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Tops expands Chef’d meal kit line
Tops has added five new Chef’d meal kit varieties to its two fan favorites. Chef’d meal kits, offered exclusively at Tops, are ideal for busy individuals and families on the go. Now with seven varieties of delicious choices to choose from, one for every night of the week, Chef’d meal kits take the pre-planning out of nightly meals and put time back in the... Read more
Mexican grape estimate brings plenty for promotions
HERMOSILLO, SONORA, MEXICO -- Mexico is expected to export 15.85 million boxes of table grapes this spring. This is a decrease by 24 percent, or 5.16 million boxes, from last year’s record crop of 21 million boxes. This year’s total is regarded by the Mexican grape industry as a normal level, with plenty of grapes for retail promotions this spring. Grape quality... Read more
Food Lion to deploy robot associates to 171 stores
Food Lion has introduced in-store helper Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, TN. These helpful robots are currently in four Giant/Martin’s stores in Pennsylvania and the brand plans to deploy them to all 171 Giant/Martin’s stores by the end of 2018. These friendly robotic associates have been roaming the aisles of several Giant/Martin’s stores since last... Read more
Giumarra adds organic Vidalias to lineup
In accordance with the Apr. 20 start date announced by the Vidalia Onion Committee, Giumarra will begin shipping both organic and conventional Vidalia onions the third week of April. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of Nature’s Partner-brand Vidalia onions in bulk and bagged pack styles. “This year, we will have increased volume available... Read more
Organic Grower Summit exhibitor registration now open
Exhibitor booth registration is now open for the Organic Grower Summit, slated for Dec. 12-13 in Monterey, CA. Organic supply chain partners and service providers are encouraged to sign up for a booth at the second annual OGS, which features two days of information, education, and networking opportunities with organic growers. Produced by California Certified... Read more
Warm weather aids Coachella Valley crops
Warm weather is the norm when you grow crops for spring production in California’s Coachella Valley, but fluctuations are commonplace and crops react to those anomalies. Except when there aren’t any. Area grower-shippers interviewed by The Produce News about this year’s spring deal sang the same song: a mild winter led to average growing conditions and average... Read more
Whole Foods recognizes Rainier among Supplier Award honorees
Whole Foods Market celebrated the winners of its sixth annual Supplier Awards last night, spotlighting producers that exemplify the grocer’s mission and core values through their commitment to quality, environmental stewardship, ethical sourcing, and culinary innovation. “Our shoppers look to Whole Foods Market for new and delicious products, and we are honored... Read more
Oppy’s organic apple and pear programs grow to meet demand
With the Organic Produce Network citing an 11 percent increase in organic apple sales volume last year, Oppy is poised to meet the demand with fresh new crop Southern Hemisphere fruit right now. First up are organic Royal Galas from Argentina, welcoming spring with their refreshingly sweet crunch and building in available volume as fruit from Chile arrives in... Read more
Target's new in-store option to deliver convenience for customers
By the end of the month, nearly 60 Target stores in five major cities — Boston, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, DC — will offer guests in-store, at checkout, the option to have their store purchases delivered right to their doorstep. When checking out in store, guests can opt to have their orders delivered the same day during a two-hour... Read more
Heads up: Star Group expanding living lettuce greenhouse project
Responding to consumer demands for innovative, locally grown, clean greens, Whole Leaf as a part of The Star Group, based in Coaldale, AB, is preparing to initiate Phase Two of its Inspired Greens greenhouse program. The initial $30 million project, which was completed in May 2017, introduced new greenhouse technology from around the globe. The Star Group worked... Read more
Natural Grocers boosts employee wages
Natural Grocers has increased the minimum pay at all company stores to $11 per hour. All Natural Grocers good4u crew members also receive an additional $1 per hour in Vitamin Bucks, which can be used for in-store purchases. The minimum pay increase applies to both part-time and full-time Natural Grocers employees and will immediately benefit approximately 700... Read more
Production and packaging for upcoming asparagus season
Todd Greiner Farms Packing LLC, a leading Michigan asparagus grower-packer-shipper, revealed production and packaging plans for the 2018 retail season. To facilitate growth, the company recently completed a 20,000-square-foot addition to its packinghouse, which is the second expansion in the last 12 months and includes two new controlled atmosphere/cold storage... Read more
Mission's Avocado Intel to help grow customers' avocado sales
As part of a continuing effort to strengthen its dominant position in the globa avocado marketplace, Mission Produce launched Avocado Intel, a full-scale avocado knowledge resource exclusively for Mission Produce customers. Offering a full slate of tools, the Avocado Intel program is designed to provide actionable information for Mission’s... Read more
SEPC drives promotion of reinvented roadshow educational program
The Southeast Produce Council is hitting the road in June as it reinvigorates its roadshow program from years past to provide foodservice members with an educational opportunity in which they will gain insight into trends and best practices within the foodservice sector — thus creating the Regional Education of Culinary Information for Produce Executives, known... Read more
ShopRite dietitian awarded scholarship in national nutrition month contest
ShopRite of Little Falls dietitian Heather Shasa, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship after being selected as the winner of the Produce for Kids National Nutrition Month in-store display contest for retail dietitians who receive the free quarterly We Heart RDs resource kit. During National Nutrition Month retail dietitians were encouraged to share photos of their... Read more
Cinco de Mayo promotions for early May
Cinco de Mayo festivities are on the horizon, and Superfresh Growers is targeting Granny Smith apples as a popular promotional item. Granny Smith is one of America’s favorite apples, maintaining the No. 4 placement in top apple varieties. Granny Smith apples continue to stay on trend, as they are the most talked about apple in digital media. These apples are... Read more
In the Trenches: On-the-job training is an unequaled teaching tool
Here is a scenario that often occurs when new employees are hired and sent to the produce department. Joe, the produce manager, welcomes Scott and Laura into his department as newly hired employees. Joe gives them a fast tour of the surroundings and explains a few of their duties. After a short 30-minute talk, Joe instructs them to go into the back room cooler... Read more
And the retailer with the best customer experience is...
According to the just-published 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings, Wegmans ranks No. 1 for providing the best customer experience of any supermarket in the country, and in fact, received the highest overall score of any of the 318 companies across 20 different industries that were evaluated. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Temkin has measured customer... Read more
Piñata to be a smash hit for Cinco de Mayo
Stemilt’s proprietary variety, the Piñata apple, found the spotlight this month through popular online food media outlets, So Yummy and Serious Eats. The flavorful tropical apple with culinary qualities was featured in two recipe videos, including one with an everyday apple hack. The Piñata videos will reach more than a million food-minded consumers via these... Read more
Tanimura & Antle’s Rick Antle succumbs to cancer
Rick Antle, president and chief executive officer of Tanimura & Antle, the largest lettuce and vegetable producer in the Salinas Valley, died Saturday, April 14, after a short battle with cancer. He was 61. Mr. Antle grew up in the family business as the grandson of vegetable pioneer Bud Antle and son of the equally imposing Bob Antle. He began his career... Read more