Produce Talk

Seasonal Selections

October 5, 2020

After a hot summer, consumers look forward to the arrival the cooler temperatures of fall and the signature seasonal flavors. To help meet consumer demands, we’ve added many items to order guides to promote seasonal items. Check out this week’s Produce Talk for more information on new seasonal items and current supply conditions in our…

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Record Temperatures in Salinas Valley Growing Region

September 14, 2020

Growers in the Salinas Valley, CA, continue to endure the lasting impact of a second wave of record breaking heat. This coupled with the aftermath of the recent River Fires that the Salinas Valley growing region experienced just weeks ago, is creating less than ideal harvesting conditions for both workers and the product being grown.…

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Castellini Electronic Show Book Now Open!

August 7, 2020

The Castellini Produce & Floral Electronic Show Book is now OPEN! As the first wave of the pandemic began to hit our nation and our industry began to feel the significant disruption caused by the Coronavirus, Castellini made the ultimate decision to forgo our traditional means for our annual in-person gathering to help protect the…

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Current Impact on Freight & Trucking Industry

August 1, 2020

The coronavirus continues to impact the direction of the freight and trucking industry. Areas most affected by the virus continue to experience higher consumption rates (inbound freight) and lower production (outbound freight), leading to freight imbalances. Check out this week’s Produce Talk for Market Updates and a real-time look into current supply conditions for the…

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Consumer Trends & Local Demand

July 24, 2020

The consumer demand for locally grown produce remains strong according to recent data from the Food Marketing Institute’s 2020 Power of Produce Report with 54% of shoppers indicating that they would like to see more variety of local produce items available at retail. Check out this week’s Produce Talk for Market Updates and a real-time…

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Summer’s Favorite Fruit!

July 17, 2020

Who says you cannot have two national fruit holidays in one month? To celebrate National Watermelon Month this July, The National Watermelon Promotion Board is inviting retailers to enter its Watermelon Retail Merchandising Contest. Check out this week’s Produce Talk for more information on how you can participate in the contest and for the most…

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July 10, 2020

July is National Blueberry Month! This once wild berry became domesticated during the early 1900s. Native to North America, blueberries are grown in 35 out of 50 states, which translates into supplying roughly 95% of the entire world’s crop. Check out this week’s Produce Talk for Market Updates and a real-time look into current supply…

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The Heart of Local & Market Updates!

July 3, 2020

We’re right in the heart of the local growing season! Check out what we currently have on hand from local farms and this week’s Market Update for a real-time look into current supply conditions, trends, and market news for the most common produce items in demand this week! Read More

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Inspiring Buying Habits: Lessons From Specialty Health Food Stores

March 9, 2019

The concept of specialty health food stores has been around for a long time. One might argue that the initial idea was introduced in the 1920’s. Fast forward to today, with the explosive growth of next generation specialty store concepts, and it’s not hard to see that these customized retail outlets are delivering unique value…

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Healthy Foods Proven to Impact Your Health & Wellness

February 22, 2019

February is Heart Health Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States; every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy food choices and proactively manage their health conditions. In fact,…

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