WeighPack rolls out Swifty Bagger

Dec 08, 2011 by The Packer
WeighPack Systems Inc., Montreal, has designed the new Swifty Bagger, a machine made to handle a broad range of pre-made bags, including pillow, stand-up, carry handle, and center/corner capping. The Swifty Bagger autom

Dollar General plans Market concept expansion

Dec 08, 2011 by The Packer
Though a tiny fraction of the Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based retailer's 9,800-store empire, the Dollar General Market concept is set to expand in 2012.
Dollar General Corp. said in its third-quarter earnings meeting Dec. 5

Refrigerated container rates to rise

Dec 07, 2011 by The Packer
Exporters of fresh produce and other commodities will soon pay more to ship refrigerated containers to Asia.
Ten member carriers in the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement are raising rates by $300 per 40-foo

Keep eyes peeled for new pepper, tomato virus

Dec 05, 2011 by The Packer
As if Florida vegetable growers don't already have a full plate of plant diseases, a new virus is slowly spreading through South Florida, causing sporadic infections in tomato, pepper, eggplant and tomatillo along the w

Outbreak dings all melon sales

Dec 02, 2011 by The Packer
The listeria outbreak first linked to Colorado cantaloupe in September had a devastating effect on the entire U.S. melon category in October, statistics from the Perishables Group reveal.

Avocados: Major Movers

Dec 01, 2011 by The Packer
Avocado consumption in the U.S. went from 550 million pounds in 2006 to 1.35 billion pounds in 2010.
Marketers are here with merchandising and inventory management strategies to help retailers keep up with that consumer