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Pink Lady celebrates 21 years in the UK

Pink Lady celebrates 21 years in the UK

Pink Lady® is marking its 21st year in the UK with a large scale consumer promotion taking place this summer. An on-pack giveaway of 21 prizes over 21 days will be promoted on all bags and tray packs and in most major retailers[1] from 1st July with a prize a day being given away from 12th July – 1st August.  

The promotion will involve Pink Lady® giving away its ‘Birthday Wish List’ of prizes including:

  • A weekend for two in New York (the Big Apple!)
  • Orient express experience for two
  • A week-long family holiday in Tuscany
  • An overnight stay in London with tickets to a West End Show
  • A personal shopping experience in Selfridges

The 21st prize will be selected by the brand’s fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Print advertising titles such as Marie Claire, BBC Good Food, Tesco and Sainsbury’s Magazine will run alongside online activity, including a Mumsnet sponsored discussion and Yahoo takeover. The brand’s social channels – Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – will be employed to boost direct consumer engagement and to promote the winners. In-store support includes radio and shelf barkers in Morrisons and shelf barkers in Waitrose.

Michelle Toft, Marketing Manager for Pink Lady® in the UK comments:

“We are really excited about this promotion. Our 21st birthday is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the success of the Pink Lady® brand with our customers and, of course, to further boost awareness and sales. We’ve been delighted by the support we’ve had from our retail customers across the board, which will help to ensure the promotion is as successful as it can be.”

The first shipment of 500 boxes of Pink Lady® apples were introduced to the UK market in 1992. With over 3.5 million boxes now sold every year, the UK has become one of the most important and successful markets for the Pink Lady® brand globally.

Andy Macdonald, Managing Director of Coregeo Ltd, Master Licensor for Pink Lady® in the UK, comments:

“Since entering the UK market in 1992, Pink Lady® has enjoyed impressive success, having carved out a market share of 11% – making the apple one of the top 3 by value in the UK.”

“We’re particularly proud of the sales gains and household penetration increase we have made during the challenging economic conditions of the last couple of years, during which time sales and penetration of other apples have been falling.”

“Our commitment to a high quality product, alongside a proactive marketing campaign, has been fundamental to the success of the brand, and we look forward to celebrating this success with our consumers through this promotion.”

Promotional packs of Pink Lady® apples – each containing a unique code – go on sale in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Co-op, Aldi, Asda, Ocado, Costco, Booths and Budgens from 1st July. Entry will be via a dedicated microsite on the Pink Lady® apples website at www.pinkladyapples.co.uk/21.

 

Publication date: 6/28/2013


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Dragonberry celebrates 10 years of excellence

Dragonberry Produce celebrated its 10th anniversary with style and elegance at the River Place Hotel in Portland, OR, Dec. 6. “The intimate event was a small gathering of favorite friends, family, growers, customers and vendors,” Founder Amy Nguyen told The Produce News. “I took this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the successful partnerships we have built in the last 10 years. These people believed in Dragonberry and invested in us. They have supported us and allowed us to market products and blossom at our own rate.”DragonberryAnniversaryDragonberry Produce founder Amy Nguyen (right) with Jackie Caplan Wiggins, COO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, and Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda’s. (Photo courtesy of Dragonberry Produce)

Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, was the guest of honor at the event. “She was such an inspiration to me when I first entered the produce industry,” Nguyen said. “Her success story and achievements inspired me and infused my admiration for her from the first time meeting her 10 years ago. Her passions, love and excitement for what she does is so contigious that I can feel her energy even at her age of 91. Everyone was so excited to come and meet her, as she was the first lady of the produce industry.”

The boutique-style specialty produce distributor first opened its doors in Clackamas, OR, eventually moving to its state-of-the-art facility in Canby, OR, in 2013.

The Canby facility is LEED-certified Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first of its kind for produce distribution in Oregon. “We have built a strong company branding that is unique,” Nguyen said. “We became a knowledgeable company that exports, imports and distributes through our family of partnerships. We learned how to work with different government agencies to establish tolerances laws. We learned a lot in the last 10 years and will continue to become a better learner. I believe when you are a good learner, you become a strong achiever.”

As to the future, Ngyuen said, “I believe success is not a destination, but a continuous journey we travel together with all our partnerships. Dragonberry’s motto is to always have continuous improvement. I want to lead my company to become more refined and establish a culture of premium first-class quality that surpasses the ordinary.”

