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Publix offers benefits to same-sex couples

Publix Super Markets began extending health benefits to same-sex couples on Jan. 1, even in operating areas that ban gay marriage.

“As long as they’re married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage and they have a valid marriage certificate, they can live in a state that doesn’t recognize it since it’s part of our six-state operating area,” Maria Brous, spokeswoman for the Lakeland, Fla.-based chain with stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, told SN.

Employees must also work at least 1,500 hours a year to qualify, according to reports.

While Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee ban same-sex marriage, North Carolina and South Carolina began recognizing it late in 2014, and starting Tuesday, same-sex couples will be free to marry in Florida.


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“With two of our states (N.C. and S.C) already recognizing same-sex marriage and Florida discussing doing so, it was only right to offer benefits to all of our associates, regardless of their state,” Brous said.

Brous is unsure about how many additional associates will qualify for benefits under the rule, since Publix doesn’t track the sexual orientation of employees, but shared that feedback from associates has been “very positive.”

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Produce flash sale site offers deals to retail, foodservice buyers

A new website called Produce Pipeline advertises daily flash sales with discounts of 10% to 20% for retailers, foodservice and wholesalers.

Though flash sale sites like Groupon have been around for years, it’s a relatively novel concept for the produce industry.

“So for a variety of reasons — geography, marketing capacity, a number of other issues — it’s been challenging to move produce quickly on the spot market. And that’s what we’re trying to help growers and shippers do and buyers benefit from,” said Produce Pipeline founder Randy Hartmann.

For the past 10 years, Hartmann has worked at his family’s company, Pacificpro, a produce distributor based in Bellevue, Wash. He noticed that the company often talked to buyers looking for deals and growers trying to unload extra produce, but it was difficult to connect the two.

“We’ve got five salespeople in the office all talking to different people on the phone. Everybody’s talking to different growers and shippers. And there’s no way efficiently to put the two together,” said Hartmann.

“And so we came up with this as an idea of how we could efficiently update buyers nationwide with a full run of commodities that various growers, well-known growers and shippers around the country are looking to move.”

Produce Pipeline, which went live Oct. 1, is able to source produce and ship it all over the country thanks to Pacificpro’s established business relationships.

A daily email alerts potential buyers to the top deal of the day as well as eight other deals on items like apples, onions and lemons. A recent offer featured Granny Smith apples at $ 9 for a box of 72, compared to a regular price of $ 12.90 per box.

Thus far, Hartmann said about half of Produce Pipeline’s customers have been supermarket retailers — with the other half comprised of foodservice and wholesale operators — but the majority of the interest comes from supermarkets.

“But what we’re finding is that typical produce buyers are accustomed to buying a certain way. They buy from relationships they’ve had for a long time. And they’re accustomed to doing it over the phone, via email or potentially EDI [electronic data interchange]. And this is a new medium. And so it’s trying to get the buyers comfortable with making a purchase of a perishable commodity via a new medium,” said Hartmann.


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He has been working with buyers to help them understand what the company is all about. On request, Produce Pipeline can send photos of the produce, product labels and food safety documentation.

In addition, Pacificpro can provide logistics to buyers that need it.

“For our larger retail customers, a lot of times they may have their own in-house logistics department, and so that’s not something they would need,” said Hartmann.

“But for others, they may say, yeah I really like that deal on Gala apples, but I only need five pallets of them for an ad I’m running next week and I don’t have a truck out there. Well we can deliver it for them at no additional cost.”

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Foxy Facebook contest offers chance to attend live taping of Cook’s Country

Foxy brand produce has launched a Facebook recipe contest with the winner receiving a trip for two to view a live taping of the public television show, Cook’s Country.

The contest, part of a yearlong partnership between Foxy and America’s Test Kitchen, allows consumers to use any Foxy produce item in a tasty recipe, and submit it along with a photo onto the contest platform.

