The Produce News – Today’s Headlines

  • Upsurge in the availability of fresh herbs
    Spring has sprung in both California and Mexico for Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo Farms, who are experiencing an upsurge in the availability of fresh herbs. Fresh organic herbs, including basil, spearmint, thyme and oregano, have made a rebound from the winter weather and are now experiencing high volumes of availability. In addition to high yields of organic herbs available now through the summer months, the company is offering fresh organic white, yellow and red onions. These ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Stop & Shop employees return to work after 10-day strike
    Stop & Shop employees returned to work today, ending a 10-day strike that saw more than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England walk out of work on Thursday, April 11. The company said it has reached fair new tentative agreements with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent its 31,000 associates in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. "We’re also glad to have our associates return to work as the strike ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Delta Packing continues success with California cherries
    Delta Packing is a grower, packer and shipper for California cherries. This year, the company is expecting to pack 1 million cartons, approximately 35 percent of what is packed being company-owned fruit. Paul Poutre, general manager, sales and marketing for the Lodi, CA-based company, said Delta Packing will harvest the fruit with seasonal labor and bring it to its home base to pack to its customer’s specifications. “From there, we hydro-cool the fruit in-line and ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Ocean Spray committed to sustainable farming
    Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. announced its commitment to advance sustainable agriculture practices across the entirety of its farmland by 2020. The farmer-owned cooperative has committed to sustainably farming all of its cranberries, making Ocean Spray Cranberries the first fruit cooperative in North America to verify 100 percent of its crop as sustainably grown. Ocean Spray has a long history of connecting farms to families for a better life. The cooperative is owned by 700 family ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Amazon, Walmart and ShopRite part of USDA’s SNAP online purchasing pilot
    For the first time, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants will be able to select and pay for their groceries online, during a two-year pilot launched last week in New York state. In making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue highlighted online purchasing’s potential, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commitment to program integrity by looking carefully at the pilot. Lessons learned from this pilot are expected to inform future efforts to expand ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • LGMA adopts new, more stringent food safety practices
    California leafy greens producers voted to strengthen mandatory food safety practices required on farms. The action is designed to protect consumers and prevent future foodborne illness outbreaks. “The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement board of directors has adopted additional requirements to reduce risk when it comes to water used in growing lettuce and leafy greens,” said Scott Horsfall, chief executive officer of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. “This means that every box of leafy ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Coachella Valley expecting excellent year because of superior winter weather
    California grape industry veteran John Harley, who has seen a thing or two over his 35 years in the industry, said “the stars are perfectly aligned for the Coachella Valley deal this year.” Speaking specifically of grapes, the Anthony Vineyards sales manager said, “It looks like we are going to have a very good crop this year — especially on greens. For whatever reason, it seems like there is a better set on the greens. ... Read more
    Source: The Produce News – Latest HeadlinesPublished on 2019-04-19
  • Weis Markets Issues Recall for Undeclared Egg Allergen In WQ Banana Puddin Ice Cream
    Weis Markets today said it has issued a recall for its Weis Quality Banana Puddin Ice Cream (48oz) since the product’s ingredient label fails to list an egg allergen due to a supplier error. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no reports of illness from customer’s consuming this product to date. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2019-04-17
  • Mondel─ôz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz Due to Unexpected Solidified Ingredient in Product in the US
    Mondelēz Global LLC announced today a limited voluntary recall in the United States of certain Chewy Chips Ahoy 13oz cookies. This voluntary recall is being conducted because of the potential for certain product to contain an unexpected solidified ingredient. Some reports of potential adverse health effects have been received. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2019-04-17
  • Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is Voluntarily Recalling Frozen Ground Tuna Imported from JK Fish, Because it may Potentially be Contaminated with Salmonella
    Jensen Tuna of Louisiana is Voluntarily Recalling Frozen Ground Tuna Imported from JK Fish, Because it may Potentially be Contaminated with Salmonella. The frozen product, individually packaged in clear plastic one-pound bags, is sold in white wax 20 lb. boxes. The product is only sold as a wholesale case with twenty bags in each case. The lot numbers are z266, z271 and z272. ... Read more
    Source: Food SafetyPublished on 2019-04-16