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California Giant event helps Salvation Army, families in need

For the fifth year in a row, California Giant Berry Farms has participated in the local NBC Affiliate KSBW holiday event called ‘Share Your Holiday.’ Each year the station has a telethon-style event throughout the central coast of California over an eight-hour time period encouraging the community to donate food, clothing, toys and cash to support the local chapters of the Salvation Army.IMG 4385Bill Moncovich, president and CEO of California Giant, with Santa and KSBW TV anchor Brittany Neilsen.

During the Dec. 12 event, California Giant employees — along with TV Anchor Brittany Nielsen — greeted hundreds of locals in the community as they dropped off more than 900 toys, hundreds of pounds of canned food, blankets, clothing and cash donations. In addition to sponsoring the drop location, California Giant donated 100 toys for kids in need to ensure they had something under the tree from Santa and 500 frozen turkeys to make sure each family had Christmas dinner.

As a whole, the event (held at five different locations) raised more than $ 162,000, which is 30 percent over the previous year’s record. The event also raised 10,704 pounds in non-perishable food; 1,753 pounds of clothes; and 9,928 toys (a 16 percent increase over last year).

“The staff was proud to participate again and be part of such a positive program to support our local community,” Bill Moncovich, president and chief executive officer, said in a press release. “It was inspirational to see so many people come out to our cooler in Watsonville to donate and share in the spirit of giving” says . (pictured above with TV Anchor Brittany Neilsen/KSBW and Santa)

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Wegmans holds kale-tasting event

All Wegmans stores will be holding a “Love Kale” tasting event Saturday, Nov. 1 to highlight the vegetable’s versatility, flavor and health benefits. Kale-inspired foods will be distributed throughout the store, allowing each department to feature its own kale-centric recipe, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.kaleuoa

“Kale tastes great in so many different ways that I think every customer who comes to the store for the ‘Love Kale’ event will be in for some nice surprises,” Executive Chef John Steinhoff said in a press release. “Every dish we’ll be sampling features kale as an ingredient, so customers will get a sense of its versatility. There’ll be a salad and side dishes, a vegetarian sushi roll, a pasta dish, a smoothie, and even sweets and snacks. We’ll have recipe cards for those who want to recreate some of these dishes at home.”

The featured recipes will be sautéed kale and kale chips in the produce department; Hail Kale Caesar salad in the self-serve bar in prepared foods area; ‘Kale-elujah’ rolls at the sushi bar; Tuscan roasted squash and kale, paired with roasted honey-brined rib end of pork in the meat department; kale and cannelini cappellacci, a ravioli dish in the dairy department; Kandy Kale and Rhythm Chips in Nature’s Marketplace; and fruit and kale smoothies in the frozen foods area.

“Kale is really popping in my garden right now, and my kids love it,” Steinhoff said. “They’ll ask if I can make some kale chips for them, and then go pick some leaves for the chips. One day, after my son and I came home from a sporting event, I made ‘Hail Kale’ Caesar Salad. He ate it and liked it so much he asked for more.”

In fact, Steinhoff said, a good way to introduce kale to kids is to have it in foods with a familiar flavor — such as Caesar salad or a minestrone soup.

“Kale’s reputation as a superfood is understandable since it’s so rich in a number of important nutrients,” Jane Andrews, Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager, said in the release. “But no one fruit or vegetable — even kale — offers all the nutrients our bodies need from this food group. So as our Eat Well, Live Well guidelines suggest, enjoy five cups a day of fruits and vegetables in many varieties, tastes, and colors.”

Kale grows best in cool temperatures, and its leaves grow sweeter with a touch of light frost, so its peak growing season, from fall to spring, is just beginning. Curly kale is the most popular and common variety. Tuscan kale (also known as Lacinato or dinosaur kale) has a slightly sweeter, more delicate flavor. Ornamental kales in shades of white, pink and purple are grown for their beauty in the garden and in floral arrangements — though edible, they have a somewhat bitter flavor.

