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Sun Basket gets uptick but growth limited
All across the country Americans are sheltering in place with trips out filled with trepidation. As such, it is no surprise that meal delivery companies, like Blue Apron,... Read more
Produce sales during COVID-19 by the numbers
Nobody in the produce industry wants to increase sales at the cost of people falling ill, but the simple fact is that the COVID-19 pandemic has produce sales on the rise.... Read more
Drastic retail shift for Stemilt’s Apple Lover bags
Retailers are shifting their apple categories to bags now that the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Americans at home most of the time. Limited trips to shop for groceries, a... Read more
Duda engages with consumers during unique National Celery Month
For the month of March, Duda Farm Fresh Foods shared its National Celery Month promotion with consumers to elevate the versatility of celery and position it as the “It-gredient.”... Read more
Strong Georgia peach crop in the works
Georgia peach growers are anxiously awaiting first harvest of what is shaping up to be the best crop in years. Harvest is expected to begin around the May 15 and continue... Read more
Stop & Shop to donate 5,000 daily meals at hospitals in NY, NJ and Boston
Stop & Shop will be donating 5,000 free fresh meals every day for healthcare first responders in some of the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Using its substantial... Read more
USDA restricts five PACA violators
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... Read more
Berry People expands to support steady growth
Berry People, a year-round, full-line shipper of branded organic and conventional strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and avocados has created new positions... Read more
Jensie Smith joins Sev-Rend as new relationship manager
Sev-Rend has hired Jensie Smith as its new relationship manager. The company said this lines up with Sev-Rend’s goals to further service its clients in the produce industry... Read more
BJ’s new EVP to lead business transformation
BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc. appointed Paul Cichocki as executive vice president of membership, analytics and business transformation, effective April 1. Cichocki will be responsible... Read more
Bobalu Berry Farms donates to local schools
Oxnard, CA-based grower-shipper Bobalu Berry Farms simply wanted to reach out and help during these difficult times. But its donation of 4,000 one-pound clamshell packs of... Read more
Nature Fresh Farms welcomes Zanelle Hough to sales staff
Nature Fresh Farms Sales expanded its team, welcoming Retail Sales Account Manager Zanelle Hough to its sales department. Hough began her career 14 years ago in logistics... Read more
Produce tag supplier adds face shields for crisis
In mid-March Bedford Industries President Jay Milbrandt saw a news story about hospital employees sewing handmade facemasks to help overcome their shortage of personal protection... Read more
Food Lion to donate 6 million meals amid COVID-19 outbreak
Food Lion Feeds is donating $600,000, the equivalent of 6 million meals, to COVID-19 hunger relief efforts. Of that, $500,000 will be donated locally to community partners... Read more
CMI scales up with Yakima Fruit partnership
Furthering its dedication to being a leading fruit grower, packer and shipper in Washington state, CMI Orchards LLC announced a new strategic partnership with Yakima Fruit... Read more
Building a better produce box
“In times like this, survival has you doing crazy things just to get through,” said Brent Erenwert, chief executive officer of Brothers Produce Houston/Houston Cold Storage. Well,... Read more
CFFA providing plenty of marketing support for Chilean fruit
The Chilean Fresh Fruit Association works with retailers if they need or want marketing support. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic the organization is bolstering its efforts to strengthen... Read more
United Fresh taking trade show virtual
With the continuing COVID-19 crisis, the United Fresh board of directors has made the decision to move from an in-person event in San Diego this June to United Fresh LIVE!,... Read more
Hy-Vee restructures fulfillment centers, restaurants
Much to the surprise of some Hy-Vee employees, the company announced in an emergency meeting that its Market Grille restaurants were closing and are all being replaced by... Read more
Pretty Lady bolsters sales team, emphasizes food safety
Pretty Lady Vineyards hired industry veteran Vince Gambero as sales manager. He will be responsible for building a marketing plan; daily and seasonal forecasting of both volume... Read more

Sun Basket gets uptick but growth limited
All across the country Americans are sheltering in place with trips out filled with trepidation. As such, it is no surprise that meal delivery companies, like Blue Apron, Home Chef and HelloFresh are reporting an uptick in business and fielding many more calls and hits on their websites. Sun Basket Inc., a Read More ...
Produce sales during COVID-19 by the numbers
Nobody in the produce industry wants to increase sales at the cost of people falling ill, but the simple fact is that the COVID-19 pandemic has produce sales on the rise. According to IRI, for the week ended March 22, fresh produce sales were up 29.7 percent compared to the prior week. It’s pretty much a universal belief Read More ...
Drastic retail shift for Stemilt’s Apple Lover bags
Retailers are shifting their apple categories to bags now that the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Americans at home most of the time. Limited trips to shop for groceries, a desire for a grab-and-go pack, and an increase in buying groceries online are all factors causing retailers to mix up their apple strategy and lean into Read More ...
Duda engages with consumers during unique National Celery Month
For the month of March, Duda Farm Fresh Foods shared its National Celery Month promotion with consumers to elevate the versatility of celery and position it as the “It-gredient.” Despite the shift in tone throughout the industry as well as the world, Duda Farm Fresh Foods continued to engage with shoppers in an effort to Read More ...
Strong Georgia peach crop in the works
Georgia peach growers are anxiously awaiting first harvest of what is shaping up to be the best crop in years. Harvest is expected to begin around the May 15 and continue through the Aug. 15.   Following last year’s bumper crop, consumers are eagerly awaiting the quintessential summertime fruit. With the current situation Read More ...

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