Rijk Zwaan demos lettuce

SALINAS, Calif. — Rijk Zwaan USA Inc. offered Salinas lettuce samples to grower-shippers and processors in mid-July as the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo neared. ... Read More


Round of promotions at D’Arrigo Bros.

D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California has named directors of business development, sales and foodservice sales — three of five promotions at the grower-shipper, which also hired a salesman. ... Read More


Pallet association hires VP of advocacy

President and chief executive officer of the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association, Brent McClendon, has named Patrick Atagi as vice president of advocacy and external affairs. ... Read More


Frieda’s finds children adventurous produce eaters

Frieda’s is supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program and has worked with schools to assist wholesale partners in bringing more specialty items into schools. ... Read More


New president for Premier Produce

Foodservice supplier Premier Produce, Pembroke Park, Fla., has hired Scott Danner as president. ... Read More


Hail damages Rocky Ford melons

About 95 acres of cantaloupes from Colorado’s Rocky Ford region were destroyed in a hailstorm July 16. ... Read More

Foodservice specialist testifies on produce in schools
A supplier of fruits and vegetables to schools lobbied Congress July 23 for continued funding for produce in schools.
Applebee’s changes suppliers in wake of E. coli outbreak
Health officials say there is no conclusive evidence that food from Applebee’s restaurants in Minnesota is linked to an E. coli outbreak, but the restaurants have switched suppliers for some foods after temporarily removing some fresh produce items from menus.


Federal committee finds Americans short on produce consumption
When the federal government updates dietary guidelines for Americans next year, fresh fruits and vegetables will likely be more prominent than ever, based on comments and initial findings of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
NRA program for healthful kids’ meals grows
A program aimed at providing healthful foods for kids in restaurants has grown to include 150 restaurant brands.


UPDATED: Wawona stone fruit recall spurred by Australian tests
(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 22) As a recall of stone fruit from Wawona Packing Co. expanded to Canada, the California company responded to consumers’ questions, explaining that an Australian importer’s discovery of minute levels of listeria on three peaches spurred the international recall.
MBG opens Georgia blueberry facility
MBG Marketing has opened a new blueberry facility in Georgia.
Study raises doubts about consumption campaigns
A new study casts doubt on how much education campaigns have raised fruit and vegetable consumption.
Alliance Rubber gives contest winner a trip
Since April, Alliance Rubber Co., a rubber band manufacturer, has encouraged Americans to pledge to spend $1 a day on Made in the USA products as part of its “Band Together, Buy American.” contest.
Mastronardi Produce sponsors tomato festival
Mastronardi Produce is the new sponsor of the Leamington Tomato Festival in Ontario, succeeding H.J. Heinz Co. which closed its local plant in late June.
Fruit growers hit by 2012 freezes eligible for aid
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide disaster relief for fruit growers hit hard by freezes in 2012.
Ready Pac contest promotes wrap kits
Ready Pac Foods Inc. has started a contest promotion, Elite Eats, that gives consumers a chance to win a vacation at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
Kansas City chef features locally grown corn
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When life gives Chef Jasper lemons, he makes limoncello. And locally grown sweet corn.

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