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Ventura County Sustainability Exchange hosts one‐stop-shop sustainability event

In conjunction with this year’s PMA Fresh Summit, the growers and distributors of Ventura County are inviting fresh produce industry members into their backyards for the Ventura County Sustainability Exchange. This unique collaborative event brings together top growers from throughout the region to put Ventura County on the map and show the industry why it is a one‐stop‐shop for sustainably grown produce.

“Buyers from all over the country will be impressed to see the substantial investments that Ventura County producers have made to incorporate sustainability into producing their products,” John Chamberlain, director of marketing for Limoneira, said in a press release. “The Ventura County Sustainability Exchange will firmly establish the county as the one‐stop‐shop for sustainable produce.”

VCSE invitees will be able to experience the operations of these growers first hand, as leading companies like Limoneira, Calavo, San Miguel Produce, Agromin, Deardorff Family Farms and Houweling’s Tomatoes invite them along for tours of their fields and facilities. For example, guests will visit the Limoneira and Calavo Headquarters in Santa Paula, CA, to tour its 2MG solar facilities and learn about their waste-management practices and high-density planting.

Star power will be there to greet VCSE attendees throughout their stay. Refreshments will be provided by Nobu mixologist Brian Leon in Limoneira’s orchards. Dinner will be catered by the culinary expertise of Chef Jason Collis, who will be turning the local produce of Ventura County’s growers into gourmet culinary creations.

Before savoring Collins’ cooking however, renowned comedian Patrick Martin will take center stage. With the same blend of humor and captivating visual illusions that has taken him before such prestigious audiences as the White House, the Olympic Arts Festival and top Fortune 500 corporations, VCSE attendees will be in for a night to remember.

Guest speakers during the event will include the Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales, Food Share Inc. President Bonnie Weigel and Kathleen Phillips, the supply chain sustainability manager for Pro*Act.

More consumers than ever are looking for healthy, sustainable food choices. The search for products that retailers can sell to this growing body has consumers has lead buyers and produce experts of all stripes to Ventura County.

At the end of their two-day trip through the fields and operations of these growers, VCSE attendees will understand first-hand what makes the county a leader in sustainability for the fresh produce community.

“VCSE would like to thank its sponsors, Cool Planet, Agromin, Driscoll’s, Houweling’s, San Miguel, Deardorff, Limoneira and Calavo, for making this event possible,” VCSE said in the release.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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2014 Expo East: ShopRite to highlight SN event

Representatives of Wakefern Food Corp. and its ShopRite retailers will be on hand in Baltimore this month to receive the 2014 SN Whole Health Enterprise Award as part of an educational track hosted by SN at Natural Products Expo East.

SN’s executive director David Orgel will present Wakefern with the Enterprise Award as part of the event, titled “Driving Health and Wellness at Supermarkets,” scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.

A dietitian at the Morristown ShopRite coordinates community outreach efforts and helps to influence sales with monthly selections of better-for-you items.Following the presentation, Natalie Menza, manager of health and wellness for Wakefern, and Perry Blatt, director of ShopRite retailer Village Super Markets, will discuss how an emphasis on health and wellness at the corporate and store levels has transformed the company. In other sessions scheduled for the event, representatives of broker Acosta Sales and Marketing and distributor KeHe will discuss their perspectives on the potential for natural and organics in supermarkets, and what brands need to know to partner with retailers and succeed.

“Supermarket Guru” Phil Lempert will discuss the results of an exclusive survey detailing consumer attitudes about health and wellness at supermarkets. Lempert, a contributing editor to SN, will outline survey results and address how shoppers feel about the selection, service and prices of natural and better-for-you items at their local supermarkets, as well as speak to what retailers are doing right and which areas need improvement.

Executives of Food Essentials and New Hope Natural Media will review hot-selling items in health and wellness and provide a forecast for emerging trends, drawing on unique insight tools.

