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SLV potato acreage down slightly but crop looks good
Like nearly every other crop region in Colorado, the San Luis Valley had more precipitation in May than it had in months, and Jim Ehrlich, executive director of the Colorado Potato Administrative Committee in Monte Vista, said this year’s crop is looking good. “In fact, we got more rain in May than we ever have,” Ehrlich said. “The river is very high, and it’s been God’s blessing that the moisture came. As a result, the crop... Read more

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High-graphic Sunkist bins accentuate the product
Digital printing, which can produce high-graphic images in a quicker time frame and easier manner, has allowed Sunkist Growers to expand the use of bins at retail. Joan Wickham, advertising and public relations manager for the nation’s largest citrus co-op, said bins are an excellent way to increase the sales of fresh citrus. The dynamic graphics give a “fruit... Read more

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Houweling’s Tomatoes masters art of greenhouse growing in Canada, U.S.
If you’re looking for a bright red, flavorful heritage beefsteak tomato that harkens back to grandma’s garden, you’ll want to check out Houweling’s Tomatoes. The company, headquartered in Camarillo, CA, says that its tomatoes provide a brilliant shelf presence and noted differentiation to typical beefsteak tomatoes. They have ribbed shoulders and deep red color.... Read more

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Church Bros. hires Alejandro Tomas-Callejas
Salinas, CA-based Church Bros., a grower-processor-shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, announced the hire of Alejandro Tomas-Callejas. In his new role as research and development manager, Tomas-Callejas will report to Kori Tuggle, vice president of marketing. His responsibilities will include... Read more

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Plenty of promotional opportunities for Chilean citrus
Chile’s first 2015 shipment of Navel oranges to the United States departed from the port of San Antonio during the week of June 8 with a total of 11,200 boxes destined for the U.S. market. While volume shipped year to date is somewhat lower than the same time last year, weekly shipment volumes... Read more