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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Who doesn’t love a good throwback?
I picked up this book, The First Book of Supermarkets by Jeanne Bendick, on Amazon for a couple of bucks. It was neat to see the 1954 version of a supermarket, both the similarities and the differences from our supermarkets today. Read more.

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Diary of a Recall
Here’s the process I’ve gone through so far to figure out if my peaches are the ones that were recalled by Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. I should be hyper aware of this because I actually ate half of a Jensen Farms Rocky Ford cantaloupe during the recall back in 2011. Read more.

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Glimmers of recovery in Detroit retail scene
DETROIT — Before I visited The Motor City, I had a visual of abandoned buildings and urban food deserts. Read more.

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First Look: Lucky's Market
COLUMBIA, Mo.—After spending its first decade as a popular independent in the Boulder, Colo., grocery scene, Lucky’s Market embarked on an aggressive and widespread growth plan. Lucky’s currently has six stores open, four openings announced this year, and plans to open six to 10 stores a year over the next several years. Stores range from the Boulder headquarters to Columbus, Ohio, in the east. Read more.

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Produce Manager Essentials
A new Sprouts Farmers Market is opening near my neighborhood. I can’t wait. I just moved and my usual H-E-B is no longer close, and the Sprouts on my regular route is out of the way. I have a new routine and am glad to have another player to choose from. Read more.

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First look: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
MOUNT PROSPECT, ILL. — CROWDED with shoppers checking out the new kid in town, the first location for Phoenix-based Fresh Thyme Farmers Market is bringing a familiar format to a new market. Read more.

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Here are this year’s Produce Manager All-Stars
Brush up on your acceptance speeches, and pack your bags for Chicago. Congratulations to this year’s United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards finalists. This year United Fresh and Ready Pac Foods honored 35 produce managers from 32 different retailers in 20 states. Read more.

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