The Produce News – Today’s Headlines

  • Sunkist Delite mandarins are back and in demand
    Sunkist Delite mandarins are back and shipping to retailers around the globe. The California-grown Sunkist Delite mandarins debuted last year, tripling in sales its first season, making it one of the leading brands in its category. “Consumer demand for mandarins is skyrocketing, now representing more than 45 percent of the citrus category,” said Christina Ward, director of communications. “It’s the perfect pocket-sized fruit that’s easy to peel, which makes it a ‘must-have’ in the produce ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-13
  • LGS Specialty Sales expands Spanish fruit imports
    LGS Specialty Sales is expanding its Spanish imports to include lemons, Clementines, and vanilla persimmons, also known as rojo brillante. This expanded line of citrus from Spain reflects a continued investment in a region that the company values for impeccable fruit quality, food safety standards, and well-developed infrastructure for increased supply to the U.S market during domestic off-season. “Spain’s Mediterranean climate consistently grows exceptional fruit and we are excited to export more of their products ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Sunions driving away tears at retailers
    Sunions, a game-changing tearless and sweet onion that captured wide consumer and media acclaim during its inaugural 2017-18 season, began shipping to a limited number of retailers last week.  In its inaugural season of availability, Sunions racked up more than 1.2 billion consumer media impressions in print, radio, web and television media, including appearances on ABC’s The Chew and Good Morning America. While the first Sunions have been released to the market, others are ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Giant Food Stores names new exec
    Giant Food Stores announced the promotion of Sepideh Burkett to vice president of store support. In this new role, she will be responsible for bringing the company’s strategic plans and customer-centric strategy to life across all stores, driving store performance and ensuring consistent communication between stores and support functions. She will report to John Ponnett, senior vice president of retail operations for Giant Food Stores. “A knowledgeable and passionate leader, Sepideh has made significant contributions ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-13
  • Cracking the case: Cocaine found in Colombian avocado shipment
    More than one ton of cocaine, reportedly valued at US $40 million, was found in a shipment of Colombian avocados in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, according to an article by El Tiempo. The seizure of 1,180 kilos was found in a shipment of 35 metric tons of avocados from the South American country. Eight Dutch citizens were arrested in the port. “Passing by the North Sea, the ship arrived at the port of Antwerp ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Dalton Thomas announced as 2019 Apple Citizen of the Year
    Dalton Thomas has been named 2019 Apple Citizen of the Year. Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson and Former Wenatchee Valley College Athletic Director, Sandy Cooprider surprised Dalton with the award at the Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers Christmas Party at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club, Friday evening, Dec. 8. The Apple Citizen of the Year award began in 1981 to honor the roots of the fruit industry and the leaders that make this the Wenatchee Valley ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Del Monte Foods Announces Limited Recall of Canned Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers Due to Under Processing
    Del Monte Foods Inc. announced a recall of 64,242 cases of FIESTA CORN Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. It is important to note that there have been no reports of illness associated with these products to date. No other production codes or products are ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Sun World’s export volume growth leads to increased sales, brand recognition
    Grape category leader Sun World International has grown their export volume tremendously over the past few years. Growth can be attributed to strong brand presence overseas and strengthened partnerships with receivers. Specifically, Sun World International has grown their export volume by 40 percent year over year for the last three years. Strong receiver partnerships have guaranteed movement of record volumes of grapes this season. These receivers’ support of the Sun World brand into key ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2018-12-12
  • Moonstruck Chocolate Co. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Hazelnuts In 4 Oz. Sea Salt Caramels Tumbled In Milk Chocolate
    Moonstruck Chocolate Company of Portland, Oregon is recalling 600/4 oz. bags of Sea Salt Caramels Tumbled In Milk Chocolate, because it may contain undeclared hazelnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to hazelnuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2018-12-11
  • Inspired Organics Issues Voluntary Recall of Organic Sunflower Butter Due to Potential Health Risk
    Inspired Organics, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Organic Sunflower Butter due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2018-12-11