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While you were working this week: A judge denied Kroger’s request for an injunction against Lidl but set a court date for a trade infringement case; Ag groups lined up to support Trump’s section for the USDA’s second-in-command; PACA violators got popped in Georgia and California; FFVA announced its annual crop of emerging leaders; Produce for Kids got a new sales director; Southern Produce got a new marketing director; Mangoes are making their way on menus; and, for some reason, people are still going to Chipotle – so a federal grand jury slapped the chain with a subpoena as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Ay yi yi…

 

Date Set for Kroger/Lidl Trial; Judge Denies Temporary Injunction

A U.S. District Judge set a court date for Kroger’s trademark infringement suit against Lidl this week, but denied the U.S.’s largest grocery retailer’s request for a temporary injunction. READ MORE

Criminal Charges Coming Against Food Poisoning-Plagued Chipotle?

A federal grand jury has slapped Chipotle with a subpoena as part of a broader criminal investigation into the restaurant chain’s food safety mishaps, most recently an outbreak of norovirus at a location in Sterling, VA last week. READ MORE

Ag Groups Line Up to Support Trump’s Choice for USDA Second-in-Command

Despite backlash from some sectors of the public, a host of agriculture associations and officials — 22 in all — have made clear their support for President Donald Trump’s nomination for Under Secretary of Agriculture. READ MORE

PACA Violators Popped in Georgia, California

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) slapped produce operations in Georgia and California with sanctions July 25 for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA). READ MORE

FFVA Reveals Selections for 7th Emerging Leader Development Program

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has selected 10 up-and-coming agriculture industry leaders to participate in its Emerging Leader Development Program for the coming year. READ MORE

Produce for Kids Names Director of sales and account development

Produce for Kids this week appointed a new director of sales and account development. READ MORE

Southern Produce Brings On Brooke Britt As New Director of Marketing

Sweet potato specialists Southern Produce Distributors, Inc., of Faison, NC this week announced the addition of Brooke Britt as Director of Marketing. READ MORE

NMB Menu Research Forecasts Steady Growth in Mango Usage

The National Mango Board says we’re seeing more of the world’s favorite fruit everyday. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

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