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• At the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Fresh Summit in Orlando, Joe Pezzini, president and CEO of Ocean Mist Farms, received the 2018 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award, while Dave Corsi, vice president of produce & floral for Wegmans, received the 2018 Bryan E. Silbermann Collaboration Award.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Target has achieved “a long-elusive milestone” - it has opened a store in Vermont, which means it now has at least one store in all 50 states.

The store, a 60,000 square foot “small-format” unit in South Burlington, “will have groceries, the usual assortment of Target goods and a Starbucks. It also will be the first store in the northeast to have a drive-up, where shoppers can order online and have their goods brought to them.”


• The New York Times reports that StarKist has pleaded guilty “to one felony charge of price fixing for its role in a broad conspiracy to rig the price of canned and ready-to-eat tuna, the Justice Department said. The company faces a fine of up to $100 million for forcing shoppers to pay inflated prices from at least November 2011 through December 2013, the Justice Department said.

StarKist is an American subsidiary of Dongwon Industries of South Korea.


• The Associated Press reports that after several years of stagnating business, Starbucks is restructuring its European operations.

According to the story, Starbucks “is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea.

“Alsea will also provide services to 177 other Starbucks locations in those countries which are owned by franchisees;” it already operates more than 900 Starbucks stores in Mexico and South America.


• The Daily Meal reports that Starbucks next week will open its third Princi bakery location, in New York City’s theater district, selling “coffee, food, beer, wine, pizza, and dessert.”

The first two in the US are in Seattle and Chicago; Italian artisan baker Rocco Princi has six stand-alone shops in Milan and London, and Starbucks has licensed the concept for the US.
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