Additional details of the event are available at the Expo East website. Those interested need to complete Expo East registration and can attend SN‘s event with their Expo badge. Seating is limited so early arrival is encouraged.

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Canada: Flooding “worst agricultural event since 1954″

Canada: Flooding “worst agricultural event since 1954″

Growers in one of the most fertile parts of Ontario say recent flood damages is going to cost in the region of $ 1 million, after two dykes broke.

Three farms have been flooded, leading to the ruin of around 190 acres of onions and carrot cultivation.

Farmer Randy Riffert inspected his field from a motorboat, peering at his crop through three metres of water. He says it never occurred to him that he would be sat in a boat in his fields.

“It’s just devastating. I’m at a loss for words,” he said.

Jamie Reaume, the executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association, said the flood damage is the worst event to affect the area’s agriculture since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Source: toronto.ctvnews.com

Publication date: 6/24/2013


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Canada: Flooding “worst agricultural event since 1954″

Canada: Flooding “worst agricultural event since 1954″

Growers in one of the most fertile parts of Ontario say recent flood damages is going to cost in the region of $ 1 million, after two dykes broke.

Three farms have been flooded, leading to the ruin of around 190 acres of onions and carrot cultivation.

Farmer Randy Riffert inspected his field from a motorboat, peering at his crop through three metres of water. He says it never occurred to him that he would be sat in a boat in his fields.

“It’s just devastating. I’m at a loss for words,” he said.

Jamie Reaume, the executive director of the Holland Marsh Growers’ Association, said the flood damage is the worst event to affect the area’s agriculture since Hurricane Hazel in 1954.

Source: toronto.ctvnews.com

Publication date: 6/24/2013


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Insurance Carrier Wants Internationally Based Outbreak Considered a Single Event

Last year’s multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A virus infections linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey left behind more than 3,000 claims for illnesses caused by HAV-contaminated pomegranate arils and more than 25 lawsuits in state and federal courts.

Now one of the insurance carriers involved is asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for a ruling that could consider the foreign-born viral infections as one event for insurance purposes.

Such a ruling would allow Maryland Casualty Company, which sold insurance to Fallon Trading Company, to pay out no more than $ 2 million in damages. It was Fallon that purchased pomegranate arils that were HAV-contaminated from United Juice, a subsidiary of the Turkish fruit producer Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading.

In the U.S. District Court filing, Maryland Casualty is suing Fallon to limit the insurance company’s obligation to $ 2 million by arguing that the outbreak is a single event, much like a car accident.

The contaminated pomegranate arils ended up in Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, a frozen juice product sold mostly by Costco stores. Fairview, OR-based Townsend recalled its product, as did Gresham, OR-based Scenic Fruit Company for Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels.

Canada and Europe also experienced earlier outbreaks in 2012 where the Turkish pomegranate seeds were the suspected source.

In the court filing, attorneys for Maryland Casualty say Fallon “contends” the policy limit is $ 4 million. However, William Marler of the food safety law firm of Marler Clark says it actually might be $ 8 million. Marler, who represents most of the HAV victims, said his firm might intervene in the insurance dispute.

Marler, who is also publisher of Food Safety News, writes about the issue in his personal blog under this subhead: “Yet another reason to hate insurance companies.”

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Kansas Officials Say Four of Seven Current E. coli Cases Linked to Private Event

Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 in the Wichita, KS, area stem from contamination at a private event and are not related to last Monday’s Wolverine Packing Co. recall of about 1.8 million pounds of pathogen-tainted beef.

Those infected at the private event, about which no details were released, include two people from Sedgwick County and two from Harvey County.

One of the four has seen the infection progress to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication in E. coli cases involving possible kidney failure and which usually strikes children.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow said state officials are investigating three other E. coli cases that appear to be unrelated to the four cases from the private event.

