Category Archives: Focus on Fresh

Bumper crop of organics

Sales of organic fruits and vegetables are outpacing conventional produce, thanks to creative in-store promotions, merchandising and education. By Charlotte Barnard If there are … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Beefing up value

Evolving consumer buying habits and the growth of private label are changing the face of the meat case. By Craig Levitt Value. In the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh from the summit

A walk around the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit revealed a rainbow of fruits and vegetables along with packaging upgrades. By Suzanne Vita Palazzo … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Sweet sensations

Sweetpotato or sweet potato? By Craig Levitt It may seem like an insignificant difference, but for the growers and shippers of the vegetable it … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

High on the Hog

Rising consumption and innovative new products are boosting pork sales and margins. By Richard Turcsik Fewer little piggies are going to market than last … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

One to grow on

With Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as a backdrop, the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit takes center stage in Orlando. By Craig Levitt A … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Rediscovering the spud

The low-carb diet fad continues to fade and potatoes are once again rising to the top of shoppers’ grocery lists. By Craig Levitt Robert … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Cry me a river… of sales

The continued interest in home cooking and the growing popularity of ethnic dishes have increased the demand for all types of onions. By Craig … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

An apple by any other name…

Shoppers seeking value and consistency are gravitating toward branded produce. By Craig Levitt In today’s economy, consumers are constantly struggling to find ways to … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 09 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Making the grade

The back-to-school season provides retailers with a chance to contribute to the health and wellness of children. By Craig Levitt Back in the day, … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Packaging prowess

Retailers and consumers want attractive, convenient and safe packaging for prepared foods and suppliers deliver. By Carol Radice No one is going to grab … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fruits of fall

The beginning of the apple and pear season harkens year- round sales opportunities. By Nina Amir As summer winds down, the produce category gears … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Mixing & matching

Salad options expand beyond the traditional as consumers search for convenient ways to eat healthier. By Craig Levitt As Americans continue to concern themselves … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Kind cuts

Packaged meats offer consumers convenience and value while expanding opportunities for retailers. By Nina Amir Packaged meat is a dependable but historically slow-growing category—sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Westward Ho!

Companies in Idaho and Washington State are spreading the message of the area’s unique produce through social media and websites. By Carol Radice Odds … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Striking it rich

The 2010 IDDBA convention in Houston showcased a wealth of products and creative merchandising ideas. By Richard Turcsik The A-list speakers, in­cluding Rachel Ray, … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Winn-Dixie Prepped For 2010 Hurricane Season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 1, 2010) – Today marks the beginning of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, which experts say will be an “active to … Continue reading

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Space race

A look at some of the products that will be featured at IDDBA’s Dairy-Deli-Bake 2010 in Houston on June 6-8. By Carol Radice DAIRY … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

United for the consumer

At this year’s United Fresh, the talk was about making the produce aisle an easier and more inviting place to shop. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh Food Forum: A matter of trust

Canada is the only country in North America with a mandatory national cattle identification program. By Marty Carpenter A survey among U.S. beef buyers … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Fresh Food Forum: Balancing the apple cart

Is there a risk to offering too many varieties of apples? By Kevin Precht How many new apple varieties do we need? Everyone up … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh

Tickled cherry blossom pink

Improved packaging and promotions, along with the expectation of an excellent crop, promise to make cherry growers, retailers and consumers giddy with excitement. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Hot stove

To attract customers seeking simple meal solutions, stores are installing high-end cooking equipment that is simple and efficient to use so they can change … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Going for gold

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association Annual Convention heads to Vancouver. By Carol Radice The ski jumps have been disassembled, the hockey skates hung up … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Something to sea

The 2010 International Boston Seafood Show was awash in new merchandising ideas and value-added products. By Richard Turcsik At this year’s International Boston Seafood … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh