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Whole Foods honors supplier award winners
Whole Foods Market has announced the winners of its eighth annual Supplier Awards, honoring suppliers for their outstanding achievements in 2019 and ongoing commitments to quality, environmental stewardship, organic integrity, innovation, purpose and partnership. This year’s honorees include local, regional and national brands across all product categories. The... Read more
Northwest pear crop update
Superfresh Growers is pleased with the recent pace of Northwest pear movement. It is positioned to have pears well into summer, and will have Green Anjou pears right up to new crop pear season. Superfresh Growers projects having Bosc pears available into April, supporting spring promotions. Anjou and Bosc pears are in good supply, with similar movement to the... Read more
Abandon your networking nerves with Connect 2 Potential
If walking into a networking event makes you anxious, you are not alone, according to Wendy McManus, executive leadership coach with Connect 2 Potential. McManus has taught networking skills as part of her group coaching programs for the past two years. It has become clear, she said, that many people struggle with these situations. The solution, said McManus,... Read more
Hy-Vee acquires Iowa stores
Hy-Vee Inc. has acquired four QT convenience store locations in the Des Moines metro that will re-open under the Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express brand on March 20. In the upcoming days, all four QT locations will begin renovations. Hy-Vee Fast & Fresh Express will have traditional convenience store offerings, as well as a variety of meal and snack options,... Read more
GR Fresh breaks ground on new site
Family owners, McAllen city officials, financiers and others gathered Feb. 20 at the McAllen, TX, construction site of a new cold storage for GR Fresh. GR Fresh broke ground on its new warehouse in Mission’s Sharyland Business Center after overcoming bureaucratic setbacks. This is five minutes away from its current location in McAllen, TX. The company hopes... Read more
With eye on future San Miguel Produce shifts focus
As part of its strategic growth plan, San Miguel Produce Inc. announced key changes to its business operations to increase efficiency, ensure supply year-round and promote the long-term sustainability of the company. After over 43 years of farming in Ventura County, CA, the company will significantly reduce its growing footprint and will instead partner with... Read more
Wegmans, Publix and  Nugget Markets have been named one of the 2020 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  Wegmans and Publix have been on the list every year, and this year... Read more
Apple volumes rise, dollar sales decline
Apple volumes rose nationally (up 1.8 percent) for the second consecutive month yet continue to show decline in dollar sales (down 3.6 percent) over last year. Stemilt revealed these facts and more in its latest episode of Fast Facts The Cast. The video podcast provides retailers with apple category performance stats and analysis based on Nielsen scan data... Read more
Vine Line expands Midwest footprint with new cold-storage, distribution facility
With a long lineage of success as one of the top distributors located within the Midwest, Vine Line has recently opened a state-of-the art cold storage and distribution facility in Cedar Rapids, IA. The vision behind the 46,000-square-foot facility is to develop new pipelines throughout the Midwest. Vine Line has been able to leverage its preexisting relationships,... Read more
Raley’s launches new campaign to celebrate 85th anniversary
In celebration of the company’s 85th anniversary, Raley’s is launching a new integrated campaign, entitled “Good Never Stops.” The campaign is intended to honor the everyday moments when Raley’s team members, customers and partners make a positive impact in their communities. The “Good Never Stops” campaign launched online with a video highlighting... Read more
It is Prime Time for spring asparagus
Prime Time International is expecting a bountiful harvest of asparagus from northern Mexico’s Caborca growing region this spring. The Coachella, CA-based firm is a year-round supplier of both conventional and organic green asparagus, along with other key produce items. “Our current production is coming up with really good supplies out of Caborca, Mexico. There... Read more
Grimmway Southeast shipping carrots, organic veg through spring
Grimmway Farms, a global produce leader and producer of carrots, is providing customers with a regional solution through its Lake Park, GA, processing facility currently shipping carrots and organic vegetables across the Southeast region and Eastern Seaboard. The California-based company is offering conventional and organic carrot products in addition to almost... Read more
What would a world without packaging look like? Every item in the produce department would be displayed in bulk form. What if there were no poly bags available in which to place your bulk items? Shoppers would have to put all those items into their shopping cart loose. What if shoppers wanted information about an item, its origin, nutritional value or recipe... Read more
Remembering Hugh Branch: the ‘Sweet Corn King’
Hugh Hinton Branch, considered the “Sweet Corn King” and a pillar in the sweet corn industry, died on Jan. 23 at the age of 95 in Belle Glade, FL. Mr. Branch was an icon in the produce industry, starting his 60-year career in 1957 as the founder of Hugh Branch Inc., known today as Branch: A Family of Farms. “Hugh’s company is the sweet corn leader and they... Read more
BlackCreek Orchard deploys Cherry Vision 3.0
Australian Packinghouse BackCreek Orchard recently deployed UNITEC’s Cherry Vision 3.0 technology and spoke to how its improved their operations. “Cherry Vision 3.0 sees the totality of the cherry,” said Stuart Walton, owner of BackCreek Orchards. “It doesn’t miss the apical part of the fruit, while many other companies’ cameras do.” Walton also cited UNITEC’S... Read more
The Coastal Cos. acquired Lancaster Foods from Guest Services Inc., a hospitality management company based in Fairfax, VA. Lancaster Foods, a leading retail produce distributor and processor, joins Coastal Sunbelt Produce, East Coast Fresh and Hearn Kirkwood as subsidiaries of The Coastal Cos. The addition of Lancaster Foods greatly enhances The Coastal Cos.’... Read more
Industry veteran Dennis Joseph Donovan mourned
A Celebration of Life for industry veteran Dennis Joseph Donovan will be held on Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:00 p.m. at Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas, CA. Mr. Donovan died Jan. 30 at 90 years old. Denny Donovan, as he was called throughout his life, was born on Nov. 24, 1929, in Louisville, KY, but the family moved to California in the 1940s as his father,... Read more
Del Monte Fresh introduces Better Break for ultimate plant-forward snacking
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc., one of North America’s leading marketers and distributors of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, announced the launch of an exciting new product to join its robust lineup of convenient and wholesome lunch and snack solutions. The Better BreakTM convenience line, available nationwide later this summer,... Read more
Loffredo Fresh rebrand reflects expanded offerings
Loffredo Fresh Foods, an Iowa-based food distributor long known and respected for its delivery of fresh produce across the Midwest, announced a new company name to reflect its expanded product offering. Loffredo Fresh Foods (formerly Loffredo Fresh Produce) maintains its focus on distributing a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.... Read more
Albertson’s co-chairman headlines OPS keynote presentations
Jim Donald, Albertson’s co-chairman and one of most admired chief executive officers in the world, will be a featured keynote presenter at the fifth annual Organic Produce Summit, joining retail industry veteran Kevin Coupe for a provocative and engaging conversation about the future of the food industry and the role organics will play for consumers and the retail... Read more