2012 Companies in the News

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

Fresh produce-related companies and associations in the news in 2012:

JANUARY

Delta Produce LP, a longtime San Antonio-based company, and its related company, Superior Tomato and Avocado, are facing Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act complaints, with about $600,000 in PACA claims filed against them ... The same day Delta filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Delta filed another suit, for $100 million in damages against retailer H.E. Butt Co. ... McDonald’s features growers and ranchers in a series of TV ads launched in early January ... Earthbound Farm has a new fruit division and plans to expand fruit selection through imports ... Beaumont, Texas-based Jason’s Deli decided to drop sprouts from its menu nationwide after frequent calls and concerns about the safety of sprouts ...

FEBRUARY

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., intends to enter the realm of healthy food labeling this spring with its Great For You icon, slated for more than 50 fresh produce items in its Marketside line ... Longtime Philadelphia produce distributor Al Finer Co. has closed at the Philadelphia Wholesale Market ... Florida tomato and vegetable grower-shipper Lipman, Immokalee, Fla., has greatly expanded its reach, moving into a San Antonio repacking facility recently vacated by a company undergoing bankruptcy and buying a North Carolina repacker ... Chiquita Brands International Inc. plans to expand its Fresh Express line by growing its organic business, increasing private-label salads and getting into head lettuce ... After dropping sprouts from its menu, Jimmy John’s remained largely silent for a week on an E. coli outbreak linked to the commodity and the company ...

MARCH

Wal-Mart hinted it may cut food prices but was mum on the details ... Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is remodeling stores to devote about 10,000 square feet each to fresh foods, including produce ... Sunkist Growers’ revenue passed the $1 billion mark in 2010-11, the Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based company announced ...

APRIL

Chiquita pulls out of the California avocado deal and plans to end its Fresh & Ready avocado sales from all sources within months ... Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif., plans to feature Disney characters on new packaging for its Berry Quick fresh blueberry snacks ... Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio Inc., has acquired GreenLine Foods Inc., bringing the California shipper into the value-added green bean business and giving it a substantial presence on the East Coast ...


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