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Could “Comic Contracts” help protect vulnerable workers?

South African group Indigo Fruit Growers thinks they can.

The company, which produces, packs and supplies ClemenGold mandarins to local and international markets, developed the concept in a bid to make contracts easier to understand for farmworkers.

The registered idea Comic Contracts was originally put forward by Robert de Rooy, a South African lawyer based in Cape Town and legal counsel for ClemenGold for many years. Comic Contract

The concept uses visualization to improve the understanding of contractual terms: the parties are represented by characters and illustrations are used to explain the terms of the contract.

The company said the contracts challenge the “taken-for-granted assumption” that only text can capture the terms of a contract”, by using mainly pictures instead of words for a binding agreement.

“It is based on the fact that pictures are easier to understand and easier to remember. The purpose of a Comic Contract is to empower the parties to understand each other, to understand what they expect from each other, and what they are committing to,” de Rooy said in a release.

Indigo Fruit Growers said the contracts were especially designed to address the needs of vulnerable employees: employees who either cannot read well or have difficulties understanding the language in which the contract is written.

Whilst the legal system requires that all employees have an employment contract, it assumes that everyone can read proficiently and understand the contractual terms presented to them.

However, the company claimed this was rarely the case in South Africa, especially in sectors employing low-skill workers such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing and domestic work.

“The way in which most contracts are drafted and presented (‘this is standard, sign it or leave it’) does not support a good relationship. Most employees don’t read it, nor would they be able to understand it if they tried,” de Rooy said, adding the situation perpetuated the power imbalance between employers and employees.

The release said under these circumstances employees were bound to terms which they don’t understand, couldn’t live up to, and could not use to hold their employers accountable, which meant misunderstanding and conflict in the workplace should come as no surprise.

“We are really excited about the transparency this contract brings to our employee relations,” said ANB Investments CEO Abs van Rooyen, whose company owns Indigo.

“It creates a more equitable situation, which can only be the start of a more ‘honest’ relationship with our employees. I believe that workers can only commit fully to the content of a contract if they understand what they are signing.”

Indigo recently initiated the implementation of the Comic Contracts, which were first presented to 50 fruit pickers who had previously worked for Indigo. Indigo. Following the successful induction of these 50 workers, the contract was presented the next day to a further 163 fruit-pickers.

“The feedback was positive. No picker asked for the old contract,” said farm manager Faan Kruger.

“Although everything was new and there were many questions, the process went much faster than with a traditional contract.”

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USDA Tips to Help Keep Your Holidays Illness-Free

As the end of the year approaches, it’s likely there are multiple meals and parties in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you’re an experienced cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a dish to the potluck lineup, the holidays can make even the most confident chefs nervous.

To help keep your holiday season healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations on how to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness.

If you have specific food-safety questions this holiday season, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food-safety specialist at AskKaren.gov. These services are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

Steps to follow during holiday grocery shopping:

  • Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood away from other foods in your grocery cart.
  • Buy cold foods last.
  • Ask the cashier to place your raw meat, poultry and seafood in a separate bag.

Steps to follow during food preparation:

  • Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and ready-to-eat items such as vegetables or bread.
  • Prepare uncooked recipes before recipes requiring raw meat to reduce cross-contamination. Store them out of the way while preparing meat dishes to ensure that they don’t become contaminated after preparation.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of dishes to make sure they are fully cooked and safe to eat. Fresh beef, pork, veal, and lamb should be cooked to 145 degrees F with a three-minute rest time; fish should be cooked to 145 degrees F; ground beef, veal and lamb should be cooked to 160 degrees F; egg dishes should be cooked to 160 degrees F, and all poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees F.

Fool-proof tips when cooking for groups:

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold by using chafing dishes or crock pots and ice trays. Hot items should remain above 140 degrees F, and cold items should remain below 40 degrees F.
  • Use several small plates when serving food.
  • Discard perishable foods left out for two hours or more.

Steps to follow when cooking a holiday roast:

  • Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for raw roasts and cooked roasts to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Wash items such as cutting boards that have touched raw meat with warm water and soap, or place them in a dishwasher.
  • To ensure the juiciest possible roast this holiday, use a meat thermometer. Once it has reached the USDA recommended internal temperature of 145 degrees F, the roast is safe to eat.
  • Remember that all cuts of pork, beef, veal, and lamb need a three-minute rest time before cutting or consuming.

