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Dole wins Nielsen breakthrough innovation award

International information company Nielsen has chosen a Dole Fresh Vegetables salad line from 3,500 consumer products for its Breakthrough Innovation Award for 2016.

The Dole Chopped Salad Kits, launched in 2013, mark the first win in the category for a produce brand, the company said in a release.

The awards are now in their eighth year.

2016 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award winners satisfied three requirements: a distinctive consumer product that delivered a new value proposition to the market in 2014; a minimum of US$ 50 million in first-year U.S. sales; and a demonstrated ability to endure the market by achieving 90 percent of first-year sales during its second year.

“Dole is beyond honored that the DOLE Chopped Salad Kit line is one of only 92 U.S. products to receive this award since its inception in 2008 – and the first-ever winner in the produce industry,” said Dole Fresh Vegetables VP of marketing, CarrieAnn Arias.

“DOLE Chopped Salad Kits were launched in 2013 as the next wave in salad innovation: a taste-first chopped salad experience featuring layers of flavor, texture, color and crunch in every bite.

“The success of the initial line led to the introduction of two additional Chopped Salad varieties in 2015 to meet consumer demand.”

She said the fact Nielsen had reviewed 20,000 U.S. product lines over eight years and found Dole’s salad kits demonstrated innovation and success by improving the country’s daily eating habits was extremely fulfilling for everyone at the company.

The seven kits include varieties such as Bacon and Bleu, BBQ Ranch, Chipotle & Cheddar, Pomegranate, Poppy Seed, Sesame Asian and Sunflower Crunch, and are part of a larger line of packaged salad blends and kits.

 

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Dole Chopped Salad Kits selected for Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award

Nielsen has honored Dole Fresh Vegetables for transformational innovation and for continually bringing improvements to essential day-to-day experiences and rituals.

The produce company and its line of Dole Chopped Salad Kits, launched in 2013, received a 2016 U.S. Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award,  selected for distinctiveness, relevance and endurance from close to 3,500 consumer products introduced to the market that year. It is the first time a produce brand has won the award in the eight-year history of the competition.DOLE Chopped SunflowerCrunch FRONT

2016 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Award winners satisfied three requirements: a distinctive consumer product that delivered a new value proposition to the market in 2014; a minimum of $ 50 million in first-year U.S. sales; and a demonstrated ability to endure the market by achieving 90 percent of first-year sales during its second year.   

“Dole is beyond honored that the Dole Chopped Salad Kit line is one of only 92 U.S. products to receive this award since its inception in 2008 — and the first-ever winner in the produce industry,” CarrieAnn Arias, vice president of marketing for Dole Fresh Vegetables, said in a press release. “Dole Chopped Salad Kits were launched in 2013 as the next wave in salad innovation: a taste-first chopped salad experience featuring layers of flavor, texture, color and crunch in every bite. The success of the initial line led to the introduction of two additional Chopped Salad varieties in 2015 to meet consumer demand.

“The fact that Nielsen reviewed 20,000 U.S. product launches over eight years and found Dole and Dole Chopped Salad Kits as demonstrating breakout innovation and success and improving America’s daily routines of eating is extremely fulfilling for everyone at Dole,” she said

The seven Dole Chopped Salad Kits — with varieties that include Bacon and Bleu, BBQ Ranch, Chipotle & Cheddar, Pomegranate, Poppy Seed, Sesame Asian and Sunflower Crunch — are part of a larger line of packaged salad blends and kits, including conventional and family-size, sold under the Dole brand.

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Dole Food Company organizes special committee

Murdock acquisition bid:
Dole Food Company organizes special committee

Dole Food Company, Inc. has announced that it has designated a special committee of its Board of Directors to act on behalf of the Company in respect of the acquisition proposal made by David H. Murdock on June 10, 2013. The special committee consists of the four members of the Board of Directors who are independent, and will be chaired by Andrew J. Conrad. The special committee has engaged Lazard as its financial advisor and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as legal counsel.

No assurance can be given that Mr. Murdock’s proposal, or any other transaction, will be consummated. The Company does not intend to disclose developments regarding these matters unless and until its Board of Directors determines there is a need to update the market.

Publication date: 6/26/2013


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Dole Fruit Bowls, Key Food and Captain Planet Foundation to host Learning Garden contest

In order to promote the understanding and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, Dole Fruit Bowls, Key Food and Captain Planet Foundation are teaming up to host a learning garden grant contest.

