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Viva Fresh Expo widely acclaimed

Viva-LeadersThe fifth annual Viva Fresh Expo convened April 25-27 near San Antonio, TX, at the J.W. Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa. The convention was attended by about 2,300 industry members, including 374 produce buyers. There were 169 booths at the show.

The event was universally praised for its manageable size: exhibitors were pleased by the chance to visit with many customers. The food was excellent with flavors, variety and great presentation. The speakers offered useful and interesting messages. Viva Fresh will return to the venue April 30-May 2, 2020.

Apeel, Starr Ranch partner to offer longer-lasting organic apples
Apeel Sciences announced a new partnership with Wenatchee, WA-based Starr Ranch Growers, furthering its presence in the organic apple category. “We are thrilled to partner with Starr Ranch Growers knowing that their dedication to sustainable growing practices to provide high quality, premium produce aligns with our own Read More ...
COVID-19 triggers shifts in consumer food preferences
The coronavirus and government quarantines have triggered significant shifts in consumer shopping behavior, packaging preferences as well as purchase priorities. That’s the topline finding from a national consumer survey released by Category Partners. According to a national study of 2,000 consumers, survey participants say Read More ...
Lidl opens new regional distribution center to meet customer needs
Lidl formally opened its state-of-the-art regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, MD. The new 700,000-square-foot facility will serve as the backbone of Lidl’s regional store network, quickly supplying products to stores in five states. Lidl invested more than $100 million in the project which will Read More ...
Consumers turn to apples in challenging times
Americans are stocking up on apples as they contend with the COVID-19 crisis, especially Gala, Honeycrisp, Fuji and Granny Smith. Consumers are favoring packaged apples, which jumped up 34 percent in volume in the last four weeks ending March 21, and likely more than that since. As consumers hunker down, they are turning to Read More ...
Progressive Produce anticipates late spring and summer asparagus supply
As consumers continue to look for fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables to serve their families during these difficult times, Progressive Produce will begin shipping its strongest supply of the year of nutritious and versatile asparagus to shoppers across the United States and Canada. "As retailers discover what the new Read More ...

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