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Winn-Dixie wins FFVA merchandiser of the year

NAPLES, Fla. — The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association thanked a leading Southeastern retailer for merchandising the Sunshine State’s produce and honored its outgoing chairman. ... Read More


Fire ravages Phillips Farms packinghouse

A fire has destroyed the Phillips Farms packinghouse in Ivanhoe, Calif., but the company continues to move kiwifruit, asian pears and quince. ... Read More


More retailers embrace “Eat Brighter!”

More than 40 retailers representing more than 19,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada now support the supporting the Eat Brighter! movement. ... Read More


Organic Trade Association elects new president

The Organic Trade Association’s board of directors elected Melissa Hughes as its new president. ... Read More


Cancer research foundation honors D’Arrigo Bros.

SALINAS, Calif. — In an event dubbed the Pink Party, Breast Cancer Research Foundation president Myra Biblowit came to Salinas to thank longtime donor D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California. ... Read More


WeighPack systems names territory manager

Packaging provider WeighPack Systems Inc. recently hired Mark McGlogan as territory manager. ... Read More

Mexican grape producers plan symposium
AALPUM, Mexico’s grape producers group, plans its Second International Grapevine Symposium for Feb. 5-6 in Hermosillo, Mexico.
Hurricane Odile hits Baja pepper, tomato production
When Hurricane Odile came ashore along the Baja Peninsula with sustained winds of up to 125 mph, Sept. 14, it left destruction in its wake.


Coastline promotes saleswoman
Salinas, Calif.-based Coastline Family Farms recently promoted Alison Pilcher to saleswoman. Coastline specializes in year-round shipping of fresh produced from California, Arizona, and Mexico.
Market Fresh promotes brand strategist from within staff
Shanan Cox is the new senior director of brand strategy for Market Fresh Produce, Nixa, Mo.


Kingston Fresh hires industry veteran to manage new categories
Kingston Fresh LLC has new category programs and a new manager with 35 years of experience to launch them.
Bitter blueberry battle brewing
Allegations of corporate espionage are at the heart of a court battle between the Michigan Blueberry Growers Association and its competitor True Blue Management LLC.
UPDATED: FFVA joins Fresh from Florida retail program
(UPDATED COVERAGE, Sept. 18) NAPLES, Fla. — During the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s annual convention, attendees learned how a retail promotional partnership could help strengthen the marketing of the state’s produce.
NEPC attendees enjoy posh expo setting
NEWPORT, R.I. — The New England Produce Council experimented with a new venue and season for its 15th annual produce and floral expo. Exhibitors and attendees applauded the changes for the Burlington, Mass.-based council’s Sept. 11 show, “NEPC by the Sea.”
Johnny's Seeds offers Kalettes seed
Fairfield, Maine-based Johnny's Selected Seeds has begun offering Kalettes seed this fall for direct-to-market commercial growers under an exclusive arrangement with Tozer Seeds.
Red Sun starts Virginia greenhouse tomatoes
Red Sun Farms’ first crop of tomatoes on the vine from its Dublin, Va., greenhouse facility is starting production.
Florida citrus superhero appears in first comic
As part of a $1 million agreement with Marvel Comics, the Bartow-based Florida Department of Citrus has launched the first in a series of comic books that feature the Avengers with a guest appearance by Captain Citrus.
Florida citrus growers get USDA assistance
Reeling from a near decade-long affliction, Florida citrus growers can now apply for financial assistance to remove trees hit by citrus greening and replant their diseased groves.

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