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Ask This Old House features special segment on Idaho potatoes

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Ask This Old House, a popular home-improvement show on PBS, recently aired a six-minute segment exploring how Idaho potatoes are grown and thoroughly explaining how potatoes from Idaho differ from potatoes grown in other states.

Landscape contractor Roger Cook, a veteran of the show for over 30 years, traveled to Idaho Falls to meet fourth-generation potato farmer and Idaho Potato Commissioner James Hoff. With Hoff’s help, Cook showed millions of his loyal viewers how Idaho potatoes are harvested and stored and offered a few tips on growing potatoes in home gardens. 

“We continually look for new and different venues to tell the Idaho potato story to our target audience, which includes both men and women,” Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of the Idaho Potato Commission, said in a press release. “James’s deep knowledge of and passion for Idaho potatoes, paired with Roger’s enthusiasm and curiosity, created a very informative and entertaining segment.”

The segment was filmed in October of 2015 during the end of the harvest season and aired the following spring.

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USDA: Food Prices to Climb This Year

WASHINGTON — Total food prices this calendar year will rise 2.5% to 3.5%, according to a forecast just released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

Much of the rise will result from the delayed effects of last year’s drought in the Midwest.

Even though the drought was severe, destroying a huge amount of field crops, food prices remained flat during 2012.


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That’s because, while prices rose for beef and veal, poultry, fruit and other foods, those hikes were offset by drops in the price of pork, eggs, vegetables and nonalcoholic beverages. Other food categories remained flat.

Read more: Fresh Food Prices Set to Rise in 2013

In addition, while the drought ravaged corn and soybean crops, which does affect food prices, it typically takes months for commodity price changes to show themselves at retail, according to the ERS.

“Most of the impact of the drought is expected to be realized in 2013,” the ERS report states.

Not surprisingly, beef prices are already up 1.7% in May over last year in May. Conversely, a decline in exports and an increase in hog production have kept pork prices almost flat. In fact, May pork prices were down 0.2% from May a year ago.

USDA’s ERS bases its forecast on current conditions and inflation.

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Weather conditions in Chile have been favorable for this season’s crops

Apart from some recent rains that affected cherry volumes, weather conditions have been favorable for this season. “We expect to see volume increases across all commodities, even cherries,” said Karen Brux, managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, North America, based in San Carlos, CA.

The news is especially good because Chile saw large volume decreases in 2013-14 due to severe frosts in the country.Karen-BruxKaren Brux

Looking specifically at the blueberry category, Brux noted that there is a huge increase over 2013-14.  Exports of Chilean blueberries are expected to increase by 30 percent over last season, with volume exceeding 200 million pounds.

“Roughly 70 percent of exports come to North America, so that’s great news for our market,” added Brux.

She also noted a few promotion tips for retailers. Many shoppers still associate certain commodities, like blueberries or stone fruit, with a specific season, but Brux said, “Retailers should let their customers know that they can continue enjoying their favorite summer fruits during the winter, thanks to Chile.

“It goes without saying that retailers should communicate the key selling points of whatever product they’re carrying to their shoppers,” she continued. “For example, a large retail chain is flying in all of their Chilean stone fruit to offer what they believe are the freshest, best-tasting fruits for their shoppers. We’re helping them develop point-of-sale materials that communicates this. Another large retail chain brings in Muscat grapes from Chile and builds beautiful displays with information that highlights the unique taste of this grape.”

This also brings attention to the broader grape category. Brux said retailers see sales increases across all varieties. The CFFA works with them to develop targeted promotions.

“It’s additionally helpful to give consumers season-appropriate usage ideas and wellness messages,” Brux pointed out. “Consumers are familiar with summer usage ideas for items like cherries, blueberries, grapes and stone fruit, but what about during the cold winter months? We worked with one retail chain to introduce our roasted Brussels sprouts and Chilean grapes recipe via a video that was sent out to a database of more than 300,000 customers. The CFFA also has numerous usage ideas and corresponding images for everything from a cherry, wild rice and quinoa salad to cherry chocolate chip muffins to smoked salmon with blueberry compote or a festive green grape salsa for St. Patrick’s Day.”

For people committing to a healthier lifestyle in the New Year, the CFFA also has commodity-specific health messages available. It is, for example, currently working with a registered dietitian from a large retail chain in the Northeast to supply short sound bites on all of the Chilean fruits.

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US: Pomegranate market to heat up this month

US: Pomegranate market to heat up this month

Fast movement of fresh pomegranates this year could result in fewer supplies available later this month, which could, in turn, make for higher prices. While supplies from California usually last into the January, this year’s supplies could be stretched by Christmas.

“It’s been a very good season this year, with very good retail demand,” said David Anthony of Ruby Fresh. “It allowed us to sell a lot of our pomegranates quickly, so we expect to be finished with pomegranates by Christmas.” Anthony added that they will continue to have packaged arils available into March, at which point they’ll transition to Wonderful supplies from Peru.

“There should be no taste difference between Wonderful pomegranates from California and those from Peru,” Anthony explained, “because we took California trees and planted them in Peru.” Expanded acreage in Peru is part of Ruby Fresh’s growth plan, which has seen the company expand by 25% each year for the last several years. One of the biggest drivers of that growth has been the demand for their fresh arils.

“Our biggest mover this year has been the four-ounce and five-ounce aril cups,” said Anthony. “People really like them because they’re a good snack to have on the go, so we have seen exponential growth with the aril cups.”

