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Sweetest Day

September 25, 2017

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…

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Retail Produce Safety Tips

September 14, 2017

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…

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Item of the Week: NUTS

September 7, 2017

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. Read more

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Item of the Week: MUSHROOMS

August 31, 2017

Mushrooms are fungi, which are so distinct in nature they are classified as their own kingdom – separate from plants or animals. While commonly placed in the vegetable category for dietary recommendations, mushrooms are, however, not a vegetable based on their cellular organization and composition such as chitin and ergosterol. Read more

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Remember in September / Labor Day

August 21, 2017

The only holiday in September is “Labor Day” which is here and gone before you know it. Football season starts so you could have a “Football Kick off Sale” and promote in shell peanuts, cashews, pistachios, popcorn, fresh-cut fruit, party trays, pre-cut veggies, dressings and dips. Or you could have a “Back at School Promotion”.…

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Item of the Week: ARTICHOKES

August 10, 2017

Artichokes are absolutely packed with a number of vital antioxidants and phytonutrients, such as quercetin, rutin, gallic acid and cynarin. Artichokes make my list for the top 10 antioxidant foods due to their high ORAC score (oxygen radical absorption capacity), which tests the power of a plant to absorb and eliminate free radicals. Read more

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Item of the Week: COCONUTS

August 4, 2017

Coconut is a mature fruit of the Cocos nucifera palm. It is one of very versatile and indispensable food item for millions of inhabitants of South and South-East Asia and Pacific islands. It is one of the most sought-after ingredients in the kitchen since it employed in almost each and every recipe prepared in these…

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Item of the Week: CARROTS

July 27, 2017

There are more than 100 species of carrots. Some are big, some are small, and they come in a variety of colors including: orange, purple, white, yellow and red. Learn more

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Item of the Week: WATERMELON

July 20, 2017

Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert. Learn more

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Planning For August

July 13, 2017

Now that we are half way through July headed into August, we need to realize that “Summer Selling” isn’t close to over. During the month of August, all the summer selling items like peaches, plums, nectarines, grapes, melons, berries, homegrown corn and tomatoes reach their peak of flavor. The entire month you need to focus…

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