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Giant recalls Own Brands 3 bean salad because of Listeria

My Giant Food Stores logoGiant Food Stores Inc. is recalling store branded 3 bean salad because an unnamed ingredient from an unnamed supplier may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The salad may have been sold in bulk or in 1-pound prepackaged containers from service deli cases and/or from “Grab 7 Go” deli cases in Giants and Martin’s stores, according to the recall notice on the Giant website.

The recall notice on the Giant website does not include product photos or details about distribution. The retailer is offering consumers full refunds when they return the recalled salad to stores.

Identifying information for the recalled “Own Brands 3 Bean Salad” includes:

  • OB 3 Bean Salad BULK – 1 LB; UPC 23700600000; Codes: ALL CODE DATES
  • OB 3 Bean Salad PREPACK – 1 LB; UPC 23657100000;  Codes: ALL CODE DATES

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Seven brands of black beans recalled because of ink pen

Faribault Foods Inc. is recalling 15-ounce cans of black beans after a consumer found part of an ink pen in a can.

Seven brands are included, but only one production code is implicated in the recall of no-salt-added black beans, according to a recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

The code on the recalled cans is “Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX” and can be found on the bottom of the 15-ounce cans.

These are two of seven brands of 15-ounce cans of no-salt-added black beans that have been recalled.

These are two of seven brands of 15-ounce cans of no-salt-added black beans that have been recalled.

Brands included in the recall are:

  • Hyvee No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • La Preferida Low Sodium Black Beans (Frijoles Negros Bajo En Sodio)
  • Our Family No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Sprouts No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Mrs. Grimes No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Kuner’s No-Salt-Added Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)
  • HEB Black No-Salt-Added Beans (Frijol Negro Sin Sal)

No other production codes, sizes or brands of Faribault Foods Inc. products are affected by this recall.

“This has been determined to be an isolated incident,” according to the recall notice. “We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of plastic and/or metal that may cause injury. Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the plastic and/or metal was an ink pen that entered the product stream.

“Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead return them to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement.”

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Honeybear Brands bringing Pazazz, TruEarth to PMA Fresh Summit

Honeybear Brands will introduce Pazazz, its latest apple creation that was seven years in the making, and will unveil TruEarth, a grower-wide commitment to sustainable farming, the highest standards and earth friendly practices, at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, Oct. 17-19 in Anaheim, CA.

“This is a really big year for us,” Don Roper, vice president of marketing at Honeybear Brands, based in Minneapolis, said in a press release.Honey-Cubbies4946A two-pound Honey Cubbies Honeycrisp bag. “We’re bringing our largest-ever sampling of Pazazz, our incredible new variety, and we’re talking a lot about TruEarth, our program to look after the land, our growers and our consumers, plus we’ve got some amazing new packaging to give retailers a timely boost with their apple sales.”

Attendees of the show will get a sneak peek at Pazazz, not available until Jan. 1 in select markets through Honeybear partner retailers.

Painstakingly created from an open-pollinated Honeycrisp seedling, Pazazz generated rave consumer reviews at retailer taste testing thanks to its Honeycrisp-like crunch and unique sweet/tart flavor profile. Taste-tested at select retail in limited quantities over the past two winter seasons, Pazazz is also expected to generate late-harvest revenue for retailers, extending sales of quality apples into the winter months.

New packaging for retailers includes the all-new two-pound Honey Cubbies Honeycrisp bag, featuring the smiling and kid-friendly Honeybear.TruEarthLogo-01 Bright, colorful and appealing, the bag is designed for maximum point of purchase impact and as an easy buy for moms seeking a delicious, healthy snack purchase for their kids.

The introduction of TruEarth, Honeybear’s grower-certification program developed in close partnership with the Institute of Pest Management North America, will also take place at PMA Fresh Summit.

TruEarth protocols guarantee retailers and customers the highest possible commercial growing standards, earth-friendly practices and a commitment to growing responsibly. Honeybear said the “TruEarth” label is a symbol for retailers seeking sustainably and responsibly grown premium fruit.

“We’re a close collective of local family farms and growers across the country,” Roper added in the press release. “Everything we do is about being a good steward of the land and helping our growers offer the best, responsibly grown fruit for their customers everywhere. TruEarth is really a program dedicated to protecting the quality and natural healthy qualities of apples for our kids and future generations to come.”

