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February is National Canned Food Month!

February is National Canned Food Month! It’s time to revamp your pantry and stock up on essentials. Having a well-stocked pantry will allow you to whip up delicious and healthy meals any night of the week!

So what’s so great about canned fruits and veggies? We’ll tell you! Here are the top 10 benefits of adding canned fruit and veggies to your diet:

1. Nutrition
Peaches are picked and packed at the peak of freshness which means nutrients are locked in when the fruit is at its best! Think fresh is always best? Not so! Canned peaches are loaded with nutrition. Compared to fresh, canned peaches are 4x’s higher in Vitamin C, 10x’s higher in Folate, 1.5x’s higher in Antioxidants and comparable in Vitamin E.

2. Long Shelf Life
Canned fruits and veggies are ready when you are. Keep your pantry stocked and use them when you need them. Always keep a can of fruit chilling in your fridge for a handy, yummy snack.

3. No Preservatives
Similar to home canning, canned peaches are packed simply with farm-fresh peaches and a touch of sugar or fruit juice. That’s it! No chemicals or preservatives are added.

4. Safety
Canned foods remain safe as long as the container remains intact. The can is tamper proof and seals in a safe and delicious product.

5. Convenience
Canned peaches and peach cups are a portable and quick snack! Take fruit with you on the go. Just pop open a can or cup!

6. Less Work for You
All of the work has been done for you! Local canneries have already cleaned, peeled, de-pitted and chopped the fruit — no need to worry about messy or time-consuming food prep.

7. More Fruit and Veggie Servings
A recent study found that kids who eat canned fruits and veggies eat more servings of fruits and veggies as a whole! Learn more about the study HERE.

8. Available Year-Round
Many fruits and veggies are only available for a short time during the fresh season. Make a peach pie in the dead of winter with delicious canned peaches!

9. Locally Grown
California Canned Peaches are grown by family-owned farms, up and down California. Most peaches are picked within 100 miles of the field they were grown in! Be sure to look for the “Product of USA” to make sure you’re supporting your local farmers.

10. Less Food Spoilage and Waste
Do you hate throwing out fruits and veggies that have spoiled before you’ve had a chance to enjoy them? Canned options cut back on food spoilage and waste, while saving you money!

National Canned Food Month is the perfect time to stock your pantry with healthy and delicious canned fruits and veggies! Be sure to check out our recipe section for our favorite canned peach recipes.

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California Cling Peach Salsa with Grilled Pork Chops
Recipe and photos by: Carla from Alyssa and Carla
  1. one 15 oz can Cling Peach halves in juice (drain halves, but remember to reserve the juice!), chopped into small chunks
  2. 1/4 red onion, chopped fine
  3. one serrano pepper, cleaned of seeds and chopped into small pieces
  4. two tablespoons chopped cilantro
  5. juice of one lime
  6. one tablespoon white vinegar
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  1. 1/2 cup reserved juice (from the can of Cling Peaches)
  2. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  3. Four pork chops
  4. salt and pepper
  1. Combine cling peaches, onion, pepper, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper into a bowl. Stir well and set aside.
  1. Whisk together cling peach juice and sugar until blended.
  2. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towl, then liberally apply salt and pepper to their outsides.
  3. Set each chop on a grill over medium heat and cook 3-4 minutes per side to sear. Baste as often as desired with the peach glaze.
  4. Your chops are finished cooking when they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
  5. Top each chop with salsa.
  1. The salsa tastes great when made ahead and is delicious on all sorts of meats. Try it on chicken or fish!



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California Strawberry and California Cling Peach Frost


1-1/2 cups California strawberries

2 small, ripe bananas, broken into 1-inch pieces

1 cup canned California cling peach slices

1 cup apple juice

1 tablespoon honey

1 cup ice cubes


In container of blender, combine all ingredients except ice cubes; blend until smooth. Gradually add ice cubes with motor running; blend until smooth.

Makes: 2, 2-cup servings

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Press Release: Produce for Better Health Foundation Announces Non-Retail Honorees

Produce for Better Health Foundation announces Non-Retail honorees

2016 Industry (Non-Retail) Role Model and Champion Recipients


Hockessin, Del. – Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is pleased to announce the 105 Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Industry (Non-Retail) Role Models and Champions for 2016; 74 Role Models and 30 Champions.  The recipients will be formally acknowledged at an awards luncheon during PBH’s Annual Conference: The Consumer Connection in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 5-7.

