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Artichoke growers in Brittany wait for a rebound in September

New variety at Prince de Bretagne
Artichoke growers in Brittany wait for a rebound in September

Following a sluggish market in August, artichoke growers in Brittany hope the European market heats up in the next few weeks. A slow return by buyers from their summer vacations has been noted as a reason for the slow start to the second half of the artichoke season, and once buyers get back to business, it’s hoped the market will pick up.

“It’s difficult right now because French professionals are now just coming back from holidays, so we are looking for buyers,” said Marc-Eric Pavillard of Prince de Bretagne. “It’s been better this week than it was last week, and it will be better in the next two weeks.” Though he acknowledged that this sort of thing happens every year around this time, this year’s break has been longer than in past years. As a result, the market has been slower to gain momentum this time around.

“There are really two problems,” said Pavillard. “Buyers are coming back a week later than usual and we have more volume than in other years.” But on the other hand, Brittany’s growers have been fortunate to have good weather. While many growers throughout France suffered through lots of rain, Brittany’s artichoke growers got just the right amount of precipitation. Further, when the majority of Europe’s buyers get back to work, Brittany will enjoy a window during which they will be one of the few providers of artichoke trading in Europe.

For Prince de Bretagne, Italy is an important market, as they take both small and larger sizes of artichokes. Other markets usually only look for the larger-sized varieties that go to the fresh market. While the French market is of the most importance, Brittany’s growers also export to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

New variety
Prince de Bretagne launched a new variety in their artichoke assortment: Cardinal, a new purple artichoke. It has been bred by Prince de Bretagne research centre and is only grown in Brittany. “We expect to keep attraction of European buyers in the next few years. The potential will significantly increase each year,” stated Gaëlle Juton from Prince de Bretagne.

Besides Prince de Bretagne also started a campaign for artichokes to make artichokes more attractive for the youth. As it is a product that’s mainly eaten by older people.

Publication date: 9/2/2014
Author: Sander Bruins Slot
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Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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

Israeli fruit producers hope conflict quietens down by September

Israeli fruit producers hope conflict quietens down by September

The mango campaign is currently underway in Israel and Oron Ziv, of the Israeli producer and exporter Befresh Europe, is hoping for a successful season, “despite it being also bound to be difficult, as at the moment some clients are not keen to work with Israeli suppliers and there are additionally some problems with oversupply.”

Regarding pomegranates, which are also just starting, Oron affirms that the first container has only just arrived to the market and so far the situation is looking okay, although the season is still at too early a stage to make any accurate estimation.

Regarding the block of European supermarkets to Israeli products, which is gradually affecting not just produce from specific areas, but the country as a whole, Oron hopes “that both the conflict and the market situation will have quieted down by September, with the start of the citrus and avocado campaigns, as right now, for instance, the Scandinavian market is totally blocked.”

On the other side of the coin, the recent Russian ban on EU products could represent an opportunity for Israel to ship more goods directly to Russia. Oron explains that “it will depend on the product and the prices. The pepper shipments, for example, will certainly shift towards Russia, although Russian importers may not be able to pay some of the most expensive products, like the Orri. ”

Oron, in any case, believes that the difficulties have a lot to do with the market situation in general, as many clients are eager to purchase high quality products, even if they come from Israel. “The mango market, for instance, is currently flooded with cheap produce from Brazil. It is always a combination of political and market issues, and thus how it will all evolve is difficult to predict.”

Last year, some Israeli products already had a bad season, namely grapefruits, but other countries, like South Africa, were also affected by these issues. “Demand appears to be going down and Israel produces large volumes of red grapefruit. Producers will likely shift to more profitable citrus varieties, like the Orri, so we’ll see what impact this will have on prices.”

Oron points to the need to develop new varieties, but also to the fact that “this is a long process. It takes some time before new varieties become good commercial varieties; the ones we are currently testing, for example, will likely take a decade before we can claim them to have become a success like the Orri. Growers naturally not only look at the selling price, but also to costs and the average yield over the years.”

For more information:
Oron Ziv
BeFresh Europe
Mobile  +972 52 3252464
Mobile  +31 6 22514987
Office   +972 52 2555135
Fax +972 153 547625599
[email protected]
www.befreshcorp.com

Publication date: 8/13/2014
Author: Sander Bruins Slot
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Israeli fruit producers hope conflict quietens down by September

Israeli fruit producers hope conflict quietens down by September

The mango campaign is currently underway in Israel and Oron Ziv, of the Israeli producer and exporter Befresh Europe, is hoping for a successful season, “despite it being also bound to be difficult, as at the moment some clients are not keen to work with Israeli suppliers and there are additionally some problems with oversupply.”

Regarding pomegranates, which are also just starting, Oron affirms that the first container has only just arrived to the market and so far the situation is looking okay, although the season is still at too early a stage to make any accurate estimation.

Regarding the block of European supermarkets to Israeli products, which is gradually affecting not just produce from specific areas, but the country as a whole, Oron hopes “that both the conflict and the market situation will have quieted down by September, with the start of the citrus and avocado campaigns, as right now, for instance, the Scandinavian market is totally blocked.”

On the other side of the coin, the recent Russian ban on EU products could represent an opportunity for Israel to ship more goods directly to Russia. Oron explains that “it will depend on the product and the prices. The pepper shipments, for example, will certainly shift towards Russia, although Russian importers may not be able to pay some of the most expensive products, like the Orri. ”

Oron, in any case, believes that the difficulties have a lot to do with the market situation in general, as many clients are eager to purchase high quality products, even if they come from Israel. “The mango market, for instance, is currently flooded with cheap produce from Brazil. It is always a combination of political and market issues, and thus how it will all evolve is difficult to predict.”

Last year, some Israeli products already had a bad season, namely grapefruits, but other countries, like South Africa, were also affected by these issues. “Demand appears to be going down and Israel produces large volumes of red grapefruit. Producers will likely shift to more profitable citrus varieties, like the Orri, so we’ll see what impact this will have on prices.”

Oron points to the need to develop new varieties, but also to the fact that “this is a long process. It takes some time before new varieties become good commercial varieties; the ones we are currently testing, for example, will likely take a decade before we can claim them to have become a success like the Orri. Growers naturally not only look at the selling price, but also to costs and the average yield over the years.”

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Publication date: 8/13/2014
Author: Sander Bruins Slot
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Second Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2013-14 – Statement by Raghuram Rajan

Download: Second Quarter Review of Monetary Policy 2013-14 “Good Morning and welcome to the Reserve Bank. Today, continuing the process begun in September, we have announced the following policy measures: we have reduced the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate by 25 basis points from 9.0 per cent to 8.75 per cent with immediate effect; we have [...]

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Drug Stores Lead September Gains

NEW YORK — Sales at the nation’s drug stores rose 6% in September, leading all retail channels, according to a report Thursday from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Overall, U.S. chain-store sales posted gains of 4% for the month, compared to year-ago results. Excluding gas, sales were actually up 5.1%.


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“The biggest story line here is that the September performance was led by the drug-store segment, posting its strongest monthly showing since April 2007,” said Michael P. Niemira, vice president of research and chief economist for ICSC. “This seemingly heralds the full recovery of this segment after an extended period of weakness due to several mitigating factors.”

In April 2007 the drug-store segment had a 6.7% sales gain. Apparel was the weakest performing segment in September, posting a 0.1% gain.

For October, ICSC research projects that comparable-store sales will increase between 3% and 4% — although the group cautioned that the federal government shutdown does have the potential to curb spending during the month, “biasing the October expectations to a slightly weaker performance even on the heels of a strong gain in September.”

The ICSC data combines comparable- or same-store sales and total store sales for publicly traded retailers to calculate an index.

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Drug Stores Lead September Gains

NEW YORK — Sales at the nation’s drug stores rose 6% in September, leading all retail channels, according to a report Thursday from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Overall, U.S. chain-store sales posted gains of 4% for the month, compared to year-ago results. Excluding gas, sales were actually up 5.1%.


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“The biggest story line here is that the September performance was led by the drug-store segment, posting its strongest monthly showing since April 2007,” said Michael P. Niemira, vice president of research and chief economist for ICSC. “This seemingly heralds the full recovery of this segment after an extended period of weakness due to several mitigating factors.”

In April 2007 the drug-store segment had a 6.7% sales gain. Apparel was the weakest performing segment in September, posting a 0.1% gain.

For October, ICSC research projects that comparable-store sales will increase between 3% and 4% — although the group cautioned that the federal government shutdown does have the potential to curb spending during the month, “biasing the October expectations to a slightly weaker performance even on the heels of a strong gain in September.”

The ICSC data combines comparable- or same-store sales and total store sales for publicly traded retailers to calculate an index.

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Potatoes and salad on the menu at September EPC meeting

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Eastern Produce Council returned from its summer hiatus Sept. 10 with a meeting at the Manor, here, sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission and Dole Fresh Vegetables.

Following a cocktail hour that allowed friends and business associates to reconnect, the sponsors gave interactive presentations that engaged the gathering of produce professionals in attendance.

Dole led off the presentation with a demonstration 9Eastern Produce Council Executive Director John McAleavey (center) is joined by EPC First Vice President Vic Savanello of Allegiance Retail Services and EPC President Paul Kneeland of Kings Food Markets in front of the Big Idaho Potato Truck, which made a special appearance Sept. 10 at the Manor in West Orange, NJ. The Idaho Potato Commission was one of the sponsors of the EPC dinner meeting.of its new chopped salad line by Amy Tobin of Amy Tobin & Co.

Next, Seth Pemsler, vice president of retail/international for the IPC, introduced the commission’s ‘Tater Team,’ a trio of enthusiastic young adults who are in the midst of a cross-country tour in the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck.

The ‘Tater Team’ drew laughs from the crowd with their collection of stories from the tour, especially their tales from the New York metropolitan area, where the EPC membership is based.

In addition to promoting Idaho potatoes, the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck is raising awareness of the Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals on a daily basis to more than 1 million seniors in need.

Also in attendance at the meeting were the members of the Eastern Produce Council’s new Women’s Leadership Committee, which held its first meeting prior to the EPC dinner.

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