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Citrus growers concerned about ACP
Mother Nature was not the California citrus growers’ friend during the 2018-19 citrus season. Harsh winds knocked fruit off trees and a lack of rain caused an overabundance of small-sized fruit. That meant less-than-normal quality and lower prices for most. Jeff Olsen, president of the Visalia, CA-based Chuck Olsen Co. noted that as of late October, most in the citrus industry were keeping a watchful eye on the weather,... Read more

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Tommy Hanka moves to top-grade shipping carton
EDINBURG, TX— Tommy Hanka Farms will be shipping its premiere vegetables, napa cabbage and bok choi, from Dec. 1 into April. Tommy Hanka said his firm is improving its shipping carton this year, using a waxed container from the Packaging Corp. of America, which has a plant in nearby Donna, TX. “I’m tired of pallets collapsing,” Hanka said. “I know I’ll spend... Read more

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Val Verde expanding warehouse to match business growth
McALLEN, TX— Part of a cold warehouse built by one-time Texas onion giant Griffin & Brand is being revitalized by Val Verde Vegetable Co. Inc. Frank Schuster, the company president who operates Val Verde with his sons Kurt and Max, has long-occupied part of the 170,000-square-foot building. This year Val Verde jumped at the chance to move deeper into the... Read more

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Oppy promotes Roosdahl to vice president of operations
With a tenure of 24 years working up through the ranks at Oppy, Steve Roosdahl is taking on a new role as vice president of operations. Starting as an application developer in the IT department, Roosdahl has surpassed successive management positions since then adding responsibilities in transportation,... Read more