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Texas onion deal should have strong finish
The Texas sweet onion deal hasn’t gotten started yet but it appears to be poised for a very good second half. Acreage is down an estimated 10 percent and the crop is trending two weeks to three weeks early, with a mid-March start expected. That could mean that by mid- to late April, supplies will be short and a very good market could be the result. Don Ed Holmes, owner of The Onion House in Weslaco, TX, and a longtime... Read more

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Ben B. first-time attendee at Southern Exposure
The New Year is bringing many new, exciting things for Detroit, MI-based Ben B. Schwartz & Sons — including the opportunity to attend the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure show for the first time, March 9-11, in Orlando, FL. “We’ve been wanting to go to this show for so long and we finally got an opportunity to do it,”... Read more

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GreenPoint Distributing’s Losolla encourages plan for changing industry
rio rico, az — “We are really anticipating a good spring,” said Omar Losolla, the vice president of sales and marketing for GreenPoint Distributing LLC. “The volumes have been down on certain commodities in the new year, which has lent itself to better markets. We will see how the next couple of months play out,” he said in mid-January.... Read more


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Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, floral industry icon, dies
Barbara (Bobbi) Ann Ecker-Blatchford, 85, died at her home on Paw-Paw Lake near Watervliet, MI, Feb 3. Ms. Ecker-Blatchford devoted 60-plus years of her life to the floral industry, establishing innovative floral techniques and concepts, studying trends and acting as a mentor to many, according to a... Read more