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Beckman tapped as COO of Live Oak Farms

10/22/2014 6:30:00 PM
Veteran tomato industry leader Ed Beckman has been named to the newly created post of chief operating officer of Le Grand, Calif.-based Live Oak Farms. ... Full story

Brazilians boost bid for Chiquita on eve of shareholder vote

10/23/2014 4:25:00 PM
The day before a vote on its $1 billion merger deal with Fyffes Plc., officials with Chiquita Brands International Inc. notified sharehold-ers that two Brazilian companies had upped their unsolicited bid for a second time, offering $14.50 per share. ... Full story

Mighties brand kiwis join Sun Pacific's Cuties

10/19/2014 7:55:00 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Cuties, the branded mandarins from Pasadena, Calif.-based Sun Pacific, have new friends in the produce department – Mighties brand kiwifruit. ... Full story

FDA focuses on food safety education

10/19/2014 10:15:00 AM
ANAHEIM, Calif.- The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won’t be written next year, even though the Food and Drug and Administration has committed to publish final versions of the produce safety and preventive controls rule for food facilities next year. ... Full story

Green bean volumes down 50% for Thanksgiving

10/23/2014 2:34:00 PM
Grower-shippers expect ample high-quality supplies of most Thanksgiving produce staples this year, with green beans the notable exception. ... Full story

Purchase boosts Mack Farms potato, watermelon acreage

10/22/2014 1:40:00 PM
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation. ... Full story

Well-Pict Berries - Live from PMA 2014

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The goal was simple: grow bigger, better berries and supply them to the world. Perfection never comes easy, and it would take years of development and millions of dollars of investment to make the goal a reality. But once it was achieved, it was that same, simple goal that would position WellPict as the international leader in supplying superior, proprietary strawberries and raspberries — as well as proprietary organic strawberries - to customers around the globe.

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Marketers flash Eat Brighter! momentum

10/20/2014 1:23:00 PM
With Wal-Mart recently agreeing to accept Sesame Street-branded fruits and vegetables from its produce suppliers, more than 40 retailers representing more than 25,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada now are supporting the Eat Brighter! campaign. ... Full story

Ready Pac names VP

10/20/2014 6:49:00 PM
Ready Pac Foods Inc. has named Phil Yamamoto vice president of procurement. ... Full story

SF produce mart celebrates new building

10/23/2014 5:37:00 PM
More than 150 produce merchants, city leaders and community members joined to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market’s expansion. ... Full story
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