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The Wonderful Co. has positioned itself as the No. 1 growth leader among all multibillion-dollar consumer packaged goods companies, as well as the No. 1 growth leader in produce in 2017. That’s according to data provided by market research firm IRI. In addition, a study released today by the Boston Consulting Group and IRI measuring growth across all CPG categories positions Wonderful as the top growth leader amongst all midsize companies in the U.S. ($1 billion to $5.5 billion in retail sales).The-Wonderful-Company

A deeper dive into the IRI data reveals that Wonderful ranks in the top five for adding dollars to the entire CPG industry and accounted for an astounding 5 percent of all CPG growth. As the only multibillion-dollar company with double-digit growth at 13 percent, it underscores that part of the reason for Wonderful’s success is the popularity of convenient nutrition and wellness products.

“More than half of U.S. households already buy a Wonderful product each year, and IRI data in concert with this study clearly demonstrates that our healthy offerings are resonating with consumers,” said Adam Cooper, vice president of marketing for The Wonderful Co.  “The Wonderful Company is relentlessly focused on driving healthier eating options. Over the past 10 years, we’ve invested more than $3 billion in capital and $1 billion in marketing and brand building. With these investments, and consumers increasingly seeking nutritious choices, Wonderful is poised for even more growth in the future.”

The BCG report notes that Wonderful and a handful of other CPG leaders were able to buck the trend of declining sales experienced by most midsize and large companies. They did so by developing differentiated offerings for their core audience, targeting consumers with greater precision, and relying on inorganic as well as organic growth to bolster their portfolios and facilitate expansion into new markets.

The report’s findings were based on the growth performance of more than 400 CPG companies with annual U.S. retail sales exceeding $100 million. The analysis, which covered both public and private companies, focused on what consumers actually buy in measured channels, as opposed to what factories ship. Companies were ranked on a combination of three metrics: dollar sales growth, volume sales growth, and market share gains. The study also analyzed trends that drove performance in the sector.

The days of summer citrus offerings being limited to juices and frozen products are long gone. Today, Duda Farm Fresh Foods makes fresh, high-quality citrus fruits available in the summer months because of the company’s strong import programs.

The company, now in its 16th year importing summer citrus, has added Cara Cara oranges to its lineup this season.

After the United States markets are out of the citrus growing season, imported citrus enters the country starting in early May. This year, the Southern Hemisphere experienced optimal pre-season weather. The result is that Dandy brand fruit is expected to have good sugar levels and great eating quality along with an increase in volume.

Alberto Cuellar, vice president of global business for the Oviedo, Fl-based company, said Duda Farm Fresh Foods is sourcing its summer citrus fruits from Chile, Uruguay and Peru.

“Our lineup of fresh citrus includes easy peelers such as clementines and mandarins, lemons, Cara Caras and Navels,” said Cuellar. “This year, easy peelers arrived the first week of May. Oranges are expected in limited volumes by mid-June, and lemons will run in July and August. The citrus import season typically lasts through late October, depending on weather conditions in the production regions.”

To ensure consumers receive excellent tasting fruit, Duda maintains its long-lasting relationships in the Southern Hemisphere to provide richer flavors and consistent quality. For the past 16 seasons, the Dandy brand has primarily sourced fruit from Chile, Uruguay and Peru, and it looks to continue bringing high-quality products to the United States from these growing regions.Chilean-Clems

“Our imported citrus program is something which we have worked hard to maintain over the years,” said Dan Duda, president of Duda Farm Fresh Foods. “Providing consistent, high-quality citrus offerings to our customers is one of our main priorities. We are proud to have a dedicated team of employees who have strong grower partnerships which deliver first class citrus solutions.”

Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a leading grower, shipper, processor and marketer of a wide range of fresh vegetables and citrus. Domestically, the company’s primary growing locations are in Florida, California, Arizona, Georgia and Michigan.

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons Inc., a family-owned, diversified land company, also based in Oviedo.

Cuellar noted that Duda Farm Fresh Foods is expecting an increase in volume in its summer citrus program this year.

“Optimal pre-season weather in the Southern Hemisphere, along with increased customer demand, are resulting in the higher volumes,” he said.

Products grown and marketed by Duda Farm Fresh Foods, including its citrus items, are sold under the Dandy label and are distributed nationwide.

The company has also added a shipping point in Los Angeles to better service its customers.

“Duda Farm Fresh Foods is partnering with Maruzen of America in its repacking and cold storage facility on the west coast,” said Cuellar. “This facility will help provide door-to-door service for the incoming citrus fruits. It is located in the convenient freight lane in Los Angeles, which allows us to efficiently and conveniently service our customers.”

He added that the good growing conditions for summer crop translates to great taste.

“We expect to have consistent eating quality and condition on all summer citrus throughout the season,” said Cuellar. “We now hope that the mild weather continues and allows us to have a good season.”

With less than one month to go before the third annual Organic Produce Summit, organizers are touting a 30 percent increase in attendance, including over 250 retail buyers participating in the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together producers and buyers of the organic fresh produce industry. OPS 2018 will be held July 11-12 at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, CA.op

The two–day OPS kicks off with sold-out retailer/buyer tours at five of the nation's leading organic fresh produce companies and follows with a series of educational sessions and keynote presentations focused on the opportunities, challenges and look into the future of organic fresh produce. The event concludes with a sold-out exhibition featuring 130 organic fresh produce growers, shippers and processors networking with retailers, wholesalers and buyers from across North America.

