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Church Bros. adds red to salads for Valentine's Day
Church Bros. is getting foodservice operators to add red to their salads for Valentine’s Day as the company ships its heirloom red spinach to restaurants nationwide. Church Bros., a leading grower-processor-shipper of more than 500 fresh vegetable SKUs, is currently growing the exclusive heirloom variety in its winter growing region of Yuma, AZ. The company... Read more
For years, Vidalia onion growers have sparred about when their season should officially begin. Some say coming to market too early puts lesser-quality onions in front of consumers and tarnishes the brand. Others say no calendar can determine when a Vidalia onion is ready to market. The two sides squared off in court last year after Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture... Read more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service announced Jan. 26 that China has agreed to allow all apple varieties produced in the United States access to the Chinese market. The agreement was finalized during recent bi-lateral negotiations in San Francisco but comes after years of work. Expanding market access to China has... Read more
New England gets more than its share of Blizzard 2015
With winds at more than 70 miles per hour, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed New England with a major punch on Monday and into Tuesday. The storm was as ruthless to New England as it was kind to New York City and regions farther south, which only got a light dusting of snow as it passed through on Monday. By Tuesday Massachusetts was buried in snow, with predictions... Read more
The Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Training Kit has a new component specifically designed for supervisory roles and personnel who conduct daily field assessments. Module 4: Pre-Harvest & Daily Harvest Environmental Assessments addresses the industry’s need to train those responsible for monitoring potential environmental contaminants. “The development... Read more
Sky Valley heirloom Navel oranges now shipping
The second week of January marked the beginning of the Sky Valley heirloom Navel orange program, shipping exclusively from Cecelia Packing Corp. of Orange Cove, CA, and packed in the "Sky Valley" label. Just as terroir — the unique set of environmental characteristics including climate and soil — is important in the production of a fine single vineyard wine,... Read more
What was predicted by major news media to be the “Blizzard of 2015” on Monday, Jan. 26, trickled down to a brief dusting of snow across most of the Northeast. This left produce professionals grateful, but also in question of decisions made by politicians in preparation for what they believed would be a dangerous storm. Headlines throughout the day on Monday... Read more
Merrill N. Dibble has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Sun World International LLC. Dibble succeeds David Dever and takes the helm as the company embarks on a plan to strengthen its position as a premier grape breeder, producer, marketer and licensor. Dibble comes to Sun World from AgReserves Inc., where he served as its Bakersfield,... Read more
The Delhaize Group saw revenue growth during the four quarter of 2014, and the company announced positive numbers for 2014 as a whole. Frans Muller, president and chief executive officer, also noted that in 2015 the company will be focused on continuing to roll out the Easy, Fresh & Affordable strategy at Food Lion. Easy, Fresh & Affordable is a multi-year... Read more
Driscoll’s to advance global fresh berry growth
Driscoll’s, one of the world’s largest distributors of fresh berries, announced changes in the organization to further advance its global business strategy. Building on Driscoll’s industry leadership in food-safety standards, Keith Refsnider will now have overall responsibility for the development of Driscoll’s global food-safety standards as the global food... Read more
Chiquita, which was recently acquired by Cutrale-Safra, has named two new executives: Andrew J. Biles will take on the role of CEO of Chiquita bananas and pineapples; and Darcilo Santos was named chief financial officer. The new announcement comes on the heels of news that the company will be closing its Charlotte, NC, headquarters. Biles has held several positions... Read more
Kingston hires CFO, further positioning itself for growth
Kingston Cos., the parent company of Kingston Fresh, has hired Cory Wengreen, a seasoned financial executive within the food industry, as the company’s chief financial officer. “Kingston’s long-standing reputation in the industry and proven track record, along with the great people working here, were the key components of my decision to come on board,” Wengreen... Read more
Fresno Food Expo returning to celebrate bounty of SJV for fifth year
California’s San Joaquin Valley, known as the largest food producing region in the world, continues to flourish as top growers and manufacturers come together once again to celebrate the region’s rich agricultural industry at the largest regional food show in the nation, the Fresno Food Expo. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the premier San Joaquin Valley... Read more
TRENTON, NJ — The 100th New Jersey State Agricultural Convention & Trade Show will be held Feb. 3-5 at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is hosting the convention in cooperation with the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey and Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. The first... Read more
FreshXperts names new chairman, owner, associates
FreshXperts, a leading consulting group for the fresh industry, has added three new team members and appointed a new chairman. Jonathan Raduns has joined the organization as an owner, and Michael Gretz and David Pennington have joined as associates. Anthony Totta, a founding member of FreshXperts and former vice chairman, was named chairman of the board... Read more
NMB launches its 2015 marketing campaign: Always Summer
The National Mango Board is gearing up to launch its 2015 marketing campaign, which will reinforce mango nutritional and educational messages to U.S. consumers as well as the fruit’s year-round availability. The overall theme in 2015 is Always Summer, and the NMB will bring the spirit of summer to consumers through programs and events that incorporate soccer,... Read more
Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, announced that Ian McLeod has been appointed president and chief executive officer, effective March 2. McLeod succeeds Randall Onstead, who will remain in place through March 2 to ensure a smooth transition. “Ian is a proven leader with more than 30 years of expertise and a strong... Read more
Specialty citrus reaching peak for Sunkist
With the California winter in progress, many specialty citrus varieties, including pummelos, Cara Cara Navels and Minneolas, are in peak season. “We’re in peak Sunkist citrus season and this year’s crop is tasting delicious,” said Joan Wickham, manager of advertising and public relations for Sunkist Growers Inc. in Sherman Oaks, CA.Sunkist's California... Read more
Litehouse Inc. announced that 100 percent of the company's stock has been sold to its employees through an employee stock ownership plan. The move continues the opportunity for all current and future employees to become owners of this industry-leading brand, which has been family owned for over 50 years. Litehouse first formed an ESOP plan in 2006, selling 30... Read more
To-Jo repeats success at Pennsylvania Farm Show
To-Jo Mushrooms has repeated victory at the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show held in Harrisburg, PA, winning Best Overall Mushroom Display. To-Jo finished first in seven mushroom categories, including best Mushroom Centerpiece, best eight-ounce Portabella Caps and best 2.75-inch Large White Mushrooms to help seal the victory. The event attracts more than 400,000 attendees... Read more