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Dragonberry celebrates 10 years of excellence

Dragonberry Produce celebrated its 10th anniversary with style and elegance at the River Place Hotel in Portland, OR, Dec. 6. “The intimate event was a small gathering of favorite friends, family, growers, customers and vendors,” Founder Amy Nguyen told The Produce News. “I took this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the successful partnerships we have built in the last 10 years. These people believed in Dragonberry and invested in us. They have supported us and allowed us to market products and blossom at our own rate.”DragonberryAnniversaryDragonberry Produce founder Amy Nguyen (right) with Jackie Caplan Wiggins, COO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, and Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda’s. (Photo courtesy of Dragonberry Produce)

Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, was the guest of honor at the event. “She was such an inspiration to me when I first entered the produce industry,” Nguyen said. “Her success story and achievements inspired me and infused my admiration for her from the first time meeting her 10 years ago. Her passions, love and excitement for what she does is so contigious that I can feel her energy even at her age of 91. Everyone was so excited to come and meet her, as she was the first lady of the produce industry.”

The boutique-style specialty produce distributor first opened its doors in Clackamas, OR, eventually moving to its state-of-the-art facility in Canby, OR, in 2013.

The Canby facility is LEED-certified Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first of its kind for produce distribution in Oregon. “We have built a strong company branding that is unique,” Nguyen said. “We became a knowledgeable company that exports, imports and distributes through our family of partnerships. We learned how to work with different government agencies to establish tolerances laws. We learned a lot in the last 10 years and will continue to become a better learner. I believe when you are a good learner, you become a strong achiever.”

As to the future, Ngyuen said, “I believe success is not a destination, but a continuous journey we travel together with all our partnerships. Dragonberry’s motto is to always have continuous improvement. I want to lead my company to become more refined and establish a culture of premium first-class quality that surpasses the ordinary.”

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Dragonberry celebrates 10 years of excellence

Dragonberry Produce celebrated its 10th anniversary with style and elegance at the River Place Hotel in Portland, OR, Dec. 6. “The intimate event was a small gathering of favorite friends, family, growers, customers and vendors,” Founder Amy Nguyen told The Produce News. “I took this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the successful partnerships we have built in the last 10 years. These people believed in Dragonberry and invested in us. They have supported us and allowed us to market products and blossom at our own rate.”DragonberryAnniversaryDragonberry Produce founder Amy Nguyen (right) with Jackie Caplan Wiggins, COO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, and Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda’s. (Photo courtesy of Dragonberry Produce)

Frieda Caplan, founder of Frieda’s Specialty Produce, was the guest of honor at the event. “She was such an inspiration to me when I first entered the produce industry,” Nguyen said. “Her success story and achievements inspired me and infused my admiration for her from the first time meeting her 10 years ago. Her passions, love and excitement for what she does is so contigious that I can feel her energy even at her age of 91. Everyone was so excited to come and meet her, as she was the first lady of the produce industry.”

The boutique-style specialty produce distributor first opened its doors in Clackamas, OR, eventually moving to its state-of-the-art facility in Canby, OR, in 2013.

The Canby facility is LEED-certified Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first of its kind for produce distribution in Oregon. “We have built a strong company branding that is unique,” Nguyen said. “We became a knowledgeable company that exports, imports and distributes through our family of partnerships. We learned how to work with different government agencies to establish tolerances laws. We learned a lot in the last 10 years and will continue to become a better learner. I believe when you are a good learner, you become a strong achiever.”

As to the future, Ngyuen said, “I believe success is not a destination, but a continuous journey we travel together with all our partnerships. Dragonberry’s motto is to always have continuous improvement. I want to lead my company to become more refined and establish a culture of premium first-class quality that surpasses the ordinary.”

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Pro Citrus Network celebrates its 10 year anniversary with a new look

Pro Citrus Network is celebrating its 10th year in business by introducing a new look. With its new logo also comes new packaging for the upcoming California Navel season, as well as a new website to better serve its customers and growers.PCN-Orange-BOX-Med-Res-v1

“As we reflect on the past 10 years and all of PCN’s accomplishments and growth, we are feeling energized for the next 10 years and beyond,” Jacquie Ediger, vice president of Pro Citrus Network, said in a press release. “We have a dedicated team, a progressive group of growers and strategic alliances throughout the supply chain that will continue to allow us to grow and succeed in the ever-changing fresh produce industry.”

