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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

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Ahold 2Q sales down as store refreshes continue

Sales and margins decreased in the second quarter for Zaandam, Netherlands-based Ahold’s U.S. divisions. The company reported a 1.7% decrease in sales for the quarter and 1.8% decrease in same store sales. ... Read More

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U.S. Apple predicts third-largest crop

CHICAGO — Predicting the third-largest overall crop of apples, U.S. Apple Association leaders say the 2014-15 season will be challenging, but despite concerns of high production numbers and tight labor supply, there is an overriding optimism. ... Read More

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Big crop, big apples expected in the East

Optimal growing conditions have built the Eastern apple industry’s expectations for 2014 crop volumes at normal levels. ... 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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