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Honeybear Brands bringing Pazazz, TruEarth to PMA Fresh Summit

Honeybear Brands will introduce Pazazz, its latest apple creation that was seven years in the making, and will unveil TruEarth, a grower-wide commitment to sustainable farming, the highest standards and earth friendly practices, at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, Oct. 17-19 in Anaheim, CA.

“This is a really big year for us,” Don Roper, vice president of marketing at Honeybear Brands, based in Minneapolis, said in a press release.Honey-Cubbies4946A two-pound Honey Cubbies Honeycrisp bag. “We’re bringing our largest-ever sampling of Pazazz, our incredible new variety, and we’re talking a lot about TruEarth, our program to look after the land, our growers and our consumers, plus we’ve got some amazing new packaging to give retailers a timely boost with their apple sales.”

Attendees of the show will get a sneak peek at Pazazz, not available until Jan. 1 in select markets through Honeybear partner retailers.

Painstakingly created from an open-pollinated Honeycrisp seedling, Pazazz generated rave consumer reviews at retailer taste testing thanks to its Honeycrisp-like crunch and unique sweet/tart flavor profile. Taste-tested at select retail in limited quantities over the past two winter seasons, Pazazz is also expected to generate late-harvest revenue for retailers, extending sales of quality apples into the winter months.

New packaging for retailers includes the all-new two-pound Honey Cubbies Honeycrisp bag, featuring the smiling and kid-friendly Honeybear.TruEarthLogo-01 Bright, colorful and appealing, the bag is designed for maximum point of purchase impact and as an easy buy for moms seeking a delicious, healthy snack purchase for their kids.

The introduction of TruEarth, Honeybear’s grower-certification program developed in close partnership with the Institute of Pest Management North America, will also take place at PMA Fresh Summit.

TruEarth protocols guarantee retailers and customers the highest possible commercial growing standards, earth-friendly practices and a commitment to growing responsibly. Honeybear said the “TruEarth” label is a symbol for retailers seeking sustainably and responsibly grown premium fruit.

“We’re a close collective of local family farms and growers across the country,” Roper added in the press release. “Everything we do is about being a good steward of the land and helping our growers offer the best, responsibly grown fruit for their customers everywhere. TruEarth is really a program dedicated to protecting the quality and natural healthy qualities of apples for our kids and future generations to come.”

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Two Spice Brands Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The spice products were distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.If other high-risk products are recalled, CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.
CFIA is verifying that industry is removing these recalled products from the marketplace:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 75 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 90 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 10 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano 65 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 100 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano Rubbed 1.1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano Rubbed 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Italian Herb 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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Two Spice Brands Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The spice products were distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.If other high-risk products are recalled, CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.
CFIA is verifying that industry is removing these recalled products from the marketplace:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 75 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 90 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 10 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano 65 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 100 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano Rubbed 1.1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano Rubbed 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Italian Herb 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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Two Spice Brands Recalled in Canada for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Premier Ingredients is recalling Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The spice products were distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products.If other high-risk products are recalled, CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.
CFIA is verifying that industry is removing these recalled products from the marketplace:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 250 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Italian Seasoning 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 75 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 90 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00751 6
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Herbs Fine Provencal 10 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano 65 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 100 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive 8 76112 00710 3
Premier Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Premier Oregano Rubbed 1.1 kg All Best Before dates from March 18, 2016 to September 9, 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano Rubbed 2.5 kg All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Oregano 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Italian Herb 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Konrads.ca Herbs Fine Provencal 500 g All Best Before dates from March 2016 to August 2016, inclusive None
Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

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PCC Taking Mobile Coupons From Natural Brands

SEATTLE — PCC Natural Markets here Monday began accepting what are being called the first mobile coupons from natural and organic brands via an app developed by Celilo Group Media, Portland, Ore., creators of the Chinook Book guide healthy living.

Available in the Chinook Book mobile app, the coupons are initially redeemable through Aug. 31 only at all nine PCC Natural Markets stores in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Additional grocers will begin accepting Chinook Book mobile manufacturer coupons in late summer. The app can be used on Android, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices but not currently for Windows or BlackBerry devices.


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“PCC is happy to support our long-time partner Chinook Book on their launch of a mobile coupon program for manufacturers,” said Laurie Albrecht, director of marketing at PCC Natural Markets, in a statement. “We believe Chinook Book has created a mobile platform that will make this process much easier for consumers, and we are happy to be the test retailer,”

Initially launched in 2010, the mobile Chinook Book was built off its print edition and contains several hundred retail coupons for green and local businesses, but no manufacturer coupons until now. The app has more than 100,000 users in five metro areas — Seattle/Puget Sound, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver and Minneapolis.