“We’re excited to launch our new logo, cartons and website to signify this milestone in PCN’s history,” Allan Dodge, president of Pro Citrus Network, said in the release. “In the past 10 years we have established ourselves as a company that does not just get the product to the customer, but it gets the right product to the customer. We look forward to continuing to do this for our customers and growers in the future.”

The new Pro Citrus website, www.pcnbrand.com, launched just prior to PMA’s Fresh Summit show in Anaheim, CA, and includes key information for buyers and growers of citrus, as well as the end consumer.

The new lemon and orange cartons will be released at the start of this California Season.

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IPC celebrates 60 years of Tater Tot-inspired menu creativity

When Tater Tots began arriving in grocery stores in 1954, they quickly caught on as a snack food, a side dish and the foundation for casseroles at dinner tables across America. During the next sixty years, foodservice operators capitalized on tot popularity, enthusiastically integrated them into menus ranging from quick service to white tablecloth, and the Idaho Potato Commission noted that the tot is both an inspired potato product and a springboard for potato creativity.potato-totsIn its 60th year, potato tots continue to be a source of inspiration for potato creativity. 

The IPC boasts a collection of innovative tot recipes and variations on the theme. For signature housemade tots, operators will add aromatics (truffles), herbs (parsley, rosemary, sage), and proteins (crumbled bacon, shredded crab) to the mix before frying. Other operators raise the bar by stuffing the tots with elaborate fillings like Parmesan or blue cheese, braised pork and curried chicken. Still others use the classic Tater Tots as a base for loaded tots, poutine, nachos, chili and breakfast scrambles.

In honor of the Tater Tot 60th birthday, the Idaho Potato Commission urges operators to fire up a potato tot special. To research tot recipes or for help with All Things Potatoes, visit foodservice.idahopotato.com, While on the site, check out the IPC’s comprehensive recipe database, refer to a helpful size guide and Idaho potato preparation tips, and find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs.

Tater Tots are a registered trademark of Ore-Ida, a division of the H.J. Heinz Co.

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IPC celebrates 60 years of Tater Tot-inspired menu creativity

When Tater Tots began arriving in grocery stores in 1954, they quickly caught on as a snack food, a side dish and the foundation for casseroles at dinner tables across America. During the next sixty years, foodservice operators capitalized on tot popularity, enthusiastically integrated them into menus ranging from quick service to white tablecloth, and the Idaho Potato Commission noted that the tot is both an inspired potato product and a springboard for potato creativity.potato-totsIn its 60th year, potato tots continue to be a source of inspiration for potato creativity. 

The IPC boasts a collection of innovative tot recipes and variations on the theme. For signature housemade tots, operators will add aromatics (truffles), herbs (parsley, rosemary, sage), and proteins (crumbled bacon, shredded crab) to the mix before frying. Other operators raise the bar by stuffing the tots with elaborate fillings like Parmesan or blue cheese, braised pork and curried chicken. Still others use the classic Tater Tots as a base for loaded tots, poutine, nachos, chili and breakfast scrambles.

In honor of the Tater Tot 60th birthday, the Idaho Potato Commission urges operators to fire up a potato tot special. To research tot recipes or for help with All Things Potatoes, visit foodservice.idahopotato.com, While on the site, check out the IPC’s comprehensive recipe database, refer to a helpful size guide and Idaho potato preparation tips, and find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs.

Tater Tots are a registered trademark of Ore-Ida, a division of the H.J. Heinz Co.

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San Luis Valley Potato Festival celebrates spud harvest

Each fall the San Luis Valley’s many potato farms and packing sheds, along with individuals and families who contribute to Colorado’s rich potato legacy, are celebrated with a harvest festival — and this year’s is shaping up to be one for the history books.

On Sept. 5 and 6 the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee will host the 2014 Potato Festival in Monte Vista not only with an expanded schedule of Friday evening and all day Saturday but also with an expanded focus. As it pays tribute to the Valley’s No. 1 industry, the event will also recognize local servicemen and women who fought and died to keep the United States free.

veterans-parkDonations at the 2014 San Luis Valley Potato Festival will go toward completion of the Faith Hinkley Memorial Park. (Photo courtesy of CPAC)According to Linda Weyers, assistant director of CPAC, the Potato Festival will kick off Friday, Sept. 5, at 5 p.m. with a family-style dinner in the Glen Martinez Memorial Pavilion at Chapman Park on Highway 160 west of downtown Monte Vista. Following the dinner, Colorado Springs singer and entertainer Arch Hooks will begin his performance at 5 p.m. in the pavilion, a structure built in fall 2008 to honor fallen Marine Sgt. Glen Martinez of Monte Vista.

