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Sunkist shows off new packaging

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sunkist Growers, Valencia, displayed several new packaging options for this year’s citrus season at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit. ... Read More

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Tomato veteran Ed Beckman tapped as COO of Live Oak Farms

Veteran tomato industry leader Ed Beckman has been named to the newly created post of chief operating officer of Le Grand, Calif.-based Live Oak Farms. ... Read More

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Bailey Farms recalls serrano peppers

Pepper grower Bailey Farms Inc. has recalled more than three tons of serrano peppers sent to retailers and wholesalers after a positive test for salmonella. ... Read More

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New Pear Bureau ads stress ripeness, sweetness

Pear Bureau Northwest is launching a print ad campaign for USA Pears in Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Food Network Magazine. ... Read More

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FDA builds up food safety relationship with Mexico

The Food and Drug Administration is building up its produce safety working relationship with Mexico. ... Read More

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Mushroom sales grow, but production challenges loom

The U.S. mushroom industry is on pace for huge growth this year, but it also faces production challenges. ... Read More

NuVal inventor named Viva Fresh keynote speaker
David Katz, founding director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University is the keynote speaker for the Viva Fresh Conference and Expo slated for March 26-28 in Austin, Texas.
FDA sets date for public meeting
The Food and Drug Administration will have a public meeting and live Webcast to take public comments and answer questions about proposed changes to the agency’s food safety regulations.

 

Purchase boosts Mack Farms potato, watermelon acreage
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation.
Potandon serves up new varieties
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Potandon Produce is doing something it never has before with its brand — marketed potatoes. Ralph Schwartz, vice president of marketing, said the company plans to launch organic potatoes under the Potandon brand for the first time this November. The new offering is under the Potandon logo introduced earlier this year.

 

Freshfields Farm doubles up on Taylor's Gold honor
Orlando-based Freshfields Farm more than doubled the number of Taylor’s Gold pears sold per store to clinch a second Pear Retailer of the Year honor from The Oppenheimer Group and ENZA Taylor’s Gold Pears.
Disney guests sample Chiquita Apple Bites
Chiquita Apple Bites were served at a Disney’s Hollywood Studios event featuring the Evil Queen who gave Snow White a poisoned apple. Guests dressed as their favorite Disney movie scoundrels — others were Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and Hades — at the Aug. 23 “Villains Unleashed” event, where they sampled specialty treats and drinks. The one-time event ended with a fireworks display. Chiquita Brands International partners with Disney in various capacities. It is the exclusive supplier of branded bananas and salads to the Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line. The company also sponsors two attractions: “Crush ‘n’ Gusher Water Thrill Ride,” themed to a tropical fruit processing center at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park; and “Living with the Land,” an Epcot attraction that takes guests into The Land Pavilion’s greenhouses to explore advances in agriculture.
Produce for Kids to host #TrickOrEat Twitter party
Produce for Kids is hosting a #TrickOrEat Twitter party Oct. 22, at 9 p.m. EST.
Produce philanthropy supports childrens’ charities
Produce for Kids surpassed the $5 million mark in total donations to childrens’ charities this year.
Supervalu officials optimistic halfway through fiscal year
Second quarter net sales for Supervalu Inc. were up by almost 2% this year compared to 2013, with 8% sales growth at Save-A-Lot stores driving optimism among company officials.
United Fresh to honor Dole exec for Lifetime Achievement
Michael Cavallero will be the 2015 honoree at the Produce Legends Dinner during the United Fresh Produce Association’s Midwinter Leadership Forum in mid-January.
CMI introduces Honeycrisp pouches
Columbia Marketing International has launched a pouch bag line for Queen Bee Honeycrisp apples. Tested earlier this fall, it’s expanded to nationwide distribution in response to retail demand, according to the company.
Bayer sponsors innovative grower award
Bayer CropScience wants to recognize a specialty crop grower who has used innovative thoughts, practices or technology to increase quality and yields, increase public access to produce or increase demand by promoting health benefits.

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