Natural and organic product brands participating in the mobile app include Caffe Ladro ($ 1 off one bag of coffee), Choice Organic Tea ($ 1 off any boxed product), Coconut Bliss ($ 1 off any product), Dave’s Killer Bread ($ 1 off any product), Evolution Fresh ($ 1 off any bottle of fresh cold-pressed juice), Lundberg Family Farms ($ 1 off any package of organic rice cakes), Mary’s Gone Crackers ($ 1 off any product), Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day ($ 1 off any product), Theo Chocolate (75 cents off any product), Woodstock ( $ 1 off any frozen fruit or vegetable) and Zevia ($ 1 off a 6 pack of cans or 4 pack of glass bottles, any flavor).

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PCC Taking Mobile Coupons From Natural Brands

SEATTLE — PCC Natural Markets here Monday began accepting what are being called the first mobile coupons from natural and organic brands via an app developed by Celilo Group Media, Portland, Ore., creators of the Chinook Book guide healthy living.

Available in the Chinook Book mobile app, the coupons are initially redeemable through Aug. 31 only at all nine PCC Natural Markets stores in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Additional grocers will begin accepting Chinook Book mobile manufacturer coupons in late summer. The app can be used on Android, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices but not currently for Windows or BlackBerry devices.


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“PCC is happy to support our long-time partner Chinook Book on their launch of a mobile coupon program for manufacturers,” said Laurie Albrecht, director of marketing at PCC Natural Markets, in a statement. “We believe Chinook Book has created a mobile platform that will make this process much easier for consumers, and we are happy to be the test retailer,”

Initially launched in 2010, the mobile Chinook Book was built off its print edition and contains several hundred retail coupons for green and local businesses, but no manufacturer coupons until now. The app has more than 100,000 users in five metro areas — Seattle/Puget Sound, Portland, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver and Minneapolis.

Natural and organic product brands participating in the mobile app include Caffe Ladro ($ 1 off one bag of coffee), Choice Organic Tea ($ 1 off any boxed product), Coconut Bliss ($ 1 off any product), Dave’s Killer Bread ($ 1 off any product), Evolution Fresh ($ 1 off any bottle of fresh cold-pressed juice), Lundberg Family Farms ($ 1 off any package of organic rice cakes), Mary’s Gone Crackers ($ 1 off any product), Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day ($ 1 off any product), Theo Chocolate (75 cents off any product), Woodstock ( $ 1 off any frozen fruit or vegetable) and Zevia ($ 1 off a 6 pack of cans or 4 pack of glass bottles, any flavor).

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Big Heart Pet Brands, PepsiCo receive GMA awards

The Grocery Manufacturer Association and its Advisory Council awarded Big Heart Pet Brands and PepsiCo with 2014 CPG awards for Innovation and Creativity at the GMA Leadership Forum in Colorado Springs Saturday.

Pamela Bailey“The CPG Award for Innovation and Creativity embodies the spirit of our industry, which has long relied on ingenuity to drive growth and ensure that we are serving consumers efficiently and effectively,” said GMA president and CEO Pamela G. Bailey, in a statement. 

Big Heart Pet Brands took the award in Division A, for companies with total sales of $ 3 billion, for its development and launch of Milk-Bone Brushing Chews.

Citing oral health as an important issue for dogs, Big Heart Pet Brands and Milk-Bone set out to develop a chew that would be as effective as traditional brushing and reframe oral care for dogs in a way that would motivate pet parents to care for their dogs’ teeth as they do their own.

Big Heart Pet Brands formed a dedicated cross-functional team, and leveraged 3D prototyping and neurological research testing. The result was Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, an oral care product that earned the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s Seal of Acceptance for retarding tartar accumulation.

Supported with a 75 degree twist design, distinctive packaging and a 360 degree path-to-habit marketing plan, which includes advertising, sampling, shopper marketing and veterinary outreach, Milk-Bone Brushing Chews are on pace to be a Top 10 CPG product launch for 2013, according to GMA.

PepsiCo earned top honors in Division B (sales of more than $ 3 billion) for its “Do Us A Flavor” Lay’s potato chip promotion.

“Do Us A Flavor” is based on the premise of inviting consumers to submit ideas for new flavors of Lay’s potato chips and vote to decide which of the three finalist flavors would remain on shelves. The program focused on inviting Millennial consumers to immerse themselves and engage with the brand in new ways.


