2012 Companies in the News

12/28/2012 10:28:00 AM
Dan Galbraith

MAY

Merger talks between the two major produce associations, the United Fresh Produce Association and the Produce Marketing Association, heat up during the United Fresh expo in Dallas ... Irwindale, Calif.-based Ready Pac Foods Inc. is the latest produce company to partner with a Disney brand, boasting a new line of child-size salads and snacks featuring fresh produce ... NatureSweet Ltd., San Antonio, is suing rival tomato grower-shipper Mastronardi Produce Ltd. for alleged trademark infringement involving branded grape tomatoes ... Salinas, Calif.-based GreenGate Fresh took over operations of Metz Fresh LLC in a deal that adds spinach, spring mix and arugula to GreenGate’s product mix ... Dole Food Co. Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., posted lower first-quarter revenue than 2011 and said it may spin off its packaged food business to raise up to $1 billion ... McDonald’s is offering fresh blueberries with oatmeal in a seasonal promotion ... A partnership between Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. and Jackson Farming Co., Autryville, N.C., will mean locally grown berries and melons at 16 supermarkets in the area ... River Ranch Fresh Foods is closing its Salinas, Calif., processing plant and moving those operations to Taylor Farms’ foodservice and retail salad facilities in Salinas ...

JUNE

The Packer prepares for its first Midwest Produce Conference & Expo in August ... Albert Bartlett’s Rooster brand potatoes will be available for the first time in the U.S. this fall at Wal-Mart stores through a partnership with MountainKing Potatoes ...

JULY

Ready Pac Foods Inc. plans to ship a new line of Disney-themed mini meals and salads under its Cool Cuts label ... Campbell Soup Co. buys carrot company Bolthouse Farms ... The fight heats up for marketing rights on Cuties clementines as Paramount Citrus and Sun Pacific Marketing go through legal arbitration ... The proposed merger between PMA and United Fresh derails on leadership differences ... With the acquisition of Healds Valley Farms, Paramount Citrus Association adds thousands of acres and Healds’ red grapefruit ...

AUGUST

Fresh-cut produce increases bolster Fresh DelMonte’s bottom line as the Coral Gables, Fla.-based company posts higher second-quarter earnings ... Chiquita plans to return to basics and seeks a new CEO ... San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Church Bros. introduces a red spinach variety ... Burch Farms pulls all of its melon shipments following the confirmation of listeria contamination at its melons packing facility in Faison, N.C. ... The Packer’s first Midwest Produce Conference & Expo exceeds expectations as regional shows grow in popularity ... The Texas Produce Association is now the Texas International Produce Association, reflecting the shift from domestic issues to cross-border trade with rising imports from Mexico ...



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