The Dole Fruit Bowls, Key Food and Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden Grant Contest will allow New York City school officials, parents or volunteers involved with eligible schools (K-5) to apply to win a Captain Planet Learning Garden. Two grand prize-winning schools will win a Learning Garden from the Captain Planet Foundation, which includes garden installation (or expansion of an existing garden), a mobile garden cooking cart, standards-based learning garden lessons, lesson supply kits and a day of professional development for teachers. In addition, the two winning schools will receive a one-year supply of Dole Fruit Bowls.

CPF’s Project Learning Garden provides the opportunity for teachers to extend the classroom into the garden for project-based learning, fresh vegetable tasting events and an understanding of the role that fresh fruits and vegetables play in a healthy lifestyle.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Captain Planet Foundation to offer Learning Gardens to New York City schools,” Stan Stuka, marketing director of Dole Fruit Bowls, said in a press release. “We know that the best learning gardens have the power to teach students about good nutrition and how fruits and vegetables grow, even when they begin simply by planting seeds in up-cycled Dole Fruit Bowls.”

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this program,” Michele Gissi, interactive marketing and public relations manager of Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc., said in the release “As a food retailer, we pride ourselves on nutritional education and healthy eating options. We are so happy to be able to bring Learning Gardens to two schools in our community through this grant.”

A panel of judges will select the two grand prize winners, who will be announced on National Food Day, Oct. 24.

“We know that when kids engage with a learning garden, they develop an early palate for fresh fruits and vegetables and an authentic understanding and appreciation for the natural world in which they live,” Leesa Carter, executive director of Captain Planet Foundation, said in the release.

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Dole doubling the love during 2014 tour

Building on the success of last year’s Peel the Love tour, when 107,703 recipe samples made from Dole bananas were handed out at 147 tour stops at supermarkets, special events and other local venues, Dole is doubling its efforts this summer with two tours.

At the request of retailers and consumers nationwide, Dole and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze are launching two simultaneous Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tours in 2014. The tour will reacquaint Americans with the fun, whimsy and versatility of bananas and offer compelling new ways to add fresh produce to summer meals, snacking, parties and entertaining plans.

Peel-the-Love Thanks to separate tours launching Memorial Day weekend covering the Eastern and Western portions of the United States, Dole will be able to visit banana fans in 26 cities by Labor Day.

“Last year, our Peel the Love Tour took the eating-healthy-can-be-fun message to banana lovers in 10 cities across the country,” Bil Goldfield, director of corporate communications for Dole Fresh Fruit Co., based in Westlake Village, CA, said in a press release. “But almost from the start, consumers and retailers wanted more. So, we’re doubling the love in 2014 to help meet untapped demand for recipes, serving suggestions and other tangible ways to put the ‘fun’ back in summer produce.”

Organized by Dole Bananas and co-sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk, the two caravans will depart New York City and Dallas simultaneously on May 26 to deliver the message of tasty nutrition to local supermarkets, public events and venues in 26 cities in 21 states over 104 days. The colorfully wrapped tour vehicles and Banana Cabanas will offer banana recipes, recipe booklets, product samples, banana-themed kid’s activity sheets and other free giveaways. A full tour schedule will be available at www.dole.com/peelthelove.

For the first time, visitors at each Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tour stop can present a grocery receipt showing a Dole Bananas qualifying purchase to receive a complimentary gift, such as a commemorative Dole hat, T-shirt or other branded item.

Also new for 2014 is a focus on other tropical fruits including Dole pineapples. Visitors at select tour stops can learn how to peel and cut a pineapple from a live demonstration and enjoy fresh-cut Dole pineapple samples.

The Eastern tour will depart from New York City and visit New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Virginia, Raleigh, NC, Columbia, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Alabama, Mississippi, St. Louis, MO, Des Moines, IA, and Minneapolis.

The Western tour will leave Dallas and visit Houston, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno, NV; Portland, OR, and Seattle.

“We’re delighted to partner again with Dole in 2014,” Suzanne Hagener, group marketing manager of Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, said in the press release. “Peel the Love is the perfect fit for Blue Diamond since we’re also committed to showing consumers that summer eating can be nutritious, delicious and fun. Through the tour recipes that feature Almond Breeze, we hope to prove that almond milk is a convenient and nutritious alternative to traditional milk options, and it tastes great. The tour will feature Almond Breeze in several recipes that are not only delicious, but also fit with a healthy lifestyle, which we will believe is important.”

