Pick the leader of the combined PMA/United Fresh and other news

05/17/2012 02:55:00 PM
Tom Karst

That means, we can safely presume, a lot of produce is going unsold and uneaten in favor of toilet paper, Natty Light and peanut butter.

Should produce try to co-opt meat for the "macho" image? I would like to see an advertising agency go to work on that premise after reading this story about how meat still easily retains its appeal as the "macho" food among males. A tall challenge, true, but perhaps worth the effort. What are the macho "veggies and fruits"?

In retail news, check Wal Mart's May 17 quarterly report here. Notable:U.S. Wal Mart comparable store sales were up 2.6% in the 13-week period ending April 27, above previous expectations of flat to 2%.

Looking ahead, Wal Mart said that comparable store sales from April 28 through July 27 are expected to range up 1% to 3%.

Here is the Houston Chronicle's coverage of the move by Aldi into the Houston market.

Check out this interesting blog post by Jason Klinowski on the history and legal wranglings around the grape tomato, and the relevance that has to today's market. The Fresh Facts blog also has a post by Klinowski on the Adams Produce Company case.

Organic growers and marketers, check out the May 22-25 National Organic Standard Board agenda here.

Buyers have been routinely accused of being heavy handed with suppliers, and that is all the more reason I want to look at this "man bites dog" story from the UK more closely in a future post.  From The Telegraph, this gives us a flavor:

John Maylam, 44, was lavished with "excessive gifts and hospitality" by directors of Greenvale, which supplies almost half of the supermarket giant’s potatoes, a court has heard.



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