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Packer Apple Man of the Year known for optimism

CHICAGO — Although he’s known for growing apples and peaches, it could be said that Henry Chiles is very familiar with lemons. ... Read More


Smarter Lunchrooms tactics boost produce consumption

Some schools have increased consumption of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options at practically no cost by using behavioral psychology techniques promoted by the Smarter Lunchrooms program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ... Read More


Side Delights named Impact finalist

The Fresh Solutions Network LLC’s new gourmet petite potato line ranks among Produce Marketing Association’s Impact Packaging Award finalists. Side Delights Gourmet Petite potatoes were introduced in 2014, said Kathleen Triou, president and ... Read More


Potato board taps marketing operations director

The U.S. Potato Board has named Amy Burdett marketing operations director. ... Read More


Children’s character highlights Produce for Kids campaign

Produce for Kids is planning to partner with the Very Hungry Caterpillar children’s character for the organization’s fall fundraising campaign. ... Read More


Retail sales vet joins Mann Packing

Terence Billingsley has joined the retail sales staff at Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing Co. ... Read More

SweeTango revamps website
SweeTango apples has given its website a facelift to provide consumers with more information, including recipes, food and wine pairings, and where fruit may be purchased.
Mango board expanding on ripening, handling program
The National Mango Board is expanding its efforts to educate retailers, importers and handlers on mango best practices through its Ripe and Ready to Eat Program.


Choptank Transport to expand hiring
Third-party logistics specialist Choptank Transport is gearing up for a hiring blitz.
Pinterest contest promotes healthy school lunchboxes
With school starting, a Pinterest contest is trying to encourage parents to pack healthier foods in their children’s lunchboxes.


4Earth Farms earns highest food safety certification
Los Angeles-based 4Earth Farms has earned the highest certification recognized by the Safe Quality Food Institute, Arlington, Va.
Total Quality Logistics makes Inc. 5000 list
Total Quality Logistics has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies.
Carolina group offers videos to supplement GAP manual
A new series of videos from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association seeks to help growers navigate the food safety certification process, which association officials say can be a roadblock to sealing deals with retailers and foodservice operators.
Videos chronicle PEI potato industry leaders
The Prince Edward Island potato industry has recorded its history for posterity sake and to share with the public and the next generation of potato growers.
Stemilt adopts Rushing Rivers pear label
Rushing Rivers is the new label for all Stemilt Growers LLC conventional pears, as the company brings attention to the fruit from one of the world’s premier growing regions.
Watermelon takes ice bucket challenge
Watermelon has taken the plunge, getting drenched in the national ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Baloian promoting local squash through Michigan partnership
Baloian Farms plans to expand its portfolio of local squash through a partnership with a Michigan grower-shipper.
Dulcinea Farms manager to leave; other changes planned
Dulcinea Farms, which was acquired by Reedley, Calif.-based Pacific Trellis Fruit earlier this year, will undergo some changes in the coming months.

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