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Patrinka Crammond joins Shanley Farms
Citriburst Finger Lime grower Shanley Farms has added Patrinka Crammond in business and program development. Crammond, has an extensive background in the produce industry, most recently seven years with Savor Fresh Farms Kiss Melon program in sales and retail program development. “With many retail relationships and experience Read More ...
John Vena launches new site
John Vena Inc. has been in the produce business for a century. As the company approached its hundredth anniversary in 2019, President John Vena, the third generation of the Vena family at the helm, decided it was time to bring his team’s expertise to life online. The colorful website offers a host of new features. The Read More ...
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Super Cherry
Superfresh Growers announced the arrival of Super Cherry, the biggest cherries on the tree — extra juicy, extra tasty and extra large. The 2020 lineup includes both dark sweet and Rainier cherries in pouch bags and clamshells. Exclusively grown and shipped by Superfresh Growers, these jumbo Northwest cherries will deliver a Read More ...
Hy-Vee, Robinson Fresh donate 50,000 mangos
Robinson Fresh, a leader in fresh produce sourcing and supply chain solutions, announced the donation of more than 50,000 mangos to families in need. Totaling roughly 6,000 pounds, the mango supply was distributed at seven different Hy-Vee locations in Iowa earlier this month. At each of the seven locations, Hy-Vee customers Read More ...
Jim Allen retiring from NYAS, Tenley Allen Fitzgerald to succeed her father
Jim Allen, vice president of marketing for New York Apple Sales, will be retiring June 26. Allen has been with NYAS since February of 2017, though he has been in the produce industry for 48 years, starting in 1972 in the fruit processing business. In 1980, Allen gained his marketing experience with Keystone Fruit Read More ...
Delaware River ports tops for fruit
Refrigerated cargo trade into the Delaware River increased by 9 percent last year according to the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority. Now operating with the PhilaPort name, the organization in May released its latest trade statistics. The Delaware River ports handled fresh fruit worth $3.6 billion in 2019. Philadelphia has its Read More ...
ALDI making changes to nearly 600 stores
ALDI is expanding its Curbside Grocery Pickup to offer even more options to customers. After a successful pilot in select markets, Curbside Grocery Pickup will be available in nearly 600 ALDI stores across the country by the end of July. “Our Curbside Grocery Pickup pilot was quickly embraced by our customers and demand Read More ...

 

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John Groh

EDITOR and PUBLISHER

groh@theproducenews.com

John Groh was born and raised in Bergen County, NJ, in the suburbs of New York City. After two decades of dreadful Northeast winters and with a desire to experience life in a different part of the country, he moved to San Diego, CA, in the mid-1980s and attended the University of San Diego, where he majored in English.

While at USD, he developed an interest in oceanography and remained at the university after graduation, working as a researcher on a variety of projects in the field of geological oceanography, including tracking past El Niño weather occurrences and identifying marine organisms that live in and around the hydrothermal vents in the Salton Sea in California's Imperial Valley.

In 1992, John loaded his worldly possessions into his 1972 VW Bug convertible and embarked on his final cross-country journey back east. Soon after his return to New Jersey, he landed a job at a local newspaper as a sports editor and beat writer for the New York Giants of the National Football League. The following year, he joined insurance industry publisher A.M. Best Co. in Whitehouse Station, NJ, as an editor and writer for a number of titles.

Realizing that writing about loss control and risk management was far from his dream job, John responded to an ad about an opening for an assistant editor at The Produce News. As a vegetarian, he was intrigued at the prospect of writing about fruits and vegetables and was excited to join the company in 1995.Among the early challenges of his tenure was helping to implement an electronic desktop publishing system for the newspaper, while at the same time learning the nuances of the produce industry.

In 1997, John was promoted to managing editor of The Produce News, and with that took over the design of the front page of the newspaper, as well as the responsibility of assigning news stories and features. In 2000, he was appointed editor and associate publisher of The Produce News, and his duties were expanded to include day-to-day operations at the company. In July 2006, John was promoted to publisher of the newspaper. He retained his title and responsibilities of editor of the publication, but he now has oversight of all operations of the company.

John and his wife, Mary Anne, an attorney, live in the New York City suburb of Haworth, NJ, with their son, