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NW cherry industry eyes record year

The Northwest cherry industry has record volumes in its sights. ... Read More


Jim Pandol & Co. launches organic Sweet Babies

Jim Pandol & Co. is making its Sweet Babies grapes available in certified-organic format. ... Read More


Industry considers 2014 apple estimates

Washington apple industry leaders anticipate a record crop of apples in 2014, and other industry projections are expected to come into sharper focus after the Aug. 21-22 U.S. Apple Association’s Marketing and Outlook Conference. ... Read More


California melon quality high, but markets sluggish

Melon growers in California report outstanding quality but surprisingly tepid demand for some varieties. ... Read More


Limoneira invests in Chilean lemon packer

Santa Paula, Calif.-based Limoneira Co. has entered the Chilean agricultural market with a $1.75 million investment in La Serena-based Rosales S.A., a citrus packing, marketing and sales operation. ... Read More


Software looks to ease audit burden

Looking to erase some of the paperwork of the audit process, the Littleton, Colo.-based ASAP Audits & Inspections is introducing tablet-based software. ... Read More

Pineapple trade group cites delays at L.A. port
A pineapple trade group is criticizing the time X-ray examinations of product are taking at the Port of Los Angeles.
Del Monte hits social media with Fresh Fan Fuel
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. is preparing to host is “Fresh Fan Fuel” social media promotion that will encourage healthy and fresh food choices for fall games and tailgates.


Pistachio Chewy Bites site to feature in-store displays
Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc. has a new website.
TQL to open office in Atlanta
Cincinatti, Ohio-based Total Quality Logistics plans to create 75 new jobs and invest $1 million in an Atlanta facility over the next three years.


Florida corn, bean company sells land
Knight Management Inc., a south Florida grower-shipper of sweet corn and green beans, plans to sell its operations to a sugar processing company.
FDA deputy commissioner speaks at policy conference
Deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration Michael Taylor is scheduled to present the keynote address at the Breakfast General Session of The Washington Conference on Sept. 10.
Nielsen promotes two leaders
The Nielsen Co., a global provider of consumer insights, has appointed John Lewis as global president and Karen Fichuk as president, North America.
Time ripe for Felix produce meter at Australia congress
Research on analyzing ripeness with the Felix Instruments F-750 produce quality meter was presented at the International Horticultural Congress in Brisbane, Australia.
California table grape growers enjoy strong season
STOCKTON, Calif. — Spurred by a warm spring, the California table grape season got off to an early start and is firing on all cylinders heading into the second half of its season after Labor Day.
California Giant appoints blueberry director
California Giant Berry Farms has promoted Nader Musleh to executive director of the company’s blueberry division.
J&C Tropicals hires product developers
Miami, Fla.-based J&C Tropicals has recently hired Luis Cintron and Allan Sanchez.
Brazilians still pushing for Chiquita
Two Brazilian companies rejected by Chiquita Brands International have not given up in their bid to buy the company.

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