All recipe submissions will be judged on taste, flavor, visual appeal, use of Foxy produce items, as well as clarity of instruction.

The winning consumer, to be announced, July 22, will receive a trip for two to view a live taping of Season 7 of Cook’s Country in Dorset, VT. The two individuals will also have a chance to taste some Cook’s Country recipes, as well as meet and mingle with some of the cast members, including host Chris Kimball.

The contest will help to drive interest and awareness of Foxy brand produce through their Facebook page.

“The Foxy Fresh Recipe Contest will continue to build our active group of Facebook fans, and Foxy Produce brand advocates,” Alethea Prewett, digital media coordinator for Foxy, said in a press release. “This will also help to drive in-store purchases of our produce items by encouraging customers to cook with Foxy fresh produce.”

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SN Offers New iPhone/iPad App

TGF-FruitImageSN is offering a new and improved — and still free — iPhone app where food industry news, trends and much more are available at your fingertips.

The new universal app also works with iPads, and has been completely overhauled to improve user experience, including better navigation plus font resizing. It features more interactive content, improved photo gallery presentations, videos and infographics. Sharing functionality uses iOS6 Twitter and Facebook integration — easier than ever to share articles with colleagues. And, of course, the app alerts users to breaking food retail industry news as it happens.

Click here for more information and to download the free app to your iPhone or iPad.

The existing iPad app will no longer function from March 31; iPhone users will be prompted to update their app, but current iPad users will need to download the new version. A new Android app is in the works and will be available in a few weeks; the current BlackBerry app will stop working March 31.

Users are encouraged to leave feedback on iTunes about the new SN iPhone and iPad app. Feedback is important and valuable to help create the next generations of mobile device engagement.

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WP Rawl rides Kalemania to best-seller status, offers new kale products

PELION, SC — Kalemania began unofficially in January 2012, when Google searches for today’s superfood showed a sharp spike. Until then, kale was just another healthful, cabbage-like, leafy green vegetable. Just a small cloud on the horizon, kale was, no bigger than a man’s hand.KALE-RAWL92214-PROCESSING

But to the product development team at WP Rawl, here, kale was in their wheelhouse, so to speak. As early as 2008, Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development at WP Rawl recalls, the team noticed kale growing in popularity.

“The term superfood became associated with kale and it has been on the upswing since.” Kale is now the best-seller at WP Rawl.

“For years, one of our largest kale customers was in foodservice,” Rawl recalls. “They used it as a garnish.”

As foodservice began using it as an ingredient, WP Rawl saw an opportunity to expand and began looking at other ways to sell and market kale.

“Today we are very pleased where this amazing leafy green has taken our business,” Rawl observed.

WP Rawl had been growing kale for decades, but over the past few years it grew more kale, became a category leader, made it available year-round and launched more kale products, bringing the total to 21 (most recently, a new line of kale chip kits: Chili and Lime and Cajun Spice & BBQ Seasoning). It flooded the zone with kale recipes, and up-to-date information on the ever-expanding health benefits of kale.

WP Rawl has named 2014 as the year of kale. Kale Up! its website calls it, and offers recipes for events such as St. Patrick’s Day in March (“Kiss Me, I’m With Kale!”) to seasonal Kalesicles in June and kale breakfast recipes in September. On its website, the grower, processor and shipper offers tee-shirts, also used at trade shows and community events, with kale slogans such as: “Kalelujah!” and “Hey Girl…Eat Kale.”

Kalemania continues, as National Kale Day approaches Oct. 1 and kale creeps out of salads, juicers and smoothies into beauty products like face masks, skin care creams and nail polish. And WP Rawl is opening new doors also.

“The next few months will be an exciting time for us as we introduce a variety of new kale products,” Rawl told The Produce News in mid-September. “We will have two new kale chips kits ready by mid-October, and will begin expanding our Nature’s Greens line with a chard & kale blend, followed by our new Burgundy Kale. Later that month, we will launch our Nature’s Greens Kalettes.”

