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Jazz apples to energize shoppers, sales
Jazz apples are set to energize shoppers across North America, with a fitness-forward promotion to spark healthy habits, boost workouts and build excitement around the brand. Energize is a super-refreshing shopper contest from Jazz, launching the week of Jan. 20 and running through February. When shoppers visit jazzapple.com/us/win-with-jazz , submit Jazz proof... Read more
Hy-Vee makes executive changes
Longtime Hy-Vee executive Jay Marshall has been elevated to the position of vice chairman for the grocery chain, the latest step in his 38-year career with Hy-Vee. The company also announced the retirement of Brett Bremser, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. With Bremser’s retirement, current Hy-Vee Executive Vice President Darren Baty... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued... Read more
Moxxy wins award for sliced apples bags, apple sauce labels
Moxxy Marketing has been awarded a silver Davey Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts for its work on the Peterson Farms Treats brand of sliced apples and apple sauce for school foodservice programs. Moxxy developed a line of whimsical sliced-apple bag designs for school lunchrooms to feature throughout the year including winter, back-to-school,... Read more
Retirement leads to new leadership for Dillons, Kroger's Central division
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Pam Matthews, president of the Central division, and promotions of Colleen Juergensen — currently president of the Dillions division — to president of the Central division and Steve Dreher — currently vice president of the Dillions division — to president of the Dillions division. Matthews will retire from the company,... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued... Read more
The key to taking advantage of avocado opportunities
The Hass Avocado Board just released a new Avocado Category Market Development Tool designed to help retailers and industry stakeholders identify, quantify and prioritize potential market-level opportunities for 45 markets. Each market has a unique profile, which varies significantly by population, category development, and other measures using a multi-metric... Read more
Whole Foods improving fresh food access
Whole Cities Foundation, a nonprofit created by Whole Foods Market that works alongside community-based organizations to improve neighborhood health by broadening access to fresh food and nutrition education, announced that Newark, NJ, organizations can apply now for $150,000 in grants through Feb. 20. The grant funding launches an additional three-year commitment... Read more
New PBH awards announced for Have A Plant promoters
The Produce for Better Health Foundation is grateful for industry professionals, influencers and individuals who are advancing happier, healthier lives through the consumption of fruits and vegetables. PBH will be recognizing outstanding leaders for these efforts as well as those who have promoted the Have A Plant Movement at its annual awards and recognition... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued... Read more
Fairway to sell five NYC stores, distribution center
Fairway Market has filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to complete its strategic sale process.  The company has entered into a stalking horse asset purchase agreement with Village Super Market Inc. to sell up to 5 New York City Fairway stores and its distribution... Read more
Ocean Mist Farms kicks off Coachella's winter artichoke season
Ocean Mist Farms, a leading grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S. and grower of winter globe artichokes in the Coachella Valley, announced the launch of Coachella artichoke season. While traditionally the peak season for artichokes has been in the spring, Ocean Mist Farms has leveraged its 100 years of artichoke expertise to develop a proprietary... Read more
Harvest of L&M Simply Sun Bell peppers expected through April
L&M Cos. has begun harvesting Simply Sun Bell peppers in Florida, with the harvest expected to continue in LaBelle and Palmetto through April 2020.  Field grown from an exclusive seed variety, red and yellow Simply Sun Bell peppers are naturally sun-ripened and offer a deep red color and a flavor profile that features the same sweetness as hot house-grown... Read more
Joe Atchison named NJDA's director of marketing
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher announced Jan. 22 the appointment of Joe Atchison III as director of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Division of Marketing & Development. Atchison has been with the department since 2005. "I am pleased to announce that Joe Atchison has accepted the position as director of the Marketing &... Read more
Molly Ringwald makes Super Bowl ad debut with AFM
Avocados From Mexico announced in its first teaser, titled “Tiara,” that it has partnered with Golden Globe-nominated actress, singer and author Molly Ringwald for its 2020 Super Bowl advertisement. Take a sneak peek at what the Always Worth It brand and Ringwald are cooking up for this year’s Big Game in the “Tiara” teaser. “Our creative concept is... Read more
United Fresh Start Foundation grants expanding children’s access to fresh produce
United Fresh Start Foundation announced the eight recipients of its 2020 Community Innovation Grants Program. The program funds initiatives that aim to increase children’s access, selection and consumption of fresh produce whether at home, on weekends, during the summer, while out to eat, or outside the traditional school day. “The important work of the Foundation... Read more
Meijer ready to unleash a flood of discounted fresh food
After a successful pilot program that cut down on in-store food waste by more than 10 percent, Meijer is expanding the sustainability effort to all its stores starting next month. The initiative allows customers to purchase food nearing its sell-by date — like meat, produce, seafood, deli and bakery products — at up to 50 percent off on the Flashfood app, and... Read more
Expect a sweet season for Florida strawberries
Florida’s popular winter crop is yielding higher quantities in response to consumer demand. The first trays of Florida strawberries left Plant City mid-November, despite cooler temperatures limiting early yields and fruit size. As of January, the number of strawberries shipped to date showed a 56 percent increase from last year. This is a promising start to the... Read more
Jerrold Williams joins executive team at Stater Bros. Markets
Stater Bros. Markets has named Jerrold Williams as senior vice president of human resources. In this role, Williams will report directly to Stater Bros. President Greg McNiff and will oversee Stater Bros.’ administration division, which includes the company’s human resources, labor relations, equal employment opportunity compliance, insurance administration,... Read more
Mission Produce Inc., one of the world’s most advanced avocado networks, announced Tuesday, Jan. 21 that it is establishing operations in South Africa in partnership with ZZ2 and Core Fruit. The new partnership will create the most powerful trading platform for avocados produced in Africa, bringing the world’s finest African avocados to booming markets such as... Read more