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Guided by consumer insights, PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay team created a three-phased promotion that played to Millennials’ desire for self-expression. It leveraged events, celebrity spokespeople and shopper marketing, along with more traditional tactics, to drive consumers to a Facebook-centered social media experience where they could directly engage with the brand, according to GMA.

The program generated millions of flavor submissions and Cheesy Garlic Bread potato chips became the latest flavor in the Lay’s portfolio. The program also boosted sales, increased brand penetration among Millennial consumers and generated unprecedented social media engagement.

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Cargill to Phase Out Growth-Promoting Antibiotics in Signature Turkey Brands

Cargill announced this week that it will stop using antibiotics for growth promotion in raising its turkeys.

The company says the changes to its two signature brands — Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms — makes Cargill the first major turkey producer to have a USDA Process Verified Program for this purpose.

A Cargill press release stated that the move is “based on consumer research and feedback.” However, Steven Roach, a senior analyst with Keep Antibiotics Working, said that while it’s encouraging that the company is recognizing what its consumers want, the move is not enough to address the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotics will no longer be used for growth promotion, but they will still be used for treating illnesses and for disease prevention. As with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guidance #213 which phases out the use of  antibiotics for certain uses, there are concerns that antibiotic use won’t decrease because it will simply be labeled as “disease prevention” in place of “growth promotion.”

“This is too little, too late,” Roach said, “and if they want to get ‘kudos’ for doing something, they should go beyond what FDA is mandating.”

It has been three years since the national outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infection linked to Cargill ground turkey, and Roach thinks there has been good evidence for giving up growth promotion since 2000.

Rather than just “a marketing campaign for how people view their product,” Roach said he wants to see Cargill show more commitment to reducing overall antibiotic use by tracking the amount used before and after the end of growth promotion.

“While this decision has the potential to modestly reduce overall antibiotic use for our turkeys, the health and wellness of turkeys is extremely important to Cargill, and we do not want animals to suffer due to illness,” Mike Martin, Cargill’s director of communications, told Food Safety News. “Antibiotics allow us to prevent, control and treat disease in our turkey flocks. That’s why, under the USDA Process Verified Program, antibiotics will still be administered under the direction of a veterinarian. We want to ensure that only healthy animals are used for food.”

Cargill says that Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkeys will be available without the growth-promoting antibiotics this Thanksgiving and that all of the company’s flocks will be raised without growth-promoting antibiotics by the end of 2015.

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Imported apple club brands surge in North America

Southern Hemisphere grows in production
Imported apple club brands surge in North America

Import apple sales continue to grow in U.S. supermarkets.  The latest data from Nielsen Perishables Group through June 1 shows strong increases in sales and volume for key import apple brands.   “International production from our southern hemisphere club variety partners continues to grow and we’re seeing it payoff in terms of greater supermarket sales during the summer months,” said Robb Myers, Director of Sales and Imports at CMI.  According to Myers, U.S. supermarket volume of KIKU® brand apples doubled during May.  Other import brands such as Kanzi®, Koru, Sweet Tango, Pacific Rose, and Ambrosia™ are also showing gains. 

Myers identified improved supermarket distribution as a key factor driving growth as retailers change their approach with regard to import apples.   “Winning retailers are allocating more shelf space to club varieties and brands just like they have for summer Navels ,” said Myers.  “In the past we saw some club apple brands suffer during summer as retailers cut back distribution and shelf space to make room for seasonal products like stone fruit, melons and grapes.  That’s really changed.  On KIKU® brand alone, U.S. retail distribution increased by over 50%.”

Myers also reports that Southern Hemisphere producers have increased their focus on the club variety apples as U.S. production of mainline apples has grown.   “Southern hemisphere growers used to be much more focused on sending apples like Gala and Fuji to the U.S. market.   With increased storage and production of those varieties available domestically, the stronger sales opportunities are in growing club brands like KIKU®, Kanzi®, Ambrosia™, Envy and others.”

“These club apple brands are a great incremental sales driver for supermarkets,” said Myers.  “Apple consumers are loyal and when they see fresh products in the stores, it energizes the category at precisely the right time in the summer when retailers need it.”    

Imported Ambrosia™ apples and Golden Bosc pears are available from CMI through the end of July, while KIKU®, Kanzi® and Cripps Pink apples will be shipping through August.

For more information:
Katharine Grove
CMI
Tel: +1 509-888-3427, 509-885-0444
Fax: +1 509-888-3418
[email protected]
www.cmiapples.com

Publication date: 7/10/2014


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Comprehensive List: Recalled Chia Powder Brands and Related Salmonella Cases

As  investigations continue into outbreaks of Salmonella linked to chia powder in the U.S. and Canada, more companies are recalling their products.

