Food safety matrix tool available

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
The Audits Benchmarking Matrix is available for inspection. The Web-based tool allows comparisons of third-party audit organizations and standards most commonly used by the U.S. produce industry, according to a news rel

Valley Packline expands to meet demand

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
REEDLEY, Calif. Nearly 20 years of repairing packing line equipment designed and manufactured by others was all Jim Parra could tolerate.
He founded Valley Packline Solutions Inc. Valley Packline Solutions Inc. and b

Caito Bros. closes doors, faces PACA complaints

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Caito Bros. Co., a Cleveland-based produce wholesaler that's been around since 1935, closed its doors this week, and has already had almost $300,000 in PACA complaints and trust actions filed against it, as of May 5.

Railex maps Southeast, Midwest expansion plans

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
The sagging economy has slowed some plans of Schenectady, N.Y.-based Railex LLC, but the refrigerated fresh produce rail service is still aiming to expand into the Southeast within a year. "Railex has suffered as other

Bolthouse Farms reduces waste in carrot washes

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., is changing the way it processes carrots, using "eco-friendly" carrot wash stations at its Westmoreland, Calif., farm to reduce the amount of soil on the carrots before shipping the

PrimusGFS gets green light from GFSI

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
A new audit scheme from Primus subsidiary Azzule Systems is officially approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative, and Primus has already started auditing.The PrimusGFS scheme is one of multiple food safety audit sch

Peirone Produce opens warehouse

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
Spokane, Wash.-based Peirone Produce Co. is marking its 65th year in business by moving into a new produce distribution warehouse. "We will nearly triple our current capacity," said Pat Davidson, president and chief exe