Both dinner and concert are free to the public, and donations will be accepted to go toward expanding the Faith Hinkley Memorial Park in Monte Vista. That park was created in memoriam of 23-year-old Army Sgt. Faith R. Hinkley.

Sgt. Martinez died at age 31 in May 2008 when the Humvee in which he was riding hit a roadside bomb in Iraq. Sgt. Hinkley died in August 2010 when her unit came under attack in Baghdad. Both Martinez and Hinkley were Monte Vista residents and graduates of Monte Vista High School, and both were recipients of numerous medals and ribbons for their service.

Weyers said a portion of the Hinkley Park expansion will include a veterans memorial wall, which will bear the names of all fallen heroes from the region who have died in action.

Saturday’s activities start at 8 a.m. with the arts & crafts and food fair in Chapman Park. An antique tractor display will run simultaneously, and homemade ice cream — and free baked potatoes from the San Luis Valley — will be served until 5 p.m.

As in years past, a free Potato Field Bus Tour running from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. will provide festival-goers the opportunity to learn how potatoes are grown, harvested, packed and shipped, and CPAC will be selling bags of SLV potatoes, T-shirts and cookbooks at its booth. Weyers said that while most of the activities are being conducted at no charge, all donations on Saturday will also go to work on the veterans park.

Always a favorite with the crowd is the annual chefs competition and judging, which brings several professional and student chefs from the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chapter together in a spirited contest to create their tastiest potato dishes. That portion of the festival runs from 12:30-2:30 p.m., and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. a Downtown Potato Recipe Tasting Tour will give the public a sampling of the versatility and flavor of San Luis Valley spuds.

Throughout the day live entertainment will be provided by Boulder musician Danny Shafer, and kids will be kept busy with a full slate of festival carnival games and competitions, including the popular Potato Decorating and Potato Shooting contests.

For additional information on field tours and cook-off times and locations, contact Weyers at 719/852-3322 or visit the CPAC on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well as its website, www.coloradopotato.org.

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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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Ready Pac celebrates new Wrap Kits with vacation giveaway

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. recently launched its latest contest promotion, Elite Eats. This indulgent-inspired promo gives contestants the chance to win an ELITE spa vacation for two at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix — valued at $ 3,000, courtesy of Ready Pac.

Contestants enter by voting for their favorite new Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Wrap Kit on Ready Pac’s website before Aug.10 or by following a link from any one of Ready Pac’s other digital sites on Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

EliteEats Ready Pac is using #eliteeats to notify customers of contest news and updates. The winner will be randomly selected from all submitted entries by Aug.10. Through this web-based promotion, Ready Pac aims to broaden and delight their consumer base, while spreading the word about their exciting new line of Bistro Bowl Wrap Kits.

As a departure from the traditional concept of healthy single-serve salads, Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Wrap Kits are the only on-the-go meal solution to fuse the concept of healthy ready-to-eat salads with a build-your-own-wrap component. Ready Pac plans to elevate their relationship with consumers beyond the sales transaction to a place where the Bistro brand and user lifestyles are effortlessly connected.

“We have so many fantastic new wrap flavors – even I am having trouble narrowing down my favorite!” said Tristan Simpson, vice president of corporate communications at Ready Pac. “Our Elite Eats contest is a great way to engage and reward our consumers for responding so positively to our latest innovation platform. Bistro Bowl Wrap Kits are such a clever departure from other fresh prepared meal offerings on shelves right now — we’re excited to find new opportunities for shoppers to fall in love with our line of Bistro Bowl Salads all over again.”

To learn more about the Elite Eats contest or about Ready Pac Bistro Bowl Wrap Kits visit readypac.com.

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IGA operator celebrates 100th anniversary

E.C. Porter IGA is celebrating its 100th year as a family-owned and operated business.

The 22,000-square-foot store, located in London, Ky., is run by Stuart House, whose great-grandparents opened the original store in 1914.

