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Ever-growing demand for EverCrisp as 2018-19 season arrives
Supply for MAIA-1 apples, marketed as EverCrisp, has more than doubled for the 2018-19 season, and growers and distributors are anticipating strong demand at retail and on farm. All told, there are close to 700,000 MAIA-1 trees and 500 orchards in 32 states. “We recently harvested our 2018 EverCrisp and are thrilled with the outcome,” said Bill Dodd, president of Midwest Apple Improvement Association and owner of Hillcrest... Read more

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Ontario produce industry’s finest shine at the OPMA Annual Awards
Six of the Ontario produce industry’s brightest and best were honored at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association 27th annual Gala & Awards Ceremony. The OPMA Annual Awards are presented to individuals or organizations whose efforts have made a significant impact on the Ontario produce industry. Five hundred people from across the Ontario produce industry... Read more

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Currently, fruit from Del Rey Avocado Co. Inc. is involved in a test marketing program with Apeel Sciences gauging how plant-based materials can act as a second skin and greatly enhance the shelf life of avocados and other fruits and vegetables. Bob Lucy, president of Fallbrook, CA-based Del Rey, told The Produce News at the end of October that the test program... Read more

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the appointment of 16 members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2021. Members appointed are: Dalton Willis Borders, Edinburg, TX Cody Buckley, San Antonio, TX Jordan... Read more