Auditor liability changing as courts, companies speak up

BALTIMORE — The responsibilities of food safety auditors, brought into the spotlight by the deadly cantaloupe-related listeria outbreak of 2011, are increasing as their customers and the courts review who is liable in foodborne illness ... Read More


Bayer opens new North Carolina bee care center

With a snip of a giant pair of scissors recently, James Blome, president and chief executive officer of Bayer CropScience LP, cut the ribbon on the company’s new Bee Care Center near Research Triangle Park, N.C. ... Read More


Corby joins Save Mart

Jim Corby joined Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart Supermarkets as its director of produce. ... Read More


Celery joins Josie’s Organics line

Braga Fresh Family Farms has introduced sleeved celery and celery hearts to its lineup of products under the Josie’s Organics label. ... Read More


Agreement keeps use of new seed varieties unrestricted

Much like open-source software, which is free to whoever wants to use it, a new open-source seed initiative strives to do the same with germplasm. ... Read More


Ag water conundrum eludes resolution

BALTIMORE — All presenters at a Food Safety Summit session on agricultural water agreed grower-shippers need to use safe water in their operations, but they also agreed there isn’t absolute science to backup proposed water regulations from the Food ... Read More

Spud truck to log 19,000 miles in 2014
The Idaho Potato Commission’s giant potato on wheels is gearing up for another tour.
Sakata Seed America in merger
Sakata Seed America Inc. and Alf Christianson Seed Co. are merging under the Sakata name.


California produce broker dies at 77
Bakersfield, Calif., produce industry veteran Karen Carlson died April 7. She was 77.
Fisher Nuts wins Gold Reggie award
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Elgin, Ill., parent company of the Fisher Nuts brand, received a Gold Reggie Award in the packaging innovation campaign category at the Brand Activation Association awards show.


Fruit, vegetable prices on the rise with drought
Avocados and lettuce may see the biggest produce price increases this year because of drought conditions in California, one economist believes.
FirstFruits adds produce export salesperson
FirstFruits Marketing, Yakima, Wash., hired Jose Armando Munguia as a produce export salesperson. Munguia will be based in the Yakima office and will focus on sales to Mexico and Central America.
Vidalia onions now available; legal battle continues
Vidalia onions are on the road to retailers, but the route to market has been anything but smooth as legal wrangling about the official start date pitted a grower and Georgia’s agriculture commissioner against each other.
Food safety poll ‘votes’ show liability should be shared
BALTIMORE — Retailers and third-party auditors should be held liable in foodborne illness outbreaks along with growers and packers when circumstances show they dropped the ball, according to an informal poll at the 16th annual Food Safety Summit.
PSA could threaten Chilean kiwifruit
A vine disease that caused widespread damage to New Zealand kiwifruit is now on the radar of Chilean kiwifruit growers.
Zoomin Market looks to redefine grocery shopping
The Zoomin Market has taken the grocery store out of grocery shopping.
Stellar figs to begin early
Stellar Distributing Inc. plans to begin shipping California figs earlier than it ever has.
Markets for smaller limes weaken slightly
Lime markets were still at historic highs in mid-April, but they were showing some signs of coming down.

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