Kalettes is not the name of a Doo-wop group, it’s a new hybrid of kale and brussels sprouts, product of a decade of research by Tozer Co. in England, who has contracted with WP Rawl and five other U.S. firms to grow and market Kalettes here.

Kalettes are in limited quantities now, but supplies will increase through fall and winter.

“We’re very excited to introduce a new vegetable to the market; this opportunity doesn’t come around often,” Rawl said.

Not bad for a small family farm in the midlands of South Carolina that began almost a century ago growing and canning peaches, and got into leafy greens in a big way in the early 1970s.

It continues to operate as a “family farm” with nine family members in the business. In the late 1990s it created new markets when it began to offer pre-packaged, ready-to-cook vegetables, Rawl noted.

WP Rawl offers 15 varieties of fresh vegetables and 50-plus packaged, value-added products, sold by retailers from Florida to Maine and from Texas to Wisconsin.

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BREAKING: Board offers path to return for Demoulas, but offer rebuffed

Saying “there is no reason not to meet in the middle,” the three independent directors of Demoulas Super Markets said Friday that they have made an offer to ousted president Arthur T. Demoulas and his staff to return to work at the beleaguered chain while Demoulas continues his pursuit of acquiring the company.

The offer would not return Demoulas to his role as CEO during this period, the board members said, but help to resume normal activities at the company, whose 71 stores have been rocked by three weeks of employee walkouts and consumer boycotts in protest of Demoulas’ firing by the board in late June.

Shortly after that offer was announced late Friday, it was denounced in a sharply worded statement from Arthur T. Demoulas, who suggested the board was seeking only to stabilize the company so as to sell it to another party. He called on the dierctors to instead accept his offer to take back full control of the company while a deal is finalized.

According to the board members statement, their proposed agreement “would allow [Demoulas] and his entire former management team, including all individuals who resigned or were dismissed, to assist the company’s return to normal business operations and people to get back to their jobs and lives. That agreement would not place Mr. Demoulas in control of the company during this interim period, but would instead retain the current management.”

“There is no reason to not meet in the middle,” the directors added. “Mr. Demoulas gets his management team back in place, associates can get back to doing their job, customers can get back to shopping and the company gets the breathing room needed to create an orderly and productive way forward.”

Arthur T. Demoulas was fired in late June after a year of tangles with the board, which is controlled by majority shareholders led by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas. The majority shareholders in turn said they were seeking a sale of the company. Arthur T. Demoulas said he had offered to buy all of the shares he did not own but that deal has not yet been consummated. It was not clear Friday whether the board would still consider additional proposals.

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Amid protests and boycotts, ousted CEO offers to buy Market Basket

Since Arthur T. Demoulas, now former president and chief executive officer of Market Basket, was fired by the company’s board of directors — which is headed by his cousin Arthur S. Demoulas — there have been resignations, protests, related firings, boycotts called for by political leaders and now another interesting turn of events: The former CEO, who owns 49.5 percent of the company, has made an offer to purchase the remaining shares of Market Basket.

“The Arthur T. Demoulas side of the family has made an offer to buy the 50.5 percent of shares in Demoulas Market Basket Supermarkets we do not own,” he said in a statement released one month after his June 23 firing. “We believe that our offer is a very full and fair one and should meet or exceed a seller’s expectations of the value of the company.”

Customer and employee support for Arthur T. has led to resignations and protests, with another rally scheduled for Friday, July 25. More than 2,000 supporters held a rally July 18 outside the company’s headquarters, and employee unrest has left many of the stores unable to be restocked.

“We care deeply about Market Basket and all of our associates and we want to work together to return the company to its successful model for serving our loyal customers,” Arthur T. said in the statement. “Those who received the offer need to consider the matter, so we are not in a position to comment further at this time.”

