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Irish multinational gains stake in California avocado grower

Ireland-based Total Produce PLC, one of Europe’s top fresh produce companies, has acquired a 45% stake in Eco Farms, a Temecula, Calif., avocado grower, marketer and distributor. ... Read More


Pete Pappas & Sons relocates, expands

Pete Pappas & Sons Inc. has moved to a renovated 120,000-square foot facility in Jessup, Md., allowing the company to expand product categories beyond its core lines of tomatoes and berries. ... Read More


Baloian Farms launches mini peppers snack

Baloian Farms has added a snack item — sweet mini peppers with a fat-free ranch dip in a single-serving cup — to its line of products. ... Read More


HarvestMark partners with Fox Packaging

Redwood City, Calif.-based YottaMark Inc. — which has the HarvestMark traceability system, has announced a partnership with Fox Packaging to bring consumer engagement tools to mesh bags. ... Read More


Tomato growers, packers learn to prepare for recalls

NAPLES, Fla. — Food safety practices are important but companies should also be prepared to effectively handle product recalls ... Read More


USDA cites Progreso Produce Ltd., sanctions two others

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Progreso Produce Ltd. 1 LP, Boerne, Texas, for failure to pay for produce, according to a USDA news release. ... Read More

Chiquita may counter-sue clean water non-profit
Chiquita Brands International may sue a clean water advocacy group that has brought a lawsuit against the company.
N.Y. nonprofit wins Turbana contest
A New York City group aimed at fitness for youths with disabilities is getting $25,000 from Turbana to start a new program.


Companies offer tips on modified atmosphere packaging
Modified atmosphere packaging isn’t new, but advancements in related technology spurred two companies to create a white paper to help packers and shippers understand how they can use it to their greatest advantage.
USDA predicts exports to hit record levels
Continuing strong export sales of U.S. fresh fruits and vegetables to Canada and Mexico will help boost 2014-15 horticultural exports to record levels, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report predicts.


Fiji cantaloupe availability increases
Seed company Hm.Clause is increasing availability of its new Fiji cantaloupe.
Officials blame fresh cabbage for E. coli; mum on supplier
State and federal officials won’t say where it came from, but they are blaming whole head green cabbage for an E. coli outbreak this summer that spurred Applebee’s restaurants to temporarily pull certain salads from the menu.
New plant brings Baker Farms into fresh-cut leafy greens
Baker Farms LLC, a south Georgia grower-shipper of leafy greens, is entering the fresh-cut processing business.
USDA cites, sanctions companies for PACA violations
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action against Supreme Cuts LLC under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a USDA news release.
Maglio & Co. adds regional sales manager
Robert Wilkinson joined Glendale, Wis.-based Maglio & Co. as a regional sales manager in August.
USDA reinstates two produce companies
Two produce companies have satisfied Perishable Action Commodities Act reparation orders, according to U.S. Deparment of Agriculture news releases.
Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee to meet
The recently appointed U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee will meet Sept. 29-30.
Strawberry commission partners with L.A. chef
Los Angeles chef Craig Thornton showcased dishes featuring strawberries at a media dining event in partnership with the Watsonville-based California Strawberry Commission.

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