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Sixth Adams Produce official pleads guilty

John Alexander pleaded guilty to one federal charge instead of facing trial on a 33-count indictment, becoming the sixth Adams Produce Co. executive to plead in the investigation into defrauding the government. ... Read More


UPDATED: Lettuce market soars as Thanksgiving nears

Lettuce prices rose sharply in the last 10 days of October as Salinas, Calif., grower-shippers battled weather-related shortages of iceberg and romaine with their transitions to desert growing regions still a few weeks away. ... Read More


Moxxy Marketing wins multiple awards

Salinas, Calif.-based Moxxy Marketing has been recognized for campaigns promoting the Josie’s Organics line of vegetables. ... Read More


Houweling's produces promotional video

Houweling’s Tomatoes has launched a promotional video, “Mastery Under Glass: From Seed to Harvest,” on its website,, and social media. ... Read More


Small apples harder to find this fall

Some apple shippers are scrambling to fill orders for smaller fruit this fall. ... Read More


Chiquita vote was 2-to-1 againt Fyffes; execs future unknown

After their shareholders rejected a merger with Fyffes Plc. by a margin of more than two to one, the Chiquita board of directors unanimously approved a buyout offer of $1.3 billion from two Brazilian companies. ... Read More

UPDATED: Washington apples regain China market
Providing a key market outlet for a record volume crop, the Chinese market is open again to Washington red and golden delicious apples after a two-year absence.
20-day lag between state test and results in cilantro recall
Shenandoah Growers Inc. is voluntarily recalling 465 clamshells of cilantro because of possible salmonella contamination.


Chile sees rebound after tough 2013-14
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ronald Bown has attended the Produce Marketing Association’s annual Fresh Summit expo every year since 1987.
USDA sanctions four PACA violators
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce companies for failure to pay Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act reparation awards, according to a USDA news release.


UPDATED: C.H. Robinson reports revenue increase in Q3
(UPDATED COVERAGE, 11:50 a.m.) C. H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. reported results for its third quarter without specifically mentioning its new Robinson Fresh brand.
Ag groups seek methyl bromide for emergencies
More than 80 U.S. agricultural and commodity groups have signed a letter to Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, asking that Congress pass legislation to allow emergency use of the fumigant methyl bromide.
National Geographic chronicles cross country berry journey
A writer and photographer from National Geographic trailed a truckload of strawberries from the Central Coast of California to a grocery store in Washington, D.C.
Braga Fresh returns to Lifetime TV
Braga Fresh Family Farms president Rod Braga is scheduled to appear again on the Lifetime Channel morning show, “The Balancing Act,” to discuss organic produce.
Rainier Fruit enlists automated shipping technology
Matson Fruit Co., sister warehouse of Selah, Wash.-based Rainier Fruit Co., completed installation of a new storage and shipping facility just in time for the start of the 2014 harvest.
SureHarvest releases new sustainability system
SureHarvest released a sustainability performance management software with three new clients.
TKM expands fresh market lettuce production
BELLE GLADE, Fla. — TKM Bengard Farms LLC, one of the East Coast’s biggest fresh-cut lettuce suppliers, is increasing its presence in the fresh market.
Kawamura takes on production critics
Taking issue with critics of food production methods, A.G. Kawamura — a grower and former California Department of Food and Agriculture secretary — promoted investing in “systems of abundance and not scarcity” in a recent TED talk.

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