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Baloian Farms' Jay Angulo and Gold Coast Packing's Crystal Chavez Talk Broccoli and Cauliflower Updates
CALIFORNIA - On-the-ground industry insights are our bread and butter here at AndNowUKnow. We love hearing from those on the ground and in the fields about what’s happening to important categories,...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 14:37
Kroger Expands Delivery Reach to Austin, Texas; Rebekah Manis Comments
AUSTIN, TX - Make way for new deliveries as Kroger reveals an expansion to the Texas market. The grocer recently announced the official opening of a new spoke facility in Austin, bringing its...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 14:36
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association Responds to Federal Budget 2023; Ron Lemaire Shares
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA - With inflation affecting not only the United States but Canada and other countries worldwide, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) recently announced that it...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 14:36
Bowery Announces sweetgreen Partnership; Katie Seawell and Nicolas Jammet Discuss
NEW YORK, NY - Another bridge between the fresh produce industry and foodservice has been built as Bowery has partnered with sweetgreen, the mission-driven restaurant brand. Through this...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 14:33
Allen Lund Company Acquires United World Transportation; Eddie Lund, Steve Baker, and Jim Brister Detail
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE, CA - If you’re on this page, then I know the news of this pivotal acquisition has already sparked your interest. Allen Lund Company has recently shared an exciting update,...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 14:33
BrightFarms' Abby Prior Breaks Down Benefits of Recent Greenhouse Expansion
IRVINGTON, NY - Earlier this month, we reported on BrightFarms’ recently announced expansion plan, including four new regional greenhouse hubs. As construction gets underway, I wanted to connect with...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 08:42
Westside Produce Establishes Year-Round Strategic Marketing Partnership With Classic Fruit; Garrett Patricio, Paul Raggio, and More Comment
FIREBAUGH, CA - A strategic marketing alliance has been formed between two prominent melon suppliers. Westside Produce is joining forces with Classic Fruit to provide retail, foodservice, and fresh-...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 08:41
United Natural Foods, Inc. Announces Plans for New Distribution Center in Pennsylvania; Erin Horvath Comments
PROVIDENCE, RI - A new asset has been added to United Natural Foods, Inc.’s (UNFI) distribution network this week. The foodservice operator has announced plans to open a new 1.3-million square-foot...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 08:41
Southeast Produce Council Opens Applications for Annual Fresh Chefs Scholarship; Tim Graas and Stanley Trout Comment
MILLEN, GA - Get your video camera ready! Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) has announced applications are now open for its newest scholarship: SEPC Fresh Chefs.“We are proud to sponsor the SEPC Fresh...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 08:38
California Table Grape Commission to Bolster Export Market Demand; Kathleen Nave Comments
FRESNO, CA - Get ready for an uptick in demand for California table grapes! The California Table Grape Commission (CTGC) is setting out to bolster international demand for California table grapes in...
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 08:38
Sysco Appoints Kenny Cheung as Chief Financial Officer and Neil Russell as Chief Administrative Officer; Kevin Hourican Comments
HOUSTON, TX - Chief appointments are a two-for-one deal at Sysco this week. Kenny Cheung has been named as the new Chief Financial Officer, effective April 17, 2023. This means that Interim CFO Neil...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 14:29
D'Arrigo New York Discusses the Impact of California Farm Losses; Matthew D’Arrigo Comments
BRONX, NY - The back-to-back storms that recently swept across the state of California are showing to have potentially lasting effects for many suppliers. D’Arrigo New York recently shared some...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 14:29
Dole Food Company Prepares to Celebrate National Banana Day; Bil Goldfield and Melanie Marcus Share
CHARLOTTE, NC - What’s more appealing than a delicious banana? Effective marketing and promotions, that’s what. In honor of National Banana Day on April 19, Dole is peeling away 30 unexpected uses...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 14:27
Matt Catania of Catania Worldwide Details Viva Fresh Expo and Recent Company Growth
MCALLEN, TX - Whenever a highly anticipated trade show is underway, one thing you can definitely find us doing is checking in with Catania Worldwide. The supplier is constantly bolstering its...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 14:27
Rainier Fruit Company Provides Year-Round Programs; Mark Zirkle Shares
SELAH, WA - Rainier Fruit Company is rewarding the loyalty of consumers by announcing that, for the fifth year in a row, it will be offering its core organic apple varieties year-round. The grower...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 14:24
Dollar General Enters International Market With First Mi Súper Dollar General Store Opening in Mexico; Jeff Owen and Gary Morales Comment
ESCOBEDO, NUEVO LEÓN, MEXICO - Dollar General recently entered the Mexican market with its very first store. The retailer celebrated its international expansion as it opens a Mi Súper Dollar General...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 08:47
