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UPDATE: Grower issues 2nd sprout recall for listeria in two years

(UPDATED COVERAGE 12:40 p.m.) For the second time in two years Henry’s Farm Inc. is recalling fresh sprouts because of possible listeria contamination and as with the recall in 2012, efforts are hampered by the fact that the sprout packages do ... Read More


Food safety conference sessions to be broadcast live

Several sessions of the National Food Safety Education Conference, including officials from the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are scheduled to be broadcast live on the Internet Dec. 4-5. ... Read More


Senator drops California drought legislation — for now

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s decision to pull the plug temporarily on crafting a compromise for California drought relief legislation met with praise from some Democratic colleagues and regrets from advocates for Central Valley agriculture. ... Read More


Total Quality Logistics to volunteer on #GivingTuesday

Total Quality Logistics continues its charitable works this holiday season by joining the #GivingTuesday #UNselfie social media campaign. In the middle of Black Friday and other days oriented towards consumer spending, #GivingTuesday is a ... Read More


North American fall potato production up 2%

About 508 million cwt. of potatoes are expected to be produced in the U.S. and Canada this fall, 2% more than last fall. ... Read More


Freshline Foods introduces flavored sliced apples

Fresh-cut specialist Freshline Foods is adding flavored sliced apples to its product roster. ... Read More

High celery, cauliflower prices may linger
Retail buyers hoping for some price relief on celery and cauliflower may have to wait a few more weeks.
Avocados from Mexico promotions roll on
Retailers have ordered more than 9,000 co-branded display bins in the Avocados from Mexico promotion, “Hungry for Football,” that began in September and runs through Dec. 15.


Turbana, Wisconsin retailer donate to food bank
Turbana Corp. and a Wisconsin retailer have made a donation to a Wisconsin food bank.
Cecelia kicks off cara caras in early December
Cecelia Packing Corp. expects to ship cara cara navel oranges from the first week of December into April.


Kingdom Fresh Farms names GM
Kingdom Fresh Farms has named a new general manager.
UPDATE: Dozens sick in 10 states but no recall from sprout grower
(UPDATED COVERAGE Nov. 25) Despite 63 people in 10 states contracting salmonella infections traced to a New York City supplier of fresh sprouts, Wonton Food Inc. has not issued a recall and federal officials apparently haven’t asked for one.
Baloian Farms upgrades website
Baloian Farms has launched a redesigned website that includes new recipes plus information about the Baloian family and the company’s history.
U.S. Apple hits Facebook milestone
U.S. Apple Association fans on Facebook topped 50,000 recently, achieving a goal association officials have been chasing the past year. The milestone represents a 30% increase in the association’s fans in one year.
PMA Fruittrade lures 2,100-plus to Chile
sociation Fruittrade Latin America convention and expo Nov. 12-13 in Santiago, Chile.
Allen Lund hires business development specialist
The Allen Lund Co. has hired a business development specialist.
Frieda’s stickers Green Dragon apples again
Frieda’s Specialty Produce is once again labeling its Green Dragon apples with stickers that distinguish them from other green apples.
Gilroy earns produce broker award from JOH
Linda Gilroy, an account executive for food broker JOH, Billerica, Mass., is the Mid-Atlantic Produce Broker of the Year for her work with Ventura Foods.

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