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Mission's staggering avocado growth agenda in Colombia
Mission Produce Inc. announced its staggering growth agenda in Colombia, including plans to ramp up avocado production within the next two years. This news comes as no surprise, since Mission Produce announced its partnership with Cartama in 2017. Cartama is one of Colombia’s largest avocado growers. “Colombia will provide us with an added source of year-round, high-quality fruit,” said Mission Produce’s President... Read more

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Always Fresh Farms sees strong berry season ahead
Always Fresh Farms is vertically integrated, offering all berries from Central and South America. “Having supplies from each of these regions gives us diversity for continuous supply,” said Keith Mixon, chief executive officer of the Winter Haven, FL-based company. “We also have exciting new genetics in blueberries, blackberries and raspberries with licensed... Read more

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Sunny Valley continues growth of berry program
Sunny Valley International continues to see growth and expansion in its berry program as it handles the popular fruit category for an extensive period by sourcing from many different domestic and foreign districts. Bob Von Rohr, who is director of marketing and customer relations for the Glassboro, NJ-based firm, told The Produce News in early September that... Read more


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Israel Morales named executive director of sustainable operations at JV Smith Cos.
Israel Morales is the new executive director of sustainable operations for JV Smith Cos. Previously the general manager of JV Farms Organic, Morales brings with him 45-plus years in farming with more than 30 years in organic farming. He will be overseeing all of the sustainability practices under JV... Read more