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High celery, cauliflower prices may linger

Retail buyers hoping for some price relief on celery and cauliflower may have to wait a few more weeks. ... Read More


Avocados from Mexico promotions roll on

Retailers have ordered more than 9,000 co-branded display bins in the Avocados from Mexico promotion, “Hungry for Football,” that began in September and runs through Dec. 15. ... Read More


Turbana, Wisconsin retailer donate to food bank

Turbana Corp. and a Wisconsin retailer have made a donation to a Wisconsin food bank. ... Read More


Cecelia kicks off cara caras in early December

Cecelia Packing Corp. expects to ship cara cara navel oranges from the first week of December into April. ... Read More


Kingdom Fresh Farms names GM

Kingdom Fresh Farms has named a new general manager. ... Read More


UPDATE: Dozens sick in 10 states but no recall from sprout grower

(UPDATED COVERAGE Nov. 25) Despite 63 people in 10 states contracting salmonella infections traced to a New York City supplier of fresh sprouts, Wonton Food Inc. has not issued a recall and federal officials apparently haven’t asked for one. ... Read More

U.S. Apple hits Facebook milestone
U.S. Apple Association fans on Facebook topped 50,000 recently, achieving a goal association officials have been chasing the past year. The milestone represents a 30% increase in the association’s fans in one year.
PMA Fruittrade lures 2,100-plus to Chile
sociation Fruittrade Latin America convention and expo Nov. 12-13 in Santiago, Chile.


Allen Lund hires business development specialist
The Allen Lund Co. has hired a business development specialist.
Frieda’s stickers Green Dragon apples again
Frieda’s Specialty Produce is once again labeling its Green Dragon apples with stickers that distinguish them from other green apples.


Gilroy earns produce broker award from JOH
Linda Gilroy, an account executive for food broker JOH, Billerica, Mass., is the Mid-Atlantic Produce Broker of the Year for her work with Ventura Foods.
Tomra potato grader sorts by width and length
Tomra Sorting Solutions’ new potato grader provides an alternative to mechanical sorting.
Locus Traxx partners with Patterson Cos.
Locus Traxx Worldwide, which specializes in temperature, location, and security monitoring for perishable shipments in transit, recently partnered with Patterson Cos., a third-party logistics provider.
Andrew Smith taps sales, procurement manager
Andrew Smith Co., Salinas, Calif., has added Dudley Brinan to its staff as sales and outside procurement manager.
Mucci mislabeling case hits pre-trial stage
The criminal case against the Mucci companies and executives involving alleged labeling of Mexican produce as having been grown in Canada continues to move through the Canadian courts with a closed-door meeting set for Jan. 21.
Yerecic Label awarded for innovation
Art Yerecic, Yerecic Label president, recently received the Converter of the Year award from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute during the group’s annual meeting.
United Fresh names senior marketer
Mary Coppola has been named senior director of marketing communications for Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.
USDA lifts PACA sanctions on KSP Enterprise
KSP Enterprise Inc. has satisfied a reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture news release.

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