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USDA’s Annual Report on Pesticide Residues Says Levels Still Safe

While more than half of foods tested for pesticides this year were found to have at least trace amounts of the chemicals, most amounts fell below “tolerance levels” set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to the annual report on pesticides released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The agency’s annual report, made in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, looked at levels of pesticides in fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, baby food, infant formula, butter, salmon and water. The agencies rotate through a number of commodities to test from year to year.

Critics of the annual report have questioned the fact that the agency does not track levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller and the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S.

Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report critical of the agencies’ pesticide-monitoring program. The report came with a number of recommendations, including expanding the number of food samples tested, focusing on pesticides for which there are EPA-established tolerance levels, and more clearly disclosing that they do not test for all pesticides used on foods.

The GAO report noted that, in total, the program tests less than one-tenth of 1 percent of imported fruits and vegetables, and less than 1 percent of domestic fruits and vegetables. FDA responded, saying that it would investigate the feasibility of changing its testing model, but doing so would require more resources.

Regarding pesticides for which the USDA did test, the agency said that more than 99 percent of samples tested lower than EPA’s tolerance levels and that more than 40 percent of samples showed no detectable level of pesticides.

USDA says that, before a pesticide is approved for use in the U.S., EPA must ensure that it does not pose “unreasonable” risk to consumers.

In any instance where the program detects unsafe levels of pesticides, FDA and EPA are said to be immediately notified in order to carry out regulatory action.

The program releases its report the following year after sampling has been completed, meaning that this year it released the 2013 data. In 2013, the program collected samples from California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on the pesticide-monitoring program, visit that page at the USDA’s website.

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Second annual ShopRite Sprouts Awards

The ShopRite Sprouts program, an eight-week incentive program designed to encourage children to try new fruits and vegetables, held a special awards ceremony earlier this month.

In this year’s program, participating children tried more than 104 varieties of fruits and veggies combined, including varieties of fresh, frozen, canned and dried product, as well as 100 percent juice. Those that topped the list were bananas, apples, carrots and tomatoes.shoprShopRite of Little Falls, NJ, announced the top three winners of its second annual ShopRite Sprouts Awards at a special ceremony at the Totowa Library.

Heather Shasa, full-time store dietitian at Little Falls ShopRite initiated the program as a potential avenue for parents and guardians to have the resources, educational materials and recipes necessary to embark on their own fruit and vegetable journeys for their children and families.

“According to a 2009 study by researchers at Ohio State University, just 16 percent of children ages 6 to 11 meet the government’s guidelines [for fruits and vegetables],” Shasa said in a press release. “Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber, all of which are important for proper growth and development. It is essential that healthy eating habits are established at a young age as these eating behaviors tend to continue into adulthood. Little Sprouts is a fun way to get these kids engaged and thinking about healthy eating.”

Each time a child tried a fruit or vegetable, they filled out an activity sheet and received a stamp on a stamp card. Once they received five stamps, they received a prize, and a new stamp card was issued. The activity sheets then decorated the windows of Little Falls ShopRite.

Cooking classes were added at the Totowa (NJ) Library where children could create and sample recipes featuring produce in a fun and inviting atmosphere amongst their peers. Topics included Fun with the Veggetti, Pizza Pizazz with Cauliflower Pizza Crusts and Healthy Halloween. In addition, in-store events featuring fruits and vegetables allowed participants to receive extra stamps on their stamp cards.

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Second annual ShopRite Sprouts Awards

The ShopRite Sprouts program, an eight-week incentive program designed to encourage children to try new fruits and vegetables, held a special awards ceremony earlier this month.

In this year’s program, participating children tried more than 104 varieties of fruits and veggies combined, including varieties of fresh, frozen, canned and dried product, as well as 100 percent juice. Those that topped the list were bananas, apples, carrots and tomatoes.shoprShopRite of Little Falls, NJ, announced the top three winners of its second annual ShopRite Sprouts Awards at a special ceremony at the Totowa Library.

Heather Shasa, full-time store dietitian at Little Falls ShopRite initiated the program as a potential avenue for parents and guardians to have the resources, educational materials and recipes necessary to embark on their own fruit and vegetable journeys for their children and families.

“According to a 2009 study by researchers at Ohio State University, just 16 percent of children ages 6 to 11 meet the government’s guidelines [for fruits and vegetables],” Shasa said in a press release. “Fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber, all of which are important for proper growth and development. It is essential that healthy eating habits are established at a young age as these eating behaviors tend to continue into adulthood. Little Sprouts is a fun way to get these kids engaged and thinking about healthy eating.”

