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New plant brings Baker Farms into fresh-cut leafy greens

Baker Farms LLC, a south Georgia grower-shipper of leafy greens, is entering the fresh-cut processing business. ... Read More


PMA Impact Award recognizes Ruby Fresh

Ruby Fresh’s Jewels Grab-N-Go Pomegranate Aril cups are one of 20 finalists for the 2014 Produce Marketing Association’s Impact Award: Excellence in Packaging. ... Read More


Sage Fruit expects warm reception for ‘Frozen’ promotion

Sage Fruit Co. has signed a deal with the Walt Disney Co. for fall apple and pear promotions featuring “Frozen” just as the release of the film’s triple-platinum soundtrack is expected to renew the popularity of the movie’s animated characters. ... Read More


USDA reinstates two produce companies

Two produce companies have satisfied Perishable Action Commodities Act reparation orders, according to U.S. Deparment of Agriculture news releases. ... Read More


Earthbound Farm contest celebrates anniversary

Earthbound Farm is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an online quiz and contest. ... Read More


USDA cites, sanctions companies for PACA violations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action against Supreme Cuts LLC under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA news release. ... Read More

Giant Idaho potato truck returns
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The Idaho Potato Commission has had a successful year of promoting Idaho potatoes with lots more in the works for the coming year — including the return of the iconic giant potato truck.
Mastronardi’s Eco Flavor Bowl Impact Awards finalist
Mastronardi Produce Ltd.’s new Eco Flavor Bowl is a finalist for the Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Impact Awards: Excellence in Packaging.


J&R Baker to market own vegetables
J&R Baker Produce Inc. will market its own vegetables for the first time.
Trial date set in Chiquita clean water suit
A trial date has been set in a lawsuit brought by a clean water advocacy group against Chiquita Brands International.


Outook cloudy for restaurant operators
Restaurant operators expressed a mixed outlook for future business in the latest survey from the National Restaurant Association.
Cilantro implicated again in cyclospora outbreak
The Mexican state of Puebla is for the second time in two years the source of fresh cilantro linked to a cyclospora outbreak in Texas, according to federal and state health officials.
Walnuts at issue in Dole spinach recall
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling some of its bagged baby spinach products due to possible contamination by walnuts.
Organics Unlimited campaign supports banana workers
Organics Unlimited Inc., is raising more money to support banana workers in Ecuador and Mexico through its September retail GROW Month campaign.
U.S. Potato Board focuses on growth
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The U.S. Potato Board remains positive about export growth and retail programs in the U.S. and abroad, even with the setbacks in the Mexico export deal.
Potato industry prepares for GMO offering
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The biotech industry is working to shape a more balanced conversation on GMOs.
USDA releases final 2008-2012 crop numbers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its final 2008-2012 summaries for citrus, vegetables, melons and strawberries.
Study: Noroviruses easily spread by workers’ gloves
A Finland study confirms what may seem like common sense: Noroviruses are easily transferred to ready-to-eat foods via foodservice workers’ handling.

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