The chain, based in Lowell, MA, has 71 supermarkets in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

 

 

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Potandon Produce offers on-pack coupons for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Potandon Produce is teaming up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on its upcoming release of the new action adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Spiderman-Coupon The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD Aug. 19. Specially marked “Green Giant Fresh” brand five-pound russet potato consumer bags will carry a $ 5 off instant redeemable coupon, usable when both the DVD and the potatoes are purchased together. These specially marked packages will be distributed starting mid-August with a coupon expiration date of Oct. 31, 2014.

Potandon Produce will have additional point-of-sale materials available to highlight the promotion to consumers at store level. Additionally an aggressive email and social media program will be launched to support the promotion.If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Barbara Keckler at (208) 557-5131 or e-mail b.keckler@potandon.com.

 

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Potandon Produce offers on-pack coupons for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Potandon Produce is teaming up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on its upcoming release of the new action adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Spiderman-Coupon The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD Aug. 19. Specially marked “Green Giant Fresh” brand five-pound russet potato consumer bags will carry a $ 5 off instant redeemable coupon, usable when both the DVD and the potatoes are purchased together. These specially marked packages will be distributed starting mid-August with a coupon expiration date of Oct. 31, 2014.

Potandon Produce will have additional point-of-sale materials available to highlight the promotion to consumers at store level. Additionally an aggressive email and social media program will be launched to support the promotion.If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Barbara Keckler at (208) 557-5131 or e-mail b.keckler@potandon.com.

 

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Potandon Produce offers on-pack coupons for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Potandon Produce is teaming up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on its upcoming release of the new action adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Spiderman-Coupon The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD Aug. 19. Specially marked “Green Giant Fresh” brand five-pound russet potato consumer bags will carry a $ 5 off instant redeemable coupon, usable when both the DVD and the potatoes are purchased together. These specially marked packages will be distributed starting mid-August with a coupon expiration date of Oct. 31, 2014.

Potandon Produce will have additional point-of-sale materials available to highlight the promotion to consumers at store level. Additionally an aggressive email and social media program will be launched to support the promotion.If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Barbara Keckler at (208) 557-5131 or e-mail b.keckler@potandon.com.

 

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Potandon Produce offers on-pack coupons for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Potandon Produce is teaming up with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on its upcoming release of the new action adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Spiderman-Coupon The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be released on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD Aug. 19. Specially marked “Green Giant Fresh” brand five-pound russet potato consumer bags will carry a $ 5 off instant redeemable coupon, usable when both the DVD and the potatoes are purchased together. These specially marked packages will be distributed starting mid-August with a coupon expiration date of Oct. 31, 2014.

Potandon Produce will have additional point-of-sale materials available to highlight the promotion to consumers at store level. Additionally an aggressive email and social media program will be launched to support the promotion.If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Barbara Keckler at (208) 557-5131 or e-mail b.keckler@potandon.com.

 

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FSIS Offers Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected Post-Hurricane Arthur

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued some food safety recommendations for the Mid-Atlantic states potentially affected by severe weather conditions related to Hurricane Arthur (downgraded Saturday to a Post-Tropical Storm).
The National Weather Service, which upgraded Arthur from tropical storm to hurricane status on Thursday, said that the storm was meandering off the east coast of Florida and was expected to slowly drift northwest overnight before turning north later. A steady strengthening is forecast as the storm approaches the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This type of weather forecast presents the possibility of power outages that could compromise the safety of stored food.

FSIS recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste and the risk of foodborne illness during severe weather events.

