09/02/2014 6:01:00 PMPete Pappas & Sons Inc. has moved to a renovated 120,000-square foot facility in Jessup, Md., allowing the company to expand product categories beyond its core lines of tomatoes and berries. ... Full story
08/26/2014 7:38:00 AMCHICAGO — The U.S. Food and Drug and Administration’s new food safety regulations aren’t the only changes facing fresh produce marketers, but the coming rules likely will be the most far-reaching, Robert Brackett believes. ... Full story
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03/07/2010 12:49:53 PMEurope has approved a GM potato. Though not for food use - the potato will produce high quality starch - the event seems to promise a new era for GM crops in Europe. As an article in Treehugger.com asked "How Did a Genetically Modified Potato Gain Approval in Europe?"
After a 13-year battle, the largest chemical company in the world, BASF won approval from the European Commission to begin commercially growing a genetically modified potato for industrial use. Many onlookers were more than a little surprised by the decision considering the Commission's formerly skeptical approach to GMOs. The decision has incited fury amongst harsh critics which included Italy and Austria who fear a health disaster.
The EU decision comes about a month after India halted the release of its first GM food crop - the Bt Brinjal, an insect resistant eggplant variety. ... Full story
02/07/2014 10:07:00 AMMy grandparents were born in 1935 — the same year as Elvis and Julie Andrews — and grew up in a small town in southeast Kansas. ... Full story
09/02/2014 10:55:00 AMEarthbound Farm is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an online quiz and contest. ... Full story
08/20/2014 11:38:00 AMSweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants are promoting a new quinoa and feta salad, available through the end of August, to provide consumers with fresh and trendy ingredients, said Kari Nagel, a spokeswoman for the San Diego-based soup, salad bar and bakery concepts. ... Full story
08/29/2014 10:25:00 AMTim Riley is the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association’s current board of director’s chairman. ... Full story
08/21/2014 12:41:00 PMHolidays are still the most popular time to promote sweet potatoes, but companies are working to expand use year-round. ... Full story