Each time a child tried a fruit or vegetable, they filled out an activity sheet and received a stamp on a stamp card. Once they received five stamps, they received a prize, and a new stamp card was issued. The activity sheets then decorated the windows of Little Falls ShopRite.

Cooking classes were added at the Totowa (NJ) Library where children could create and sample recipes featuring produce in a fun and inviting atmosphere amongst their peers. Topics included Fun with the Veggetti, Pizza Pizazz with Cauliflower Pizza Crusts and Healthy Halloween. In addition, in-store events featuring fruits and vegetables allowed participants to receive extra stamps on their stamp cards.

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SN conducts annual center store survey

SN is conducting its 12th annual survey of center store performance. The objective is to develop an industry-wide snapshot of the challenges and opportunities facing the center store. Responses will reveal attitudes about private label, health and wellness, natural and organic foods, aisle layouts and many other areas. Results will be shared in the February issue of Supermarket News and other SN media.

We respect your privacy, so to preserve your anonymity, you will not be personally identified outside of Supermarket News as a respondent to this survey, and none of the answers or comments you provide will be attributed to you in any sharing of survey data with others. You will not receive any communications concerning your answers to this study.

Take the survey here.  

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Vallarta sets annual toy giveaway

Vallarta Supermarkets said Tuesday it will host its annual toy giveaway this weekend at 11 stores in central California.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. the chain will have large toy displays from which children can choose; they will also be able to take a free photo with Santa Claus, the company said.

The displays will each include an average of 1,500 toys per store, geared to ages 5 to 12, with half the toys designated for boys and half for girls, a chain spokeswoman told SN. Vallarta purchases the toys itself, she noted.


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“As a community partner, Vallarta thanks local residents for their continued loyal support,” the company said. The toy giveaway, which the company has done for more than five years, is “a gift back to the community,” it added.

Participating stores are located in the Bakersfield-Fresno area north of Los Angeles, “where the communities we serve really appreciate this event and really look forward to it every year,” the spokeswoman said.

She said the 44-store chain, based in Sylmar, Calif., in the San Fernando Valley, hosts other events during the year at its stores in the Southern California area. 

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Annual fundraiser for Ag Against Hunger raises over $14,000

Ag Against Hunger coordinates an annual fundraiser called the “New York Express” every October, and this year a truckload of donated Iceberg lettuce, celery and cauliflower from Salinas, CA, was sold at Hunt’s Point in New York City, raising $ 14,034 for the Salinas-based non-profit.

The Nunes Co., Steinbeck Country Produce, Taylor Farms, Ocean Mist, Tanimura & Antle and Dole Fresh Vegetables donated pallets of Iceberg lettuce, celery and cauliflower for this fundraiser, which benefits Ag Against Hunger’s fall and winter produce distribution programs. The funds raised will also help to fill the salad bars for local schools through AAH’s More Produce for Schools program.

C.H. Robinson donated the associated transportation and delivery costs for the product that travelled from Salinas to New York. M&R Tomato Distributors Inc. of New York sold the product, which was coordinated free of charge through Denise Goodman of M&R Tomato to benefit Ag Against Hunger.

“On behalf of the board of directors of Ag Against Hunger, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone involved again in our annual fall fundraiser,” Alicia Cask, board member for Ag Against Hunger and transportation planner for Fresh Express/Chiquita, said in a press release. “We are so very grateful for all the continued generosity and support from our local shipper and carrier partners. Without all the commitment and support of our local growers, we could not make this yearly fundraiser a success. The proceeds from this event will help us to continue to serve the local needy communities with healthy and nutritious choices of fruits and vegetables.”

The money raised represents nearly 351,000 servings of fresh vegetables and fruit for people utilizing food bank services.

Since 1990, Ag Against Hunger has collected over 218 million pounds of fresh, nutritious surplus produce from over 50 tri-county grower-shippers and distributed it to food banks throughout the West Coast. The produce is distributed in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties first, where it feeds over 158,000 low-income people each month through local food banks. After local needs are satisfied, the produce is then available to over 240 agencies for distribution to millions more in need.

To learn more, visit www.agagainsthunger.org.

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Wakefern posts 4% annual sales gain

Wakefern Food Corp. said Thursday that retail sales improved by 4% to $ 14.7 billion during the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.

The cooperative during the year opened six new ShopRite stores, five new PriceRite stores and six Fresh Grocer stores during the period. In addition, the company expanded its ShopRite from Home services to include 214 stores. Wakefern wholesale sales totaled $ 11.9 billion.

The results were announced Thursday at the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, N.J., by chairman and CEO, Joseph S. Colalillo, and president and COO, Joe Sheridan, both of whom were re-elected Thursday.