Steps to follow if the power goes out:

  • Keep appliance thermometers in both the refrigerator and the freezer to ensure temperatures remain food safe during a power outage. Safe temperatures are 40 degrees F or lower in the refrigerator and 0 degrees F or lower in the freezer.
  • Freeze water in one-quart plastic storage bags or small containers prior to a storm. These containers are small enough to fit around the food in the refrigerator and freezer to help keep food cold. Remember, water expands when it freezes, so don’t overfill the containers.
  • Freeze refrigerated items such as leftovers, milk and fresh meat and poultry that you may not need immediately — this helps keep them at a safe temperature longer.
  • Know where you can get dry ice or block ice.
  • Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerator food cold if the power will be out for more than four hours.
  • Group foods together in the freezer — this “igloo” effect helps the food stay cold longer.
  • Keep a few day’s worth of ready-to-eat foods that do not require cooking or cooling.
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if the door is kept closed. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if half-full).
  • Place meat and poultry to one side of the freezer or on a tray to prevent cross-contamination of thawing juices.
  • Use dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during an extended power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.

Steps to follow after a weather emergency:

  • Check the temperature inside your refrigerator and freezer. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40 degrees F for two hours or more.
  • Check each item separately. Throw out any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture or feels warm to the touch.
  • Check frozen food for ice crystals. Any food in your freezer that has partially or completely thawed may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is 40 degrees F or below.
  • Never taste a food to decide if it’s safe.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.

FSIS will provide relevant food safety information as the storm progresses from its Twitter feed @USDAFoodSafety. To get tweets about weather-related food safety issues affecting just your state, follow @FL_FSISAlert, @GA_FSISAlert, @SC_FSISAlert, @NC_FSISAlert, and @VA_FSISAlert

The FSIS YouTube video “Food Safety During Power Outages” has instructions for keeping frozen and refrigerated food safe. The publication “A Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety: Severe Storms and Hurricanes” can be downloaded and printed for reference during a power outage.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at www.AskKaren.gov  or m.AskKaren.gov on a smartphone. Mobile Ask Karen can also be downloaded from the Apple and Android app stores. Consumers can email, chat with a live representative, or call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline directly from the app. To use these features from Mobile Ask Karen, simply choose “Contact Us” from the menu. The live chat option and the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), are available on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

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Publix to test cardless offers: Report

Publix Super Markets, Lakeland, Fla., plans to launch a website that will allow shoppers to register for special offers without needing a loyalty card, according to local reports.

The site will enable customers to get customized notifications about deals and coupons on their smartphones when they enter a store — similar to programs the chain has for baby foods, pet supplies and wine, the reports said.

Publix reportedly plans to test the website at some stores in the next few months.

Chain officials could not be reached for comment.

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Nature Fresh offers wide range of hot peppers

Nature Fresh offers wide range of hot peppers

Nature Fresh Farms is turning up the heat with many of the hottest speciality peppers, intended to add the right level of zest to any recipe. The range includes peppers varying in pungency in accordance with the Scoville scale, which measures the capsaicin content of chilli peppers and other spicy foods, from the Trinidad Scorpion, the spiciest with 1.4 million units, to the Padron/Shishito, the mildest with just between 500 and 1,000 units.

Some other varieties supplied by the company include the Poblano, Japapeño, Spanish Chilli, Pencil Hot, Habanero, Scotch Bonnet and Ghost.

All hot peppers are available from April to November in various formats, such as bulk packs of 3 and 5 lbs for those who would like to use their own packaging, but also retail ready clamshells or tray packs. Popular mixed packs are also available.

For more information:
Ray Wowryk
Nature Fresh
Tel: +1 519.326.1111 x1377
Fax: +1 519.326.2070
Email: [email protected]
www.naturefresh.ca

Publication date: 5/28/2014
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C.H. Robinson offers new approach with Robinson Fresh

In an effort to raise visibility for its expertise in fresh produce, C.H. Robinson has created a new global business brand named Robinson Fresh that speaks to the company’s focus on fresh products and offers a clear identity within the produce industry.Robinson-Fresh-Logo

Throughout its history, C.H. Robinson has been firmly rooted in the fresh produce industry. Originally founded as a wholesale produce brokerage house in 1905, C.H. Robinson has evolved through innovative product marketing strategies, grower development, strategic acquisitions, exclusive nationally recognized brands, and proprietary seed development to become one of the larger produce companies in the world.

