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WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice is investigating Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. in connection to a report the company detected listeria before shutting down its Ohio facility, which was later tied to an outbreak, the company confirmed Friday. Health officials started investigating the multistate outbreak in September 2015, but the source of the illnesses wasn’t known until January 2016 when laboratory results from a packaged... Read more

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With additional production in both California’s Coachella and San Joaquin valleys, Anthony Vineyards is poised to offer organic grapes from the Golden State for almost the entire length of the season. Salesman Rob Spinelli said that for 2016 the company’s production will start just about a week later than its conventional grapes in early May and “we should... Read more

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Homegrown Organic expects promotional volume for the category
Though as a general rule, production of organic California stone fruit is still in a demand-exceeds-supply situation most of the time, there should be several opportunities during the next few months when the supply situation of certain varieties could warrant some promotional pricing and ad buys. At least that is the view of Stephen Paul, category director,... Read more


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RBest Produce announces appointment of James Bonaro as senior vice president
James Bonaro has served RBest Produce for 30 years. He was recently appointed senior vice president with a partnership interest in the company. Bonaro began his career in the produce industry as an assistant buyer for RBest in 1979, when the company was located at Hunts Point in the Bronx, NY. He... Read more