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Wal-Mart seeks sustainability opt-in from more suppliers

A leader of Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Index initiative says the tool gives the company another way to evaluate suppliers and eventually will give consumers an incentive to buy their products. ... Read More


D’Arrigo touts broccoli rabe for Super Bowl

D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California is promoting its broccoli rabe for the Super Bowl weekend with recipes that feature it in pizza among other dishes. ... Read More


Sage Fruit back for more NASCAR

Sage Fruit Co. has renewed its sponsorship of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s racing organization, JR Motorsports. ... Read More


Stemilt promotes red delicious for Valentine’s

Stemilt Growers is promoting red delicious as its Apple of the Month for February. ... Read More


School group wants to ditch mandatory fruit and veggie servings

School districts should be given the flexibility to decide whether to compel students to take a fruit or a vegetable in reimbursable school lunches, according to the School Nutrition Association. ... Read More


Sprouted seeds recalled in U.S., Canada because of salmonella

A random sampling of organic sprouted sunflower seeds in Canada has showed salmonella contamination and spurred recalls in Canada and the U.S. ... Read More

AgSafe welcomes new board members
Modesto, Calif. based-AgSafe has named Deborah Adam, Michael McCartney and Matt Scaroni to its board of directors.
Citrus quarantine in Fresno County
A 34-square-mile piece of Fresno County is under quarantine by the California Department of Food and Agriculture after three Asian citrus psyllids were found in a trap between Dinuba and Delft Colony.


Suppliers hope for single tool to measure sustainability
Buyer demands to measure the sustainability of fruit and vegetable suppliers may be motivated to create more efficiencies, but suppliers hope to minimize costs that come with those efficiencies.
Asia expands efforts against U.S. apples in wake of Bidart recall
Apple industry representatives are working with U.S. embassies in Asian countries to reassure foreign governments about U.S. apples, but the Bidart Bros. recall of its 2014 crop continues to spur restrictions overseas.


Stronger U.S. dollar encourages imports
A 25% drop in the value of the Canadian currency versus the U.S. dollar over the past two years has made U.S. fresh produce imports more expensive north of the border but boosted prospects for Canadian fruit and vegetable exporters.
Easterbrook to take helm at McDonald’s
Steve Easterbrook, senior executive vice president and chief brand officer of McDonald’s Corp. is the new president and chief executive officer of the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company, effective March 1.
Ambrosia set for Oscars gift bag
Columbia Marketing International’s Ambrosia apples will be in the official gift bags for some nominees at the 87th annual Academy Awards.
Interfresh names saleswoman
Shonna Williams has joined the sales staff of Orange, Calif.-based Interfresh Inc.
Florida citrus show tackles greening, grapefruit marketing
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Grapefruit growers packed the Florida Citrus Show to hear how industry organizations are promoting the fruit, as well as battling the citrus greening disease attacking their groves.
Food safety bill would merge agencies
Seeking again to unite federal food safety oversight under a single independent agency, Democratic lawmakers have introduced the Safe Food Act of 2015.
Nominations open for United Fresh chef awards
Nominations are open for the 2015 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards, which will be presented at the United Fresh Produce Association’s expo in June in Chicago.
Food banks seek to double California grower donations
An effort to double California grower contributions to food banks is underway.

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