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Caramel apples linked to fatal listeria outbreak

Caramel apples have been linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed five people and sickened 28. ... Read More


Low pesticide residue found in most produce sampled

Of roughly 10,000 samples of mostly produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several state agricultural departments in 2013, more than 99 percent had pesticide residues below Environmental Protection Agency tolerances. ... 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


Former United Fresh chairman dies

Joe Cerniglia, a former chairman of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, died recently in Atlanta. ... Read More


NiceLabel noted for supporting the global food chain

NiceLabel was recently included in Food Logistics magazine’s eleventh annual FL 100+ list of the top 100-plus software and technology providers to the food and beverage industry. ... Read More


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

Florida strawberry growers donate to childrens charity
For the seventh year in a row, members of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association donated toys to the local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. According to a news release, members of the Association attended their annual awards banquet on Dec. 12 with gifts in hand.
RedLine, Roambee join in tracking venture
RedLine Solutions Inc., is partnering with Roambee Corp., to offer a product providing real-time monitoring of fresh produce shipments.


Trucco importing organic Italian clementines
A.J. Trucco Inc. has begun importing organic Italian clementines.
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.


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.
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.
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.
Two dozen more illnesses in Wonton Foods sprout outbreak
Federal officials say potentially contaminated bean sprouts from Wonton Foods Inc. that are linked to a salmonella outbreak have been out of the stream of commerce for weeks, but confirmed infections continue to increase.
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.

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