Rivermaid Trading joins cherry optical sorting revolution

When Rivermaid Trading Co. begins packing cherries April 22, it will become the latest grower-packer to join the California cherry industry’s technological revolution. ... Read More


USDA announces grants for school equipment

The USDA plans to award $25 million to help schools purchase kitchen equipment. ... Read More


Vision Produce taps Phoenix operations VP

Vision Produce Co. has hired Allan Acosta as its vice president of operations for the Los Angeles company’s Phoenix branch. ... Read More


Food waste reduction strategies outlined

Businesses in the food supply chain have a new resource to help them reduce food waste. ... Read More


Stern Produce receives defense supply contract

Phoenix-based Stern Produce Co. has been awarded a maximum $16.625 million contract to supply fresh fruits and vegetables to military units, civilian agencies and schools supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and reservations in ... Read More


$171 million in export promotion funds distributed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the distribution of $171.8 million in 2014 Market Access Program funding to 62 groups to promote agricultural exports. ... Read More

Bayer opens new North Carolina bee care center
With a snip of a giant pair of scissors recently, James Blome, president and chief executive officer of Bayer CropScience LP, cut the ribbon on the company’s new Bee Care Center near Research Triangle Park, N.C.
Corby joins Save Mart
Jim Corby joined Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart Supermarkets as its director of produce.


Auditor liability changing as courts, companies speak up
BALTIMORE — The responsibilities of food safety auditors, brought into the spotlight by the deadly cantaloupe-related listeria outbreak of 2011, are increasing as their customers and the courts review who is liable in foodborne illness outbreaks.
Celery joins Josie’s Organics line
Braga Fresh Family Farms has introduced sleeved celery and celery hearts to its lineup of products under the Josie’s Organics label.


Agreement keeps use of new seed varieties unrestricted
Much like open-source software, which is free to whoever wants to use it, a new open-source seed initiative strives to do the same with germplasm.
Ag water conundrum eludes resolution
BALTIMORE — All presenters at a Food Safety Summit session on agricultural water agreed grower-shippers need to use safe water in their operations, but they also agreed there isn’t absolute science to backup proposed water regulations from the Food and Drug Administration.
Amerifresh has new senior vice president
Amerifresh Fresh Produce Solutions has a new senior vice president of sales and marketing, Tim Meissner.
Spud truck to log 19,000 miles in 2014
The Idaho Potato Commission’s giant potato on wheels is gearing up for another tour.
Sakata Seed America in merger
Sakata Seed America Inc. and Alf Christianson Seed Co. are merging under the Sakata name.
California produce broker dies at 77
Bakersfield, Calif., produce industry veteran Karen Carlson died April 7. She was 77.
Fisher Nuts wins Gold Reggie award
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Elgin, Ill., parent company of the Fisher Nuts brand, received a Gold Reggie Award in the packaging innovation campaign category at the Brand Activation Association awards show.
Fruit, vegetable prices on the rise with drought
Avocados and lettuce may see the biggest produce price increases this year because of drought conditions in California, one economist believes.

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