First, Navitas Naturals recalled its Organic Sprouted Chia Powder and Omega Blend Sprouted Smoothie Mix, along with the Williams-Sonoma Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer, on May 28.

Next was Health Matters America Inc.’s recall of Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder.

Canada’s recalls include mostly Organic Traditions products from Advantage Health Matters, but chia seed products under the Back 2 the Garden, Intuitive Path SuperFoods, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, and Naturallyorganic brand names have also been recalled.

You can find the details on these products in Canadian Food Inspection Agency warnings issued May 30, June 3, June 4, and June 6.

The most recent American recall — issued June 6 — is for two GreenSmoothieGirl Sprouted Ground TriOmega Superfood products containing organic sprouted chia powder that were distributed in retail stores in UT, OR, MT and directly to consumers nationwide through the company’s website.

So far, in connection with chia powder, 17 people in the U.S. have been infected with Salmonella Newport or Salmonella Hartford. There are reports of 24 cases in Canada — 15 confirmed in Ontario and another nine in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec.

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Billion dollar choices for Hillshire Brands

Processed-meat supplier Hillshire Brands has some deciding to do. After Pilgrim’s Pride offered $ 6.4 billion to purchase Hillshire earlier this week, Tyson Foods threw its hat in the ring with a bid valued at $ 6.8 billion.

“Our proposal provides Hillshire shareholders with an immediate cash premium for their shares that we believe is both greater and more certain than what can be attained in the near term by the Company either on a standalone basis or in combination with any other food processing company,” said Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods president and Chief Executive Officer said in a media statement on Thursday.

On top of choosing whether to accept one of the two bids, Hillshire must consider whether it’s willing to give up its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods (parent company of Birds Eye, Hungry-Man and Vlasic) for $ 4.2 billion. USA Today reported that Hillshire — maker of BallPark hotdogs and Jimmy Dean sausage products — was looking to merge the two companies’ complimentary convenience foods.

The cost of dropping that commitment would be $ 163 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal also suggests that it’s those same packaged, high-margin products that are attracting Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride.

The fact that Hillshire is a hot commodity right now likely doesn’t come as a surprise to the company, reported the New York Times:

Hillshire has known it was a target for some time. A few months before it made its offer for Pinnacle, Pilgrim’s Pride privately approached the company about a merger but was rebuffed.

No matter what direction Hillshire goes in, it’s clear we’re in for future consolidation in the meat industry.

The big players in the meat supply chain are looking to diversify their portfolios. Tyson, for instance, has long prioritized its cross-protein and prepared foods offerings. The company has also invested in product innovation in its Discovery Center to develop those higher margin value-added products. This move has helped Tyson weather the storm of high feed prices and a tight supply for a rotating array of proteins over the last few years.

After Pilgrim’s Pride made its bid, Forbes addressed the instability of commodity meat companies right now.

Fresh chicken products (pieces or whole) make up ~60% of its [Pilgrim’s Prides’] sales. The business is fraught with inherent problems such as volatile feed costs (mostly corn and soybeans) and negligible pricing power. In the meat processing business, EBITDA margins are generally around 7-10% depending on feed costs and meat prices.

It’s also important to note that the companies being pursued in this cross fire of bidding both sell convenience foods. In the food industry we can shout that the consumer interest around cooking and fresh foods is strong, but that interest is not at odds with the shopper’s desire to make meals quickly.

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Delhaize revamps store brands

The operator of Hannaford and Food Lion stores will roll out a larger and more robust collection of store-branded products for its mid-tier private label and will rename and reintroduce the value tier currently known as My Essentials, Frans Muller, the international retailer’s new CEO, said in a conference call. CONNECT WITH SN ON TWITTER Follow @SN_News for updates throughout the day. The changes to private label are part of a decisive and decidedly dispassionate set of new …

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Delhaize revamps store brands

The operator of Hannaford and Food Lion stores will roll out a larger and more robust collection of store-branded products for its mid-tier private label and will rename and reintroduce the value tier currently known as My Essentials, Frans Muller, the international retailer’s new CEO, said in a conference call. CONNECT WITH SN ON TWITTER Follow @SN_News for updates throughout the day. The changes to private label are part of a decisive and decidedly dispassionate set of new …

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Delhaize revamps store brands