The launch of Robinson Fresh unifies the C.H. Robinson, FoodSource, Rosemont Farms and Timco Worldwide entities under one global business brand. Combined, Robinson Fresh is a market share leader in key consumer-driven categories such as asparagus, corn, dry vegetables, greens, melons and tropicals.

“Robinson Fresh reflects our progress over the past 100 years as a high-quality fresh product supplier and provides our customers, growers and employees with an identity closely aligned to fresh food,” Jim Lemke, senior vice president at C.H. Robinson, based in Eden Prairie, MN, said in a press release. “The launch of the ‘Robinson Fresh’ brand signifies our ability to adapt to the marketplace, raise our visibility and market our products while still leveraging all of the services provided by C.H. Robinson.”

By combining a global network of growers spanning across 36 countries with a broad portfolio of product offerings that includes exclusive licensed, proprietary and private label brands, Robinson Fresh continues to meet the demands of the fresh product market that is growing in terms of size and complexity.

Robinson Fresh is the exclusive marketer of respected consumer brands such as “Mott’s,” “Welch’s,” “Tropicana,” “Green Giant Fresh” and “Glory Foods.” In addition, Robinson Fresh offers “Melon Up!,” “Rosemont Farms,” “Happy Chameleon” and “Tomorrow’s Organics” proprietary brands to ensure quality, increase efficiency, and offer variety to give retail consumers the fresh options they demand.

“Robinson Fresh will connect our customer’s needs and desires with the collective expertise of an organization that, for over a century, has developed unique products by utilizing talent, processes and technologies that can improve business outcomes in unexpected ways,” Lemke added in the press release. “The service, value, quality and innovation customers have come to expect from all our businesses will continue to grow through Robinson Fresh.”

To complement the new branding, Robinson Fresh launched a new website, www.robinsonfresh.com, which contains downloadable content consisting of consumer trends, category insights and market data. As well, Robinson Fresh will support a LinkedIn page and Twitter feed to promote company messages, news, and videos in order to provide followers with updated relevant content.

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C.H. Robinson offers new approach with Robinson Fresh®

C.H. Robinson offers new approach with Robinson Fresh®

The launch of Robinson Fresh® unifies the C.H. Robinson, FoodSource, Rosemont Farms, and Timco Worldwide entities under one global business brand. Combined, Robinson Fresh® is a market share leader in key consumer driven categories such as asparagus, corn, dry vegetables, greens, melons, and tropicals.

By combining a global network of growers spanning across 36 countries with a broad portfolio of product offerings that includes exclusive licensed, proprietary, and private label brands, Robinson Fresh® continues to meet the demands of the fresh product market that is growing in terms of size and complexity.

Robinson Fresh® is the exclusive marketer of respected consumer brands such as Mott’s®, Welch’s®, Tropicana®, Green Giant® Fresh, and Glory Foods®. In addition, Robinson Fresh® offers Melon Up!®, Rosemont Farms®, Happy Chameleon®, and Tomorrow’s® Organics proprietary brands to ensure quality, increase efficiency, and offer variety to give retail consumers the fresh options they demand.

“Robinson Fresh will connect our customer’s needs and desires with the collective expertise of an organization that, for over a century, has developed unique products by utilizing talent, processes, and technologies that can improve business outcomes in unexpected ways,” said Jim Lemke, senior vice president at C.H. Robinson. “The service, value, quality, and innovation customers have come to expect from all our businesses will continue to grow through Robinson Fresh.”

To complement the new branding, Robinson Fresh® launched a new website, which contains downloadable content consisting of consumer trends, category insights, and market data. As well, Robinson Fresh will support a LinkedIn page and Twitter feed to promote company messages, news, and videos in order to provide followers with updated relevant content.

For more information please visit www.robinsonfresh.com.

