UPDATED: Southeast Produce Council founder dies at age 64

(UPDATED COVERAGE, 12:38 p.m.) Terry Vorhees, executive director of the Southeast Produce Council, died July 30 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was 64. ... Read More


Food safety loyalty card case against Safeway moves forward

A federal judge has ruled consumers can pursue a case against Safeway Inc. that seeks to force the retailer to use loyalty card information to contact customers after foods are recalled. ... Read More


UPDATE: Mucci Farms, top execs face criminal charges for COOL

(UPDATED COVERAGE July 31) Two top officials at an Ontario greenhouse face criminal fraud charges for allegedly selling fresh vegetables from Mexico to Canadian retailers and representing them as Canadian produce. ... Read More


Fresh fruit inflation to slow in 2015

Higher fresh fruit inflation in 2014 will be followed by moderate inflation in 2015, according to the latest food price forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ... Read More


2014 Fresno Food Expo notes

New product shots at Fresno Food Expo on July 24. ... Read More


Tesco ousts CEO

After three years at the helm of Tesco PLC, the United Kingdom-based retail giant plans to replace its chief executive officer Phillip Clarke. ... Read More


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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Test checkers' produce I.D.
“Oh my! Is this bok choy?” the cashier asked, examining the vegetable closely.

“I believe it is baby bok choy,” I answered.

She spun the little price look-up wheel on the checkstand. “Well, all I’ve got here is bok choy. That’s okay, isn’t it?” She rang it up without waiting a reply.
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Start prepping for Easter’s onslaught
Easter sales rank just behind July Fourth and Christmas. Fresh produce adorns every part of the big meal. It’s important to prepare a produce merchandising scheme now to maximize sales and profit margins. Here are a few notes from the holiday file.
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Rockin' the Produce-A-Palooza
HARRISBURG, N.C. – They weren’t kidding about the celebration atmosphere at the Produce-A-Palooza at Lowe’s Foods. I stopped by this location of the Winston-Salem-based chain to check it out on a busy Saturday in July and ran into Brent Barbee, farm manager for Barbee Farms, Concord, who was sampling melons at the front of the store. Read More

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