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Senate Passes $1.1-Trillion Funding Package

Late Saturday night, the U.S. Senate passed a $ 1.1-trillion spending package to fund most of the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. The vote count on the so-called “cromnibus” was a bipartisan 56-40.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama stated he would sign the bill despite the administration’s objections to certain riders and disappointment that the bill will only fund the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, 2015.

To remind you how the bill will affect food safety, here’s Food Safety News’ overview from Friday:

A little more than $ 1.016 billion is allocated to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in the cromnibus — a compromise between the $ 1.005 billion and the $ 1.023 billion called for by the House and Senate agriculture appropriations bills, respectively.

The bill provides almost $ 2.6 billion in discretionary funding for the Food and Drug Administration, including $ 903 million for the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and $ 147 million for the Center for Veterinary Medicine. This includes an increase of $ 27.5 million over 2014 enacted funding levels for food-safety activities, which is at least $ 2.5 million more than the House and Senate had added in their original agriculture appropriations.

It maintains provisions to prevent funding for inspections of horse slaughter plants and prevent poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.

The cromnibus also directs FSIS, in conjunction with other USDA agencies and FDA, “to support developing technologies that will provide rapid, portable, and facile screening of food fish species at port sites and wholesale and retail centers” in order to counter economic fraud and improve the safety of the country’s seafood supply.

And USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative will be required to make recommendations to Congress by May 1 on changes that must be made to bring country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and poultry into compliance with World Trade Organization obligations.

Under a different division of the bill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases will be allocated $ 353 million in discretionary appropriations — nearly $ 48 million of which goes toward food safety.

An increase of $ 8 million for food safety is for advancing diagnostic capabilities using DNA technology and enhancing surveillance, detection and prevention efforts at the state and local level.

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Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

Will Obama’s immigration reform package serve as a catalyst for legislation?

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced sweeping new executive actions on immigration reform Thursday that will likely set up the White House for a battle with the Republican-controlled Congress, but the produce industry hopes it will serve as a catalyst for a legislative fix.

During his prime-time televised speech, Obama criticized the House for failing to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bill, which he called a compromise.

obama President Obama delivered an address to the nation on immigration, from the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2014. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) “Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law?” he asked.

“Now, I continue to believe that the best way to solve this problem is by working together to pass that kind of common sense law,” he continued. “But until that happens, there are actions I have the legal authority to take as President — the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me — that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” he said.

The package of executive actions the White House range from shifting more resources to the border to creating a new mechanism for undocumented workers who have lived in the U.S. for more than five years to work legally to providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers to creating a new task force to look at visa modernization.

The package, however, does not address fixes to the guest worker program the national agriculture industry relies upon.

The speech prompted outcry from Republicans.

“The American people want both parties to focus on solving problems together, they don’t support unilateral action from a president who is more interested in partisan politics than working with the people’s elected representatives,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Produce groups said they hoped the latest development would engage Congress on the issue, rather than focus lawmakers on a short-term response.

“We cannot yet assess the full impact of the president’s actions on agriculture, but we know this: Congress must reassert its constitutional authority to make laws and pass immigration reform legislation critical to the needs of our industry and the nation,” Western Growers President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Nassif said in a statement prior to the address. “Some in Congress will argue that the president’s action must be met with a legislative response to block bad policies, but preventing the implementation of executive actions alone is not enough. These actions by the president should also serve as a catalyst for Congress to lead by passing meaningful immigration reform legislation.”

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition also reiterated the need for Congress to act on immigration reform.

“As we look forward to the start of the new Congress in January, we strongly urge the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and the administration, to come together and pass legislation that both deals with the reality of the current agricultural workforce and recognizes the need for a new, market- based visa program to meet farmers’ future labor needs,” it said in a statement.

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

US: New cherry package targets convenience stores

Testing in select convenience stores is underway
US: New cherry package targets convenience stores

A key untapped market for cherry producers is convenience stores.  The traditional supermarket packaging for cherries of larger random weight bags is not conducive to convenience stores.  These small footprint stores typically require smaller fixed weight packages to be successful in a quick trip format.  In response to this demand, CMI developed “Go-Go Fresh”, a mini cherry package designed specifically for grab-n-go convenience.  

“We have been consistently hearing from consumers and customers that they really want convenient, on-the-go snack products for smaller format stores,” said Katharine Grove, of CMI. “We developed Go-Go Fresh cherries to directly target the convenience store channel to appeal to consumers looking for healthy food choices,” said Grove.

CMI is conducting a limited test of Go-Go Fresh cherries thorough the month of July in select markets and stores.   Go-Go Fresh cherries will be offered at two different price points−$ 1.99 for one bag or two bags for $ 3.00.  

“Our convenience store test partners are eager to start the Go-Go Fresh program.  They have been involved in the planning process, and are confident that it will be a great success,” said Steve Lutz, Vice President of Marketing at CMI. “Retail partners involved in this test were thrilled about the program knowing that it had been pre-tested in focus groups,” said Lutz.”

Before creating the cherry snack pouch, the CMI marketing team drew feedback from a focus panel made up of consumers and retailers. This feedback was then utilized in the development of packaging style, art, colours and retail price points. Feedback on hot keywords demonstrated that ”GMO free”, “Low-calories” and “Fat-Free” were the buzzwords most likely to spur an impulse purchase.

Test results from 2014 will provide feedback on whether the new Go-Go Fresh cherry package will need to be modified and re-tooled before rolling out on a larger scale in 2015.  “Store testing will provide incredibly valuable insights to support launching the program nationally next season,“ said Grove.

For more information, please visit www.cmicherries.com

Publication date: 6/27/2014


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