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Weathermelon Weather Report May 24 2019

May 23, 2019 - 10:06pm
IRVINE, CA - Good morning, AndNowUKnow readers!Today, I am bringing you some of the category and weather news from around the industry. Check back twice weekly to see where the rain is falling, the...

Catania Worldwide to Open New Operation Out of IMAS FRESH Paul Catania Comments

May 23, 2019 - 10:06pm
MISSISSAUGA, ON - Catania Worldwide has made a capital investment in a new operation, which will allow the company to pursue and develop new opportunities and increase its core product and service...

CMI Orchards Commits to YearRound Supply Thanks to Import Partnerships

May 23, 2019 - 10:06pm
WENATCHEE, WA - Import season is upon us, and CMI Orchards is prepped and ready to bring conventional and organic apples, pears, and cherries from New Zealand, Argentina, and Chile to market next...

Sprouts Farmers Market Opens New Stores in California Arizona and New Jersey

May 23, 2019 - 10:06pm
PHOENIX, AZ - Sprouts Farmers Market continues to rack up successes. After unveiling its aggressive expansion plan in early April of this year, the retailer is detailing plans of several new store...

CBP Intercepts 2 Million in Drugs Hidden in Bell Pepper Shipment

May 23, 2019 - 10:06pm
CALEXICO, CA - Crime doesn’t pay—especially crimes involving innocent, unsuspecting produce. In the latest example of would-be criminals corrupting fresh fruits and veg for their own nefarious...

Fresh Farms Ben Moennig Talks Cotton Candy Grapes at Viva Fresh Expo

May 23, 2019 - 11:05am
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Cotton candy is no longer a simple state fair staple. Now, you can find it in produce aisles. Yes, you read that right, but in case you don’t believe me, hear it straight from Ben...

Mexicos Tomato Growers Submit Proposal for New Tomato Suspension Agreement

May 23, 2019 - 11:05am
WASHINGTON D.C. and MEXICO - The proverbial ball that is a possible new Tomato Suspension Agreement is now in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s court once again, with Mexico’s growers and the counsel...

Center for Produce Safety Calls Request for Proposals

May 23, 2019 - 11:05am
AUSTIN, TX - The Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has disclosed a request for proposals (RFP). A separate RFP was approved by the CPS Board of Directors, from 2017 to 2018, following the pattern of...

Trump Administration To Give 16 Billion in Farm Aid

May 23, 2019 - 11:05am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the Trump administration plans to provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who have been negatively impacted by the ongoing...

HEBs President Craig Boyan Reveals its Differentiator is Investing in People

May 23, 2019 - 11:05am
SAN ANTONIO, TX - The labor war has quite a few major retailers trying out different tactics. While some have gone the minimum wage route and others a new HQ route, Texas-based H-E-B is instead...

Litehouse to Invest 46 Million in First East Coast Production Facility

May 23, 2019 - 11:05am
RICHMOND, VA - Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that Litehouse will invest $46 million to acquire and expand Sky Valley Foods and establish its first East Coast production facility in the...

Fruits from Chile Embarks on FirstEver US Marketing Campaign

May 22, 2019 - 10:03pm
CHILE - Fruits from Chile aims to embark on its inaugural marketing campaign for North America, after having raised harvesting parameters majorly in recent years. Retail and social media promotions...

Chelan Fresh Introduces New Cherry Packaging

May 22, 2019 - 10:03pm
CHELAN, WA - There has been much written about windows, but how many of them were cherry-shaped? If you did a double-take, your reaction matched mine when I laid eyes on the latest cherry pouch bags...

Publix Banner GreenWise Market Opens First South Carolina Location

May 22, 2019 - 10:03pm
SOUTH CAROLINA - Publix’s GreenWise Market concept is officially sporting Carolina blue! Well, not the Carolina blue, but an offshoot that we shall call South Carolina blue. The small format concept...

Albertsons Launches Private Label Brand Refresh and New Products

May 22, 2019 - 10:03pm
BOISE, ID - Private labels are taking the retail world by storm, and Albertsons is stoking the fire. The retailer recently announced that it added 300 new products to its Signature SELECT® brand, in...

Del Rey Avocado Reflects on Peru Investment

May 22, 2019 - 11:01am
FALLBROOK, CA - For over a decade now, Del Rey Avocado has been going strong with its farming partnership with Peruvian avocados. This investment in land and trees, combined with additional...

Blake Belknap and Blaine Markley Promoted at Rainier Fruit

May 22, 2019 - 11:01am
SELAH, WA - Rainier Fruit Company recently announced the promotion of Blake Belknap to Vice President of Sales and Blaine Markley to Director of Domestic Sales. “I’m blessed to work with an amazing...

Meal Kit Company Purple Carrot Acquired by Japanese Company Oisix

May 22, 2019 - 11:01am
BOSTON, MA - U.S. plant-based meal kit company Purple Carrot has just announced its acquisition by Japan’s largest meal kit and organic food delivery company Oisix ra daichi Inc. (Oisix). Combining...

Jill Overdorf and Nichole Towell Talk New Moves for PMA Foodservice

May 22, 2019 - 11:01am
MONTEREY, CA - This year, PMA’s Foodservice Conference & Expo seems to be all about balance: between work and play, supply-side and buy-side, the new and the tried-and-true. A new day, new events...

Trader Joes Eyes Little Rock Arkansas For New Location

May 22, 2019 - 11:01am
LITTLE ROCK, AR - What Trader Beaus want, Trader Beaus get. As one of the fiercest fanbases around—not even state lines can divide this group of loyal followers—the Trader Beaus, the uncoined name...