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UPDATED: FDA releases revised produce rule proposal

(UPDATED COVERAGE, 11:40 a.m.) Revised versions of the proposed produce safety rule and three other proposed rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act are now available for review and public comment. ... Read More


Management moves, additions at Church Brothers

Ernst Van Eeghen, director of marketing and product development for Church Brothers LLC, plans to leave the Salinas, Calif., grower-shipper for a similar role with Twang Partners, a San Antonio food products company. ... Read More


United Fresh begins work on Fresh Start Foundation

The Washington-based United Fresh Produce Association unveiled its board of trustees to lead the new United Fresh Start Foundation. ... Read More


Columbine Vineyards opens sales office

Columbine Vineyards has opened its new sales office — The Exchange at Columbine Vineyards — in Delano, Calif. ... Read More


Bins give edge for retail sales

There are plenty of options when it comes to packing and shipping pomegranates, but there’s little doubt what choice California grower-shippers think work best at retail. Michael Solomon, president of Los Angeles-based Pom Wonderful, said ... Read More


D.J. Forry shipping new varieties

D.J. Forry Co., Reedley, Calif., has two new early varieties of pomegranates — Rubilee’s and Red Elites. ... Read More

TransCert offers free help for shippers, carriers
Two companies — Food Safety Consultants and Ryan Systems — are offering free assistance to shippers and carriers who are working to meet food safety requirements through their TransCert program.
Wada Farms’ new eco-friendly bag made from potatoes
A new potato bag from Wada Farms Marketing Group LLC has potatoes on the outside as well as on the inside.


Windset Farms wins local award
Windset Farms was recently awarded the We Heart Local award for favorite local greenhouse or vegetable grower in British Columbia.
BI-LO banners double up on kid promotions
Retailers BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are working with Katie’s Krops and Radio Disney to encourage children and parents to eat more fresh produce with two promotions this fall.


Spud and citrus production down, value up
U.S. potato and citrus production fell in the 2013-14 season, but the values of both crops increased, according to new season-ending reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FFVA meeting focuses on produce sales, health care
NAPLES, Fla. — Meeting ahead of the start of their fall production, Florida’s leading grower-shippers packed their annual convention in record numbers.
Winn-Dixie wins FFVA merchandiser of the year
NAPLES, Fla. — The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association thanked a leading Southeastern retailer for merchandising the Sunshine State’s produce and honored its outgoing chairman.
Fire ravages Phillips Farms packinghouse
A fire has destroyed the Phillips Farms packinghouse in Ivanhoe, Calif., but the company continues to move kiwifruit, asian pears and quince.
More retailers embrace Eat Brighter!
More than 40 retailers representing more than 19,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada now support the Eat Brighter! movement.
Organic Trade Association elects new president
The Organic Trade Association’s board of directors elected Melissa Hughes as its new president.
Cancer research foundation honors D’Arrigo Bros.
SALINAS, Calif. — In an event dubbed the Pink Party, Breast Cancer Research Foundation president Myra Biblowit came to Salinas to thank longtime donor D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California.
WeighPack systems names territory manager
Packaging provider WeighPack Systems Inc. recently hired Mark McGlogan as territory manager.

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