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Wholesum, Wish Farms win sensory contest

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The children and buyers have spoken through their votes at the Produce Marketing Association’s Sensory Experience Contest. ... Read More


Ready Pac procures VP

Ready Pac Foods Inc. has named Phil Yamamoto vice president of procurement. ... Read More


FDA seeks to mesh public and private food safety accountability

ANAHEIM, Calif.- The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won’t be written next year, even though the Food and Drug and Administration has committed to publish final versions of the produce safety and preventive controls ... Read More


Vidalia onion start date case appeal set for arguments

The Georgia agriculture department and Bland Farms LLC are set to argue a case regarding the start date for Vidalia onions before the Georgia Court of Appeals in January. ... Read More


Nature Fresh Farms adds marketing member

Nature Fresh Farms, one of North America’s largest greenhouse produce growers, recently hired Chris Veillon to lead their brand marketing efforts. Veillon comes to Nature Fresh with more than 17 years of senior marketing communications ... Read More


SunSelect ready to ship first harvest from California greenhouse

Canadian greenhouse grower SunSelect expects to begin the first shipments of tomatoes from its new California greenhouse during the week of Oct. 27, with the first crop of sweet bell peppers expected about a week later. ... Read More

Bolthouse CEO is Produce Marketer of the Year
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jeff Dunn, president and chief executive officer of Bolthouse Farms, has been named Produce Marketer of the Year by The Packer.
California Avocado Commission expands focus to sandwiches
ANAHEIM, Calif. — With the start of the 2015 season, the California Avocado Commission plans to add sandwich applications to its successful program that encourages use of the fruit in breakfast dishes and in snacks.


Spezzano receives 2014 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Dick Spezzano was awarded the 2014 Robert L. Carey Leadership Award Oct. 17 at Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.
Mighties brand kiwis join Sun Pacific's Cuties
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cuties, the branded mandarins from Pasadena, Calif.-based Sun Pacific, have new friends in the produce department – Mighties brand kiwifruit.


Vidalia onion growers sell operations to billionaire Bill Gates
In its third generation of growing and shipping produce from the Vidalia, Ga. region, the Stanley family has apparently sold its operations to entities owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Fresh broccoli markets to tighten by holidays
California broccoli supplies should tighten heading into the holiday season.
Today’s successful marketing requires digital tools
ANAHEIM, Calif. — If you thought that the Internet and social media were passing fads and could be ignored as marketing tools, Dan’l Mackey Almy said think again.
Mulholland citrus supplies Halos this season
A new partnership between Paramount Citrus and Mulholland Citrus means there will be more Wonderful Halos this season than last.
Markon names food safety director
Markon Cooperative has a new food safety director.
Chile hit with another cold snap
For the second straight year, Chile has been hit with unusually cold fall weather, potentially damaging fruit crops.
CORRECTED: Best Sanitizers releases footwear sanitizing system
Best Sanitizers Inc., is offering a sanitizing system to sanitize footwear and reduce pathogens in produce production facilities.
Fresh produce products included in SunBurst recall
Several fresh produce items are among more than 130 products under recall by SunBurst Foods, Goldsboro, N.C., because of possible listeria contamination.

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