The dual Peel the Love Banana Cabana Tours are part of DOLE(r) Bananas Peel the Love, a multiyear initiative to remind Americans about the fun and nutritional significance of the world’s most popular fruit, and encourage greater consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables overall.

In addition to showcasing new recipes and serving suggestions, Dole will engage with the more than 1 million Dole Banana and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze social media fans.

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Dole Packaged Foods launches annual recipe contest

The sixth annual DOLE California Cook-Off recipe contest is accepting gas grilling recipes using at least one Dole Packaged Foods product at Dole.com/cookoff.

Three finalists will be selected from around the nation to compete in Los Angeles on June 28, where they will don official Cook-Off aprons and prepare their Dole dish in front of onlookers at Santa Monica Place and a panel of judges led by a renowned celebrity chef Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City, CA, for a chance to win $ 25,000. The 2013 Dole California Cook-Off Champion, Ally Phillips of AllysKitchen.com, will be on hand to pass the torch to this year’s winner.

The contest welcomes fans of healthy, GMO-free fruits and summertime grilling that have a unique, palate-pleasing recipe that incorporates a DOLE Packaged Food. Entrants should submit a bite-sized version and other innovative appetizers into the DOLE 2014 California Cook-Off recipe contest on Dole.com/cookoff. The culinary team at Dole and Chef Ben Ford will be on the lookout for the top recipes that demonstrate the best use of DOLE Packaged Foods products, creativity, flavor and taste, ease of preparation, and presentation.

During the final Cook-off, each finalist will receive support and assistance from a food blogger highly respected by the Dole Packaged Foods team.

For appetizing ideas on what to enter in the 2014 Dole California Cook-Off visit Facebook.com/DOLE or DOLE.com/Recipes. The 2014 DOLE California Cook-Off contest launched March 31 and closes on May 19.  

“Challenge yourself—whether you’re a young adult learning your way around a grill, an expert at feeding your family, or a full-time worker bee who is challenged to eat healthfully throughout a busy schedule—$ 25,000 is at stake here and it could be yours! Visit Dole.com/cookoff and enter your best recipe today,” Chef Ben Ford said in a press release.

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Dole may take over Banacol

Dole may take over Banacol

Eurofruit reports that there are rumours in the market that Dole is planning to fully or partially take over Banacol. Dole acquired Banacol pineapple plantations in Costa Rica at the beginning of the year, so further integration would not be an illogical step. It seems that both companies have been in discussion for months. Dole may hope to win market shares with this fusion, to compete with the recent fusion between Chiquita and Fyffes.

In mid March Banacol announced that the group will be undergoing significant reorganisation. This announcement was a result of the turnover that has been put under pressure and strengthened by unfavourable exchange rates, low banana prices on the international market and high production costs.

Source: Eurofruit

Publication date: 3/28/2014


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Dole announces salad recall

Due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad. This precautionary recall is due to one sample of Dole Italian salad that yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Dole is coordinating closely with regulatory officials, and no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with use-by date of March 12.

The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. Only the specific product codes, UPC codes and March 12 use-by date identified above are included in the recall.

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Dole announces salad recall

Due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad. This precautionary recall is due to one sample of Dole Italian salad that yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Dole is coordinating closely with regulatory officials, and no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with use-by date of March 12.

The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. Only the specific product codes, UPC codes and March 12 use-by date identified above are included in the recall.

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Dole Expands Bagged Salad Recall to the U.S. Due to Listeria

Dole Fresh Vegetables has expanded its voluntary recall of bagged salad to the U.S. after initially issuing a recall in Canada. The concern is that some of the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with use-by date of March 12, 2014.

The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. They were also distributed in three Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. However, due to the time involved in tracing a foodborne illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say whether or not anyone has fallen ill.

The recall was issued after one sample of Dole Italian salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Although the product is  past its use-by date, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is being removed from the stream of commerce.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

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Dole Expands Bagged Salad Recall to the U.S. Due to Listeria

Dole Fresh Vegetables has expanded its voluntary recall of bagged salad to the U.S. after initially issuing a recall in Canada. The concern is that some of the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with use-by date of March 12, 2014.

The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. They were also distributed in three Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec.

