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Produce industry weighs in at  Senate school nutrition hearing
WASHINGTON — Schools that were proactive in improving the healthfulness of school meals before the new nutrition standards went into effect are not having problems complying with the stricter standards or experiencing plate waste, Phil Muir, president and chief executive officer of Muir Copper Canyon Farms in Salt Lake City told a Senate panel on the school nutrition standards. The only industry representative, Muir, a former... Read more

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To-Jo Mushrooms engaging strongly in the ‘Trend to Blend,’  which is being embraced by foodservice operations
“To-Jo will be displaying a new chopped mushroom product that is both convenient and versatile; perfect for blending with a variety of menu applications including burgers and tacos,” said Pete Wilder, marketing director for To-Jo Mushrooms in Avondale, PA. “And we will be highlighting our full line of Baby Bella, Portabella and specialty mushrooms, such as our... Read more

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Gold Coast is big on product customization for foodservice trade
In addition to its standard foodservice packs, Gold Coast Packing Inc. in Santa Maria, CA, does “a tremendous amount of customization for the foodservice trade,” according to Brent Scattini, vice president of sales. “We are packing things specifically for restaurant needs and coming up with different pack sizes, different specs and different formulations” that... Read more

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Atlanta’s Nickey Gregory Co. hires industry veteran Andrew Scott
Produce industry veteran Andrew Scott has joined The Nickey Gregory Co. LLC, headquartered in Forest Park, GA, as vice president of marketing and business development. Nickey Gregory Co. has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, adding a second warehouse in Miami, a dedicated tomato operation... Read more

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Eastern Washington cherry and apple crop updates
"Cherry harvest is progressing and the fruit is beautiful with excellent quality," said Dave Gleason, chief horticulturalist for Domex. "We've spent the past 52 weeks preparing for where we are right now, picking. We make every effort to make sure we pick the fruit when its ready and in good condition... Read more