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Organic produce category driving sales
Two separate piece of data released this month clearly show that the organic category continues to be a solid driver of growth at retail — and devotees are committed to the category. The Organic Produce Network released scan data showing that organic fresh produce sales started 2018 strong with 8 percent dollar and volume growth compared to the first quarter of 2017. Organic packaged salads continue to lead the way as that... Read more

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Ryeco takes on additional space, starts new import program, expands fleet and more
Ryeco LLC, located on the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Paterson Pickle Co., also known as Paterson Produce, previously located in unit B-4 on the market. Filindo Colace, vice president of operations for Ryeco, told The Produce News that the company has taken over the Paterson Pickle’s unit B-4 lease. “All... Read more

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WP Rawl remains a  pillar of the community
Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development for the family-run Walter P Rawl & Sons Inc., based in Pelion, SC, said agriculture has long been one of South Carolina’s biggest prides and the Rawl family has been farming the land since 1925, doing so while being sustainable and giving back to its local and global communities. The... Read more


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American Pecan Council names new executive director
Alexander J. Ott, an agriculture industry leader with more than a decade of experience leading category organizations, will join the American Pecan Council as its new executive director beginning July 1. Ott currently serves as executive director of the California Apple Commission, the California Olive... Read more