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Avocados from Mexico plans hispanic retail promotion

Avocados from Mexico will offer a promotion, Échale al Asador — Toss it on the Grill — at about 1,200 hispanic retail outlets Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. ... Read More


USDA proposes access for China citrus

China citrus will be given access to the U.S. market under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ... Read More


One Banana brand launched

Los Angeles-based AgroAmerica has announced the launch of a new banana brand described as a family-owned, vertically-integrated operation. ... Read More


Maglio & Co. names regional sales manager

Glendale, Wisc.-based Maglio & Co. has added Scott Hoerman to its staff as a regional sales manager. Hoerman is serving Maglio’s Midwest distribution region. ... Read More


Savannah port to import cold-treated South American fruit

The Port of Savannah plans to receive South American fruit through a U.S. Department of Agriculture pilot program allowing imports of cold-treated commodities. ... Read More


Lund staffers drenched in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

More than 25 Allen Lund Co. staffers have been splashed with buckets of water in the ALS ice bucket challenge. ... Read More

Ham Farms employees soaked in Ice Bucket Challenge
Buckets of ice water drenched a company official and other employees of Ham Farms & Produce Co., who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
USDA doesn’t find drought price effect yet
The California drought still hasn’t had a major effect on consumer-level fruit and vegetable prices, but economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the potential remains for large and lasting effects on how much they cost.


Robinson Fresh adds Green Giant Fresh asparagus
Robinson Fresh has added Green Giant Fresh-branded asparagus to its product lineup.
Organic equivalency talks underway with Mexico
On-site assessments of Mexico’s organic certification program is on the agenda later this year as U.S. officials negotiate an organic equivalency program with their Mexican counterparts.


Mastronardi Produce doubles size of Coldwater Farms
The first harvest of tomatoes from new greenhouse acres built by Mastronardi Produce Ltd. should begin in about seven weeks.
Be social media savvy
CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC — A website even 2 years old is like an old house that’s never repaired or painted, social media marketing expert Luc Dupont told Quebec Produce Marketing Association conference attendees.
QPMA welcomes new president
CHARLEVOIX QUEBEC — The new president of the Quebec Produce Marketing Association knows the produce industry from the ground up.
Fun times at QPMA 2014
The 67th annual Quebec Produce Marketing Association convention took place Aug. 21-23 at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, Charlevoix, Quebec. Cyntia David covered the event for The Packer.
QPMA notes Hamel's roots in Quebec produce
CHARLEVOIX, QUEBEC — The Quebec Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Pillar of the Industry fell in love with the produce industry at the age of 14, selling produce from a fruit stand.
Family Business Scholarship recipients named
Recipients of the 2014 Frieda Rapoport Caplan Family Business Scholarships have been named, giving four representatives from family businesses a chance to attend the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Conference, Sept. 8-10.
Rain, hail affect spuds
The effects of summer rain and hail will likely put a dent in potato volumes this season, but growers are optimistic at the beginning of harvests.
Kiwifruit markets strong through end of year
Kiwifruit markets should stay strong when California takes over the bulk of production in October.

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