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From the show floor: PMA Fresh Summit 2014 booths 6

These news items were collected at Fresh Summit 2014 Oct. 18-19 in Anaheim, Calif., by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike Hornick ... Read More

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C&S wins bid for bankrupt AWI

Keene, N.H.-based C&S Wholesale Grocers’ stalking horse bid to purchase Robesonia, Pa.-based Associated Wholesalers Inc. and its subsidiaries has been approved. ... Read More

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Alsum Farms & Produce adds salesman

Alsum Farms & Produce Inc. has added a salesman. ... Read More

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Mushroom Council pushes ‘blendability’ for 2015

The Mushroom Council plans a new marketing approach for 2015 with a “market activation strategy” focused on how mushrooms can make everything better because of their “blendability.” ... Read More

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Judge denies dismissal in PrimusLabs cantaloupe cases

A Colorado judge has refused to dismiss at least 24 cases filed against PrimusLabs by victims and their families related to the 2011 listeria outbreak involving cantaloupe from Jensen Farms. ... Read More

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From the show floor: PMA Fresh Summit 2014 booths 5

These news items were collected at Fresh Summit 2014 Oct. 18-19 in Anaheim, Calif., by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike Hornick ... Read More

Sustainability exchange showcases Ventura County operations
In conjunction with the recent Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Anaheim, a group of Ventura County, Calif., growers and distributors invited industry members to tour their operations for a sustainability exchange.
From the show floor: PMA Fresh Summit 2014 booths 4
These news items were collected at Fresh Summit 2014 Oct. 18-19 in Anaheim, Calif., by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike Hornick and Vicky Boyd and Western correspondent Tom Burfield.

 

Fresh Solutions wins PMA Impact Award
Fresh Solutions Network LLC won an award at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit conference for its line of gourmet potato packs.
Restaurant performance, economy leaves operators ‘unimpressed’
Although the performance index calculated by the National Restaurant Association remained in the “expansion” range for September, 80% of restaurant operators expect economic conditions to remain the same or worsen during the coming six months.

 

Honeybear introduces earth-friendly growing program
Honeybear Brands, the marketing arm of Elgin, Minn.-based Wescott Agri Products, has introduced a new program promoting earth-friendly growing practices.
Food safety award honors Taylor Farms
The Safe Quality Food Institute has given Taylor Farms its Primary Producer of the Year award.
Sixth Adams Produce official pleads guilty
John Alexander pleaded guilty to one federal charge instead of facing trial on a 33-count indictment, becoming the sixth Adams Produce Co. executive to plead in the investigation into defrauding the government.
UPDATED: Lettuce market soars as Thanksgiving nears
Lettuce prices rose sharply in the last 10 days of October as Salinas, Calif., grower-shippers battled weather-related shortages of iceberg and romaine with their transitions to desert growing regions still a few weeks away.
New York sale benefits Ag Against Hunger
A truckload of donated iceberg lettuce, celery and cauliflower sold at Hunts Point Produce Market in New York City raised $14,034 for Salinas, Calif.-based Ag Against Hunger.
JOH nets $135,000 for children’s charities
Food broker JOH, Billerica, Mass., raised $135,000 in its second annual Kids 360 event, which benefits various children’s charities.
Alliance for Food and Farming calls for end to “Dirty Dozen"
In the wake of a food scoring database by the Environmental Working Group that gives high marks to conventional and organic fresh produce, the Alliance for Food and Farming is again asking the activist group to end the annual Dirty Dozen list of the most pesticide-laden produce commodities.
Gladstone acquires Ventura berry, tomato acreage
Gladstone Land Corp. has acquired 332 production acres for $24.6 million in Ventura County, Calif.. The property is leased to Sunrise Growers and farmed for berries and tomatoes by Eclipse Berry Farms LLC.

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