ANAHEIM, Calif. — Packer staffers Greg Johnson, Pamela Riemenschneider, Amelia Freidline, Vicky Boyd, Mike Hornick, Tom Burfield, Coral Beach and Tom Karst collected these news items Oct. 27-28 on the Fresh Summit exposition floor.
Bonipak, Santa Maria, Calif., has launched an online Knowledge Center, which features four different educational modules geared toward wholesale and retail customers’ employees.
After watching a 2.5- to 3.5-minute session, viewers take a test and receive a certificate of completion if they pass, said Don Klusendort, director of sales and marketing.
The first four are on broccoli, celery, cauliflower and romaine lettuce, with future topics to be suggested by customers.
California Cantaloupe Advisory Board
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is working with the state’s cantaloupe growers and the Cantaloupe Advisory Board to turn data from audits this year into good agricultural practices for the industry next year, said John Gilstrap, advisory board manager.
Gilstrap said the California GAPs will be ready for next year.
He said he anticipates national GAPs for the cantaloupe industry will also be ready for growers in 2013.
California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
During an Oct. 27 general session breakfast, the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement honored several commodity boards and organizations for their commitment to food safety.
“It’s really become a priority for a lot of different commodities,” said April Ward, communications director for LGMA.
After a short video about LGMA’s food safety initiatives, Ryan Talley, LGMA board chairman, was joined onstage by representatives from commodity groups and thanked them for their food safety focus.
- Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement;
- California Cantaloupe Advisory Board;
- California Tomato Farmers;
- California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement;
- Florida Tomato Exchange;
- Rocky Ford Growers Association;
- California Department of Food and Agriculture;
- United States Department of Food and Agriculture;
- Center for Food Safety;
- Western Growers; and
- Produce Marketing Association.
Central American Produce
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Central American Produce Inc. is opening a West Coast office led by John Meert, said president Michael Warren.
The office will carry Central American’s full product line, and opened for business the week of Oct. 29 with imports of mangoes and pineapples, he said.