Homegrown Organic Farms' Scott Mabs and Elise Smith Talk Sustainability Strategies and Farmworker Awareness
PORTERVILLE, CA - If you’re looking for examples of a well-executed sustainability blueprint, look to Homegrown Organic Farms. While bringing a robust portfolio of stonefruit, citrus, blueberries,...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 08:46
Mucci Farms' Ken Paglione and Rob Medcalf Discuss Viva Fresh Showcase
ONTARIO, CANADA - The time has come for industry members to descend upon Grapevine, Texas, for the 2023 Viva Fresh Expo. One Canadian operator that will be exhibiting is Mucci Farms, with a wide...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 08:46
National Mango Board Elects Multiple New Officers; Manuel Michel Comments
ORLANDO, FL - Some impactful news was recently announced in the mango sector. It was revealed that the National Mango Board (NMB) has elected new officers to serve on its Board of Directors. The new...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 08:45
GrubMarket Expands in Ukraine and Romania, Opens Egyptian Office; Mike Xu Details
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Wholesaler GrubMarket is spreading its wings internationally to East Europe and Africa as it recently announced several expansions. The company is opening a new office in Egypt...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 08:43
The Little Potato Company Releases Findings on Family Dinner Trends; Angela Santiago Comments
ALBERTA, CANADA - Dinnertime was a sacred occasion in my household growing up. My parents taught me that coming together to share a meal was an intimate act of love. It seems the same can be said for...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 08:42
IFCO Helps Industry Reach Sustainability Targets With ESG and LCA; Iñigo Canalejo Comments
MUNICH, GERMANY - Today we're sharing the secrets of successful sustainability operations—well, some of them, at least. According to IFCO, a smart combination of environmental, social, and governance...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:29
Flashfood Adds Jordan Schenck and Sepideh Burkett to Leadership Team; Nicholas Bertram Comments
SAN FRANCISCO, CA & PHILADELPHIA, PA - This week is an exciting one for Flashfood. The industry partner announced it has welcomed two new members to its team. Jordan Schenck has been named as...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:29
Steve Wright of Soli Organic™ Discusses Upcoming Viva Fresh Expo
HARRISONBURG, VA - Excitement is mounting for this year’s Viva Fresh Expo, and much of that is an eagerness to see what the fresh industry’s supply-side mavens have in store for attendees as they...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:28
Bee Sweet Citrus Announces Availability of Spring Varieties; Randy Stucky Details
FOWLER, CA - Spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere, signaled by Bee Sweet Citrus’ ample supply of grapefruit, lemons, and Navel oranges.“Harvest of our D3 (desert region) grapefruit will...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:27
SunFed® Teams Up With Verdant™ Technologies to Extend Cucumber Shelf-Life; Matt Mandel and Jesus Gutierrez Comment
DENVER, CO - Freshness and long shelf-life is something both buyers and shoppers are always looking for in our industry, and Verdant™ Technologies is endeavoring to keep the lush produce thriving....
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:27
Stemilt Breaks Ground on New Pear Packing Line; Todd George Comments
WENATCHEE, WA - With shovels in hand, Stemilt is breaking ground on its new pear packing facility. Anticipated to be fully operational by 2024, the facility features an automated pear line that will...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 14:24
Sprouts Farmers Market Aims to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic Bags by End of 2023; Nick Konat Details
PHOENIX, AZ - Taking a stand against single-use plastics, Sprouts Farmers Market recently announced it will eliminate single-use plastic bags at checkout by the end of 2023. With this decision,...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:50
Proprietary Variety Management's Kathryn Grandy Discusses Branded Apple Offerings; Albert Tsui Comments
YAKIMA, WA - The apple category is ripe with opportunity, according to Proprietary Variety Management’s (PVM) Kathryn Grandy. I recently sat down with the Chief Marketing Officer to discuss PVM’s...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:49
California Walnuts Taps Into Mediterranean Diet Trend
CALIFORNIA - Traveling to the Mediterranean can certainly decrease stress, but California Walnuts wants consumers to know that the Mediterranean diet can decrease the risk of dementia. To get the...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:49
International Fresh Produce Association Reveals Retail Conference; Joe Watson Comments
NEWARK, DE - A boost in retail performance is always welcomed, and the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) is happy to deliver. IFPA recently announced the anticipated schedule for its...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:46
Divine Flavor Spotlights Culiacán, Mexico, Growers; Carlos Bon Shares
NOGALES, AZ - Whether through blood or bond, family is a key pillar of the produce industry, differentiating it from other fields. This is no different for Divine Flavor, whose legacy has been built...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:45
Past Chair of the Produce Marketing Association Peter Goulet Passes; Bryan Silbermann and Cathy Burns Comment
NEWARK, DE & WASHINGTON, DC - It is with great regret that we report on the passing of Peter Goulet. The veteran was a part of the food industry for 47 years and was a past Chair of the Produce...