“I’m very appreciative of the work that the following organizations from the fruit and vegetable industry demonstrated as well as for their respective efforts to increase the familiarity of the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters national health campaign, brand messages, and logo with consumers, specifically with Moms and their children,” says Elizabeth Pivonka, CEO of PBH. “These organizations placed the logo on approved packages, linked to FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org, included the logo in promotions and are strong advocates for PBH’s mission and the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters national health campaign.”

2016 Industry (Non-Retail) Role Models:

  • American Frozen Food Institute6
  • AJ Trucco2
  • Apio, Inc.1
  • Avocados from Mexico1
  • Natural Delights4
  • Barsotti Juice Company, Inc.5
  • Bayer4
  • Black Gold Farms4
  • Blue Book Services, Inc.6
  • Borton & Sons4
  • California Avocado Commission5
  • California Cling Peach Board4
  • California Strawberry Commission4
  • Campbell Soup Company4
  • Can Manufacturers Institute3
  • Canned Food Alliance5
  • Chelan Fresh8
  • Chilean Fresh Fruit Association2
  • Del Monte Foods, Inc.6
  • Del Monte Fresh Produce7
  • Dole Food Company5
  • Dole Packaged Foods, LLC3
  • Domex Superfresh Growers7
  • Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association3
  • Giorgio Fresh Mushrooms6
  • Green Giant Fresh2
  • Grimmway Farms4
  • Juice Products Association5
  • Luvo, Inc.1
  • Market Fresh Produce, LLC2
  • McEntire Produce, Inc.1
  • Monsanto Company6
  • Monterey Mushrooms2
  • National Watermelon Promotion Board2
  • Naturipe Farms, LLC3
  • Nestle USA3
  • Ocean Mist Farms2
  • Okanagan Specialty Fruits1
  • Pacific Coast Producers6
  • Pear Bureau Northwest6
  • Pink Lady America1
  • Potatoes USA3
  • Produce Business Magazine1
  • Produce Marketing Association5
  • Rainier Fruit Co., Inc.8
  • Red Sun Farms2
  • Robinson Fresh8
  • Ruiz Sales, Inc.5
  • Sabra1
  • Sage Fruit Company4
  • Seald Sweet/Greenyard1
  • Seneca Foods Corporation6
  • Southern Specialties2
  • StarKist Co.1
  • Stemilt Growers, Inc.9
  • Subway3
  • Sunkist Growers, Inc.5
  • Sun-Maid Growers of California7
  • Sysco/FreshPoint3
  • Taylor Farms3
  • The Morning Star Company1
  • The Oppenheimer Group4
  • The Packer5
  • The Produce News1
  • The Walt Disney Company6
  • Tomato Products Wellness Council2
  • Tree Top, Inc.1
  • U.S. Apple Association5
  • Ventura Foods3
  • Welch’s6
  • Wish Farms1
  • Wonderful Citrus4
  • ZESPRI Kiwifruit2

2016 Industry Champions:

  • Alliance for Food & Farming1
  • Bejo Seeds, Inc.2
  • Blue Marble Brands1
  • Brothers-All-Natural2
  • Chartwells K121
  • Chilean Fresh Fruit Association2
  • Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc.1
  • Driscoll’s2
  • Duda Farm Fresh Foods1
  • Earthbound Farms1
  • Frieda’s Specialty Produce2
  • Indianapolis Fruit Company2
  • Josie’s Organics, Braga Fresh Family Farms1
  • M&R Farms2
  • Mann Packing, Inc.1
  • Mariani Nut Company1
  • Mariani Packing Company, Inc.3
  • McDonald’s Corporation3
  • Michigan Apple Committee1
  • Midwest Food Products Association1
  • Mushroom Council1
  • Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.1
  • Sun World International, LLC1
  • Valley Fig Growers2


Additional information and the Industry Role Model and Champion criteria can be found on the PBH Foundation website.


Note: Superscript indicates the number of years that the organization has been an award recipient


Kristen Stevens, Produce for Better Health Foundation – kstevens@pbhfoundation.org or 302.235.2329, x312

About Produce for Better Health
Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) fruit and vegetable education foundation.  Since 1991, PBH works to motivate people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health.  PBH achieves success through industry and government collaboration, first with the 5 A Day program and now with the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters public health initiative.  Fruits & Veggies—More Matters is the nation’s largest public-private, fruit and vegetable nutrition education initiative. To learn more, visit www.PBHFoundation.org and www.FruitsandVeggiesMoreMatters.org. Follow Fruits & Veggies—More Matters on Facebook or Twitter.

PBH also chairs the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance (NFVA), consisting of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry working to collaboratively and synergistically achieve increased nationwide access and demand for all forms of fruits and vegetables for improved public health.  To learn more, visit www.NFVA.org.

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