Loss of grower prompts Marker 29 to shut down

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Vegetable sales agent Marker 29 Produce Inc. is closing its doors after its major grower started its own sales agency.In mid-April, the Onancock, Va.-based vegetable broker was winding down operations after two former s

Driscoll's launches Australian company

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Driscoll Strawberry Associates Inc., Watsonville, Calif., has started a new company in Australia through a joint venture with Costa Exchange Ltd.Called Driscoll's of Australia, the new company opened April 1 and has the

Dole revenues fall in 2009

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Fresh fruit and vegetable revenues fell in 2009 for Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole Food Co., but the company's chief executive officer expects a strong 2010.

UPDATED: Injunction filed against sprout grower

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
(UPDATED, March 18) Sprout grower A Chau Sprouting Co., Gretna, La., may be permanently shut down, pending the results of a complaint filed by the Department of Justice.The department filed the complaint March 6, seekin

U.S. Potato Board names new executive committee

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
DENVER Two new officers will serve on the U.S. Potato Board's executive committee this year, and Cheryl Koompin, a processed potato grower from Idaho, will serve as chairwoman. Molly Connors of Basin Gold Cooperative,

Banana box pioneers meet for 50-year reunion

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Fifty years ago, U.S. banana importers were facing difficult business prospects. Disease and poor quality were ruining the Gros Michel banana crops and demand was falling. But Standard Fruit and Steamship Co., now known

Peter Pappas, of Clement Pappas & Co., dies

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Peter C. Pappas, 66, Pilesgrove, N.J., the president and co-chief
executive officer of Clement Pappas &amp Co., Carneys Point, N.J.,
died in his home on March 8 after a long illness.Visitation and funeral services are

Taylor Farms brings new products to market

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
TAMPA, Fla. Taylor Farms has several new products for retail slated to roll out this spring. Among the biggest for the Salinas, Calif.-based firm is the rebranding of its single-serve snack line, called Trios.