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AWG saddles up to ride out of Texas

Kansas City, KS-based Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. announced the sale and future closure of its Fort Worth, TX, division. The company will consolidate the remaining Fort Worth business into what it described as its "more efficient and productive" Oklahoma City distribution center. The transition is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. "This consolidation will [...]

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Chris Veillon named to top marketing post at Pure Flavor

Building on consistent year-over-year growth, greenhouse grower and marketer Pure Flavor announced the addition of Chris Veillon to the company’s executive leadership team as chief marketing officer. “As we continue to grow our retail and foodservice business, we needed to strategically evolve our marketing direction to support our premium line of greenhouse vegetables,” said Pure [...]

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Giumarra debuts Bright Bites mandarins at FPFC expo

Giumarra announced the launch of its new Bright Bites brand mandarins at the Fresh Produce & Floral Council’s Southern California Expo Jul. 18. “Mandarins are the top seller in the citrus category and show no signs of slowing down,” Kellee Harris, western region business director for Giumarra, said in a press release. “We are pleased [...]

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Atomic Torosian, managing partner at Crown Jewels, dies at 67

Atomic Torosian, founder and managing partner of Crown Jewels Produce Co. LLC in Fresno, CA, died July 7 after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 67. Mr. Torosian, whose involvement with produce stretches back to his childhood days on the family farm, was born Nov. 7, 1949, in Fresno and spent his entire career [...]

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Florida orange production down nearly 30 percent over two years

Florida orange production is projected to come in at 68.7 million boxes this year, down nearly 30 percent from the 2014-15 crop. The 2015-16 Florida orange crop comprised 81.5 million boxes, a 16 percent decrease from the 2014-15 crop of 96.8 million boxes of oranges. While there has been a sharp decrease in production, the [...]

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Baker & Murakami Produce gets greenbacks for going green

In an ongoing two-pronged effort that both lessens its carbon footprint and saves in energy costs, Baker & Murakami Produce LLLP has increased efficiencies at its onion packing facility in Ontario, OR. The merger of Baker Packing and Murakami Produce, both major onion shippers in the Treasure Valley of Idaho-Eastern Oregon, was made public several [...]

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Roaring success leads Food Lion to expand local produce program

Locally sourced products are a key part of Food Lion's heritage, and that strong relationship with close-to-home producers is at the center of the U.S. brand's Local Goodness marketing and merchandising campaign. Launched in North Carolina in 2016, the campaign is being expanded this year to three other states: Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia. "With [...]

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Dog days of summer drive high demand for Artisan Organics peaches and nectarines

As the industry enters in the latter half of the summer, Stemilt Growers is preparing for another successful summer fruit season, with harvest of its organic apricots continuing along and organic peaches and nectarines on the horizon. Stemilt, which has farmed organically since 1989, suggests retailers take advantage of its brightly colored and bursting-with-flavor organic [...]

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Wonderful Pistachios get behind the plate at MLB ballparks

Wonderful Pistachios announced a new marketing alliance with Live Nation, one of the larger live entertainment companies, and expanded its portfolio with select professional baseball teams nationwide to reach fans while they’re enjoying this summer’s most popular events. “With everyone enjoying concerts and America’s favorite pastime this summer, it’s easy to forget the healthy eating [...]

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Retailer implements organic and fair trade produce program

Inserra Supermarkets ShopRite Inc. of Mahwah, NJ, continues to demonstrate its commitment to community, nutrition and sustainable food systems through the introduction of a comprehensive produce program with Taste Me, Do Good*. The Taste Me, Do Good* organic fair trade line of produce items provides Inserra shoppers with premium-quality, flavorful and nutritious fruits and vegetables, [...]

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