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Mushrooms break sales records across the board

While overall production of mushrooms in the U.S. was slightly down in the 2017-18 season, sales hit an all-time high for the crop, at $1.23 billion, buoyed by per-pound increases across the board.

Retailers get behind kids’ programs

Retailers and distributors who have supported kids-oriented programs like Produce for Kids and PMA’s Eat Brighter! initiative say the programs can help lift sales while encouraging kids to eat healthy.

Naturipe joins blockchain initiative

Berry company Naturipe Farms, Salinas, Calif., is joining a group of food companies using blockchain technology to improve food safety and cut waste.

Misionero’s organic line moves to new packaging

Misionero Vegetables, Gonzales, Calif., is packing it Earth Greens organic line into packaging that uses less plastic and features a peel and reseal lid.

Millennials Eat — Plums!

Retail editor Ashley Nickle and The Packer's copy editor and designer Amelia Freidline discuss purchase statistics related to plums and why millennials report buying them less.

Student group Taste of Immokalee stresses local

A group of Florida high school students are using tomatoes grown by Lipman Family Farms to make products that highlight Immokalee’s agricultural offerings.
Aug 21, 2018 by Chris Koger #Produce Retail, #Florida

Mark Sandell joins Homegrown Organic as senior account manager

Homegrown Organic Farms, Porterville, Calif., has hired Mark Sandell as a senior account manager on the company’s sales team.

Hunger program donates nearly 110 tons of apples

FirstFruits Marketing of Washington has wrapped up the eighth year of its annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger program, partnering with retailers to donate 219,640 pounds of apples to local food banks.

Best ways to spur organic sales

What are the best ways to spur organic sales at the retail level?

Packer Insight — Shortages of lemons and iceberg lettuce

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss two big topics this week — the continuing lemon shortage and supply issues for iceberg lettuce.