Top News in the Produce Industry October 1 – 15
By iFoodDS Team
October 15, 2021
Whole Foods Market Appoints New CEO
After the retirement announcement of John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, Jason Buechel was appointed as the company’s new CEO.
AFFI Partners with IRI Worldwide
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and CPG market researcher IRI Worldwide have partnered to offer AFFI a new platform, Unify, that provides access to frozen food sales data in real-time.
USDA to Issue Specialty Crops Inspection Certificates
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will begin issuing inspection certificates and audit reports in several formats as the agency deploys the Specialty Crops Integrated Operating Network (SCION).
CDC: Foodborne Illnesses Decreased During the Pandemic
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), foodborne illness decreased in 2020 by nearly 25% compared with the previous three-year average.
PMA and United Fresh Leaders Preview New Association
Leaders of United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing Association, Tom Stenzel and Cathy Burns, preview the new association that will soon launch and what members can expect in the future.
Study Shows Consumers Prefer Branded Produce
A new study showed that 60% of consumers admit to “loving” a fresh produce brand. The study suggests there’s an opportunity for produce brands to create consumer loyalty.
AeroFarms Now Available at Stop & Shop
Starting this fall, more than 350 Stop & Shop supermarkets will offer leafy greens from indoor vertical farming company AeroFarm.
Dole Launches Three New Salad Kits
Dole launched three new products to expand the Dole Chopped Salad Kits line. The three new salad kits will be available nationwide by the end of October.
Stop & Shop Express
Stop & Shop partnered with Instacart, to launch their online grocery shopping delivery service. The “Shop & Stop Express” service delivers groceries and other household products in as few as 30 minutes.
Ahold Delhaize Self-Managed DCs
As part of their three-year supply chain transformation, Ahold Delhaize transformed The Giant Company’s DC in Carlisle, PA to being 65% self-managed, achieving their goal for this year.