For more information:
David Anthony
Ruby Fresh
Tel: +1 (559) 933-0340
[email protected]
www.rubyfresh.com 

Publication date: 12/9/2014
Author: Sander Bruins Slot
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“25% less Chinese pomelos to the EU this year”

Wim van der Schoot, De Groot International:
“25% less Chinese pomelos to the EU this year”

Honey pomelos from China are available at De Groot International once again this season. These pomelos, originating from the region Pinghe, are available from September until mid January. “Eastern Europe is traditionally the main sales market for pomelos. But we are also increasing the amount of product in our programmes each year,” says Wim van der Schoot.



This year, however, the volumes being sent to the EU will be 25% lower than last season. “The total output in China is up to 10% lower compared to last season. During our annual suppliers visit to China we noticed that there were a lot of ‘split’ pomelos in the plots due to the warm and dry weather conditions. This meant they were unsuitable for export. Only the best quality is selected to be exported under our own brand Don Mario,” says Wim. “The prices on the local Chinese market are also getting better year by year. This has its effects on the available export volume. Suppliers are focusing a larger share of the harvest on the local market.” 

The importer is working with set programmes more and more. “Due to our constant quality and supplies we are able to extend this with our customers each year. We consciously chose not to import the early pomelos from the Guangdong region, as they are a lot drier and contain more seeds than the Pinghe region. We have now had arrivals of the juicier pomelos from the Pinghe region for a number of weeks,” continues Wim. “The pomelos are, of course, available under our own brand ‘Don Mario’ but also in neutral packaging if necessary.” 

Whereas a number of MRL exceedances with Chinese pomelos caused strict checks a number of years ago, there are no problems this year. “Due to the intense collaboration with our suppliers and the efforts of the Chinese government we have the MRL under control. The suppliers we work with are well aware of all developments and demands. The pomelos are tested both in China and upon arrival in the Netherlands. This is the first year that the NVWA hasn’t done checks on the imported containers of pomelos. Yet we chose to check our arrivals for MRLs as recommended by our quality department. These efforts are producing results. Last season and so far this season there hasn’t been a single MRL exceedance found on our pomelos.” 

For more information:
Wim van der Schoot
De Groot International
Tel: +31 (0)73-599 88 41
Fax: +31 (0)73-599 88 76
[email protected]
www.degrootfreshgroup.nl

Publication date: 10/17/2014
Author: Katja Watson
Copyright: www.freshplaza.com


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Ray Gilmer to leave United Fresh this month

WASHINGTON — After 20 years with the food industry, Ray Gilmer, vice president of issues management and communications at the United Fresh Produce Association, is leaving at the end of the month to lead a Maryland college’s public relations team.

Gilmer, who joined United Fresh in 2009, first started with the produce industry at the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association in 1994. Between the two jobs, he served as national group communications manager at BASF.Gilmer-RayRay Gilmer

“It’s hard walking away from the food industry and United,” Gilmer told The Produce News. “I have met so many tremendous people in the industry,” he said. “That, along with my relationships with staff,” made the decision a tough one.”

Starting November, Gilmer will serve as vice president of communications at Rockville, MD-based Montgomery College. The real attraction is to work in a college environment with a mission to help students build their careers, he said.

Gilmer said one of his missions will be to elevate the national reputation of the small Maryland college, and although he does not have an academic background, they wanted someone with a fresh approach who can lead the rebranding effort.

In the meantime, United Fresh is recruiting for a new vice president or director of communications.

Gilmer’s departure comes at a bad time for United Fresh, however, as the association lost its communications manager, Lisa Hightower, in March. Hightower left to become rural development director at the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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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.

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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.

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Israel: Fig demand this year higher than anticipated

Israel: Fig demand this year higher than anticipated

For the Israeli company Avniv Israel, the fig campaign is divided in two stages, with the first starting in May and going on with a continuous harvest at several locations until August, “when we normally stop due to the start of the Turkish season and also because we cannot compete with the domestic production in destinations like Italy, Spain or France,” explains Niva Ben Zion, founder and CEO of the firm.

After the Turkish season is over, around October, Avniv Israel kicks off the autumn-winter campaign, with a variety that is harvested between October and January, depending on weather conditions. “The last winter campaign was a bit of a disaster, as Israel had a lot of rain in December, as well as some snow and hail. This year, so far, we have had a very nice season with high levels of demand, despite some small temporary difficulties with supply that drove prices down,” says Mrs Ben Zion.

In terms of volumes, the company this season has exported around 20% more than last year, while Israel’s shipments as a whole have remained stable. Demand has also been higher than anticipated. Niva Ben Zion explains that “I work with some pretty big growers, and I will only take more when I know I have programmes to support them with. This year I literally needed much more than I had due to the great levels of demand.”

Avniv Israel also offers pitahaya, whose season normally starts around July-August. According to Mrs Ben Zion, “pitahaya is a tricky business, as it is very unpredictable when it comes to the timespan between pollination and harvest. Supply volumes are also unstable, because they work in cycles (or waves). The season is like a rocking chair. This year there may be additional issues, as the war is taking place close to the main production areas.”

Regarding the next fig season, the company expects a very good campaign throughout the winter, “as in that period we will have a large production and very few competitors. Brazil will also be in the market, although supermarkets & some importers tend to prefer the Israeli produce, which is usually considered to be safer, as our figs are produced naturally and contain no residues,” concludes Niva Ben Zion.

For more information:
Niva Ben Zion
Avniv
Tel: +972-2-9941047
Fax:+972-2-9941374
Mobile: +972-52-4399800
Sales: [email protected]

Publication date: 7/30/2014


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