Display size and placement can influence how much of specific produce items shoppers buy, and the most popular items should get the most shelf space, produce industry experts said. Customer demographics vary from store to store, and stores should focus on promoting what their shoppers have shown they want to buy, Mike Roberts, director of produce for Harps Stores, said.
PCC Community Markets is joining the Living Building Challenge in hopes of becoming the first grocer to receive the Petal Certification. The company is using energy-efficient lighting and HVAC equipment, reclaimed materials for tables and decor, electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle storage and sustainable refrigeration systems to support its goals.
Eleven Whole Foods Market stores in the Atlanta market teamed with the Food Well Alliance to donate 5% of one day's sales to the Resource Center for Urban Agriculture. The $45,105 raised will help fund urban farms and community gardens.
UK gardener Medwyn Williams is worried that he won't have vegetables for the Chelsea Flower Show that live up to the produce that earned him gold medals in the past 11 shows. "It's been a very weird year as it was very very hot, we had some hot weather, some cold spells and this week it's been really hot again. The vegetables don't like it, they just seem to be wilting," he said.
Hershey's first redesign of its iconic 125-year-old chocolate bar topped the list of SmartBrief's most-read food-and-beverage stories this week. Also on the list: new Oreo varieties, Pringles' Mystery Flavor and a story about Meijer's Ohio growth plans.
Some growers in South Korea are practicing smart farming, using technology that allows them to monitor their crops remotely. Lim Ju-wan uses his smartphone to check on the flowers growing in his greenhouses and at Wooil Farm Co., South Korea's biggest smart farm, workers use the remote technology to produce about 3,000 tons of tomatoes annually.
Chinese produce importers warned Bill Bloxom of Seattle-based FC Bloxom & Co. that new tariffs imposed by the US on Chinese-made goods, and retaliatory tariffs by China, would threaten this year's fruit order, which was expected to total about $4.5 million. Washington's growers of apples, cherries and other fruits are feeling the pinch of the current trade war, and the fallout could be long-lasting as Chinese buyers seek new sources outside the US.
Efforts to resolve a dispute over the Commerce Department's decision to end the tomato suspension agreement with Mexico and resume an anti-dumping investigation seem destined to drag on. Mexican growers rejected a proposed new agreement on May 10 and have filed for an injunction in the Court of International Trade.
Efficient delivery combined with flexibility is what companies should try to deliver to customers, no matter what "customer" means in your business, writes Don Sweeney of Ashling Partners. This can be accomplished by adopting new technologies, improving core processes or removing friction from the customer experience, he argues.
Have you ever been stumped by an unexpected question only to think of a good answer when it's too late? Timely responses in such situations require quick thinking, and Stephanie Vozza offers five tips on how to develop your mental agility.
High Rise broccoli by Seminis Vegetable Seeds, part of Bayer's Crop Science Division, has earned top accolades in this year's Science & Technology Circle of Excellence Award competition by PMA. High Rise broccoli's innovative traits and their benefits deliver more than tasty nutrition for broccoli fans, they also dish up relief for broccoli growers and processors who face a critical shortage of skilled labor. Read more about this product and why it has won this year's Circle of Excellence Award.
Former astronaut José Hernández will speak at PMA's Fresh Connections: Mexico on May 29-30 at the Hotel Hard Rock in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Hernández grew up in Mexico and the US. The event brings US and Canadian buyers and Mexican supermarket retailers together with Mexican produce growers and business solution providers. Activities include networking, an expo and additional education sessions.