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 08:42
Equitable Food Initiative Highlights New Video Series About Farmworkers; Alice Linsmeier and Amalia Lommel Comment
WASHINGTON, DC - Happy Farmworker Awareness Week! Equitable Food Initiative is once again harnessing this year’s celebration to bring well-deserved attention to the agricultural sector. This year,...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 14:31
The Fresh Market Partners With Celebrity Chef Anna Rossi; Kevin Miller Comments
GREENSBORO, NC - As shoppers eagerly await the arrival of the Easter bunny, The Fresh Market is preparing for the holiday with its annual partnership with celebrity Chef Anna Rossi. In her role as...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 14:30
T&G Global Announces New Season New Zealand Apples Heading to International Markets; Craig Betty Shares
NEW ZEALAND - New season, new crops as T&G Global brings a portfolio of high-quality apples. It’s new season apple harvest time down in New Zealand, and T&G is eagerly meeting demand in...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 14:30
Grow Farms’ Tommy Wilkins Shares Season Update and Viva Fresh Preview
MCALLEN, TX - Market insights and a glimpse of what to expect at this year’s Viva Fresh—what more could you ask for in an industry update? Grow Farms’ Tommy Wilkins, Director of Sales and Business...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 14:28
Fox Packaging and Solutions' Aaron Fox Details What's in Store for the Viva Fresh Expo
MCALLEN, TX - With the clock ticking down on the Texas International Produce Association’s Viva Fresh Expo, Fox Packaging is getting ready to engage attendees and show off its signature packaging...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 14:27
Hazel Technologies Names Parker Booth as Chief Executive Officer and Jeff Leshuk as Chief Revenue Officer; Matthew Walker Comments
CHICAGO, IL - Two new Chiefs were recently named at Hazel Technologies, positioning the company to enter a new era of growth. It was announced yesterday that Parker Booth, Hazel’s former Chief...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 14:27
Windset Farms® Supports Farmworkers, Celebrates National Farmworker Awareness Week; Jeff Madu and LeAnne Ruzzamenti Comment
DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Farmworkers are a vital part of our industry, and their contributions cannot be celebrated enough. For companies like Windset Farms®, appreciating farmers is a crucial part...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 08:48
GrubMarket's Bryan Barsness Details Leading Products and Upcoming Launches
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - We’ve been following the meteoric rise of GrubMarket for quite some time now. From a flurry of acquisitions to product launches, the company has become quite the name in the...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 08:48
New Zealand Avocado Celebrates 10th World Avocado Conference in Aotearoa, New Zealand; Jen Scoular Shares
NEW ZEALAND - The widespread greenery that covers New Zealand is something to behold, and avocado orchards certainly add to the beauty. The country’s growers will be welcoming industry members next...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 08:48
US Foods Names Andrew Iacobucci as Senior Executive Vice President, Field Operations and Chief Commercial Officer; Dave Flitman Comments
ROSEMONT, IL - Andrew Iacobucci has his eye on the prize. The industry expert has entered a new executive role with US Foods, recently being named as the Senior Executive Vice President, Field...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 08:48
Fresh Produce & Floral Council Recaps March Membership Luncheon; Michael Schutt Details
CERRITOS, CA - On Wednesday, March 22, more than 200 eager attendees filled the Sheraton Cerritos in Cerritos, California, for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s (FPFC) March Membership...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 08:44
Oppy Adds North Carolina as Newest Blueberry Growing Region; Tim Crane and Aaron Quon Discuss
NEWARK, DE - If blueberries are what you’re searching for to fill your produce department, Oppy has what you seek. The grower, marketer, and distributor of fresh produce has added North Carolina as...
Monday, March 27, 2023 - 08:43
Wakefern Food Corp. Names Michael Stigers as Next President; Joe Colalillo and Joe Sheridan Share
KEASBEY, NJ - Just last week, we revealed that distinguished retail executive Michael Stigers was stepping down from his CEO position at United Natural Foods, Inc.’s (UNFI) Cub Foods. Now, the expert...
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 14:44
DelFrescoPure® Adds Industry Veteran Michael Jones to Sales Team; Ray Mastronardi Comments
KINGSVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA - The sales team at DelFrescoPure® just gained 30 years of experience as Michael Jones has come on board.“The people and innovation in the industry have kept me here for...
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 14:30
United States Department of Agriculture Restricts PACA Violators in California, Minnesota, and Texas from Operating in the Produce Industry
WASHINGTON, DC - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced it has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses in California, Minnesota, and Texas for failing to meet...
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 14:30
Western Growers Honors John D'Arrigo at the 2023 Annual Meeting; Dave Puglia Comments
PHOENIX, AZ - John D’Arrigo, Chief Executive Officer/President and Chairman of D’Arrigo Brothers Co. of California, was recently honored by Western Growers Executive Committee with the 2023 Award of...
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 14:29
The Little Potato Company's Janet Burton Discusses Updated Messaging and Merchandising Tools
EDMONTON, CANADA - Backed by research, care, and consideration for both customers and consumers, The Little Potato Company recently unveiled its brand refresh. Wielding an updated look, messaging,...
Friday, March 24, 2023 - 08:44