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Kroger hosts third Natural Foods Innovation Summit
The Kroger Co. hosted its third Natural Foods Innovation Summit in partnership with 84.51°, in Cincinnati. Justin Gold, an accomplished, innovative entrepreneur and founder of Justin's, a natural and organic nut butters brand, spoke at the summit. "Kroger's natural and organic category achieved $16.7 billion in sales last year, including $2 billion in Simple Truth sales," said Robert Clark, Kroger's senior vice president... Read more

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Epic Produce Sales LLC will be involved in the Colorado potato deal, shipping from San Luis Valley storage and packing facilities until mid-August, according to Art Miller, president of the firm. Miller said about 95 percent of these spuds will be shipped into Mexico, consistent with Epic’s wide business plan. He noted that by using his Epic Potato brand he... Read more

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Seal the Seasons finds the secret to offering year-round local produce
There is nothing quite like biting into a plump, sweet New Jersey blueberry. Ditto a South Carolina peach, or a Michigan cherry. But as any farmer knows, the seasons are fleeting with excellent local crops being available for only a few weeks each year, leading to market gluts, wasted product and other issues. Officials at Seal the Seasons have solved these... Read more


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Sunkist names new vice president, chief operating officer
Sunkist Growers announced the addition of Christian Harris as the cooperative's chief operating officer. Harris comes to Sunkist from US Foods in Rosemont, IL, where he was vice president fresh produce overseeing 60 distribution centers in the U.S. His career in produce has ranged from growers to retail... Read more