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Cherry volume reaches annual peak
It doesn’t matter if the crop is large or small. It doesn’t matter if the weather is good or bad. Every year in the Northwest, at some point the cherry season peaks. When the peak comes, it presents retail buyers with the best cherry sales and promotion opportunities of the entire season. “This is the week,” Steve Castleman, senior vice president of sales at CMI, said in a press release. “We are hitting our seasonal... Read more

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Stone:  Ben B. eyes expansion
The air is electric at Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. “Business has been fantastic,” said Nate Stone, chief operating officer. “It’s motivating. You think it’s going to wear you down. But it doesn’t.” The Billmeyer family continues to provide drive and enthusiasm at Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc. Seen here, President Chris Billmeyer is flanked by his sons,... Read more

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Pacific Sun prides itself on offering problem-solving services
For Ray Davis, owner of Pacific Sun Distributing Inc., based in Los Angeles, it’s all about “fixing things.” The longtime distributor calls himself a “problem solver,” adding “we do it quite well. I have a solid staff that gets the job done.” With no hint of a regret, Davis said he makes less money than many in the business, but his method of operation is to... Read more

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Muzzi Family Farms welcomes new members to its sales team
Muzzi Family Farms, headquartered in Salinas, CA, has added three new members to its sales team: Tom Cornwell, Lauren Martinez and Jill Lenz. Cornwell, a Salinas Valley native, has been in the produce business for 25 years and has held various positions throughout his career and is now handling... Read more