Two of those other three were from Cowley County, where one person had both E. coli and HUS, while the other was solely an HUS case. The third case is from Nemaha County, where the individual was treated for both E. coli and HUS. It also unlikely that any of those three are connected to the recalled beef.

Meanwhile, 20-year old Crystal Skram of Kansas City, MO, who got sick April 22 on vacation in Texas and where she was treated for both E. coli and HUS, was reportedly wondering if the source of her infection was the recalled beef.

Skram spent 20 days in a Texas hospital before returning to Missouri. She went through having her kidneys shut down, fluid retention, and dialysis.

Because Skram was hospitalized in Texas, Missouri health officials say they were not aware of her case until she did some media interviews after returning home.

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Boston WFM holds event to benefit bombing victims

Whole Foods Market stores in Boston have been tweeting about an event and promotion to support those affected by the Boston bombing last year. The Boston marathon is scheduled for Monday, April 21. The bakery department at the “Symphony” Boston store made cookies that will benefit the nonprofit group One Fund Boston that works with Boston bombing victims. One Fund was started by Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Whole Foods will be selling the burgers during lunch on Friday, as well as hot dogs and burgers that will also benefit the nonprofit group.

Customers are encouraged to donate to One Fund Boston when checking out.

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A&P to host private label event

A&P will host an in-store, store brand celebration this weekend.


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On April 5, from noon to 4 p.m., the retailer’s A&P, Pathmark and Waldbaum’s banners will promote private labels including America’s Choice, Woodson & James, Greenway, Live Better and Via Roma. Along with discounts and samples, the event will include family activities.

“Bring the kids,” promotional materials read. “Fun and games.”

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Sbrocco a sponsor at charity basketball event

CHERRY HILL, NJ — Fresh produce importer and distributor Sbrocco International Inc. was a key sponsor at a charity basketball event Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, held just a short distance from the company’s headquarters in southwestern New Jersey.

The event was the ninth Sussman 3-on-3 Tournament Weekend, during which a series of basketball games were held at the Betty & Milton Katz Jewish Community Center sbrocco802The team representing Sbrocco International: (standing) Harold Sbrocco, Christina Regan and Alex Salaman; and (kneeling) Benjamin Scott, Rahsaan Hall and Mike Jacobus. (Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg)of Cherry Hill to raise money for cancer research and the Jimmy V. Cancer Fund.

The basketball event was started in memory of Andy Sussman, who died in September 1993 at the age of 28, and his brother Eric Sussman, who died in December 2000 at the age of 33.

As they done in the past, Harold Sbrocco, president of Mt. Laurel, NJ-based Sbrocco International, and his wife, Vicki, set up an attractive display of Chilean grapes and apples with the company’s “Good 4 U” label at the event and distributed many samples during the weekend, Mr. Sbrocco told The Produce News.

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Sbrocco a sponsor at charity basketball event

CHERRY HILL, NJ — Fresh produce importer and distributor Sbrocco International Inc. was a key sponsor at a charity basketball event Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, held just a short distance from the company’s headquarters in southwestern New Jersey.

The event was the ninth Sussman 3-on-3 Tournament Weekend, during which a series of basketball games were held at the Betty & Milton Katz Jewish Community Center sbrocco802The team representing Sbrocco International: (standing) Harold Sbrocco, Christina Regan and Alex Salaman; and (kneeling) Benjamin Scott, Rahsaan Hall and Mike Jacobus. (Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg)of Cherry Hill to raise money for cancer research and the Jimmy V. Cancer Fund.

The basketball event was started in memory of Andy Sussman, who died in September 1993 at the age of 28, and his brother Eric Sussman, who died in December 2000 at the age of 33.

As they done in the past, Harold Sbrocco, president of Mt. Laurel, NJ-based Sbrocco International, and his wife, Vicki, set up an attractive display of Chilean grapes and apples with the company’s “Good 4 U” label at the event and distributed many samples during the weekend, Mr. Sbrocco told The Produce News.

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