FRESH TALK By Natalie Taylor
ShopRite has expanded its Locally Grown
program, offering a variety of fresh products
including farm-raised beef, seafood, produce
and baked goods.
“ShopRite has been partnering with local farmers since our inception almost 70 years ago,” says
Derrick Jenkins, vice president of the Produce and
Floral Division at Keasbey, N.J.-based ShopRite.
“But more than ever, we are meeting increased
customer demand for locally-sourced products by
working hand-in-hand with local entrepreneurs,
family farms and businesses to procure and sell
products that have been locally grown.”
The company also recently introduced Farm
Promise, a line of beef and pork products
deriving from family-owned farms in New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware
and upstate New York. ShopRite’s Farm Promise
meat is antibiotic- and growth-hormone-free, and
the label is the latest addition to ShopRite’s selec-
tion of locally-grown and sourced products.
“ShopRite is proud to partner with family farms
like Triple C Farm in Woodstown, N.J., to bring our
new line of Farm Promise products to our stores,”
says Roger Savoia, vice president of the Meat
Division for ShopRite. “Many of our ShopRite stores
are family-owned and operated, and our member
owners know their communities and their neighbors. Partnering with local business, farmers and
families to get the best products for our customers
For more information, visit shoprite.com.
A Whole Lot ALOVE
Morinaga Nutritional Foods has launched ALOVE Japanese-style Aloe vera yogurt in the
U.S. The product is available in three varieties, including Aloe Vera, Strawberry and Blueberry.
“We think ALOVE could be the spark that revitalizes American yogurt sales the way ‘Greek’
yogurt did in the past,” says Hiroyuki Imanishi, president and CEO at Morinaga, based in
Torrance, Calif. “Three delicious flavors will begin arriving on store shelves at Morinaga’s exist-
ing base of U.S. retailers in July 2017, and we will expand distribution to other food retailers in
ALOVE is filled with protein and calcium, and contains no artificial flavors. The
kosher-certified yogurt is made from locally-sourced, Grade A California milk, contains
no high-fructose corn syrup and is certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification
“It has been a favorite in Japan since Morinaga introduced it over 20 years ago,” says Imanishi.
“With yogurt sales growth slowing here, we saw the opportunity to bring a new yogurt experience to American consumers and reinvigorate the yogurt aisle.”
For more information, visit aloveyogurt.com.
CHOP AND GO
Dole has introduced a new variety to its Chopped
Salad Kits line. The DOLE Chopped Caesar Salad Kit
offers a twist on the traditional Caesar salad, with crispy
quinoa, garlic bread crouton crumbles, ground black pepper, shredded parmesan cheese, bite-sized Romaine and
Dole’s Signature Caesar Dressing.
“As a leading salad kit brand, Dole is pleased to introduce
a new salad kit developed specifically to meet consumers’
salad kit preferences for Caesar and chopped salads,” says
Barbara Dan, senior vice president of innovation at Dole,
based in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “One of the top-perform-
ing new products in Dole’s consumer taste tests, the
DOLE Chopped Caesar Salad Kit redefines a family favorite
into a crave-able chopped salad that delivers layers of Caesar flavor and crunch in every bite.”
DOLE Chopped Caesar Salad Kit was a United Fresh 2017 Fresh Innovation Award finalist in
the Best New Vegetable Product category. The new product is set to hit shelves nationwide by
mid-August with a suggested retail price of $3.99.
For more information, visit dole.com.