Specialty Food Magazine

JUL-AUG 2013

Specialty Food Magazine is the leading publication for retailers, manufacturers and foodservice professionals in the specialty food trade. It provides news, trends and business-building insights that help readers keep their businesses competitive.

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specialty food news volume retail Costco to Expand with 150 New Stores Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., plans to open about 150 new warehouses over the next five years, starting with 28 this year. Of the new stores, about 55 would be in the U.S., and half in new markets. specialty retail Local Produce Program Returns to Kings Kings Food Markets is launching its Local Fresh 24/7 program for the second year. The program returned May 24, allowing Kings customers to experience the benefits of a local farm stand in the convenience of their neighborhood food market by delivering locally grown, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to its aisles within 24 hours of being handpicked. supplier B&G Foods to Buy Pirate Brands B&G Foods is acquiring Robert's American Gourmet Food, also known as Pirate Brands, from VMG Partners, Driven Capital Management. The sale, estimated at about $195 million, includes Pirate Brands' baked, all-natural, trans fat– and gluten-free snack brands such as Pirate's Booty, Smart Puffs and Original Tings. foodservice North Jersey Hospital Debuts Honeybee Colony On the roof above the doctors, nurses and staff at The Valley Hospital's Luckow Pavilion in Paramus, N.J., a team has installed two colonies of honeybees in tall boxes, which will produce honey the hospital plans to use in its patients' food and also package to sell in its gift shop. Each colony will likely produce up to 100 pounds of honey by season's end. The beekeepers will harvest 30 pounds and leave the rest for the bees to eat through the winter. Editor's note: For more on unconventional farming, see "The New Farmers" on p. 82. Summer Fancy Food Show Booth 2745 16 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com Robyn Pforr Ryan is a regular contributor to Specialty Food News

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