After a slow start to the Chilean fresh fruit deal, volume for stone fruit and grapes is picking up for retailers across the country. Vine-ripened programs for marketing the fruit, however, still seem to be problematic, judging from comments made by retailers. "Their season was about two weeks behind schedule," said Ken Lanhardt, director of produce and floral operations for Cub Foods' Georgia division, Lithia Springs, Ga. "That did affect the promotional aspect of it. We couldn't promote ...

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