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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Fire up the roasters, it's Hatch season
GRETNA, La. — I stopped by the newest location of Thibodaux-based Rouses Supermarkets last week and had the pleasure of spending some time with produce clerk Nicolle as we roasted some Hatch peppers. Read more.

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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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Pamela's Kitchen: W.P. Rawl’s Chili Lime Kale Chip Kit
We love kale chips in the Riemenschneider house, so I was excited to find W.P. Rawl’s Chili Lime Kale Chip Kit at the Wal-Mart near my house in Cedar Park, Texas. Read more.

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Local and organic meant little to these consumers
CHICAGO — If only the audio guys at conventions were able to add sound effects to presentations. I’d have added one of those screeeech record scratch-type noises when our Midwest Produce Expo consumer panel participants told me they don’t really shop for local produce. Read more.

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