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Meijer, Produce for Kids celebrate 15 years, $1.3 million
The healthy eating-focused Produce for Kids campaign again is joining forces with Meijer this September to raise fundsfor the nutrition education program Jump with Jill. The partnership has funded 200 in-school nutrition shows since 2014. Since 2003 the Meijer campaign, supported by Meijer produce brands, has raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,... Read more
Acme, Dole partner to jumpstart healthy diets
Acme, Dole and the Captain Planet Foundation share in the belief that developing healthy eating habits begins long before you are grocery shopping for yourself and your family. It’s a lifelong process that starts in childhood as we are discovering and expanding our tastes and palates. "We are bringing this belief to life as we launch the Project Learning Garden... Read more
Senator Heitkamp and Representative Davis  to keynote United Fresh Washington Conference
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Rep. Rodney Davis  (R-IL) will provide their unique perspectives on crucial produce industry issues as keynote speakers at the annual United Fresh Washington Conference, September 24-26 in Washington, DC. During their keynote addresses, Heitkamp and Davis will offer an overview of what Congress will be working on during the... Read more
Smitten in the Mitten: Belleharvest ships first Michigan Smitten apple
The Midwest’s first commercial harvest of the Smitten apple variety launched Sept. 17 at Belleharvest Sales Inc., in Belding, MI. The fruit is expected to arrive on retail shelves by about Sept. 27. Chris Sandwick, vice president of sales and marketing for BelleHarvest, told The Produce News that “demand has been very, very encouraging. We’ve been getting... Read more
IPC keeps on truckin’ with new TV ads
Idaho Potato Commission President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Muir can hardly constrain his enthusiasm when he talks about the two new television ads the commission has created for the 2018 marketing season. Both ads continue the theme of the fun, popular and award-winning TV campaigns of the last several years that play off of the highly successful ongoing... Read more
Supervalu has entered into a definitive agreement to sell 19 of its 36 Shop ‘n Save grocery stores, primarily located in the St. Louis, MO, area, to Schnuck Markets Inc. The transaction is planned to occur with a staggered close process that is currently expected to finish by late October 2018, subject to customary closing conditions. As part of the acquisition,... Read more
Giumarra's new Sugar & Spice persimmon coming this fall
The Giumarra Cos. will offer a new, proprietary persimmon variety, Sugar & Spice, this fall. The persimmon is shaped like a traditional Hachiya persimmon but has a ready-to-eat texture like a Fuyu. “We sampled Sugar & Spice last fall with a select group of customers, and the response to the flavor was overwhelmingly positive,” said Jeannine Martin, director... Read more
US Foods honors Mann Packing as produce supplier of the year
US Foods Holding Corp. announced the winners of its 2018 Supplier of the Year Awards, the company’s annual vendor recognition program. Mann Packing Co. won the company's Produce Award. Three additional companies were selected by US Foods out of more than 3,000 of its vendor partners to receive top honors during the company’s Fall Food Lovers Forum in Chicago.... Read more
Procacci Brothers celebrates its 70th anniversary
PRIDE. That is the word that best sums up what enabled Procacci Brothers Sales Corp. to not only survive in the produce industry for 70 years, but to also thrive. Founded in 1948 by brothers Joe and Mike Procacci selling repacked tomatoes out of their Camden, NJ, basement, the Philadelphia-based company has grown to be a leader in the field in the North American... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Intermex Products LLC, operating out of Bronx, NY, for failing to pay a... Read more
In the Trenches: Labor crunching causes difficult produce department conditions
Suppose you wanted to buy a new car. You visit four different well-managed and friendly automobile dealerships to browse various models. Then you enter a fifth dealership showroom and see dusty cars, coffee-stained counters, cluttered sales offices and broken floor tiles. That disturbing showroom scenario would certainly send an uncomfortable message to a customer.... Read more
Ahold Delhaize ranked among sustainability leaders
The 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index ranked Ahold Delhaize among the industry leaders in the Food and Staples Retailing sector for the third consecutive year. Ahold Delhaize achieved an overall score of 72 out of a 100, well above the sector average score of 35. Within the industry, Ahold Delhaize was particularly recognized for health and nutrition,... Read more
Heat up pear sales with kid-size fruit
As hot summer temperatures drop around the country, retailers can expect the pear category to heat up significantly this fall with a larger pear crop coming off the tree in a range of sizes. Stemilt Growers is encouraging retailers to boost their pear category now by using branded products, like Lil Snappers kid-size fruit, to increase sales and rate of pear... Read more
Dates: ‘feet in water, head in Fire’
California’s Coachella Valley, with high temperatures and a steady water supplier, is the perfect situation for the growing of dates. Date palms are said to thrive with their feet in water and heads in the sun because they need plenty of ground water to drink, but high heat and arid weather to produce fruit. As such, date palms produce fruit only in the world’s... Read more
Courchesne Larose celebrates centenary in style
Courchesne Larose, a leading distributors of fresh fruits and vegetables, is planning big things to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Over 100 days, a host of activities will be held to mark the occasion in a very special way. Members of the public will be invited to play a part in the festivities, as the centennial celebrations culminate with... Read more
Target to hire 120,000 seasonal workers
Target Corp. announced plans to hire approximately 120,000 seasonal team members across the country for the upcoming holiday season, a 20 percent increase over last year’s hiring commitment. In addition, the company will continue to offer extra hours to current team members to accommodate their interest and availability. The announcement is a continuation of... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on three produce businesses — Nature Fresh Trading, Produce Delights and Durangito Produce — for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. The following businesses and individuals are currently restricted from operating in the produce industry: Nature... Read more
Big expectations, opportunities for berries
Data from the most recent report by the Nielsen Perishables Group revealed that the berry category (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries) made up 9 percent of overall produce sales for the past year. Experts cite berries’ health benefits and year-round availability for the category’s biggest numbers and best showing ever. With berries being... Read more
Late September primed for  Peruvian asparagus promotions
U.S. importers of Peruvian asparagus were in agreement that promotable volume will hit the retail shelves by late September and good supplies should reign supreme through Thanksgiving and into December. Mexico’s asparagus shipments were dwindling down as August turned to September with Peru not quite ready to fill the gap. Consequently, the f.o.b. price rose... Read more
Storms to disrupt Thanksgiving vegetable markets
EDINBURG, TX — National Thanksgiving vegetable supplies will be disrupted. “You can bank on it,” said Jimmy Bassetti, the president of J&D Produce Inc. Bassetti's Sept. 12 forecast was based on more than the imminent damage looming for Southeastern growers from Hurricane Florence. In Bassetti’s home state of New Jersey, and in other Northeastern states,... Read more