At the meeting, it was announced that four members have retired from the company’s board of directors: Rocco Cingari of Grade A Market; Bernard Kenny of Delaware Supermarkets; Joel Perlmutter of Perlmart; and James Sumas of Village Super Market. In addition, it was announced that four new members would be welcomed to the board effective immediately: Jordan Coe of Waverly Markets; Harry Garafalo of Milford Markets; Nicholas Sumas of Village Super Market; and David Zallie of Somerset Stores.

Joseph S. Colalillo“The strength of our cooperative lies in the strength of our family businesses and their enduring commitment to their customers, which is handed down from generation to generation,” Colalillo said. “The decades of service, wisdom and expertise that Rocky, Bernie, Jim and Joel have brought to Wakefern will continue to guide us as we move forward as a company. They will remain active in their own companies and at the Wakefern committees on which they serve. We welcome our new members and look forward to their new perspective on our businesses and their contributions to future successes.”

“Year after year, Wakefern continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and an increasingly demanding customer,” Sheridan added. “After more than 65 years in this business, we rely on the lessons from past successes while always looking to the future for new and better ways to help our members succeed.”


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Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the board: Colalillo as chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson and Irv Glass as vice chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., treasurer; Richard Saker, Jeffrey Brown and Kenneth Capano as assistant treasurers; Dominick J. Romano as secretary; Ned Gladstein and Steven Ravitz, assistant secretaries; as well as Robert Clare, Lawrence Collins, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar, Richard Tully and Richard McMenamin.

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Wakefern posts 4% annual sales gain

Wakefern Food Corp. said Thursday that retail sales improved by 4% to $ 14.7 billion during the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.

The cooperative during the year opened six new ShopRite stores, five new PriceRite stores and six Fresh Grocer stores during the period. In addition, the company expanded its ShopRite from Home services to include 214 stores. Wakefern wholesale sales totaled $ 11.9 billion.

The results were announced Thursday at the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, N.J., by chairman and CEO, Joseph S. Colalillo, and president and COO, Joe Sheridan, both of whom were re-elected Thursday.

At the meeting, it was announced that four members have retired from the company’s board of directors: Rocco Cingari of Grade A Market; Bernard Kenny of Delaware Supermarkets; Joel Perlmutter of Perlmart; and James Sumas of Village Super Market. In addition, it was announced that four new members would be welcomed to the board effective immediately: Jordan Coe of Waverly Markets; Harry Garafalo of Milford Markets; Nicholas Sumas of Village Super Market; and David Zallie of Somerset Stores.

Joseph S. Colalillo“The strength of our cooperative lies in the strength of our family businesses and their enduring commitment to their customers, which is handed down from generation to generation,” Colalillo said. “The decades of service, wisdom and expertise that Rocky, Bernie, Jim and Joel have brought to Wakefern will continue to guide us as we move forward as a company. They will remain active in their own companies and at the Wakefern committees on which they serve. We welcome our new members and look forward to their new perspective on our businesses and their contributions to future successes.”

“Year after year, Wakefern continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and an increasingly demanding customer,” Sheridan added. “After more than 65 years in this business, we rely on the lessons from past successes while always looking to the future for new and better ways to help our members succeed.”


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Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the board: Colalillo as chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson and Irv Glass as vice chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., treasurer; Richard Saker, Jeffrey Brown and Kenneth Capano as assistant treasurers; Dominick J. Romano as secretary; Ned Gladstein and Steven Ravitz, assistant secretaries; as well as Robert Clare, Lawrence Collins, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar, Richard Tully and Richard McMenamin.

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Wakefern posts 4% annual sales gain

Wakefern Food Corp. said Thursday that retail sales improved by 4% to $ 14.7 billion during the fiscal year ended Sept. 27.

The cooperative during the year opened six new ShopRite stores, five new PriceRite stores and six Fresh Grocer stores during the period. In addition, the company expanded its ShopRite from Home services to include 214 stores. Wakefern wholesale sales totaled $ 11.9 billion.

The results were announced Thursday at the company’s annual meeting in East Brunswick, N.J., by chairman and CEO, Joseph S. Colalillo, and president and COO, Joe Sheridan, both of whom were re-elected Thursday.

At the meeting, it was announced that four members have retired from the company’s board of directors: Rocco Cingari of Grade A Market; Bernard Kenny of Delaware Supermarkets; Joel Perlmutter of Perlmart; and James Sumas of Village Super Market. In addition, it was announced that four new members would be welcomed to the board effective immediately: Jordan Coe of Waverly Markets; Harry Garafalo of Milford Markets; Nicholas Sumas of Village Super Market; and David Zallie of Somerset Stores.

