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New CEO of bananas and pineapples named for Chiquita

A former Dole Food Co. executive is now CEO for bananas and pineapples at Chiquita Brands International Inc. ... Read More


C&S spends MLK Day volunteering

Keene, N.H. based-C&S Wholesale Grocers associates in 20 locations volunteered in classrooms for MLK Day. ... Read More


Appeeling Fruit hires director of sales

Fresh fruit processor Appeeling Fruit Inc., hired David McClurg as the director of sales. ... Read More


Weber Marking Systems Canada hires vice president

Canada based-Weber Marking Systems has hired Michael Brown as vice president and general manager. ... Read More


Litehouse Inc. now employee owned

Family-owned for 50 years, Litehouse Inc. has sold all of its stock to its employees, culminating a transition that began in 2006. ... Read More


Chiquita’s moving costs could top $40 million; new board in place

The new owners of Chiquita Brands International Inc. say it will cost between $25 million and $40 million to leave Charlotte, N.C. ... Read More

Bi-Lo names retail veteran as new CEO
Bi-Lo Holdings named Ian McLeod its new president and CEO Jan. 22.
USDA files action against Taylor Produce LLC
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Taylor Produce LLC, according to a USDA news release.


Asian food safety officials react to Bidart Bros. apple recall
Although only one company’s gala and granny smith apples are under recall in the U.S. because of links to a deadly listeria outbreak, officials in at least one foreign country have restricted the entry of all U.S. grown galas and granny smiths.
California Giant promotes berries in smoothies
California Giant Berry Farms’ smoothie promotion, which runs to mid-February, contributed to a 2,500% increase in its website traffic for late January compared to a year ago, according to the Watsonville-based grower-shipper.


Cecelia Packing starts heirloom navels
Cecelia Packing Corp., Orange Cove, Calif., began shipping heirloom navel oranges in the second week of January under its Sky Valley label.
Pure Hothouse expands in Texas
Pure Hothouse Foods Inc., Leamington, Ontario, has begun construction of a distribution center in San Antonio that’s expected to open this summer.
Sirna & Sons Produce hires sales rep
Ravenna, Ohio-based Sirna & Sons Produce has hired David Campbell as its newest sales representative.
Mango board planning 2015 promotions
The National Mango Board is using summer themes to promote the fruit throughout 2015.
USDA names potato board appointments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named 33 appointments to the National Potato Promotion Board.
Iceberg dips; no relief on $30 romaine
Iceberg lettuce prices fell sharply in late January, but buyers found no relief on romaine as 24-count cartons remained over $30.
USDA files action against Phoenix Produce Co.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has filed an administrative action under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act against Phoenix Produce Co., according to a USDA release.
The Better Banana Company appoints new North America president
One Banana North America has appointed Craig Carlson to serve as president.

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