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After more than two years without access to China for Washington Red and Golden Delicious apples, USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service officially announced reinstatement of market access for apples from Washington state to China, effective immediately. Shipments of Washington apples to China stopped in August of 2012, when the Chinese government refused to issue import permits to Chinese importers, citing concerns... Read more

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Edinburg Citrus Association updates and upgrades its packing facility
With an eye toward adding new technology and staying ahead of the curve, Edinburg Citrus Association in Edinburg, TX, revamped its packing facility during the off season. Ashlynn Biel Elliff, who is in the packer-shippers sales and marketing department, told The Produce News via email in mid-October that the company “remains in the forefront and has increased... Read more

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Cerasuolo continues goals of excellent customer service and high-quality produce
Ken Cavallaro, treasurer of John Cerasuolo Co. Inc., located at the New England Produce Center in Chelsea, MA, told The Produce News that the company was pretty much in full swing in October with at least some product coming from just about everywhere. “Things will quiet down with production in the Northeast pretty soon, and will start to peter out,” he said.... Read more

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Rio Rico, AZ-based Chucho Produce recently added Omar Sanchez to its sales team. Sanchez has been in the produce industry for seven years. Prior to joining Chucho Produce, he worked for Sandia Distributors. Sanchez resides in Nogales, AZ. Outside of work, he enjoys playing racquetball and basketball,... Read more

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IPC launches new national television commercial
For the past two years, the Idaho Potato Commission's national television commercial has featured the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck and a perplexed potato farmer who can't seem to keep tabs on it and its fun-loving Tater Team. Now, the IPC has launched a new national television commercial that... Read more