2012 Companies in the News

12/28/2012 10:28:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

SEPTEMBER

New Jersey wholesale produce broker Frank Donio Inc. is paying more than $650,000 in back wages to more than 500 temporary workers and is suing the employment agency that provided the workers ... Bolthouse Farms expects children to eat its new ShakeDowns like they’re junk food ... More produce may join the menu at McDonald’s ... A hologram of the Jolly Green Giant projected into New York’s Grand Central Station kicks off a marketing campaign seeking pledges from children to eat more vegetables ... Wal-Mart, insurer Humana, partner to give 5% savings on healthful food ...

OCTOBER

Chiquita Brands International decides to leave the deciduous fruit business ... Kroger stops selling sprouts ... Green Giant Fresh is adding 15 fruit and vegetable products to its retail line and drops clamshells in favor of pouches ... Bryan Silbermann envisions a global future for PMA at another successful Fresh Summit (with attendance records) that was hurried along by Hurricane Sandy, ... The two biggest blueberry exporters in South America are now joined, and that should bring many more imported berries under Naturipe’s sales banner in the U.S. as Hortifrut SA, one of the partner-owners of Naturipe, merged with Santiago-based Vital Berry ... Growth in its global fresh-cut business helps Del Monte Fresh Produce Inc. post third-quarter gains ...

NOVEMBER

Ready Pac Foods Inc., Irwindale, Calif., has begun shipments of new fresh-cut fruit products featuring pears, oranges and kumquats, among other commodities ... East Coast Brokers and Packers Inc., one of Florida’s largest tomato grower-shippers, bows out of the tomato business amid mounting creditor claims ... Sun Pacific Cos. wins exclusive sales rights for the Cuties brand its legal battle with Paramount Citrus ...

DECEMBER

United Kingdom-based retailer Tesco weighs its options after acknowledging its Fresh & Easy format hasn’t worked in the U.S. like it had expected ... Total Produce Plc will acquire a majority interest in the Oppenheimer Group in two transactions over the next four years.


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