Joseph S. Colalillo“The strength of our cooperative lies in the strength of our family businesses and their enduring commitment to their customers, which is handed down from generation to generation,” Colalillo said. “The decades of service, wisdom and expertise that Rocky, Bernie, Jim and Joel have brought to Wakefern will continue to guide us as we move forward as a company. They will remain active in their own companies and at the Wakefern committees on which they serve. We welcome our new members and look forward to their new perspective on our businesses and their contributions to future successes.”

“Year after year, Wakefern continues to grow and adapt to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry and an increasingly demanding customer,” Sheridan added. “After more than 65 years in this business, we rely on the lessons from past successes while always looking to the future for new and better ways to help our members succeed.”


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Also at Thursday’s meeting, Wakefern shareholders re-elected to the board: Colalillo as chairman and CEO; Larri Wolfson and Irv Glass as vice chairmen; Lawrence Inserra, Jr., treasurer; Richard Saker, Jeffrey Brown and Kenneth Capano as assistant treasurers; Dominick J. Romano as secretary; Ned Gladstein and Steven Ravitz, assistant secretaries; as well as Robert Clare, Lawrence Collins, Jon Greenfield, Charles Infusino, Vincent Lo Curcio III, Leonard Sitar, Richard Tully and Richard McMenamin.

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Del Monte Fresh hosting third annual ‘Go Bananas! Halloween Costume Giveaway’

go-banGo-Bananas-Halloween-PromotDel Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is hosting its third annual “Go Bananas! Halloween Costume Giveaway” in an effort to encourage healthy eating and living during the Halloween holiday and to promote Del Monte premium bananas as alternatives to traditional Halloween treats.

The sweepstakes will give consumers the chance to win a “Del Monte” branded banana costume to wear for their Halloween festivities.

The Go Bananas! promotion will randomly award a banana costume to 1,000 Del Monte social media fans who enter online at www.freshhalloween.com.

In addition, users who submit photos of past Halloween costumes and use the hashtag #IdRatherBeABanana, will gain an additional five entries.

“We have seen a tremendous amount of positive feedback from consumers and we are excited to bring the promotion back for another year,” Dennis Christou, vice president of North American Marketing for Del Monte Fresh, said in a press release. “Consumers love dressing up as bananas and it is a great opportunity to reward our loyal fans while at the same time promoting healthy Halloween treats. We haven’t seen anyone turn down a Del Monte banana costume yet, or the chance to pose in one! They’d all rather be a Del Monte banana.”

The promotion will be supported throughout the United States and Canada with secondary banana stickers, point-of-sale material to liven up banana displays for Halloween, and through Del Monte’s social media platforms.

The three-week promotion will begin Sept. 15 and end Oct. 5 in order to guarantee delivery in time for Halloween.

For more information about Del Monte’s Go Bananas giveaway, contact your local Del Monte Fresh Produce representative or visit us at www.freshhalloween.com.

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Bonduelle’s annual sales exceed expectations

Bonduelle’s annual sales exceed expectations

Bonduelle’s sales have increased by 2.1% to €475 million over the last trimester of 2013-14 (end of June).  This is a 6.5% increase in comparable Group structure and exchange rates.  

Annual turnover has increased +1.3% (+5.5% on a comparable basis) to €1.912 billion compared to €1.896 billion last year.  The group stated that the 5.5% increase on a comparable basis is higher than the “4% target announced”.  

The group will publish their annual results on the 30th September, but they remind us that Brussels fined them €30 million for fixing mushroom prices.  “This cost, though very significant, has not questioned the financial health of the Bonduelle Group” they confirmed.  

In the 4th trimester North America (USA and Canada) and Brazil recorded the strongest increase of +14% (-1.5% current market rates), which represents a +12.9% increase (0.9% constant data) for the year within these regions.  

The European zone (66.7% total turnover) has recorded a +3.7% increase (+3.6% current market rates).  Over the last year, the increase reached +2.3% in constant scope and exchange rates (+1.5% in current market rates), a recovery compared to the -)/8% decrease last year.  

The sector with the strongest growth is canned vegetables (+6.7% , to +3.2% in current market rates) and frozen vegetables (+5.9%, but -1.2% in current market rates).  

For the current campaign, Bonduelle is optimistic stating that agriculture is good everywhere and should allow for the summer production to be as predicted.  

Publication date: 8/8/2014


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Organics Unlimited celebrates ninth annual GROW month

Organics Unlimited celebrates ninth annual GROW month

Every September Organics Unlimited celebrates GROW Month, a time when more emphasis on the GROW program is placed on consumer awareness. Having raised over $ 1 million in support for scholarships, educational programs, and health clinics in the banana growing regions of Ecuador and Mexico, GROW Month has become a very important part in retailer promotions.
 