As reported in IGA’s daily newsletter, House said the company wanted to give away a trip in honor of its anniversary, “but the economy is still really depressed here, [with] coal mines shutting down and a factory just closed, so we knew what people in this community needed was groceries.

“For two weeks we gave away $ 1,400 worth of groceries each week and a whole bunch of IGA gift certificates. Then we added some fun things like bikes, TVs and grills.”

House said he still values the lessons he learned from his father, grandfather and great-grandparents. “It’s all about taking care of your community,” he said. “That’s something they taught me early on.”

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USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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

USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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

USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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

USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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

USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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

USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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

USA Pears celebrates school foodservice all-stars

School districts across the country are serving an unprecedented amount of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and breakfasts, and USA Pears is recognizing districts who have stepped up to put pears on students’ plates.

USA Pears has named San Diego Unified School District, School District of Pickens County (South Carolina), and School District of New Berlin (Wisconsin) School Foodservice All-Stars for the 2014-15 season.

These districts have been chosen for frequently featuring pears on the menu, educating students and staff about pear ripening and varieties, and serving pears in fun and appealing ways. The districts serve pears in a variety of ways, including sliced and whole on the salad bar, alternating preparation to excite students and introduce them to new varieties.

Lisa Hayes, foodservice manager at School District of Pickens County, serves students “pear bow ties,” a perennial favorite.

“Our students love the Bartlett, especially when we make bow ties,” she said in a press release. “We serve two ripe pear halves in a boat with whipped cream and a cherry in honor of our principal, who wears bow ties every day.”

The three districts serve a combined 213 schools, with more than 148,000 students. USA Pears is promoting the 2014-15 All-Stars at the School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference this week in Boston. This is the second year of the All-Stars program. In 2013-14, Seattle Public Schools, Bakersfield City School District, and Denver Public Schools were named USA Pears School Foodservice All-Stars.

“We’re pleased to highlight school districts that are taking a creative approach to serving healthier meals in their cafeterias,” Kevin Moffitt, president and chief executive officer of Pear Bureau Northwest, said in a press release. “By acknowledging districts that excel at serving pears, we hope to encourage others to do the same, providing students with a variety of fresh and appealing produce.”

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Stemilt celebrates peak season with new ‘All Eyes on Apricots’ promotion

Stemilt Growers is making sure all eyes are on apricots in the next two weeks with the launch of a new promotion that celebrates the peak season for the delicious summertime fruit, and a big health benefit apricots provide.

The company’s “All Eyes on Apricots” promotion focuses on the fantastic flavors and jumbo sizes of Stemilt’s Washington-grown cots, while educating shoppers how eating apricots for vitamin A can help maintain good vision and overall eye health.

apricot-pos“Apricots are an excellent source of vitamin A, with 13 percent of the daily recommended value in just one apricot,” Roger Pepperl, director of marketing at Stemilt, said in a press release. “They also contain vitamins C, E, and carotenoids which protect the retina, the part of the eye with the sharpest vision. Our ‘All Eyes on Apricots’ promotion is a great way to call attention to Stemilt apricots at your stores during their peak season and promote health, a topic that consumers care a lot about.”

Stemilt is the leading apricot grower and shipper in Washington state. Currently, the company is harvesting its main apricot varieties, Rival and Perfection. This year’s fruit is jumbo-sized with great dessert flavors thanks to ideal growing conditions throughout the spring and early summer growing season.

“Apricots are a heritage item at Stemilt, and the quality of the 2014 crop is one of the finest we’ve seen in years,” Pepperl added in the press release. “They’re tree-ripened and come from great locales like Tri Cities and growers like the Douglas family, who have farmed fruit for four generations. Warm days produce apricots with balanced sugars and acids while cool nights give them their classic vibrant orange color and beautiful pink-red blush.”

Stemilt is packing the majority of its jumbo-sized apricots in panta packs, which makes for easy-to-build displays at retail. The company created an 11×7 point-of-sale sign for the “All Eyes on Apricots” promotion, which retailers can use to build bright displays and tout the eye health benefits apricots provide. Stemilt can also set-up display contests and demos to further create store excitement around apricots during this peak season.

“Now is the time to make sure all eyes are on apricots in your produce department,” Pepperl added. “It’s the peak season for Stemilt’s premium quality, dessert flavored, and healthy apricots. The next two weeks are key for using apricots to drive sales in order to boost your stone fruit category.”

 

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