So what happened this week while you were working? Well, Karin O’Rourke (photo above) went bananas for Team USA in a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match against Martinique in Tampa 7/12. The star-spangled banana getup is part of the culture of Swedish DJ duo Dada Life. Some other important stuff happened, too — Albertsons postponed an IPO (again) and might be chasing Sprouts after losing out in a bid for Whole Foods; the Southeast Produce Council handed out a record 52 scholarships; Potatoes USA got a new marketing chief; Here’s a way you can help protect the U.S. food supply from outside threats; IFCO drops a new water resources e-book;the Fresh Marketing Webinar Series returns (it’s a new name); and Whole Foods came out with an organic farming app for kids. If you’ve got a story you think we should cover, feel free to shoot us an email right here.
Albertsons IPO Postponed — Is A Sprouts Merger In The Future?
Two years ago, Albertsons Cos. postponed an initial public offering (IPO). Now the Albertsons brass has reportedly called off another IPO — but rumors are in the air that the chain is looking at a deal to grab up-and-coming natural foods chain Sprouts. READ MORE
Southeast Produce Council Scholarships Grow to A Record-Breaking 52
Last year, SEPC awarded 38 scholarships worth $76,000. That increased to a record-breaking 52 scholarships worth $104,000) this year. Here are the winners. READ MORE
Pro Chef RJ Harvey Named Head of Potatoes USA Foodservice Marketing
Chef RJ Harvey has joined Potatoes USA as global foodservice marketing manager, where he will develop and manage the domestic and international marketing programs. READ MORE
For outside threats to U.S. food supply, the best offense is a good defense
As a way for retailers to better understand vulnerabilities facing food and agriculture, Rod Wheeler, founder and CEO of the Global Food Defense Institute, will lead a course specifically designed for grocers. READ MORE
IFCO e-Book Helps Manage Water Resources, Reduce Water Footprint
Presently, 4 billion people face severe water scarcity. This new free eBook from IFCO takes a look at the situation and how to better manage resources. READ MORE
Fresh Marketing Academy Webinar Series Provides marketing education and training for produce professionals
Fresh Marketing Academy™, formerly Digital Marketing University, presented by Idea Garden Marketing, kicks off its third marketing training program tailored to the produce industry on August 1. READ MORE
Whole Foods Launches Organic App for Kids
The Whole Kids Foundation has launched a free organic education mobile app offering a fun way for kids and parents to learn what it looks and feels like to grow food in harmony with nature. READ MORE