Food Business News - June 18, 2013 - (Page 24)

Wal-Mart doubles-down on fresh produce promise to its supply chain in an effort to ensure the freshness of the produce it sells. Produce supply chain enhancements the company is implementing include delivering produce from farms to store shelves WAL-MART SUPERCENTERS BENTONVILLE, ARK. — Fruits and vegetables sold at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will be fresh — or consumers get their money back. The world’s largest retailer has “recommitted” to its promise and made changes Call it an Obsession. We do. Let us help you discover the Didion Difference! We put everything into creating the finest, safest corn products anywhere. It’s just who we are. And you can see the difference — the Didion Difference — in a thousand small details. 913-484-3452 24 FOODBUSINESS NEWS ® faster by purchasing fruits and vegetables directly from growers; adding weekly checks at the retailer’s supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Express Stores to review the quality of the produce being sold; and introducing expanded employee training programs to ensure product quality. Wal-Mart said it has hired “produce experts” to work directly with growers. The on-farm efforts combined with the supply chain Wal-Mart has in place is allowing it to reduce the number of days it takes to get products from the fields and on to store shelves. The employee training program will involve 70,000 throughout Wal-Mart’sook network of U.S. stores and focus on the proper handling of fruits and vegetables. Through the training store employees also will be given guides that illustrate quality grades. “Empowering our associates with the tools to guarantee our produce quality is a critical component to our 100% moneyback guarantee,” said Jack Sinclair, executive vice-president of the food business for Wal-Mart U.S. “These efforts, combined with the weekly produce checks and operational changes, will ensure our customers bring home the freshest fruits and vegetables.” The effort to improve the quality of WalMart’s produce is part of a larger effort announced by the company several years ago — to double its sales of locally grown produce by December 2015. FBN June 18, 2013

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Food Business News - June 18, 2013
Diamond Foods challenged by walnut supply and Emerald relaunch
Market Insight: Mid-year commodity outlook
Fruitful ice cream options
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Web Contents
Editorial - Proposed SNAP cuts will be felt throughout the food sector
Flavored milk to grow at double the rate of white milk
Smucker exits bulk coffee, remains bullish on K-Cups
C.e.o. in unsolicited takeover bid for Dole
Heinz acquisition completed, new c.e.o. takes over
Mondelez to offer coffee pods compatible with rival’s system
Tyson Foods expands prepared foods portfolio with acquisition
Nielsen honors Breakthrough Innovation winners
Taco Bell taking charge of breakfast
Expanded breakfast helps lift McDonald’s May sales
McCormick & Company sees growth ahead from innovation and acquisitions
Wal-Mart doubles-down on fresh produce promise
Morningstar buy may be just the beginning for Saputo
Target delves deeper into organics
PepsiCo hires chief marketing officer
Wenner sees winner in Pirate Brands acquisition
Single-serve coffee' harbinger of things to come at TreeHouse'
Washington - Senate passes farm bill, stage set for debate over SNAP cuts
Sports Nutrition - Improved performance
Ingredient Innovations - Diverse Dynamos for Digestion
I.F.T. to convene in Chicago
New Food Products
Ingredient Market Trends - Imports from Mexico send U.S. sugar stocks to record highs
Ingredient Markets
Supplier Innovations and News
Ad Index
Food Business in the News

Food Business News - June 18, 2013