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Del Monte Fresh opens fresh-cut facility in Toronto

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, which opened in January, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh-cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The facility services the Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa metropolitan areas with fresh produce.

Del Monte has distributed product in Canada for some time, however this new facility has given the company the opportunity to offer Canadian retailers, foodservice operators and consumers a much more diverse line of fresh products, including the ability to offer fresh-cut and ripened produce.delmonDel Monte Fresh’s Toronto distribution center and fresh-cut facility. The 108,000-square-foot distribution center includes the new fresh-cut operation, significant refrigerated cooler space and 15 pressurized banana rooms with the capacity to grow significantly over the next several years.

Del Monte’s first Canadian fresh-cut facility was recently inspected and certified by the CFIA and officially started production in mid-November. The facility offers a full line of ready-to-eat, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and will also be able to produce and market Del Monte’s new line of Del Café ready-to-eat fresh salads and snacks with protein. The operation has state-of-the art automation and equipment, as well as a test kitchen for the ability to continuously focus on developing new and innovative products.

“Canada is an important market for us and our investment in this facility in Toronto is a testament to our commitment to the country, our retail partners and Canadian consumers,” Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing-North America for Coral Gables, FL-based Del Monte Fresh, said in a press release. “While we have been able to offer whole fruits such as pineapples, bananas, melons and avocados for many years, we are excited to expand our line in Canada to also offer fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This is a very successful category for us in the U.S. and we are looking forward to helping it grow further in this market.”

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

Del Monte Fresh opens fresh-cut facility in Toronto

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, which opened in January, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh-cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The facility services the Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa metropolitan areas with fresh produce.

Del Monte has distributed product in Canada for some time, however this new facility has given the company the opportunity to offer Canadian retailers, foodservice operators and consumers a much more diverse line of fresh products, including the ability to offer fresh-cut and ripened produce.delmonDel Monte Fresh’s Toronto distribution center and fresh-cut facility. The 108,000-square-foot distribution center includes the new fresh-cut operation, significant refrigerated cooler space and 15 pressurized banana rooms with the capacity to grow significantly over the next several years.

Del Monte’s first Canadian fresh-cut facility was recently inspected and certified by the CFIA and officially started production in mid-November. The facility offers a full line of ready-to-eat, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and will also be able to produce and market Del Monte’s new line of Del Café ready-to-eat fresh salads and snacks with protein. The operation has state-of-the art automation and equipment, as well as a test kitchen for the ability to continuously focus on developing new and innovative products.

“Canada is an important market for us and our investment in this facility in Toronto is a testament to our commitment to the country, our retail partners and Canadian consumers,” Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing-North America for Coral Gables, FL-based Del Monte Fresh, said in a press release. “While we have been able to offer whole fruits such as pineapples, bananas, melons and avocados for many years, we are excited to expand our line in Canada to also offer fresh-cut fruits and vegetables. This is a very successful category for us in the U.S. and we are looking forward to helping it grow further in this market.”

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

MOM’s Organic Market opens oyster farm

To assist in conservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay — and offer sustainable, affordable seafood in stores — MOM’s Organic Market has started its own oyster farm off of Fleets Island, Va.

The retailer plans to sample and sell oysters at the grand opening of its first store in Washington Nov. 14-16, as well as at stores in Rockville, Md., and Alexandria, Va. Customers can also recycle oyster shells in-store thanks to the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

Stores will sell two dozen oysters for $ 14. MOM’s aims to make the mollusk more affordable.



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Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

IFCO opens RPC service center in Fresno

IFCO Systems has opened its newest reusable plastic container service center in Fresno, CA. The 200,000-square-foot facility is equipped to wash, sanitize and dry more than 95,000 RPCs per day, and ship and receive approximately 120 truckloads of RPCs for IFCO’s grocery retail partners and grower shipper customers weekly.

IFCO’s Fresno service center currently has more than 80 employees and is designed to allow expansion as for IFCO RPCs continues to grow.

“We are pleased to open our most advanced facility to date in Fresno, complete with the latest food-safety systems and sustainable operations,” Dan Walsh, president of IFCO North America, said in a press release. “Our growth during the past few years has demanded the expansion of our service center network so our grower and retailer partners have all the safe and clean RPCs they need to serve their customers.”

The new facility is IFCO’s sixth U.S. service center, extending the company’s network in North America in support of the continued expansion of RPC use by leading grocery retailers throughout the United States and Canada. IFCO’s other service centers are located in San Antonio, TX; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Atlanta; Portland, OR; and Chicago.

IFCO owns and operates 49 service centers in 19 countries. All IFCO service centers adhere to the company’s strict global standards for processes and equipment, including the industry’s highest food-safety and quality-assurance protocols, and employ a variety of measures to reduce environmental impact.

For more information and a video tour of IFCO’s RPC service centers and wash process, visit www.rpcresource.com.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

Duda Farm Fresh Foods opens California citrus season

Duda Farm Fresh Foods marks the start of the California-grown citrus season with a large variety of items available now in promotable volumes.

“The Navel oranges crop is off to an early start this season and the fruit is exceptionally sweet,” Paul Huckabay, Duda Western citrus sales manager, said in a press release.DUDA-12134-MeyerLemonBag Fr

“The Navel orange sizing is slightly smaller than the past few seasons and we are seeing a lot of excitement surrounding bag promotions for the holidays,” Huckabay said.  “We anticipate some fruit growth over the next few months and hope to have larger sized fruit near Christmas or the first of the year.”

Supplies of lemons are abundant from the California desert region. The Duda lemon crop has an even distribution of sizes which will appeal to both retail and foodservice customers.

“We plan to transition harvest to the central San Joaquin Valley district in December and then continue production into spring,” Huckabay said.

Mandarins also had an early start to the season this year, and the fruit size is moderate to slightly larger with a nice eating quality.  

“We have good volume now and we are well positioned for holiday ads as we move into November and December,” he said. “We will have good volume from early January all the way through March and into early April.”

Lastly, Duda started shipping Meyer lemons the last week of October — a full week earlier than last year.  The Dandy one-pound Grab n’ Go bag is updated this year to reflect new recipes and uses for Meyer lemons. The quality is excellent with smooth, well-shaped fruit and a sweet and juicy interior, Huckabay said.  

“Meyer lemons are one of the last really seasonal items in the product department, and that creates excitement for the overall citrus set and brings attention to the category,” he said.

The company projects good volume of Meyer lemons for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and continuing through March.

Duda is supporting sales with new seasonal packaging, data and an online sales kit that includes recipes for consumers and point-of-sale material.

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

IFCO opens RPC service center in Fresno

IFCO Systems has opened its newest reusable plastic container service center in Fresno, CA. The 200,000-square-foot facility is equipped to wash, sanitize and dry more than 95,000 RPCs per day, and ship and receive approximately 120 truckloads of RPCs for IFCO’s grocery retail partners and grower shipper customers weekly.

IFCO’s Fresno service center currently has more than 80 employees and is designed to allow expansion as for IFCO RPCs continues to grow.

“We are pleased to open our most advanced facility to date in Fresno, complete with the latest food-safety systems and sustainable operations,” Dan Walsh, president of IFCO North America, said in a press release. “Our growth during the past few years has demanded the expansion of our service center network so our grower and retailer partners have all the safe and clean RPCs they need to serve their customers.”

The new facility is IFCO’s sixth U.S. service center, extending the company’s network in North America in support of the continued expansion of RPC use by leading grocery retailers throughout the United States and Canada. IFCO’s other service centers are located in San Antonio, TX; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Atlanta; Portland, OR; and Chicago.

IFCO owns and operates 49 service centers in 19 countries. All IFCO service centers adhere to the company’s strict global standards for processes and equipment, including the industry’s highest food-safety and quality-assurance protocols, and employ a variety of measures to reduce environmental impact.

For more information and a video tour of IFCO’s RPC service centers and wash process, visit www.rpcresource.com.

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

Metro Plus store opens in rebuilding Quebec town

A new Metro Plus store opened Thursday in Lac-Mégantic — the first new business to open there since much of the Quebec town was devastated by a train derailment and subsequent explosion 15 months ago.

The supermarket is the first business to open in the new centralized downtown core located in the Fatima district. Metro, based in Montreal, said it invested $ 12 million in the project, which will be served by approximately 125 employees, including roughly 85 from the former store on rue Frontenac. 

The former store was closed following the July 2013 tanker train derailment that destroyed and contaminated a large swath of the former downtown. Forty-seven people were killed in the accident.

“For us, it was essential that we continue serving the Lac-Mégantic community and open as quickly as possible. That is why we joined forces with the city to build the new commercial hub in the Fatima district,” Christian Bourbonnière, SVP of Metro’s Québec division, said. “I would like to underscore the collaborative efforts of Ville de Lac-Mégantic, as well as those of the numerous stakeholders who played a vital role in bringing this project to fruition.”

“The opening of Metro Plus Centre-ville is symbolic for the entire Lac-Mégantic community. For us, it means reconnecting with both our employees and our customers,” added Philippe Valiquette, senior partner at Metro Plus. “Over the past 15 months, not a day has gone by that I haven’t been asked when we would reopen. Now I can finally say, ‘It’s mission accomplished.’”


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Among other features, the location is home to a sushi counter, a bistro, a meat department complete with a butcher, an in-store chef who will be preparing ready-to-serve meals, and a new fruit and vegetable concept. This will allow for a wider variety of products and enhanced freshness, not to mention a broader assortment of product categories due to the more spacious layout of the new premises.

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Mariano’s Opens Culinary Center

MILWAUKEE — Mariano’s Fresh Market’s newest store, opened today in Elmhurst, Ill., includes the retailer’s first culinary center for cooking demonstrations and educational events.

“In the Kitchen with Mariano’s” will host guest speakers and in-house experts for sessions on healthy eating, seasonal recipe ideas and other topics.

This is the 11th location for Mariano’s, an upscale banner from Roundy’s Supermarkets. The Elmhurst store also offers 250 organic produce items, Squeez’d smoothie bar, Oki Sushi bar and 1,000 wines on the Luxury Wine Wall.

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Walmart opens click-and-collect facility

Wal-Mart Stores on Monday began fulfilling same-day Internet grocery orders at a drive-up Grocery Pickup facility in Northwest Arkansas.

The facility is the first “click-and-collect” center to be opened in the U.S. by Walmart, which refers to the facility as a “test.” (Here is a Walmart video about the Grocery Pickup.) Walmart’s United Kingdom-based sister company, Asda, operates several such facilities there.

The facility carries nearly 10,000 SKUs including fresh meat, dairy, produce and common household items. Customers ordering online or by mobile phone can schedule pickup in as little as two hours or up to three weeks after the order is placed, Walmart said. Customers arriving for pickup enter their order information at a drive-up kiosk and wait as Walmart workers deliver the order to their cars.



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