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Fruit prices rising faster than vegetables

The ongoing drought in California could have “large and lasting effects” on fruit and vegetable prices, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture said extreme price effects are not evident yet. ... Read More


Restaurant index rebounds in August

After three declining months, an index that gauges the health and outlook of the U.S. restaurant industry moved up in August. ... Read More


Monterey Mushrooms tops $2.2 million in scholarships

This year, Monterey, Calif.-based Monterey Mushrooms plans to award $204,000 in scholarships for the 2014-2015 Carl Victor Fields Scholarship Awards. ... Read More


Promotion plays on intense flavor pair

Kiss melons and finger limes may not seem like a likely pair initially, but Shanley Farms and Sandstone Melon Co. found the match provided a flavorful boost for consumers. ... Read More


Frieda’s to sample fruit giant at PMA

The jackfruit’s sheer size and Juicy Fruit gum-like smell may be enough to scare off some potential consumers. ... Read More


UPDATED: Caruso Inc. president leaves company

Jeff Busch, president of Caruso Inc., has left the company. ... Read More

FPFC to celebrate golden anniversary
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council, La Mirada, Calif., has unveiled a 50th anniversary logo that it plans to use throughout 2015.
Land farmed by Wish Farms bought
Land farmed by Plant City, Fla.-based Wish Farms has been bought by a real estate investment trust, and the two companies have signed a lease for Wish Farms to continue growing berries and vegetables there.


Wonderful variety pomegranates shipping
Wonderful pomegranates should be shipping in volume by the first half of October.
Produce Pro Software offers food safety app
Produce Pro Software is launching a food safety app that tracks and stores corrective action paperwork and assignment progress as well as recording signatures.


Fresh Solutions: Spuds, onions not just commodities
Fresh Solutions Network is promoting an approach to potatoes and onions as something more than commodities.
Sunset Produce partners with chef at Fresh Summit
Kingsville, Ontario-based Sunset Produce will partner with chef and food blogger Nikki Dinki to showcase its offerings at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2014.
Bernard Imming, former United Fresh leader, dies
Bernard Imming, a past president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, died Sept. 23. He was 94.
Freshmax starts proprietary variety management firm
New Zealand fruit marketer The Freshmax Group has created Innovar to help license and commercialize proprietary varieties.
LoBue donates to Katie’s Krops
In honor of its 80th anniversary, LoBue Citrus is partnering with the nonprofit charity Katie’s Krops.
Fruit and vegetable committee sets priorities
ARLINGTON, Va. — The newly minted Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee chose their leaders and are considering what industry issues to make priorities.
USDA: fruit, nut prices remain higher
Prices received by U.S. growers for fruits and nuts have been high in 2014, and they should stay high through year’s end.
California Citrus Mutual funds water bond campaign
California Citrus Mutual plans to contribute $150,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 1, the state’s water bond measure on the November ballot.

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