The operator of Hannaford and Food Lion stores will roll out a larger and more robust collection of store-branded products for its mid-tier private label and will rename and reintroduce the value tier currently known as My Essentials, Frans Muller, the international retailer’s new CEO, said in a conference call. CONNECT WITH SN ON TWITTER Follow @SN_News for updates throughout the day. The changes to private label are part of a decisive and decidedly dispassionate set of new …

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Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo unveiling new brands and Fair Trade programs at PMA Fresh Summit

At the PMA Fresh Summit convention in New Orleans, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, a leading organic grower and shipper based in Pescadero, CA, will launch a new brand, “Kitchen Harvest” living herbs, and will also announce that it is bolstering its social mission with new Fair Trade-certified product offerings.

basilVisitors to the Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo booth (No. 4720) at the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans have the opportunity to view its expanding culinary herb line, featuring “Kitchen Harvest” organic living basil, which begins shipping this month and will be available year round.

“The certified organic hydroponic process creates an ideal environment for ultimate plant health and crop performance,” Marina Pace, who is involved with marketing at the company, said in a press release. “The plants are harvested with roots intact and packaged in a protective sleeve that extends the optimum greenhouse environment and shelf life. The freshest possible plants are those with roots intact.”

The 12-count shipper makes for easy display and requires only simple maintenance. The new product is focused on convenience, as customers harvest only what they need and the remaining plant stays intact and alive.

Another line extension is Jacobs Farm Organic Ginger, packaged in four-ounce clamshell packs. The package merchandises perfectly alongside Jacobs Farm’s line of clamshell herbs in racks or on hooks.

“The ginger is produced in Peru through a strategic partnership with Fairtrasa, a company that shares our social mission,” Pace added in the press release.

The “Del Cabo” brand has also added Rubies On The Vine cocktail tomatoes to its line of specialty tomatoes, vegetables and fruit. Developed by Del Cabo’s plant breeding program, this latest addition will ship at the end of November.

Del Cabo also continues to add more grower groups producing Fair Trade-certified products, allowing for more offerings, stronger supplies and year-round availability.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines

Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo unveiling new brands and Fair Trade programs at PMA Fresh Summit

At the PMA Fresh Summit convention in New Orleans, Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, a leading organic grower and shipper based in Pescadero, CA, will launch a new brand, “Kitchen Harvest” living herbs, and will also announce that it is bolstering its social mission with new Fair Trade-certified product offerings.

basilVisitors to the Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo booth (No. 4720) at the PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans have the opportunity to view its expanding culinary herb line, featuring “Kitchen Harvest” organic living basil, which begins shipping this month and will be available year round.

“The certified organic hydroponic process creates an ideal environment for ultimate plant health and crop performance,” Marina Pace, who is involved with marketing at the company, said in a press release. “The plants are harvested with roots intact and packaged in a protective sleeve that extends the optimum greenhouse environment and shelf life. The freshest possible plants are those with roots intact.”

The 12-count shipper makes for easy display and requires only simple maintenance. The new product is focused on convenience, as customers harvest only what they need and the remaining plant stays intact and alive.

Another line extension is Jacobs Farm Organic Ginger, packaged in four-ounce clamshell packs. The package merchandises perfectly alongside Jacobs Farm’s line of clamshell herbs in racks or on hooks.

“The ginger is produced in Peru through a strategic partnership with Fairtrasa, a company that shares our social mission,” Pace added in the press release.

The “Del Cabo” brand has also added Rubies On The Vine cocktail tomatoes to its line of specialty tomatoes, vegetables and fruit. Developed by Del Cabo’s plant breeding program, this latest addition will ship at the end of November.

Del Cabo also continues to add more grower groups producing Fair Trade-certified products, allowing for more offerings, stronger supplies and year-round availability.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines

Multiple Spinach Brands Recalled in Canada for Salmonella Contamination

Three brands of bagged spinach — Frisco’s, Queen Victoria and Metro — have been recalled by Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd. because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

These products were distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and possibly other provinces.

The identifying information for the packages is as follows:

Marques commerciales Format Code(s) sur le produit CUP
Frisco’s 284 g Lot Code/Best Before
2 D66258/2013 SE 30
0 33383 65201 6
Frisco’s 170 g Lot Code/Best Before
2 D66258
0 33383 45041 4
Queen Victoria 227 g Lot Code/Best Before
2 D66258/2013 SE 30
0 60556 00227 9
Metro 171 g Lot Code/Best Before
2 D66258/2013 SE 30
0 59749 89955 0

 

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