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The importance of produce in holiday food traditions

The winter holiday season has numerous festive holiday food traditions, many steeped in the religious and cultural histories of the season. Some may be familiar, such as the fruitcake, some may not be. Produce plays a prominent role in many of these holiday food traditions, so let’s take a look at some of these traditions...

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Chestnuts: How one tree wiped out an industry

Few food items are as linked to a holiday as are chestnuts. I suppose the association began in 1946 when Nat Cole recorded The Christmas Song, with the verse, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose…” However associated chestnuts have become with the holiday season, they have been a food...

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Employees walk for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

We are always extremely proud when our associates donate their time and effort for worthy causes. This year, FreshPoint Denver and FreshPoint Nashville both donated to the American Cancer Society, Making Strides for Breast Cancer.     FreshPoint Denver associates joined together to raise $1,242.00 to donate towards the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K...

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So, is it really pumpkin you’re buying in those cans?

Very few items are as evocative of a season as are pumpkins; Jack-O-Lanterns, pumpkin pies and warm spices all come to mind. Yet, the history and importance of the pumpkin is often over looked. Native Americans prized pumpkins/squashes as a sacred crop, as they also did with beans and corns, in fact, these three crops...

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Do cranberries really grow in water?

Often thought of only as an ingredient on holiday menus, cranberries have a long and colorful history and was an incredibly important food source for the early Native American Tribes. However, the cranberry was not only used for food, they were also used as a textile dye, hunting bait, herbal medicine, and the leaves were...

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Wendy’s Honors Sysco/FreshPoint with Produce Supplier of the Year Award

HOUSTON –Sysco/FreshPoint was recently recognized as Wendy’s Produce Supplier of the Year in the United States, for the first time. Nancy Johnston, Sysco Senior Manager of Produce Sales, and Dan Martin, Sysco Senior Director of Produce, accepted the award. Sysco/FreshPoint supplies Wendy’s with numerous produce items including tomatoes, strawberries, mangos, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, spring mix and romaine....

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Why you should always eat the (winter squash) seeds

Hard squashes, aka winter squash and fall squash, are a uniquely American product. Early Native Americans held them in a place of reverence, as one of the Three Sisters, the other “sisters” being corn and beans. You may be wondering why. Well, it all comes down to the symbiotic nature these crops shared. Nutritionally, these...

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A face for radio: Heirloom Apples

Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala along with a few others seem to dominate the apple selection in most markets, but did you know there are over 7,000 apple varieties being grown worldwide? In fact, 90% of the apples sold in the United States are from only 11 varieties. These varieties, for...

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Apprentice Diary: Final Entry—focusing on waste trends

When we talk about sustainability, we don’t just mean the environment—our employees are our greatest asset, and the foundation to our great success.

We work with internships, local schools and colleges for placement, and various in-house leadership programs throughout the year, developing people with a passion for produce. In this final entry of her diary series, Maria Elisa Vollmer shared her experience as an apprentice with FreshPoint Raleigh.

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Feeling the squeeze: compressed fruit

Compress [verb kuh m-pres; noun kom-pres] verb (used with object) to press together; force into less space. So what does this have to do with produce? Compressed fruit (or vegetables), have become a popular technique in which we can change not only the texture of the produce, but also enhance and change the flavors. Wondering how and why? Think...

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100 Years of Fresh

FreshPoint Dallas celebrated its 100th Anniversary on Saturday, September 16th, with an amazing associate event at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, home of FC Dallas. Approximately 1,000 associates and family members gathered for a huge BBQ tailgate, complete with player and mascot appearances, soccer clinics, face painting, and over $10,000 in raffle prizes! Immediately afterwards, families...

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