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Strong tomato market should carry into January
The fresh tomato market had prices well into the mid-$20s and beyond in early December, and experts expect the demand-exceeds-supply situation to last through the end-of-the-year holiday season. “It’s no mystery, said Joe Bernardi of Bernardi & Associates, a broker specializing in tomatoes from virtually every point of origin. “Florida typically provides 80 percent of the nation’s tomatoes in December. This year they... Read more

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Giorgio Fresh sees increase in mushroom demand
Brian Threlfall, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Giorgio Fresh Co., headquartered in Temple, PA, said each holiday season the company sees differences in the demand for specific products. “This depends on the retailer’s format, product mix and the market in which they do business,” said Threlfall. “While sliced mushrooms are always in demand,... Read more

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New York Apple Association hyped and ready for holiday apple and cider sales
New York state apples and apple cider are definitely in high demand during the year-end holidays. From Thanksgiving menus to Christmas gift giving to New Year’s Eve toasts, apples play an integral role this time of year. Cynthia Haskins, president and chief executive officer of Fishers, NY-based New York Apple Association, added that people should remember to... Read more

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Capespan North America creates general manager — USA position
Capespan North America has appointed Erin Meder to the newly-created position of general manager — USA. The new position is a senior executive post with general management responsibilities for all of Capespan North America’s U.S. sales and operations. Meder will report directly to the company president... Read more