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1. Va. supermarket shows off record pineapple display

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

Euclid Avenue Food City in Bristol, Va., built 19,842 tons of Fyffes Gold pineapples into a display that supplier Turbana says is the biggest in the world. The company started a social media campaign that rewarded shoppers who shot selfies in front of the display with a chance to win free pineapples for the summer. Fresh Fruit Portal (Chile) (07/22)

2. Professor grafts tree capable of growing 40 different fruits

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

A Syracuse University art professor used a chip-grafting method to create a tree that, once mature, is expected to produce about 40 different varieties of stone fruits, including cherries, almonds and plums. The grafting method involves cutting branch segments and inserting fruit buds, said Professor Sam Van Aken, who considers the tree an art project. Tech Times (07/25)

3. Misbranding triggers recall of Trader Joe's salads

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

About 778 pounds of Trader Joe's salads were pulled by Huxtable’s Kitchen because the bacon in the products may have nitrites not listed on the label. The affected products, Trader Joe’s Cobb Salad and Trader Joe’s Uncured Bacon and Spinach Salad, were produced on July 14 and 16 and distributed in Washington state, Oregon and Idaho. Food Poisoning Bulletin (07/22)

4. United Natural Foods ends contract with Albertsons early

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

United Natural Foods has terminated its distribution contract with Albertsons 10 months early as part of a long-term strategy to redirect resources to expand its offerings of fresh foods, specialty cheese, gourmet and ethnic items, and provide e-commerce solutions for shoppers, said President and CEO Steve Spinner. Progressive Grocer (07/21)

5. "Eat brighter!" sends produce sales higher for 3 retailers

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

Three grocery chains that have been using PMA's "eat brighter!" marketing materials reported higher fruit and vegetable sales, according to a survey. The packaging and marketing materials, which feature Sesame Street characters, are being used in 259 stores in four states. Supermarket News (free registration) (07/23)

6. Produce marketers are on mission to cut waste

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 22, 2015

To help cut food waste, produce marketers Compass Group and Church Brothers have both created programs aimed at boosting consumption of imperfect produce. "This product is perfectly fine and edible. There just wasn’t a market because it might have been misshapen, miscolored or underweight," said Jason Dye of Compass Group's procurement arm Foodbuy. The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (07/21)

7. Amazon to enter drive-thru grocery market, sources say

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a drive-thru grocery concept in California, where customers would be able to place orders online and pick them up at the facility at a chosen time. Sources said an Amazon subsidiary has already acquired a Sunnyvale, Calif., site that would include an 11,600-square-foot warehouse and eight car stalls. "We are seeing the emergence of the next generation of the food distribution system," Brick Meets Click Chief Architect Bill Bishop said. The Verge (07/25) American City Business Journals (07/24)

8. Achieving growth in the already-booming produce department

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 27, 2015

Almost every American household purchases produce, FMI reported, and the category reached $42.1 billion in sales during the year ending May 30, according to the Nielsen Perishables Group. However, further growth in the category could be a challenge unless retailers put forth efforts such as rethinking their marketing strategy to target men and lower-income households and offering specialty items, recipes and serving suggestions, according to 210 Analytics Principal Anne-Marie Roerink, author of FMI's inaugural Power of Produce report. Supermarket News (free registration) (07/24)

9. House moves to bar states from passing GMO-labeling laws

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 24, 2015

The House of Representatives voted 275-150 to approve a hotly contested bill to prohibit states from requiring food companies to label products made with ingredients from genetically modified organisms. The measure would nullify mandatory labeling laws already passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine. Supporters of the bill say GMOs are proven safe and labeling laws drive up costs, while opponents argue that consumers have a right to know what's in the food they buy. The Hill (07/23) Supermarket News (free registration) (07/23) Reuters (07/23)

10. FDA Food Safety Challenge winners work to cut pathogen test times

PMA SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2015

Researchers at Purdue University won the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first Food Safety Challenge with a new testing method that likely will shrink produce testing time from two days to two hours. The team took the $300,000 first prize in the contest, which the FDA said will become an annual event. The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (07/22)

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