UPDATED: Wawona stone fruit recall spurred by Australian tests

(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 22) As a recall of stone fruit from Wawona Packing Co. expanded to Canada, the California company responded to consumers’ questions, explaining that an Australian importer’s discovery of minute levels of listeria ... Read More


Mastronardi Produce sponsors tomato festival

Mastronardi Produce is the new sponsor of the Leamington Tomato Festival in Ontario, succeeding H.J. Heinz Co. which closed its local plant in late June. ... Read More


Fruit growers hit by 2012 freezes eligible for aid

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide disaster relief for fruit growers hit hard by freezes in 2012. ... Read More


Ready Pac contest promotes wrap kits

Ready Pac Foods Inc. has started a contest promotion, Elite Eats, that gives consumers a chance to win a vacation at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix. ... Read More


Crunch Pak to show sliced apples at PMA Foodservice

Crunch Pak plans to feature multiple cuts and package sizes of sliced apples at the Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Conference and Expo in Monterey, Calif. ... Read More


Sweet potato markets tight heading into harvests

Sweet potato prices should stay high until September, when new-crop volume shipments begin. ... Read More

Kansas City chef features locally grown corn
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When life gives Chef Jasper lemons, he makes limoncello. And locally grown sweet corn.
Bridges Produce inks deal with cranberry packer
Organic specialist Bridges Produce has partnered with a cranberry packer.


CanadaGAP steps up requirements in 2015
A new requirement from the CanadaGAP program shouldn’t be a significant burden on industry and should provide another layer of food safety protection, according to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
Apple association updates website
The New York Apple Association has launched a newly-updated website with a friendly new look and more pictures and videos.


California galas off to early start
California galas are off to their earliest start in years for some growers.
Packer’s Manufacturing’s assets sold
A technology solutions specialist has purchased the assets of a produce industry equipment maker.
D’Arrigo Bros. upgrades broccoli rabe pack
D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of California is shipping a new retail pack of iceless broccoli rabe, modifying a previous offering to extend shelf life, among other features.
Food bloggers tour California strawberries
WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Right in the field and in catered dishes, 10 food bloggers got up close and personal with strawberry flavors and saw some of the challenges growers face in a tour hosted by the California Strawberry Commission.
F&S Produce introduces salsa
F&S Produce Co. Inc. is rolling out its new salsa to all of its customers.
Procacci hosts students from Cameroon
Procacci Bros. Sales Corp. recently hosted 24 college students from Cameroon.
Awe Sum Organics adds to staff
Awe Sum Organics has hired Jodi Carkner.
The Produce Mom and Sage Fruit host Pinterest contest
The Produce Mom and Sage Fruit Co. are hosting the Very Cherry Pinspiration Contest from July 21 to July 31.

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