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Arrive Logistics announced a new division, Arrive Fresh, focused on filling the void in capacity and service for the most perishable shipments in the U.S. Piloted in 2019, Arrive Fresh provides sensitive freight shippers, such as farmers, fresh food suppliers and retailers, with a tailored approach to service. Arrive Fresh is a centralized experienced team that... Read more
Avocado-focused restaurant to drive avo-innovation on menus nationwide
America's avocado obsession is being served in new, innovative dishes in Dallas as Avocados From Mexico, in partnership with Trinity Groves, just opened the world’s first polished-casual restaurant focused entirely on avocados. Featuring 29 avocado dishes, 10 avocado cocktails and a full bar, AvoEatery aims to drive innovation on menus nationwide. Avocados From... Read more
The Instacart effect: Job and revenue growth for grocery
A new study reveals the positive economic impact that Instacart, a North American leader in online grocery, has on the broader U.S. retail grocery industry. The study leverages statistical analysis to quantify Instacart's role — deemed The Instacart Effect — in driving significant increases in retail grocery employment and revenue. The study found that by creating... Read more
Registration opens for CPMA Convention & Trade Show
Early bird registrationis under way for the 2020 CPMA Convention & Trade Show, taking place in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre May 12-14. Canada’s largest event dedicated to the produce industry will be celebrating its 95th year by highlighting the Flavours of the World offered by the global produce community. Attendees are able to access... Read more
Ahold kickstarts AI appointments
Ahold Delhaize announced its first Kickstart AI joint appointments to help strengthen AI research and education capabilities and train the next generation of AI researchers. This appointment represents the first step in the company’s commitment to the Kickstart AI platform, announced Oct. 10, 2019. The position provides benefits to the academics through access... Read more
Panel discusses supporting New Jersey produce
A new addition to the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention and Trade Show was a panel on sourcing New Jersey produce, moderated by Joe Atchison, director of marketing and development for the NJDA. The panel featured Felix Donato of the Landisville Produce Growers Co-operative; Paul Ordille, Co-owner of John B. Ordille Inc.; and Bill Nardelli Sr. of Nardelli... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
Whole Foods helps 60 communities with access to healthy food
Whole Cities Foundation, a nonprofit that works alongside community-based organizations to improve neighborhood health by broadening access to fresh food and nutrition education, announced 60 Community First Grants will be awarded this winter to nonprofit organizations in the U.S., and for the first time, in Canada. The Community First Grant Program is designed... Read more
As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet their contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and failing to pay reparation awards issued under... Read more
Chiquita sponsors Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon
For the first time ever, Chiquita teamed up with healthy way of life brand, Life Time, as the official sponsor of the Life Time Miami Marathon & Half Marathon. Near Chiquita’s North America headquarters, the brand supported this local event by fueling athletes with its Chiquita bananas throughout their course journey, as well as participating in the race... Read more
 Wegmans storms Manhattan
Four months after opening in Brooklyn, Wegmans Food Markets is now offering grocery delivery to Manhattan residents with the help of delivery provider Instacart. “Expanding delivery into Manhattan has been on our radar since opening our Brooklyn store,” said Erica Tickle, director of e-Commerce for Wegmans. “We’ve heard from customers this would make life easier... Read more
In response to a lawsuit filed against C.H. Robinson claiming that the firm engaged in illegal business activities, the typically tight-lipped company issued a relatively lengthy denial stating that the complaint is “meritless” and filled with “blatant mischaracterizations and fabrications.”   The CHR response also theorized that the suit was filed so that... Read more
PMA Fresh Connections: Retail attracts key buyers for final year in Philly
More than 35 produce buyers are scheduled to attend Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Connections: Retail event, March 25-26 in Philadelphia, PA, where PMA plans to bring back the best of retail at Philly, so to speak, plus some new attractions before the event goes on the road next year.  Registration... Read more
Second season of Colombian avocados coming from Index Fresh
California-based global avocado marketer Index Fresh is looking forward to the 2020 Colombia season offering high-quality fruit in limited volumes. This is the second season of Index Fresh bringing Colombian avocados to the U.S. market since starting its partnership with Colombian growers last year. “We are very enthusiastic about this opportunity. After 20... Read more
Morning Kiss Organic celebrates Potato Lovers Month
February is Potato Lover's Month, and Morning Kiss Organic is celebrating by giving this versatile food some special recognition. Potatoes are historically among the most popular items in the produce aisle, and with a high consumption rate across demographics, it's safe to say that almost everyone loves potatoes. Morning Kiss Organic offers red, russet and gold... Read more
SEPC issues a challenge to Southern Exposure exhibitors
The Southeast Produce Council Chairman of the Board Brandon Parker of Shuman Farms is encouraging SEPC members to look past what we can get out of Southern Exposure 2020 to feature what we can give back. After choosing a platform of service entitled “Make a Difference” for his term at the helm of the SEPC board of directors, Parker has led the development of... Read more
 Ahold Delhaize closing division in Midwest
Ahold Delhaize USA plans to close the Midwest division of its Peapod online grocery sales business, which comprises $97 million in revenue of the $1.1 billion in total online revenue in the U.S. This decision will enable Ahold Delhaize USA to focus on expanding the leadership position of its brands on the East Coast and execute its strategy of enabling each local... Read more
Dorot Farm carrots launch at Fruit Logistica
Dorot Farm, an exporter of fresh and sweet carrots from Israel, launched product for the new season at Fruit Logistica in Berlin Feb. 5-7. Dorot Farm supplies fresh carrots to the wholesale markets, foodservice, processor and fresh and cut companies, and cello carrots to major retail chains. “The new crop from Dorot Farm looks good, and I’m very happy with the... Read more
Tasteful Selections celebrates 10th anniversary
Tasteful Selections is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Through positive partnerships, dedication and hard work, Tasteful Selections has evolved to a market-leading position as a grower and domestic and international supplier of bite-size potatoes. Over the next several months, consumers can join in the continued celebration as Tasteful Selections revisits... Read more
Kroger names new group VP of corporate affairs
The Kroger Co. announced Keith G. Dailey, Kroger's vice president of corporate affairs, has been promoted to serve as group vice president of corporate affairs. "As a key architect of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Keith's strategic and inclusive leadership has advanced Kroger's position as a national thought leader and authentic advocate for ending hunger, eliminating... Read more