 

Publication date: 5/15/2014


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C.H. Robinson offers new approach with Robinson Fresh®

C.H. Robinson offers new approach with Robinson Fresh®

The launch of Robinson Fresh® unifies the C.H. Robinson, FoodSource, Rosemont Farms, and Timco Worldwide entities under one global business brand. Combined, Robinson Fresh® is a market share leader in key consumer driven categories such as asparagus, corn, dry vegetables, greens, melons, and tropicals.

By combining a global network of growers spanning across 36 countries with a broad portfolio of product offerings that includes exclusive licensed, proprietary, and private label brands, Robinson Fresh® continues to meet the demands of the fresh product market that is growing in terms of size and complexity.

Robinson Fresh® is the exclusive marketer of respected consumer brands such as Mott’s®, Welch’s®, Tropicana®, Green Giant® Fresh, and Glory Foods®. In addition, Robinson Fresh® offers Melon Up!®, Rosemont Farms®, Happy Chameleon®, and Tomorrow’s® Organics proprietary brands to ensure quality, increase efficiency, and offer variety to give retail consumers the fresh options they demand.

“Robinson Fresh will connect our customer’s needs and desires with the collective expertise of an organization that, for over a century, has developed unique products by utilizing talent, processes, and technologies that can improve business outcomes in unexpected ways,” said Jim Lemke, senior vice president at C.H. Robinson. “The service, value, quality, and innovation customers have come to expect from all our businesses will continue to grow through Robinson Fresh.”

To complement the new branding, Robinson Fresh® launched a new website, which contains downloadable content consisting of consumer trends, category insights, and market data. As well, Robinson Fresh will support a LinkedIn page and Twitter feed to promote company messages, news, and videos in order to provide followers with updated relevant content.

For more information please visit www.robinsonfresh.com.

 

Publication date: 5/15/2014


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Plan Offers Insights Into What Worries FDA’s Science Unit

What worries the deep thinkers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), the agency’s science-based regulatory unit, is pretty well spelled out in the Center’s new Science and Research (CSR) Strategic Plan.

Among these concerns are keeping imported foods safe as that sector doubled during the last decade and continues to grow very rapidly. “In 2011, 80 percent of seafood and 50 percent of fresh fruit consumed in the United States was imported—and consumer demand continues to rise for vegetables, coffee, tea, and cocoa from aboard,” the CFSAN planners wrote.

In addition, the CSR Strategic Plan points to a need for change in sterilizing and disinfecting food to accommodate consumer preferences for more fresh and minimally processed foods.

“New technologies, such as the use of nanomaterials in cosmetics and food packaging, require whole new regimens for assessing safety,” the planners wrote. “Further, ever-increasing consumer interest in dietary supplements poses special challenges for ensuring the safety of marketed products and their supply chain.

“Finally, unexpected contamination of food and cosmetics, whether by familiar agents or previously unrecognized ones, will continue to occur despite a new emphasis on preventing problems before they occur.”

In its forward planning, CFSAN will rest some of its actions on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which calls for updating the nation’s food safety system with hazard prevention controls for both domestic and imported foods.

“The goal of FSMA is to introduce safety standards and practices aimed at preventing contamination of food before it occurs, with standards grounded in the latest food-safety research and science,” according to CSR Strategic Plan. “By setting science-based preventive control standards for the way industry produces, distributes, and markets food, the government can better protect products entering the stream of commerce.”

CFSAN sees itself as a major participant in this effort to establish shared responsibility and accountability for food safety.

The CSR Strategic Plan, according to CFSAN, is “fully aligned” with FDA’s strategic priority to Implement a New Prevention-Focused Food Safety System to Protect Public Health and the goals and strategies of FDA’s new Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (OFVM).

Five strategic goals, thought to have have the greatest impact for modernizing the nation’s food safety system and protecting public health,are included in the plan. These are:

  • Better control and preparation for hazards
  • Create faster and validated methods
  • Influence consumer behavior toward healthy dietary choices
  • Develop leading edge technology for understanding and evaluating scientific information
  • Improve our adaptability and responsiveness

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