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Supervalu officials optimistic halfway through fiscal year

Second quarter net sales for Supervalu Inc. were up by almost 2% this year compared to 2013, with 8% sales growth at Save-A-Lot stores driving optimism among company officials. ... Read More


CMI introduces Honeycrisp pouches

Columbia Marketing International has launched a pouch bag line for Queen Bee Honeycrisp apples. Tested earlier this fall, it’s expanded to nationwide distribution in response to retail demand, according to the company. ... Read More


Bayer sponsors innovative grower award

Bayer CropScience wants to recognize a specialty crop grower who has used innovative thoughts, practices or technology to increase quality and yields, increase public access to produce or increase demand by promoting health benefits. ... Read More


Using technology to look ahead

ANAHEIM, Calif. — There’s no shortage of data in today’s high-tech world. But how to use that data to enhance their businesses leaves many people in a quandary. ... Read More


Melissa’s launches new products

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles-based World Variety Produce Inc., which markets under the Melissa’s brand, took advantage of its annual Produce Trends and New Products presentation at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit to unveil its ... Read More


BioSafe opens new production facility in Nevada

A new production facility in Sparks, Nev., will enable BioSafe Systems to better serve customers on the West Coast. ... Read More

Wish Farms plans to double blueberry volume
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Plant City, Fla.-based Wish Farms plans to double its blueberry volume this coming season — not by planting more acres, but by bringing more growers on board.
Allen Lund Co. expands staff in San Francisco
Third-party transportation broker Allen Lund Co. plans to expand facilities and staff in 2015.


Fresh Solutions Network launches roasting potatoes
Fresh Solutions Network LLC has launched a line of roasting potatoes under its Side Delights brand.
Chile freeze damage likely limited
For the second straight year, Chile has been hit with unusually cold fall weather, but damage should be much lighter than last year.


Southern Corporate Packers increases acreage, adds products
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Southern Corporate Packers Inc., is increasing acreage, growing some new items and expanding production of a commodity that isn’t widely grown in the fall.
Maglio & Co. hires director of sales and marketing
Paul Schulz, who has 25 years experience in the food industry, has been hired for as the new director of sales and marketing for Maglio & Co., according to a news release.
Preventive medicine expert to talk at Viva Fresh Expo
Dr. David Katz will serve as the keynote speaker for the the upcoming Viva Fresh Conference and Expo on March 26-28 in Austin, Texas.
CA Grown builds on tourism partnership
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Buy California program has been around for nearly 20 years in one form or another to promote crops grown in the state.
PMA calls for action needed to stem obesity trends
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Calling the industry to counter child obesity trends and help their business by participating in the Eat Brighter! initiative, Bryan Silbermann and Cathy Burns teamed up to give the 2014 State of the Industry address at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.
Crowley, Seaboard ink vessel sharing deal
Crowley Maritime Corp. Inc., is working a vessel sharing agreement with Seaboard Marine Ltd., to better serve customers in the Dominican Republic trade lane.
Fresh Summit sets records, shows global reach
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Fresh Summit set records and drew praise from exhibitors and attendees for its global reach.
Eat Brighter! town hall panel sees big opportunity
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Industry enthusiasm for the Eat Brighter Initiative! found another foothold at a standing room only Oct. 17 workshop.

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