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Archive for September 2017

What We Can Expect In October

Whether you’re ready or not, from a produce department sense it’s fall.  By now, your department should be set for “fall” selling, decorated with corn shocks, fall squash and plenty of pumpkins for sale.  With the transition from summer selling to fall selling, you’re probably finding sales are distinctly lower than the previous few months. …

Sweetest Day

Sweetest Day is a holiday that is celebrated in the Midwest United States and parts of the Northeastern United States on the third Saturday in October.  It is a day to share romantic deeds or expressions.  Ten states and parts of two states observe Sweetest Day:  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South…

Retail Produce Safety Tips

Retail In-Store Produce Handling The following produce handling best practices are designed for supermarket employees, managers, engineering/maintenance staff and associated food safety professionals. The goal of the best practices is to incorporate food safety into everyday departmental tasks. Part 2 of this document was developed using the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code…

Item of the Week: NUTS

Packed with protein, fiber and essential fats, nuts are one of this season’s best buys. A golf ball-sized portion (about 30g) of unsalted nuts makes a vitality-boosting snack and, unlike most other options, contributes a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals. All nuts have different nutrition credentials and will offer various health benefits.