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New plant brings Baker Farms into fresh-cut leafy greens

Baker Farms LLC, a south Georgia grower-shipper of leafy greens, is entering the fresh-cut processing business. ... Read More


Giant Idaho potato truck returns

SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The Idaho Potato Commission has had a successful year of promoting Idaho potatoes with lots more in the works for the coming year — including the return of the iconic giant potato truck. ... Read More


Mastronardi’s Eco Flavor Bowl Impact Awards finalist

Mastronardi Produce Ltd.’s new Eco Flavor Bowl is a finalist for the Produce Marketing Association’s 2014 Impact Awards: Excellence in Packaging. ... Read More


J&R Baker to market own vegetables

J&R Baker Produce Inc. will market its own vegetables for the first time. ... Read More


Trial date set in Chiquita clean water suit

A trial date has been set in a lawsuit brought by a clean water advocacy group against Chiquita Brands International. ... Read More


Outook cloudy for restaurant operators

Restaurant operators expressed a mixed outlook for future business in the latest survey from the National Restaurant Association. ... Read More

Walnuts at issue in Dole spinach recall
Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling some of its bagged baby spinach products due to possible contamination by walnuts.
Organics Unlimited campaign supports banana workers
Organics Unlimited Inc., is raising more money to support banana workers in Ecuador and Mexico through its September retail GROW Month campaign.


U.S. Potato Board focuses on growth
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The U.S. Potato Board remains positive about export growth and retail programs in the U.S. and abroad, even with the setbacks in the Mexico export deal.
Potato industry prepares for GMO offering
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The biotech industry is working to shape a more balanced conversation on GMOs.


USDA releases final 2008-2012 crop numbers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its final 2008-2012 summaries for citrus, vegetables, melons and strawberries.
Study: Noroviruses easily spread by workers’ gloves
A Finland study confirms what may seem like common sense: Noroviruses are easily transferred to ready-to-eat foods via foodservice workers’ handling.
Lund ranked as leading supply chain logistics firm
The Allen Lund Co., is being recognized by an industry publication for its work in global supply chain logistics.
Sun shines on IGSA’s 86th annual convention
SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The 86th annual convention of the Idaho Grower-Shipper Association had a good mix of business and fun lined up for attendees.
Boskovich veteran joins Houweling’s
Greenhouse tomato grower-shipper Houweling’s Tomatoes has added a Boskovich Farms veteran to its marketing department.
Ready Pac promotes Ready Snax
Ready Pac Foods Inc. is promoting its Ready Snax line of fresh produce snacks for the back-to-school season, as an alternative to less-nutritious lunchbox treats.
Avocados from Mexico plans Hispanic retail promotion
Avocados from Mexico will offer a promotion, Échale al Asador — Toss it on the Grill — at about 1,200 Hispanic retail outlets Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Survey finds widespread salad bar use
More than 60% of 1,100 school districts polled this year offer salad or produce bars, according to a national survey from the School Nutrition Association.

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