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Produce industry legend Joe Procacci dies at 90

Joseph G. Procacci, a produce industry legend known for reshaping the U.S. tomato market with Santa Sweets Grape tomatoes and UglyRipe heirloom tomatoes, has died. He was 90. At the early age of 8, Mr. Procacci began pedaling produce in the streets of Camden, NJ, from his father's pushcart. From those humble roots, Mr. Procacci [...]

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Strong Q3 has Walmart optimistic about the future

Walmart hasn’t thrown in the towel against Amazon just yet. Aided by an increase in e-commerce and increased store traffic, the retail giant enjoyed its largest quarterly sales growth in almost 10 years. Total revenue for Q3 was $123.2 billion, an increase of $5 billion, or 4.2 percent. Online sales growth at Walmart U.S. remained [...]

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Albertsons Cos. invests in Texas-based El Rancho Supermercado

Albertsons Cos., one of the nation's largest grocery retailers, has invested in El Rancho Supermercado, a Texas-based retailer that focuses on stores for Latino customers. El Rancho will continue to operate as an independent company headquartered in Garland, TX. "El Rancho has built a great business with its 16 Texas stores, and we're confident that [...]

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TimeSavors veggie kits help consumers Eat Smart

Inspired by consumer demand for convenient, healthy and unique ways to serve fresh and delicious vegetable dishes, Eat Smart, a leading producer of fresh-cut vegetables and salads for the United States and Canada, is launching TimeSavors, a line of ready-to-cook fresh vegetable side dishes. The line’s three initial offerings — Cauliflower Gratin, Cauliflower Fried Rice [...]

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SEPC to honor Dave Stornetta with its highest award

The Southeast Produce Council will honor Dave Stornetta, president and founder of Produce Careers, with the 2018 Terry Vorhees Lifetime Achievement Award, its highest honor, at the council's Southern Exposure conference and trade show, scheduled for March 1-3 in Tampa, FL. Stornetta's involvement with the Southeast Produce Council goes back a long way. He attended [...]

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Expensive shipments of tomatoes and heroin, broccoli and marijuana

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered alleged heroin and marijuana valued at $2.4 million within commercial trailers hauling shipments of tomatoes and broccoli in two separate enforcement actions. On Nov. 14, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a white [...]

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Holiday cheer starts early at Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market and Amazon introduced new lower prices on best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at Whole Foods Market stores. In addition to various meat and seafood products, organic broccoli, one-pound organic salad mixes, organic russet potatoes and organic sweet potatoes are among the items with lower prices. “These are the latest new lower [...]

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Vidalia onion pioneer W.J. Grimes dies at 84

W.J. Grimes, owner of W.J. Grimes Farms and one of the founding fathers of the Vidalia sweet onion industry, died Nov. 3 at the age of 84 in his Helena, GA, home. Working at W.J. Grimes Farms in McCrae, GA, Mr. Grimes helped bring about controlled atmosphere storage, which was instrumental in allowing grower-shippers to [...]

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Avocados From Mexico celebrates 20 years in the United States

Last night, Avocados From Mexico hosted a celebration like only one of America’s favorite fruits could — with a fiesta at the Mexican Cultural Institute featuring  the exclusive premiere of the Avocados From Mexico docu-series, Avocadoland, authentic Mexican cuisine and drinks crafted by PBS’ chef Pati Jinich, a panel discussion hosted by POLITICO and conversation [...]

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Tanimura & Antle launches 'Artisan of Entertaining' promotion

Employee owned family farm, Tanimura & Antle, announced this week the launch of a web-based fall consumer promotion to fuel their Thanksgiving holiday pull of Artisan Lettuce and Artisan Romaine called “The Artisan of Entertaining.” From Nov. 7-28, the company is offering consumers the opportunity to win one of 25 prize packs by downloading an [...]

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