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Ontario company recalls fresh-cut fruits


An Ontario company is recalling an unknown amount of fresh-cut fruit salad products distributed to retailers and foodservice operations because of possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

Fresh Express ‘critical’ to future of ChiquitaFyffes


The Fresh Express packaged salad line from Chiquita Brands International Inc. is a key element in the “turnaround strategy” for the banana giant as it acquires and merges operations with Fyffes PLC of Dublin.

And then there were 3: Chiquita buys Fyffes


Reducing the world’s top four banana companies to three, the boards of Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Irish competitor Fyffes Plc. have agreed that the Charlotte, N.C., company will buy the Dublin company in an all-stock deal valued at $526 million.

Fresh Quest, Fair Trade USA announce partnership


Fresh Quest, Inc., Plantation, Fla., is partnering with Fair Trade USA, Oakland, Calif.

Del Monte expands tomato production in Florida — again


Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc. is expanding tomato production by buying more Florida farmland, giving the company year-round field tomato production.

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Market Scope - Honeydews — F.o.b.s as of March 17


CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (47*-48*-46) — Imports via boat from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica. Movement expected to remain about the same. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices lower. 2/3 cartons 5s mostly $10-10.95, 6s mostly $10-10.95, 8s mostly $10-10.95. Quality variable. *revised.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (21-17-20) — Movement expected to increase. Trading 8s fairly active, others active. Prices higher. 2/3 cartons 5s mostly $12.35-14.35, 6s mostly $11.35-12.95, 8s mostly $9.95-10.35. Quality and condition variable.


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