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Sage Fruit adds apple, pear tote bag

One of the chief initiatives at Yakima, Wash.-based Sage Fruit Co. in 2020 pertained to sustainability, said Chuck Sinks, president of sales and marketing.

COVID-19 throws up unwelcome roadblocks for apple marketing

Not surprisingly, many marketers said the lack of in-person engagement has been the biggest drawback of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Variety balance seen as key to apple category management

Apple marketers view the Cosmic Crisp as a particularly bright star in a growing constellation of new apple varieties.

Retailers have options with promotions, marketers say

Though COVID-19 has taken away the opportunities for in-person sampling and other strategies, retailers have plenty of apple promotion options, marketers say.

From the trend lists: Four opportunities to explore in 2021

Trend forecasts abound as the calendar turns from 2020 to 2021, and among the most frequent topics have been e-commerce, family meals, packaging and the function of food.

Price Mabry joins HAC as director of produce and floral

Oklahoma City-based HAC Inc., which operates 80 stores under eight banners, has selected Price Mabry as its new director of produce and floral.

Vegetable trays recalled after labeling mistake due to allergen

A mislabeled vegetable tray with ranch dip has led to a recall in Florida because it contains eggs, which are considered as an allergan that must be identified on the product.

Blueberry council launches Grab a Boost of Blue campaign

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council has launched Grab a Boost of Blue, a strategic positioning and call to action backed by new tools and consumer research for retailers.

Avocado sales strong during Q3 holidays

The Hass Avocado Board reports that the weeks of the Father’s Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays accounted for $180 million in avocado retail sales this year.

Folks like these make the industry great

Time is precious — it’s true for everyone, but especially for people in our nonstop world of produce.