Basciani mushroom co-founder dies at 82

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
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

Future of Ballantine’s fruit still unknown

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
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

Salyer American battles to avoid bankruptcy

May 17, 2011 by The Packer
(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.