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California storms speed crop growth

A week of storms that swept through California in mid-December came nowhere close to ending the state’s drought. But with continued warm weather forecast, conditions are ripe for rapid crop growth — and possible winter supply gaps. ... Read More


Industry veteran Bob Swartwout joins Direct Advantage

Bob Swartwout, an industry sales veteran, has joined Direct Advantage LLC in Columbia, S.C., the grower-shipper and supplier’s national sales manager. ... Read More


Haun potato continues holiday tradition

As Santa readies his sleigh for his Christmas ride, so too did Dave Haun, owner of Haun Potato Co. The Merriam, Kan.-based company donated a truckload of Red River Valley potatoes to the Kansas City Salvation Army Dec. 17. ... Read More


UPDATED: High strawberry prices won’t last

Robust strawberry markets should start to weaken as production ramps up in January from all three major growing areas. ... Read More


NC sweet potato volumes up

North Carolina sweet potato shippers have moved 41% more sweet potatoes thus far this season than last year at the same time. ... Read More


Book tells story of Katie’s Krops

Katie Stagliano, founder and director of Katie’s Krops, recently published a children’s book detailing the story of her youth-run garden program. ... Read More

Sprout grower shuts down after 13 years of violations
RZM Food Factory has stopped growing and selling fresh sprouts.
Boise braces for Potato Bowl
In college football, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will pit the Air Force Academy against Western Michigan University Dec. 20 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.


UPDATED: Obama establishes relations with Cuba
(UPDATED COVERAGE, Dec. 18) Opening the door for greater agricultural trade, President Barack Obama said Dec. 17 that he is moving to normalize the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
California Giant in TV holiday fundraiser
California Giant Berry Farms donated hundreds of frozen turkeys and toys to families in need as the grower-shipper partnered with KSBW on the Salinas television station’s annual fundraiser, Share Your Holiday.


Higher Mexican production to bring tomato prices down
Tomato shippers reported lower prices as December progressed, though demand for some fruit remained very strong.
Fleet Advantage earns kudos in national listing
Fleet Advantage LLC has been honored by being listed in the 11th yearly Food Logistics FL100+ list.
Salinas trade group adds marketing director
Marissa Ritter has joined the Salinas-based Grower-Shipper Association of Central California as director of marketing and communications, a new position.
North Bay, Produce Mom partner
North Bay Produce Inc. and the Produce Mom have begun a partnership to promote the Traverse City, Mich.-based grower-shipper cooperative’s fruits and vegetables.
Fruit chunker nominated for Fruit Logistica award
A pineapple and melon fruit chunker from Atlas Pacific Engineering Co., has been nominated as a Fruit Logistica Innovation Award 2015 by Messe Berlin.
USPB campaign highlights consumers’ love affair with spuds
The U.S. Potato Board has kicked off its 2015 consumer editorial and media campaign with a focus on what people love most about potatoes.
Lakeside Organic donates to community charities
Lakeside Organic Gardens recently donated more than $250,000 to charities this year.
Castellini builds Atlanta area fresh-cut plant
The Castellini Co. is expanding its presence in the Southeast with an Atlanta produce processing and distribution center.

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