“Every year we see GROW Month expand among our customers,” states Mayra Velazquez de Leon, President and Founder of Organics Unlimited and GROW. “I have nothing but gratitude towards the enthusiasm and support our customers show for GROW.”
 
From 2012 to 2013, GROW support increased by almost 250 percent. This year, GROW has raised almost $ 200,000 in funds to help continue their efforts in social responsibility. Proceeds of the funds go to Children International and Project Amigo to help build opportunities for the workers, their families and their communities.
 
“It is very important to us that our customers have all the essential tools and information they need to raise the awareness of the GROW program to encourage the efforts supported with the purchase of every organic GROW banana,” says Velazquez de Leon. “We are all working together to change lives for the better.”
 
Organics Unlimited continues to offer free point-of-purchase materials to their customers. Complete with header cards, recipe cards, and other signage, all items in the free online store by Organics Unlimited is available for free download for self-printing. Printing is available at a reasonable cost. Banana bags are also available for special order.
 

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Publication date: 8/8/2014


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Weis Markets launches annual local produce campaign

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Weis Markets launched its annual Your Neighbor’s, Our Farmer local produce program, which highlights the contributions and commitment of 13 local farmers that provide produce to some of Weis Markets’ 163 stores.

“When we talk about our selection of local produce, we want to do more than just talk the talk,” Kurt Schertle, Weis Markets chief operating officer, said in a press release. “When customers visit the produce section in one of our stores we want them to know that the produce comes from the state in which they live, and to introduce them to the hardworking men and women that provide our fresh produce, many of whom have been suppliers of ours for two generations.”   

In 2014, Weis Markets will purchase more than 25 million pounds of locally grown sweet corn, green beans, peaches, nectarines, apples, lettuce, mushrooms, watermelons, cabbage, blueberries, cucumbers, cantaloupes, tomatoes, potatoes, squash and pumpkins.

Each Weis Markets’ store will display “Your Neighbor’s, Our Farmer” banners with photographs of the farmers supplying Weis Markets. These photos will be featured in Weis Markets’ produce departments by region and product, as well as in weekly circulars.  The photos and videos can also be viewed at https://www.weismarkets.com/about-weis/community/local-farmers.

The Your Neighbor’s, Our Farmer campaign will feature photos of the following farmers on the produce they supply:

  • Titus Hoover, Port Trevorton, PA (yellow and green squash)
  • John Tebbs, Williamsport, PA (sweet corn)
  • Dave Rodgers, Great Meadows, NJ (leafy greens and bunched radishes)
  • Allen Conrad, Newport, PA (organic leafy greens)
  • Paul Lebo, Mechanicsburg, PA (corn, cucumbers and cantaloupes)
  • Page Houser, Sharpsburg, MD (corn and cantaloupes)

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Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

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Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

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Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Indianapolis Fruit draws record crowd to annual golf outing and trade show

Indianapolis Fruit Co. hosted its 27th annual golf outing and trade show July 21-22, drawing more than 100 vendor suppliers and 300 retail customers, making it the best attended event in the company’s history. More than 450 total guests enjoyed the two-day expo, held at the Crane Bay Event Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The Produce Mom, the official blog and consumer brand of Indianapolis Fruit Co., hosted a welcome party to kick off the event festivities.IFCShow2014 13Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s 27th annual golf outing and trade show was the best-attended event in the company’s history.

Members of The Produce Mom Family of Partners were entertained at the Indianapolis Colts Grille and enjoyed the opportunity to network, re-cap the 2014 achievements of The Produce Mom, and discuss brand goals and collaboration opportunities for the future.

“Viva Tierra Organic has been a long-standing partner of Indianapolis Fruit Company,” said Deidre Smyrnos of Viva Tierra Organic. “Through The Produce Mom, we are innovating and growing together.”

At the trade show, Indianapolis Fruit Co.’s vendor partners displayed and sampled their products during the showcase, and relished the opportunity to interact with retailers.

“The opportunity to connect and demonstrate our product with our Indy Fruit partners and retailers makes this a worthwhile investment of our time and resources,” said Diana McClean of Tanimura & Antle.

A special appearance by NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and his grandson Justin Allison, a rising star in the ARCA series, provided some Hoosier hospitality and Indianapolis culture for the guests.

Chris Bonaminio, general manager of Jungle Jim’s, praised the event, saying, “The show was a testament to the way Indianapolis Fruit Company conducts business: Friendly, honest and top-of-the-line.”

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.