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. However, due to the time involved in tracing a foodborne illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say whether or not anyone has fallen ill.

The recall was issued after one sample of Dole Italian salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Although the product is  past its use-by date, retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Dole Fresh Vegetables customer service representatives are already contacting retailers and are in the process of confirming that the recalled product is being removed from the stream of commerce.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

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Dole announces salad recall

Due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad. This precautionary recall is due to one sample of Dole Italian salad that yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Dole is coordinating closely with regulatory officials, and no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with use-by date of March 12.

The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. Only the specific product codes, UPC codes and March 12 use-by date identified above are included in the recall.

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Dole announces salad recall

Due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes, Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged salad. This precautionary recall is due to one sample of Dole Italian salad that yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Dole is coordinating closely with regulatory officials, and no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The salads were distributed in 15 U.S. states (Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia) and three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec).

The products being recalled are Dole Italian Blend (UPC 7143000819), Fresh Selections Italian Style Blend (UPC 1111091045), Little Salad Bar Italian Salad (UPC 4149811014) and Marketside Italian Style Salad (UPC 8113102780) coded A058201A or B, with use-by date of March 12.

The product code and use-by date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. Only the specific product codes, UPC codes and March 12 use-by date identified above are included in the recall.

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Dole Brand Salad Recalled Due to Potential Listeria Contamination

Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. is recalling Dole brand Italian Blend salad from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination.

The following product is known to have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick and may have been also been distributed in other provinces:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product Universal Product Code
Dole Italian Blend Salad 10 oz. (283 g) Best Before: 14-MR-12 0 71430 00819 5

 

Consumers should check to see if they have recalled product in their home. Recalled product should be thrown out or returned to the store where it was purchased.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

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Dole partners with Meijer on salad bar donation

Committed to increasing healthier options for students, Dole Food Co. and Meijer have partnered to donate salad bars to five public schools in Detroit, Cincinnati and South Bend, IN. These self-serve produce bars will feature a wide array of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost new choices for students at breakfast and lunch.

“Since one in three midwestern children ages 9 to11 are at risk or already overweight, we need to look at whole new ways to encourage healthier eating,” Bil Goldfield, Dole’s director of corporate communications, said in a press release. “One of Dole’s goals is to start the nutrition conversation, and offer tangible healthy alternatives, as early in childhood as possible. By offering permanent salad bars stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables, we are hopefully establishing healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime.”

The school districts receiving salad bars include:

  • Cornerstone Charter Schools Detroit, one salad bar.
  • South Bend Community School Corp. in South Bend, Ind., salad bars to three schools.
  • Dohn Community High School in Cincinnati, one salad bar.

Representatives with Meijer and Dole recently presented Cornerstone Charter Health High School in Detroit with a new salad bar at a dedication ceremony.

“We are all very excited about this new salad bar, which will reinforce nutrition education messages while providing students the ability to select from a variety of fruit and vegetable options each day,” Cornerstone Charter Health High School Principal Michael Griffie said in the press release.

“Meijer is best known for the freshness it offers in the grocery aisles, and we are pleased to partner with Dole to improve access to fresh produce with these salad bars,” Brian Coates, senior produce buyer at the Grand Rapids, MI-based Meijer, added in the press release. “With these salad bars donations, Meijer aims to really impact the lives of students by making healthy food options readily available at school.”

The salad bars were arranged through a partnership with the United Fresh Foundation to support the organization’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools initiative, a new multi-year campaign aimed at increasing produce consumption in children by donating salad bars to schools in six Midwest states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The Midwest effort is a special campaign under the umbrella of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, which has donated salad bars to more than 2,800 schools nationwide.

“We are pleased to partner with Meijer and Dole to provide salad bars to schools in this area of the country, ensuring students here will have access to more fresh produce, and healthier options at lunch,” Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of the United Fresh Produce Association, said in the press release. “Salad bars empower students to make healthy choices and get kids excited to eat their fruits and veggies at school and beyond.”

New U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for school lunch require schools to dramatically increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetable served to students each day, and salad bars are the easiest way for schools to meet these requirements.

Research and experience in schools across the country demonstrate that children significantly increase their fruit and vegetable consumption when given a variety of choices in a school salad bar. When offered multiple fruit and vegetable choices, children respond by incorporating greater variety and increasing their overall consumption.

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