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Michigan apple shippers discuss industry future
The apple industry has gone to great lengths to broaden consumer appeal by breeding new varieties. Some in the industry see this as a blessing. Others suggest it creates a complex production and marketing situation worthy of lengthy consideration. “Five to seven years ago, retailers were excited about new varieties,” said Scott Swindeman vice president of the apple marketing firm, All Fresh GPS LLC, based in Comstock Park,... Read more

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Big Idaho Potato launches biggest sweepstakes ever
For the first time ever, the Idaho Potato Commission’s Tater Team is hosting a sweepstakes where one lucky winner will become a Tater Team member for a day and receive an all expenses paid trip to one of the Big Idaho Potato Truck’s upcoming summer events. The sweepstakes launched on the Big Idaho Potato Tour Facebook page on May 14, 2018 and received a record... Read more

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Tom Consalo: Warm weather  should bring spring crops on quickly
VINELAND, NJ — New Jersey’s 2018 spring produce season is generally a week to 10 days behind schedule, “depending on the item,” Thomas Consalo, general manager at Consalo Family Farms, here, told The Produce News Monday afternoon, May 7.Tom Consalo of Consalo Family Farms with freshly picked New Jersey radishes and Italian parsley. Photo by Gordon M. Hochberg. “We... Read more


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Dave’s welcomes new hire as domestic operations expand
Dave’s Specialty Imports Inc. hired Tom Rawles to the team as an operations manager focused on grower relations. His extensive expertise across the berry categories is an excellent addition to the Dave’s team. With more than 12 years experience Rawles has touched nearly all aspects of the berry business,... Read more