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PMA Impact Award recognizes Ruby Fresh

Ruby Fresh’s Jewels Grab-N-Go Pomegranate Aril cups are one of 20 finalists for the 2014 Produce Marketing Association’s Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. ... Read More

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Sage Fruit expects warm reception for ‘Frozen’ promotion

Sage Fruit Co. has signed a deal with the Walt Disney Co. for fall apple and pear promotions featuring “Frozen” just as the release of the film’s triple-platinum soundtrack is expected to renew the popularity of the movie’s animated characters. ... Read More

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Potato industry prepares for GMO offering

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The biotech industry is working to shape a more balanced conversation on GMOs. ... Read More

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Giant Idaho potato truck returns

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The Idaho Potato Commission has had a successful year of promoting Idaho potatoes with lots more in the works for the coming year — including the return of the iconic giant potato truck. ... Read More

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One Banana brand launched

Miami-based AgroAmerica has announced the launch of a new banana brand described as a family-owned, vertically-integrated operation. ... Read More

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QPMA notes Hamel's roots in Quebec produce

CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC — The Quebec Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Pillar of the Industry fell in love with the produce industry at the age of 14, selling produce from a fruit stand. ... Read More

10-MINUTE MERCHANDISER

Stop the profit drain - misting essentials
Most produce items are 90% water — or more. How many times have you heard this percentage cited? By extension, many a produce manager instructs his or her crew to keep the produce nice and fresh. Mostly, this is carried out with careful inventory management, close ordering and closer rotation.
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The Produce Sidewalk Sale
Customers love a little drama, a little flair and atmosphere when they shop. It’s why shoppers devote an entire day at Pike’s Place Public Market in Seattle, or why parents take their children to Stew Leonard’s in Connecticut or New York. These markets add interest and excitement to the shopping experience.
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Rusty Blade finds good stuff in the Produce Market Guide
I jolted awake from a brief siesta to find Russ T. Blade sitting cross-legged on my desk, thumbing through the new 2014 copy of The Packer’s annual Produce Market Guide.
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BLOGS

First Look: Sprouts Cedar Park, TX
I took advantage of an offer from the new Sprouts Farmers Market in Cedar Park, Texas to come look and shop the night before grand opening. This new store, a ground-up build in the North Austin suburbs, opened August 27. They offered “tickets” to a preview sale, along with a 10% off coupon, for the first 1,000 Facebook fans who signed up. Read More

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