Food Safety News

USDA Tips to Help Keep Your Holidays Illness-Free

As the end of the year approaches, it’s likely there are multiple meals and parties in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you’re an experienced cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a dish to the potluck lineup, the holidays can make even the most confident chefs nervous.

To help keep your holiday season healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations on how to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illness.

If you have specific food-safety questions this holiday season, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food-safety specialist at AskKaren.gov. These services are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

Steps to follow during holiday grocery shopping:

  • Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood away from other foods in your grocery cart.
  • Buy cold foods last.
  • Ask the cashier to place your raw meat, poultry and seafood in a separate bag.

Steps to follow during food preparation:

  • Use separate cutting boards for raw meat and ready-to-eat items such as vegetables or bread.
  • Prepare uncooked recipes before recipes requiring raw meat to reduce cross-contamination. Store them out of the way while preparing meat dishes to ensure that they don’t become contaminated after preparation.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of dishes to make sure they are fully cooked and safe to eat. Fresh beef, pork, veal, and lamb should be cooked to 145 degrees F with a three-minute rest time; fish should be cooked to 145 degrees F; ground beef, veal and lamb should be cooked to 160 degrees F; egg dishes should be cooked to 160 degrees F, and all poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees F.

Fool-proof tips when cooking for groups:

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold by using chafing dishes or crock pots and ice trays. Hot items should remain above 140 degrees F, and cold items should remain below 40 degrees F.
  • Use several small plates when serving food.
  • Discard perishable foods left out for two hours or more.

Steps to follow when cooking a holiday roast:

  • Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for raw roasts and cooked roasts to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Wash items such as cutting boards that have touched raw meat with warm water and soap, or place them in a dishwasher.
  • To ensure the juiciest possible roast this holiday, use a meat thermometer. Once it has reached the USDA recommended internal temperature of 145 degrees F, the roast is safe to eat.
  • Remember that all cuts of pork, beef, veal, and lamb need a three-minute rest time before cutting or consuming.

Food Safety News

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

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This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

New Ready Pac salad kits help at the holidays

redpa

This holiday season Ready Pac Foods Inc. has launched a series of innovative solutions for the dinner table, helping to turn a simple meal into special moments and traditions. Ready Pac’s latest innovations — the Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit, Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit and Thai Complete Salad Kit — will make holiday meals easy and delicious so family and friends can focus on what matters most: enjoying their time together.

“It’s amazing what a shared meal can do to bring us closer together,” Tristan Simpson, chief communications officer of Ready Pac Foods, said in a press release. “A good meal can open up our hearts, stimulate conversation and remind us how important it is to reconnect with our family and friends. I love the idea that our Ready Pac Complete Salad solutions are helping to do that for families across the country.”

Ready Pac’s new Cranberry Pomegranate Complete Salad Kit features a fresh blend of arugula, baby greens and radicchio, feta cheese, sweet cranberries, honey roasted almonds and a tangy sweet pomegranate cranberry vinaigrette.

Ready Pac’s new Thai Complete Salad Kit is a blend of green leaf lettuce and spicy peanut lime cilantro dressing, paired with the kit’s crispy wonton strips and peanuts.

Ready Pac’s new Autumn Harvest Complete Salad Kit features some of the latest food trends, including baby kale and spring mix with broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and radicchio. The rich flavors of fall are captured in its crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds, sweet figs and raisins, spiced cornbread croutons, and creamy citrus and brown sugar dressing.

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

Stickers help Green Dragon apple sales soar

Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, offers Green Dragon apples with labels to distinguish these sweet, juicy, and fragrant heirloom apples from other green apples. The labels also inform shoppers that the naturally freckled skin is quite normal.stickers2

Shoppers love the Green Dragon Apple’s sweet, low-acid flavor with hints of pineapple and pear. The skin is not thick like other green apples, making them perfect for eating out of hand. Plus Frieda’s exclusively offers Baby Green Dragon apples, which are perfect for school snacking programs.

Green Dragon apples feature a lime-green, bruise-resistant skin dotted with brown freckles. They are often mistaken for Golden Delicious or Granny Smiths, and considered to be blemished because of the freckles.   

“We launched the new stickers last season, and the feedback has been very positive,” Karen Caplan, president and chief executive officer of Frieda’s Inc., said in a press release. “Our effort to educate shoppers and produce staff continue beyond just the stickers. We carry on the conversation about how freckles are normal for these delicious apples on our social media channels and website.”

