter campaign, Mexican avocado marketer GreenFruit Avocados has joined other fresh fruit and vegetables suppliers to offer avocados in the Sesame Street brand. GreenFruit Avocados plans to introduce its new Sesame Street branded avocado bags at this year’s Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit... Read more
Catania Worldwide and Stellar Distributing keep growing their supply of figs, kiwis, limes
Catania Worldwide and Stellar Distributing will continue shipping more and more figs, kiwifruit and limes to North American markets. They have built new facilities in Mexico and are working on new facilities in the United States to meet consumer demand for these commodities. “Retailers across North America have always been in love with figs, and now that... Read more
The Hass Avocado Board is setting its sights on a new five-year strategic plan to fuel industry prosperity and focus on a vision of catapulting the Hass avocado to America’s number one consumed fruit. The Hass Avocado Board mapped out a game plan focusing on six priorities. In the new plan, building demand, nutrition research and affairs, supply and demand... Read more
Whole Foods boosting children’s access to produce through grant program
Whole Kids Foundation, the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market, and United Health Foundation are awarding a total of $200,000 to nine schools and nonprofit organizations through the Healthy Kids Innovation Grant Program, which was created to fund the next generation of ideas to improve children’s nutrition. Recipients were chosen for... Read more
Taylor Farms solar installation a milestone for REC Solar
REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, in conjunction with Taylor Farms, has surpassed 100 installations for the agriculture sector. To reach this milestone, REC Solar and Taylor Farms, a leading producer of value-added produce in North America, completed a one-megawatt project in Gonzales, CA. This installation is part of Taylor... Read more
Southeast Produce Council to celebrate ‘History, Heroes & Hospitality’
The Southeast Produce Council’s 2016 Southern Innovations Symposium will feature an array of dynamic speakers, the return of its Bright Ideas Platform, the president’s State-of-the-Council address and the election of new officers, with plenty of time for networking and fun-filled events. This year’s event, formerly known as the fall conference,... Read more