Search is on for new Vidalia Onion Committee director

The Vidalia Onion Committee is conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director after Susan Waters announced her retirement effective immediately this week. Bob Stafford takes the reigns in the interim. READ MORE

Dollar General test-driving fresh produce at renovated stores

With 13,601 stores in 44 states, Dollar General Corp. has the potential to become a massive mover of fresh produce and the company is testing just that at some of its recently renovated locations. READ MORE

Port of Savannah sees record month for container traffic

Larger vessels and additional container services calling Georgia’s ports coupled with a positive economic forecast ushered in an all-time record month for container volume. The Georgia Ports Authority handled 350,104 twenty-foot equivalent units in May. READ MORE

Despite Instacart/Publix deal, AL-based Shipt pushes on

On June 5, Birmingham, AL-based online grocery delivery service Shipt announced a $40 million funding round to challenge Instacart for the suburban delivery market. Just two days later Instacart responded by announcing it has forged a deal with Publix to offer its service at all of the Southeast’s leading grocery chain’s locations by 2020. READ MORE

US Foods grabs independent LA/AL/MI distributor Christiana

US Foods announced this week that it has agreed to acquire F. Christiana, a family-owned company with nearly $100 million in annual sales. The transaction is expected to close by mid-June. READ MORE

Analyst: EBT users won’t go for discount Amazon Prime deal

Amazon announced this week it will offer a discounted membership rate to its Amazon Prime service to customers on EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) but one analyst thinks the move is unlikely to sway many shoppers. READ MORE

Missouri researchers find easy way to monitor bee population

Widespread and effective monitoring of bees could lead to better management of rapidly declining populations; however, tracking bees is tricky and costly. Now, a research team led by the University of Missouri has developed an inexpensive acoustic listening system using data from small microphones in the field to monitor bees in flight. READ MORE

G&R partners with National FFA to support scholarships

G&R Farms in Glennville, GA has finalized an agreement with the National FFA Organization to support scholarships for students in Production Agriculture. READ MORE

Mango Mania display contest kicks off

Want a quick $30? The National Mango Board (NMB) will host its annual Mango Mania Display Contest during the month of July. Retailers can win big with more than $10,000 in prizes. But every entrant can get a $30 worth of Amazon gift cards. READ MORE

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