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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited Unified Ltd., doing business as Pan American Banana in Los Angeles, for failure to pay for produce. The company failed to pay $557,297 to 14 sellers for 423 lots of produce from September 2015 to March 2017.  This is in violation of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act.  As a result of these actions, Pan American Banana cannot operate in the produce industry until... Read more

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Study shows positive apple response to Thermaculture
North Dakota State University compared two years of fresh apples exposed to periodic Thermaculture versus conventionally grown apples and concluded that the Agrothermal Systems process created significantly higher inducible levels of phenolic metabolities and related antioxidant activity. According to Kalidas Shetty, the lead scientist on the project, "We did... Read more

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Alliance Rubber: holding the world together for 95 years
Using bands cut from inner tubes, the Alliance Rubber Co. founder began the company’s journey by banding newspapers that were thrown on lawns in Akron, OH, in 1923. Today, with rubber bands being its signature product, the firm operates across many industries dedicated to “Holding Your World Together,” which is the company’s tagline. It has operated in the agriculture... Read more

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Naturipe's new value-added fresh VP and general manager
Produce industry veteran Steven Ware has joined Naturipe as vice president and general manager of Value-Added Fresh. In this role, Ware will be responsible for pursuing growth and business expansion opportunities, as well as leading the development and management of the value-added fresh division. “I... Read more