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1. How produce players can use 3D printing

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Advancements in 3D printing hold promise for the produce industry when it comes to customizing package design with minimal waste, said Mike Nagle of Advanced Technology Systems. Nagle will speak at the Produce Marketing Association's Tech Talks event in Charlotte, N.C., next month. AndNowUKnow (01/16)

2. Potential listeria contamination prompts Costco to pull smoothie blend

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Costco is pulling its Rader Farms Fresh Start Smoothie Blend over concerns that the product's spinach and kale ingredients have been tainted with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected products come with the UPC code 8 84038 85148 9. (Canada) (01/19)

3. U.S. consumers clamor for fresh avocados

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Americans ate 4.25 billion avocados last year, almost four times as many as they consumed in 2000, according to the Hass Avocado Board. The fruit has gone from a delicacy found fresh only on the West Coast to a popular site in grocers and restaurants nationwide. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (01/22)

4. Seeds of world's biggest tomato plant to be sold in the U.K. this spring

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

U.S. and U.K. breeders have spent the past 20 years developing the Gigantomo tomato, with plants that can grow up to six-feet tall and boast up to 11 tomatoes, each large enough to serve four people. The fruits can grow up to 10 inches wide and weigh as much as 3 pounds. Seed company Burpee sold the seeds in the U.S. last year under the name SteakHouse, which the EU ruled as an unacceptable name, prompting the change to Gigantomo. The seeds will be available for sale in the U.K. this spring. Daily Mail (London), The (01/23)

5. Cruciferous vegetables, breakfast foods inspire snack makers

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Snack brands will offer more breakfast-inspired foods for all dayparts in 2015, such as Chuao's strawberry waffle and milk chocolate bar or HiCaf's cinnamon-toast flavored black tea, which were on display at the Winter Fancy Food Show. Other trends include vanilla as a savory flavor and snack foods made with cruciferous vegetables. Star Publications (Malaysia) (01/20)

6. Experts: Winn-Dixie acquisition could bring Kroger to Fla.

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Speculation is growing among industry experts that Kroger might look to acquire Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie as a way to break into the Florida market. The rumors are driven by Kroger's financial position and a corporate announcement that the company has targeted an unidentified new geographic area for expansion. However, the grocer would face stiff competition in Florida from Wal-Mart and Publix Super Markets, Robert Trigaux writes. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (01/19)

7. GMOs, climate make top 5 list of food policy issues

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Food policy issues will be pressing for President Barack Obama this year, writes Colin O'Neil, director of Government Affairs at the Center for Food Safety. Five hot-button issues likely to spur debate are: child nutrition; genetically modified food labeling; global trade and food safety; climate change; and the falling pollinator population. Hill, The (01/19)

8. Vietnam takes a closer look at U.S. apples

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Vietnam will test all apples imported from the U.S. after reports of a listeria outbreak that has sickened 32 people and killed three in the U.S. Vietnam imports fresh apples from the U.S. but not caramel apples, the product first linked to the outbreak. Thanh Nien (Vietnam) (01/22)

9. Dutch player introduces sweet pepper with a longer shelf life

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Dutch seed specialist Rijk Zwaan has rolled out its new Sweet Palermo pepper worldwide, touting it as a versatile pepper that works well in salads and on the grill. Growers like the pepper for its long shelf life, high yield and above-average brix score. (U.K.) (01/21)

10. Target's Canada news sends shoppers, landlords scrambling

PMA SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

Canadian consumers flocked to Target stores over the weekend, seeking bargains in the wake of the retailer's announcement that it would close all 133 stores in Canada. Last week's announcement spurred speculation about which large retailers might move to snap up Target's Canada store leases. Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model), The (01/19) (Canada) (01/17)

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