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Natural Grocers expands its footprint in Texas

Natural Grocers will open two new stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in early 2018. The first store will open on Jan. 24 in Keller and the second will open Feb. 7 in North Fort Worth. Natural Grocers, which provides the community with access to the highest-quality organic and natural groceries at affordable prices, currently [...]

By | 2018-01-12T14:00:22+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Natural Grocers expands its footprint in Texas

Despite challenges, Wisconsin in marketing quality spuds

Wisconsin has just gotten through a very challenging growing and harvesting season. The growing season started off with a wet and cool spring, which ultimately reduced yields by 5 or 10 percent.Tamas Houlihan Wisconsin potato growers got off to a good, traditional beginning of harvest season in August, rolling into September, according to Tamas Houlihan, [...]

By | 2018-01-12T13:00:42+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Despite challenges, Wisconsin in marketing quality spuds

Heat out west for strawberries and veggies

Below-average temperatures in Florida are expected to persist all next week, while out west -- from Santa Maria, CA, all the way down through Baja California and deserts of Coachella and Imperial valleys, and Yuma, AZ -- above-average temps temperatures are expected to start today and last through next Wednesday. Vegetables and strawberries are currently coming out [...]

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Walmart giveth, Walmart taketh away and then BJ's giveth

Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores Inc., announced the closure of 63 clubs around the country. The news came the same day Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates, expand maternity and parental leave benefits, and a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates. BJ's Wholesale Club, which operates [...]

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Hazel Technologies partners with Agritrade Farms

Hazel Technologies Inc., a USDA-supported company developing new shelf-life extension technologies for fresh produce, announced a new partnership with Agritrade Farms LLC, one of the largest growers of specialty vegetables in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The partnership will initially focus on one of Hazel’s most-recent innovations in post-harvest quality technology, Hazel Okra. Agritrade Farms [...]

By | 2018-01-12T06:02:10+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Hazel Technologies partners with Agritrade Farms

Walmart raises wages, gives bonuses, expands parental leave

Today, Walmart announced plans to increase the starting wage rate for all hourly associates in the United States to $11, expand maternity and parental leave benefits, and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The combined [...]

By | 2018-01-11T13:00:56+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Walmart raises wages, gives bonuses, expands parental leave

Canada says outbreak over

The Public Health Agency of Canada said Jan. 10 that the E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce appears to be over. However, in the United States, state and federal agencies stopped short of making that declaration, stating that the investigation is ongoing. PHAC has issued an updated public health notice stating that the E. [...]

By | 2018-01-11T09:43:45+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Canada says outbreak over

Lidl pressures U.S. supermarket chains to cut prices

Grocery retailers located near Lidl stores in the United States set their prices for key staple products up to 55 percent lower compared to markets where Lidl is not present, according to a new study released by the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. The study examines the competitive price effect of Lidl's entry [...]

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Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association's new co-chairmen

The Peruvian Asparagus Importers Association announced the election of association chairmen Walter Yager and Jay Rodriguez for 2018-19. Alpine Fresh's Yager and Rodriguez of Crystal Valley Foods were elected by a member vote at the October 2017 association meeting.Walter Yager “Walter and Jay have been strong leaders of PAIA in the past and we are [...]

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United Fresh 2018 registration now open

Registration has opened for United Fresh 2018 — a one-of-a-kind event where attendees will discover more June 25-27 in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. This year, a fifth event — the SmartFood Expo — expands the show floor opportunities co-located with United FreshTEC Expo, United FreshMKT Expo, the Global Cold Chain Expo [...]

By | 2018-01-11T05:55:05+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on United Fresh 2018 registration now open