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WASHINGTON — While Food & Drug Administration leaders say inspectors will undergo a culture change before enforcing the Food Safety Modernization Act and “educate before regulate,” the produce industry is looking for assurances inspectors will be well trained and apply the law consistently across the diverse industry. FDA shared some details of a plan to implement FSMA at an April 23-24 public meeting where the agency... Read more

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Peak production to prime pipeline for Prime Time
Watermelons are a signature summer fruit, and Prime Time International anticipates a quality season and early start date in 2015. “We only grow watermelon in the Coachella Valley of California,” Mike Aiton, director of marketing, told The Produce News. “Our season is from May 1 to June 15, with peak production just in time for Memorial Day, the first big summer... Read more

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Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., headquartered in Cheriton, VA, is well on its way on its seasonal crop transition from Florida to Georgia. Northampton President Calvert Cullen told The Produce News April 22 that Georgia cabbage, the only exception, was running a little late. “Cabbage normally comes on first in Georgia, as it does in all our growing... Read more

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Target has named Anne Dament its senior vice president of merchandising. In this role, she will be responsible for leading the strategic repositioning of Target’s food business. Dament brings more than 19 years of grocery and consumer packaged goods experience to the role. She started her career in... Read more

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Mary Blackmon gets cooking with Food Network Chef Roger Mooking
Star chefs were abundant at the 90th annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention in Montreal April 15-17, from new CPMA Half Your Plate Campaign ambassador Michael Smith to Food Network Canada’s Roger Mooking, who hosts three shows of his own. Our Mary Blackmon caught up with... Read more