FRESNO, Calif. The 2009 mandarin bloom is over. It was the first bloom under new regulations designed to enable beekeepers and mandarin orange growers to coexist. "The regs did nothing to solve the problem," said Joel
(UPDATED COVERAGE, MAY 29, 4:05 P.M.) A Honduran port handling most of the country's fresh banana exports, closed after an earthquake May 28, reopened on a limited basis May 29, said a representative of Dole Fresh Fruit
(UPDATED COVERAGE, 5:06 P.M.) An earthquake early in the morning May 28 off the coast of Honduras caused officials to close Puerto Cortes, the port handling about four-fifths of all exports, including bananas and coffee
Central California stone fruit growers abandoned by the surprise closing of Ballantine Produce Co. Inc., Sanger, Calif., are finding homes for their peaches, plums and nectarines, said a source close to the company.
Flavian Basciani, one of the founding brothers of Avondale, Pa.-based Basciani Bros. Mushroom Farms, died May 11. He was 82.
Basciani entered the mushroom business working for his father, Emidio Basciani, who immigrate
Pro*Act Specialties is changing its name to Harvest Sensations, which is the company's label, and is ramping up its push into retail, connecting directly to consumers through a revamped Web site.
Harvest Sensations will
(UPDATED COVERAGE, May 14) Berry industry veteran Stanley Scarborough was remembered as an innovator who helped shape the southeastern blueberry and blackberry deals.
Scarborough, 57, production manager of the Baxley, G
Contrary to earlier reports, SunWest Fruit Co. Inc., Parlier, Calif., and its partner in the Ripe ‘N Ready brand, Fowler Packing Inc., Fowler, Calif., will not assume responsibility for packing and shipping stone frui
(UPDATED COVERAGE, MAY 8) In a move that might avoid bankruptcy, Monterey, Calif.-based Salyer American Fresh Foods is in the hands of a court-appointed receiver, who will decide the future of the company.
By most accounts, the Food and Drug Administration's mobile food-safety testing labs accomplished what they set out to during a three-week stay in April in Nogales, Ariz., and there are plans to return.
(UPDATED COVERAGE, 11:45 A.M., MAY 6) In response to requests from the Food and Drug Administration, the Eloy, Ariz.-based alfalfa sprout grower that supplied salmonella contaminated sprouts to a California distributor