The program features displays of local produce within 24 hours of harvest. It started May 23 with a pilot and expanded in early June to the Parsippany, N.J.-based retailer’s 24 locations, said Paul Kneeland, vice president of produce and floral. Kneeland said the program will be available through Labor Day.
Greenhouse company signs with retailer A&P
By Pamela Riemenschneider, Retail Editor
New York-based greenhouse firm BrightFarms Inc. added a third retailer to its roster. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. Inc., Montvale, N.J., entered a long-term agreement to purchase produce from a BrightFarms rooftop farm in Brooklyn. A groundbreaking is scheduled in September for a multiacre greenhouse on 100,000 square feet of rooftop space, with the opening of the greenhouse scheduled for the first quarter of 2013.
Metro stores connect consumers with growers
By Cynthia David, Special to The Packer
Montreal-based Metro Richelieu Inc. has joined the eco-minded group Equiterre to bring community-aupported agriculture to three Metro stores this summer.
Through November, Metro store parking lots in the cities of Granby, Quebec, Joliette, Quebec, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, will serve as weekly dropoff points for baskets of organic vegetables pre-ordered by consumers from local farms.
Homegrown crops fizzle, stoking lettuce demand
By Mike Hornick, Staff Writer
SALINAS, Calif. — Increasingly, East Coast buyers are turning to California for their summer lettuce needs as homegrown deals take a beating from the weather.
Storms in Quebec plus high heat in the Ohio Valley and across the U.S. have taken a toll on local leafy greens, especially romaine. That spiked prices in the second week of July.
Project targets small growers
By Coral Beach, Staff Writer
A three-pronged program to help small growers meet food safety requirements is in the works at PrimusLabs, with a March rollout planned. ...
PrimusLabs is developing the Small Scale Local Farm Food Safety Program. Garrison said the program is designed with the locally grown movement in mind and will target growers with 100 acres or less who sell directly to local chefs, school districts, retailers and foodservice customers.