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Giant Idaho potato truck returns

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The Idaho Potato Commission has had a successful year of promoting Idaho potatoes with lots more in the works for the coming year — including the return of the iconic giant potato truck. ... Read More


Sun shines on IGSA’s 86th annual convention

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association had a good mix of business and fun lined up for attendees. ... Read More


Boskovich veteran joins Houweling’s

Greenhouse tomato grower-shipper Houweling’s Tomatoes has added a Boskovich Farms veteran to its marketing department. ... Read More


Ready Pac promotes Ready Snax

Ready Pac Foods Inc. is promoting its Ready Snax line of fresh produce snacks for the back-to-school season, as an alternative to less-nutritious lunchbox treats. ... Read More


Avocados from Mexico plans Hispanic retail promotion

Avocados from Mexico will offer a promotion, Échale al Asador — Toss it on the Grill — at about 1,200 Hispanic retail outlets Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. ... Read More


Survey finds widespread salad bar use

More than 60% of 1,100 school districts polled this year offer salad or produce bars, according to a national survey from the School Nutrition Association. ... Read More

Domex reports “vintage” apple crop
Yakima, Wash.-based Domex Superfresh Growers has a “vintage” apple crop this year, chief horticulturalist Dave Gleason said in an Aug. 25 company video.
Dole expands distribution of Salad Companions, organic blends
Dole Fresh Vegetables expects nationwide distribution of its Salad Companions, launched in June, by October.


Axis Purchasing, Produce Alliance collaborate
Foodservice sourcers Axis Purchasing and Chicago-based Produce Alliance are partnering in a move aimed at increasing member services for both.
Ordinance would crack down on walnut thieves
A proposed ordinance in California’s San Joaquin Valley could help protect walnut growers from theft.


USDA proposes additional South Africa citrus access
Citrus from South African regions infected with the citrus black spot virus would be allowed into the U.S. under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Arkansas grapes featured at Emmys after-party
After the Emmy awards, it was lights, cameras and grapes for Arkansas’ fruit breeding program.
USDA proposes access for China citrus
China citrus will be given access to the U.S. market under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
One Banana brand launched
Miami-based AgroAmerica has announced the launch of a new banana brand described as a family-owned, vertically-integrated operation.
Maglio & Co. names regional sales manager
Glendale, Wisc.-based Maglio & Co. has added Scott Hoerman to its staff as a regional sales manager. Hoerman is serving Maglio’s Midwest distribution region.
Savannah port to import cold-treated South American fruit
The Port of Savannah plans to receive South American fruit through a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program allowing imports of cold-treated commodities.
Lund staffers drenched in ALS ice bucket challenge
More than 25 Allen Lund Co. staffers have been splashed with buckets of water in the ALS ice bucket challenge.
First pick of apples marks Riveridge anniversary
Riveridge Produce Marketing Inc. marked 25 years in business with a pick of the season’s first apples at its original farm in Conklin, Mich.

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