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Procacci expands tropicals and ethnic items

Procacci Bros. Sales Corp. has expanded its tropical and ethnic produce lines and launched a new brand, Feliz. ... Read More


Pom Wonderful expands flavored tea line

Los Angeles-based Pom Wonderful has added three flavors to its existing line of Antioxidant Super Teas, all of which will be sold in the refrigerated juice section. ... Read More


Whole Foods drops produce prices

AUSTIN, Texas — Facing increasing competition from chains like Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods Market Inc. dropped prices throughout the produce department. ... Read More


Robinson Fresh promotes National Kale Day

Robinson Fresh helped retailers celebrate National Kale Day. ... Read More


Ocean Mist water reuse honored

Ocean Mist Farms was honored for its water reuse partnerships by the WateReuse Association and Research Foundation in New Orleans. ... Read More


California drought promotes early date harvest

California’s drought, with its hot dry conditions, may have been a bane to many fruit and vegetable producers, but it’s been a boon to the state’s date growers. ... Read More

San Miguel Produce hails Kale Day
Greens grower and processor San Miguel Produce took to the streets of Southern California cities Oct. 1 to mark National Kale Day with a kale giveaway.
Liberty Fruit raises more than $500,000 for charity
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Liberty Fruit Co. raised $540,000 for charity through its annual golf tournament and gala.


Sunset backs Pink Ribbon campaign
Mastronardi Produce’s Sunset label is continuing its partnership with Pink Ribbon Produce for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Peruvian Avocado Commission promotes new uses
The Peruvian Avocado Commission recently revamped its website, featuring new ways to continue consuming avocados past the Peruvian growing season. The site includes new recipes which use avocados in unique ways.


Chicago-area food safety courses target grocers, restaurants
The National Environmental Health Association will offer two food safety training courses in the Chicago area Nov. 19-20.
State Garden shipping cooking greens
State Garden Inc. has introduced a new line of cooking greens.
USDA sanctions two California PACA violators
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sanctioned two produce companies for not paying Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.
Green Giant Fresh selected as PMA recipe contest finalist
The Produce Marketing Association announced Salinas, Calif.-based Green Giant Fresh as a top ten finalist in the Sensory Experience Contest at this year’s PMA Fresh Summit Expo in Anaheim, Calif, for a cauliflower and avocado croquette with avocado and honey dijon aiolis recipe.
Potato grower promotes youth volunteer program
Tasteful Selections, the Bancroft, Wis.-based grower of specialty potatoes, is sponsoring Katie’s Krops for a second year.
Moms tell PBH about fresh produce challenges
The Produce For Better Health Foundation’s latest report from the front lines shows moms believe in fruits and vegetables but face daunting challenges.
Fruit prices rising faster than vegetables
The ongoing drought in California could have “large and lasting effects” on fruit and vegetable prices, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture said extreme price effects are not evident yet.
MountainKing rolls out new display units
MountainKing Potatoes has new display bins, boxes and wraps for retailers this season.

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