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Oppenheimer CEO honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 17th annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia honored John Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. ... Read More


FDA says you can’t have it both ways when it comes to food safety

Two of the things growers and shippers want to see in new federal food safety rules — flexibility and simplicity — are mutually exclusive according to officials from the Food and Drug Administration. ... Read More


Sunkist videos offer ‘Citrus Hacks’

Sunkist Growers Inc. is promoting navel oranges, lemons and grapefruit with a series of four videos dubbed Sunkist Citrus Hacks. ... Read More


Ag labor not part of Obama's immigration plan

President Barack Obama's immigration plan calls for allowing undocumented immigrants with children who are citizens or legal residents to stay in the U.S., a move that doesn't specifically address the need for a stable agriculture workforce. ... Read More


Sirane launches produce-only packaging website

Packaging specialist Sirane Ltd. has launched a new produce-only website. ... Read More


Report shows decrease in workers, increase in wages

Workers directly hired by farmers declined 10% in October and wages were up 1%, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture farm labor report. ... Read More

Idaho potato display contest runs twice as long
The Idaho Potato Commission is doubling the length of its annual retail display contest.
Summit Produce adds commercial manager
Nolan Quinn has joined Summit Produce as commercial manager.


Potato shippers target Christmas for big sales
Transportation headaches aside, potato grower-shippers look forward to heavy promotions of high-quality spuds this holiday season.
Beachside Produce promotes brussels sprouts, celery
Beachside Produce LLC expects strong winter holiday demand for two of its top vegetables.


Promotions abundant for high-quality clementines
Clementine shippers expect highly promotable volumes of high-quality fruit for the winter holidays.
High-capacity sorter works for spinach, leafy greens
A new integrated sorting system from Key Technology can increase belt speeds for fresh spinach and other leafy greens by 30% while removing foreign material and wilted product with a false reject rate of less than 1%.
Fleet Advantage adds chief technology officer
Fleet Advantage, which specializes in truck fleet business analytics and equipment financing, added to its staff by hiring James Griffin Jr. as chief technology officer.
Despite drought, California clementines plentiful for Christmas
Despite severe, persistent drought in California, there should be plenty of mandarins to meet Christmas demand.
Eat Brighter! recruited for asian pear imports
Importer I Love Produce is tapping into Sesame Workshop’s Eat Brighter! campaign to market asian pears from China.
Industry anticipates Obama’s moves on immigration
President Obama’s executive action on immigration won’t solve agriculture’s labor problems and could making finding a congressional solution more complicated, industry leaders said.
Potandon Produce sponsers philanthropical race
Potandon Produce, an Idaho Falls, Idaho-based marketer of fresh potatoes and onions, is partnering with Personal Best Performance to sponsor the Idaho Falls Race to Feed the Hungry. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the race is the largest monetary contributor to the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank, according to a news release. In addition to sponsoring the event, Potandon Produce also makes a donation directly to the Idaho Falls Community Food Bank.
Overpricing deflates Peruvian asparagus demand
Peruvian asparagus importers hope to bounce back from overpricing in November that led to low retail demand for Thanksgiving.

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