Interested retailers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors can contact Frieda’s to book these popular apples, and gain access to Frieda’s extensive product information, high resolution images, and recipe database.

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

Stickers help Green Dragon apple sales soar

Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, offers Green Dragon apples with labels to distinguish these sweet, juicy, and fragrant heirloom apples from other green apples. The labels also inform shoppers that the naturally freckled skin is quite normal.stickers2

Shoppers love the Green Dragon Apple’s sweet, low-acid flavor with hints of pineapple and pear. The skin is not thick like other green apples, making them perfect for eating out of hand. Plus Frieda’s exclusively offers Baby Green Dragon apples, which are perfect for school snacking programs.

Green Dragon apples feature a lime-green, bruise-resistant skin dotted with brown freckles. They are often mistaken for Golden Delicious or Granny Smiths, and considered to be blemished because of the freckles.   

“We launched the new stickers last season, and the feedback has been very positive,” Karen Caplan, president and chief executive officer of Frieda’s Inc., said in a press release. “Our effort to educate shoppers and produce staff continue beyond just the stickers. We carry on the conversation about how freckles are normal for these delicious apples on our social media channels and website.”

Interested retailers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors can contact Frieda’s to book these popular apples, and gain access to Frieda’s extensive product information, high resolution images, and recipe database.

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

Food Lion Feeds launches campaign to help feed families in need

This holiday season, Food Lion is partnering with customers in its more than 1,100 stores, Nov. 19-Dec. 23, to help solve hunger through its Food Lion Feeds “Holidays Without Hunger” campaign.

Through the campaign, customers can purchase and donate a specially marked “Holidays Without Hunger” food box for $ 5, while supplies last, or make a cash donation at checkout. All of the cash donations benefit Feeding America, one of the largest domestic hunger relief charities, and its network of local food banks. Food boxes are donated directly to a local hunger relief food bank or agency.

Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to help eliminate the difficult choices many families are forced to make when they are struggling with hunger. Working toward its commitment to provide 500 million meals by the end of 2020, Food Lion Feeds has already donated approximately 40 million meals through in-store campaigns, like “Holidays Without Hunger,” its food donation program and local donations and volunteerism.

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How being too late and selling too little will help Kroger win, again

Sell to you? I hardly even know you.

In so many words, that’s been Kroger’s posture when it comes to e-commerce. While the Cincinnati-based grocery giant has spent a decade separating itself from peers with leading strategies around supermarket basics like loyalty, pricing and service, it was a seeming laggard in the e-commerce world: Beyond a rarely-discussed Internet shopping experiment in Denver and off-and-on flirtations with partners like Peapod over the years, it seemed as though Kroger was content winning sales in the physical world and leaving the digital battlefield to the more intrepid.

Turns out that was the plan all along.

While Kroger still isn’t doing a whole lot of sales on the Internet, the foundation upon which it could build sales might surprise you.

“Maybe we were unconventional a bit in our thinking on this, but rather than focusing on e-commerce as the core of a digital strategy, we really thought it was critical to first establish what we call a digital relationship with our customers,” Kevin Dougherty, Kroger’s group vice president of digital, said in a presentation at Kroger’s analyst meeting this week. “And that is a basic concept that we thought would, over time, enable us to have millions of unique communications with each of our customers.”

These communications cover things like shopping lists, recommendations and presentations of weekly store specials reflecting a customer’s shopping habits as determined by loyalty data. Because these things have proven value for shoppers in the real world, Kroger reasons, customers are more willing to accept them in the virtual world. And Kroger doesn’t come off quite as desperate as some of its e-retailing peers.

“In a day when most of the email that is sent by retailers is typically ignored and usually quickly deleted, we really … are focused on making each of these touch points more relevant,” explained Matt Thompson, director of digital and ecommerce for Kroger. As a result, Thompson said, response rates to Kroger’s virtual offers are three to five times greater than industry averages.


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As Kroger finally turns its attention to digital sales — with eyes on expanding both the Express Lane click-and-collect model it reeled in with Harris Teeter, as well as newly acquired vitamin and supplement e-tailer Vitacost — Doughtery says Kroger has “a late arriver advantage.”

“We get to lever the investments and learnings of lots and lots of other people,” he said. “And we’ve gone to school pretty heavily in the last several years on this regard.”

Your move, Internet.

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