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From the show floor: PMA Fresh Summit 2014 booths 1

These news items were collected at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2014 by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike ... Read More

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Caught on camera at Fresh Summit 2014

These pictures were taken at Fresh Summit 2014 Oct. 17-19 in Anaheim, Calif., by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike Hornick and ... Read More

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From the show floor: PMA Fresh Summit 2014 booths 3

These news items were collected at Fresh Summit 2014 Oct. 18-19 in Anaheim, Calif., by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike Hornick ... Read More

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Chiquita shareholders reject Fyffes merger

Chiquita Brands international Inc. expects to enter negotiations with Brazilian companies in the wake of an Oct. 24 shareholder vote against the proposed $1 billion merger with Dublin-based Fyffes Plc. ... Read More

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From the show floor: PMA Fresh Summit 2014 booths 2

These news items were collected at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit 2014 by The Packer’s Editor Greg Johnson, Managing Editor Fred Wilkinson, National Editor Tom Karst, Retail Editor Pamela Riemenschneider, staff writers Mike ... Read More

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C&S Grocers helps combat child hunger

C&S Wholesale Grocers, its employees, and affiliate companies participated in September’s Hunger Action Month by making grants to 13 Feeding America member food banks. According to a news release, the contributions focused on projects which ... Read More

Online grocery gathering steam
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Retail chains with big square footage under long-term leases may find opportunities in online grocery sales, but e-commerce is at least as likely to bring a mortal threat as a blessing.
WeighPack Systems hires new engineering manager
WeighPack Systems has named Armin Syroos as engineering manager.

 

SF produce mart celebrates new building
More than 150 produce merchants, city leaders and community members joined to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market’s expansion.
State Garden expanding Simple Beginnings salad line
State Garden Co. Inc., is expanding its salads line.

 

PTI to focus on distribution center preparedness
The readiness and ability of distribution centers to receive produce cases with GS1-128 barcodes encoded with standardized product identification and batch/lot numbers should be the focus of the Produce Traceability Initiative in 2015.
Wal-Mart adds detail to sustainability plans
Wal-Mart is adding some detail to its recent pledge to create a more sustainable food system, revealing goals to help farmers manage input use and changes in buying practices aimed to reduce fruit and vegetable waste.
Coastline takes Nutraleaf on the road
ANAHEIM, Calif. — As the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit drew to a close, Coastline Family Farms representatives had already hit the road for Atlanta and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. It ran Oct. 19-22.
Frieda’s promotes spooky-looking items for Halloween
In keeping with the Halloween spirit, Los Alamitos, Calif.-based Frieda’s Produce is promoting spooky yet healthful specialty fruits and vegetables.
Green bean volumes down 50% for Thanksgiving
Grower-shippers expect ample high-quality supplies of most Thanksgiving produce staples this year, with green beans the notable exception.
Beckman tapped as COO of Live Oak Farms
Veteran tomato industry leader Ed Beckman has been named to the newly created post of chief operating officer of Le Grand, Calif.-based Live Oak Farms.
Nonprofit honors Ready Pac
The Midnight Mission, a Los Angeles nonprofit, named Ready Pac Foods Inc. among a list of honorees at its Golden Heart Awards Gala.
Center for Produce Safety seeks research proposals
The Center for Produce Safety has begun requesting proposals on food safety research for 2015.

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