Meet the 10-Minute Merchandiser
I consistently get feedback from retailers who love the 10-Minute Merchandiser series written by produce retail veteran Armand Lobato. Armand’s practical advice and approachable demeanor makes these columns resonate with everyone from executive to store level. Read more.

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GALLERY: Central Market's got a map to fresh
I stopped by H.E. Butt’s Central Market in Austin yesterday and they have an awesome fresh produce-focused promotion going Jan. 7 through Jan. 20. Read more.

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Thanks, Mom!
When I told my friends I was going to visit “The Produce Mom,” I got a few funny looks, because to them, I’m the produce mom. They have no idea. Read more.

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Pamela's Kitchen: Stemilt Fresh Blenders
So I guess I’m pretty boring when it comes to smoothies. I never would have thought to put an apple in a smoothie, and now I’m glad I did. Read more.

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Say Hola to Amigos
HEREFORD, Texas — About an hour from Amarillo, in the Beef Capital of the World, the first ground-up Amigos store offers a fresh look at retail for United Supermarkets LLC. The Lubbock-based company opened the store in late August. It’s the fourth under the banner, but the first to feature the Amigos vision from inception, says Juan Enchinton, business director of Hispanic initiatives. Read more.

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PMA Wrap-up: The Banana Bunker and Wada Smalls
I had a few more products picked up at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit in Anaheim. Wada Farms, no stranger to microwaveable potato packs, offered up a new variety for those of us who like a quick and easy potato solution: Smalls. Read more.

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Garden Snax put to the test
You’ve seen me use my kids, my husband and even my niece as guinea pigs for Pamela’s Kitchen. Well, now it’s time for my pets. Shenandoah Growers has a new line of living Pet Snax designed to merchandise in the produce department, so they sent along some samples for my other kids. Read more.

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Rouses: An "easy" choice
Rouses Supermarkets has been on my radar for a few years now. The first time I visited the Thibodaux, La.-based retailer, it was a whirlwind “hey can I come by next week” kind of trip, because I just had to see the first new supermarket opened in downtown New Orleans in 50 years. Read more.

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