USDA names Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee

After a more than three-year absence, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee is back in business. ... Read More


Fresh fruit inflation to slow in 2015

Higher fresh fruit inflation in 2014 will be followed by moderate inflation in 2015, according to the latest food price forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ... Read More


New plates, new records at PMA Foodservice

MONTEREY, Calif. — Built on the theme of innovating the plate, The Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo ended up remaking the record book as well. ... Read More


2014 Fresno Food Expo notes

New product shots at Fresno Food Expo on July 24. ... Read More


USDA cites PACA violator for $4.3 million debt

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Forest Park, Ga.-based La Merced Produce LLC, for failing to pay for produce, according to a USDA news release. ... Read More


Dayka & Hackett posts PACA employment bond

Dayka & Hackett LLC, Reedley, Calif., posted a $250,000 surety bond under Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act rules, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release. ... Read More

Produce Mom selects Partner of the Year
The Produce Mom Partner of the Year for 2014 is Nature Fresh Farms.
Deleon Produce Sales satisfies PACA reparation order
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Deleon Produce Sales Inc. satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agrircultural Commodities Act, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.


I Love Produce donates to Peruvian village school
I Love Produce, importer of Organic ginger from Peru, donated $13,440 to a village secondary school.
Church Brothers partner wins foodservice award
MONTEREY, Calif. – Tom Church, partner in Salinas-based Church Brothers, has won The Packer’s 2014 Foodservice Achievement Award.


Strong pomegranate season expected
The drought in California isn’t expected to derail what is being described as a big crop of pomegranates.
New lettuce honors Tanimura
Tanimura & Antle has introduced a lettuce product — George T’s Special Colossal Romaine Heart — in honor of company co-founder George Tanimura, now in his 100th year.
UPDATED: Mexico signs food safety statement with U.S.
(UPDATED COVERAGE July 28) It’s only two pages, but a document signed by U.S. and Mexican officials is being called a milestone in the pursuit of cooperative food safety efforts, especially for preventive practices and verification requirements for fresh produce.
Mushroom meatballs served at hearing on school nutrition
Mushroom meatballs were among the items served at a recent U.S. Senate committee hearing on school nutrition.
Fresno Food Expo offers fresh opportunities
FRESNO, Calif. — As the regional local product forager for Whole Foods, Harv Singh likes to attend the Fresno Food Expo, keeping his eyes and ears open for new trends.
Good quality on San Diego tomatoes
OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Summer tomato deals have started out of the San Diego area and Baja California, with both regions reporting good growing conditions and excellent quality.
Icix develops supply chain risk management solution
Icix, a global supply chain risk management company, has developed Direct Test, a cloud-based application designed for product safety compliance.
Tesco ousts CEO
After three years at the helm of Tesco PLC, the United Kingdom-based retail giant plans to replace its chief executive officer Phillip Clarke.

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