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Mexican produce movement disruption may not be major
NOGALES, AZ – A diesel fuel truck explosion on a Mexican bridge will have “minimal to non-existent” interruption of eastbound produce trade from west Mexico to Texas, according to Dante Galeazzi, chief executive officer and president of the Texas International Produce Association. “The incident affects a portion of the highway in the state of Durango, near... Read more
Wonderful Pistachios announced Tuesday, Jan. 16, a new flavor joining the Wonderful portfolio — Natural Raw Wonderful Pistachios, set to hit store shelves this February, just in time for Heart Health Month. Natural Raw Pistachios are the closest pistachio lovers can get to snacking straight from Wonderful Pistachios’ abundant California orchards. In fact, no... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Cry Baby Foods LLC satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. In August 2014 the USDA imposed sanctions on the Royal City, WA, company for failure to pay a $245,045 award in favor of a North Dakota seller. Cry Baby Foods can continue operating in the... Read more
Autumn Glory-ous milestone for apple variety
Autumn Glory apple momentum continues to build as the apple breaks into the top 20 U.S. apple varieties for November. Ranking No. 18, Autumn Glory saw 280 percent growth versus last November, enjoying the most growth of all apple varieties, based on percentage, according to IRI scan data ending Dec. 3. For the 2017-18 season, the apple is available through April... Read more
O Organics! retailer hits $1 billion milestone
Albertsons Cos.' O Organics label has become a $1 billion brand, a major milestone for one of the nation’s largest brands of USDA-certified organic products, including fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2018, the company expects to introduce 500 or more new products under the O Organics line, from produce, dairy and meats, to deli, snacks and baby items. “Everyone... Read more
The USDA's forecast of 46 million boxes of oranges for the 2017-18 season, unchanged from the December estimate, is down 8 million boxes from the 54 million boxes predicted at the start of the season. “Florida's iconic citrus industry and its growers continue to struggle with the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Irma," said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture... Read more
Unusually cold weather to affect production volumes
Florida will get another round of extreme cold weather tonight, which is expected to be the coldest night of the week throughout the state. Freezing temperatures are expected in Plant City and frost warning for Palmetto/Ruskin Wednesday morning, while Immokalee will be in the mid 30s. Cool temperatures will continue through Friday.  Rain is expected to... Read more
Truck explosion could affect Mexican produce movement for months
NOGALES, AZ -- A diesel tanker truck exploded along the Durango-Mazatlán Highway on the night of Jan. 13. The resulting fire seriously burned about 9,000 square feet of the highway leading from a tunnel to a high suspension bridge. This accident could disrupt the Mexican produce industry for months. This $2.2 billion, four-year-old highway, Mexico Highway... Read more
Viva Fresh golf tournament to raise funds for Brighter Bites
The fourth annual Viva Fresh Open will be held at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort’s renowned TPC golf course on Thursday, April 5 and will launch the 2018 Viva Fresh Expo. Presented by Bebo Distributing Inc. and Wonderful Citrus, this year’s tournament will raise funds for the Brighter Bites organization. “The Viva Fresh Open provides the perfect opportunity... Read more
Whole Foods products boost AmazonFresh sales
With the acquisition of Whole Foods and its Whole Foods’ branded items, Amazon and AmazonFresh’s goal of competing with online grocers seems to be coming to fruition. According to the Wall Street Journal and the data analytics from One Click Retail, AmazonFresh sales are up 35 percent, to $135 million, in the last four months of 2017 compared to the previous... Read more
Promotable volume of Mexican asparagus on the way
Crystal Valley Foods significant volume of Mexican-grown asparagus from the Caborca region in Northern Senora February through March. A 15 percent increase in volume over the same time period last year is expected, as well as good quality product. "The weather in the Caborca region has been excellent and pending continued good weather, we anticipate promotable... Read more
California Giant Berry Farms will once again serve as a premier sponsor for the Tour De Fresh to be held in July this year and is helping to create some new elements to benefit both riders and sponsors. The team at California Giant is already preparing for new and exciting challenges for the riders and additional sponsorship opportunities due to the success... Read more
Customs seizes comingled marijuana-jalapeno shipment
Late last week U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers seized nearly half a million dollars of marijuana comingled within a commercial shipment of jalapenos. The seizure occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at World Trade Bridge when a CBP officer referred a 1997 International tractor trailer hauling the shipment of fresh jalapenos for a secondary examination.... Read more
Stater Bros. makes more leadership changes
Stater Bros. Markets, one of the largest privately owned supermarket chains in Southern California, announced changes to its leadership team that leverage the expertise and experience of key management members to guide and ensure the company’s continued success. Dan Meyer, a 46-year member of the Stater Bros. family will assume the role of executive vice president... Read more
Natural Grocers expands its footprint in Texas
Natural Grocers will open two new stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in early 2018. The first store will open on Jan. 24 in Keller and the second will open Feb. 7 in North Fort Worth. Natural Grocers, which provides the community with access to the highest-quality organic and natural groceries at affordable prices, currently operates 21 stores in Texas. "Every... Read more
Despite challenges, Wisconsin is marketing quality spuds
Wisconsin has just gotten through a very challenging growing and harvesting season. The growing season started off with a wet and cool spring, which ultimately reduced yields by 5 or 10 percent.Tamas Houlihan Wisconsin potato growers got off to a good, traditional beginning of harvest season in August, rolling into September, according to Tamas Houlihan, executive... Read more
Heat out west for strawberries and veggies
Below-average temperatures in Florida are expected to persist all next week, while out west -- from Santa Maria, CA, all the way down through Baja California and deserts of Coachella and Imperial valleys, and Yuma, AZ -- above-average temps temperatures are expected to start today and last through next Wednesday. Vegetables and strawberries are currently... Read more
Walmart giveth, Walmart taketh away and then BJ's giveth
Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores Inc., announced the closure of 63 clubs around the country. The news came the same day Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates, expand maternity and parental leave benefits, and a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates. BJ's Wholesale Club, which operates 180 stores in... Read more
Hazel Technologies partners with Agritrade Farms
Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, announced a new partnership with Agritrade Farms LLC, one of the largest growers of specialty vegetables in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The partnership will initially focus on one of Hazel’s most-recent innovations in post-harvest quality... Read more
Tasteful Selections to launch yearlong Fresh Campaign
Tasteful Selections, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., has launched its yearlong Always Fresh campaign, with insights and inspiration revolving around healthy, nutritious recipes and kitchen tips for more confident meal preparation. “Each quarter we will introduce new recipes and related content to help amateur chefs create inspirational meals for their... Read more