“As we head into our final month before the show, it’s been very gratifying to see the growth of the show and the continued support of our attendees and the industry as a whole,” said Susan Canales, president of OPS. “Participation from the retail and buying communities is tremendous and our educational program is second to none. OPS provides all attendees with the right balance of education, information and networking. We hear all the time that OPS is an event where contacts are made and deals are done. We’re excited to make this year’s OPS the best yet.”

The OPS 2018 educational program will feature six sessions on a range of issues related to organic fresh produce:

  • Deep Dive - Organic Sales Analysis and the Why Behind the Buy
  • Organics and the Media – New Landscape of Information
  • The Organic Supply Chain I & II – Opportunities and Challenges
  • E-Grocery and the Future of Organic Fresh Produce at Retail
  • Organic Ingredients – Creating New Opportunities in the Produce Department

The educational sessions will be followed by two keynote presentations featuring Dan Buettner, noted journalist and discoverer of Blue Zones, and Geoff White, president of OWN Brands.

The keynotes will conclude with the Retailer Roundtable, featuring panelists Roger Harkrider, director of produce for Meijer; Ron McCormick, senior director of global produce sourcing at Walmart Stores Inc; and Randy Riley, director of produce merchandising for Kroger. Tonya Antle, co-founder of the Organic Produce Network, will serve as moderator for the Retailer Roundtable, one of the most anticipated events at OPS 2018.

Featuring candid commentary and thought-provoking discussion, the Retailer Roundtable will highlight how each retailer incorporates organic fresh produce in their operations, as well as their analysis on the challenges, opportunities and future of the multi-billion-dollar organic fresh produce industry.

Canales said registration for the event will remain open until show dates, with same-day on-site registration also available. For additional information about OPS 2018, visit www.organicproducesummit.com.

Supervalu announced a proposal to reorganize the company’s corporate structure to further facilitate the company’s strategic transformation, among other benefits to stockholders. This proposal, as outlined in Supervalu’s preliminary proxy statement/prospectus filed June 12, would result in a reorganization of the company’s corporate structure into a holding company structure.super

The holding company structure is being proposed to:

  • Organize and further segregate Supervalu’s wholesale and retail operations in an operationally efficient and strategic manner, including to separate the wholesale and retail operations held by Supervalu Inc., its current public company entity;
  • Facilitate the company’s previously announced strategic transformation plan to sell certain retail assets to third parties;
  • Better segregate the liabilities of the company into their respective business segments;
  • Increase Supervalu’s strategic, business and financial flexibility; and
  • Enable the company to achieve its strategic transformation plan in a tax-efficient manner that may facilitate the ability to utilize a material portion of Supervalu’s capital loss carryforward, which could generate approximately $300 million of cash tax benefits for the company over the next approximately 15 years.

“We have been executing a strategic transformation of our business over the last two years to become the wholesale supplier of choice for grocery retailers across the United States, while also executing initiatives to deliver long-term stockholder value,” said Mark Gross, Supervalu’s president and chief executive officer. “The proposed holding company structure is another significant and important undertaking by our team that would support and advance our transformation by further separating our wholesale and retail operations in a tax efficient manner.”

Supervalu stockholders are being asked to consider and vote upon the holding company proposal at the company’s 2018 annual meeting of stockholders. The holding company proposal and realizing the desired benefits from the reorganization are subject to certain conditions and future events, including approval by stockholders.

In celebration of World Avocado Month, Avocados From Peru is sponsoring two consumer-facing activations: free Peruvian avocado topping to Orioles fans at the game on Father’s Day (June 17) and Peru at the Zoo at Baltimore Zoo throughout July.afp

AFP’s renewed partnership with Entercom Baltimore (formerly CBS Radio) brings a free avocado topping to the June 17 Orioles game. AFP will have three tables set up around Oriole Park handing out free Peruvian avocado topping to fans, who can try the Peruvian avocados topping by itself or enjoy it on top of their purchased food.

Peru at the Zoo will take place at the Maryland Zoo throughout July and will include AFP signage at the zoo and radio traffic support sponsorships on all Entercom Baltimore radio stations. Additionally, AFP prize packs will be given away in an exciting text-to-win campaign that will include gift cards, zoo admission tickets and other premiums courtesy of AFP.

AFP will also be hosting Breakfast with the Chimps at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on July 14, featuring delicious avocado toast. Anyone who visits the zoo that day will be given a delicious avocado in a customized AFP ripening bag as they exit the Zoo.

“Our Peru at the Zoo activation is the first of its kind,” said Xavier Equihua, chief executive officer and president of the Peruvian Avocado Commission. “It will engage consumers of all ages and spark significant excitement around America’s favorite summer avocado. We are also thrilled to be renewing our partnership with Entercom Baltimore this year given the success this initiative has achieved in past years.”

For more information on Peru at the Zoo visit www.avocadosfromperu.com.