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Brazilians boost bid for Chiquita on eve of shareholder vote

The day before a vote on its $1 billion merger deal with Fyffes Plc., officials with Chiquita Brands International Inc. notified sharehold-ers that two Brazilian companies had upped their unsolicited bid for a second time, offering $14.50 per ... Read More


SF produce mart celebrates new building

More than 150 produce merchants, city leaders and community members joined to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market’s expansion. ... Read More


State Garden expanding Simple Beginnings salad line

State Garden Co. Inc., is expanding its salads line. ... Read More


PTI to focus on distribution center preparedness

The readiness and ability of distribution centers to receive produce cases with GS1-128 barcodes encoded with standardized product identification and batch/lot numbers should be the focus of the Produce Traceability Initiative in 2015. ... Read More


Wal-Mart adds detail to sustainability plans

Wal-Mart is adding some detail to its recent pledge to create a more sustainable food system, revealing goals to help farmers manage input use and changes in buying practices aimed to reduce fruit and vegetable waste. ... Read More


Coastline takes Nutraleaf on the road

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit drew to a close, Coastline Family Farms representatives had already hit the road for Atlanta and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. It ... Read More

Green bean volumes down 50% for Thanksgiving
Grower-shippers expect ample high-quality supplies of most Thanksgiving produce staples this year, with green beans the notable exception.
Beckman tapped as COO of Live Oak Farms
Veteran tomato industry leader Ed Beckman has been named to the newly created post of chief operating officer of Le Grand, Calif.-based Live Oak Farms.


Nonprofit honors Ready Pac
The Midnight Mission, a Los Angeles nonprofit, named Ready Pac Foods Inc. among a list of honorees at its Golden Heart Awards Gala.
Center for Produce Safety seeks research proposals
The Center for Produce Safety has begun requesting proposals on food safety research for 2015.


Save Mart wins avocado commission contest
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Save Mart took the top prize in the California Avocado Commission’s 5-Star Performance contest, one of 23 retail winners announced at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit.
Grant focuses on leafy greens best practices
A two-year project will bring participants in the fruit and vegetable supply chain together to determine best practices for sharing of performance metrics related to input use.
Contests, food sampling set for Yuma Medjool Date Festival
Natural Delights, the Yuma, Ariz.-based medjool date grower, is hosting the annual Yuma Medjool Date Festival.
Mango board to host Nogales meeting
As part of its national meetings, the National Mango Board is scheduling a domestic industry meeting in Nogales, Ariz., for Oct. 29.
Naturipe pushes 1-pound blueberry pack as standard
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Naturipe Farms LLC, Salinas, hopes to move the blueberry industry toward using a 1-pound clamshell as its base pack, similar to the way the strawberry industry moved out of pint baskets to 1-pounders several years ago.
Sunkist shows off new packaging
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Sunkist Growers, Valencia, displayed several new packaging options for this year’s citrus season at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.
Bailey Farms recalls serrano peppers
Pepper grower Bailey Farms Inc. has recalled more than three tons of serrano peppers sent to retailers and wholesalers after a positive test for salmonella.
New Pear Bureau ads stress ripeness, sweetness
Pear Bureau Northwest is launching a print ad campaign for USA Pears in Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Weight Watchers Magazine, and Food Network Magazine.

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