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The United Fresh Produce Association and Western Growers Association have entered into a formal marketing agreement to jointly promote the Western Growers Shield, a first-of-its-kind insurance program specifically designed to protect food companies from recall liability. “This program represents an innovative solution to a critical bottom line issue facing our members,” said Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive... Read more

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Friday-Saturday PMA beneficial for IEOOC shippers
The switch to a Friday-Saturday trade show format has freed up shippers from the Idaho-Eastern Oregon onion-growing region to attend PMA Fresh Summit, according to Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee Promotions Chair Herb Haun.Grant Kitamura, partner in Baker & Murakami Produce Co., with two Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee/USA Onions booth greeters... Read more

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Hard to grow, hard to pack, easy to sell
The University of Minnesota’s Honeycrisp is widely considered to be the U.S. apple industry’s overnight success story, having now risen to No. 6 in national apple production. Except that its success didn’t happen overnight, and its story almost didn’t happen at all, according to a Minnesota apple grower who was in on the ground floor. Pepin... Read more

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Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers expands organic, marketing staff
To keep pace with its expanding product line and volume increases, Wenatchee, WA-based Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers has expanded its staff in two key areas. Joining the company as organic category manager earlier in the season, Dan Davis brings a strong background in organic Washington tree fruit farming.... Read more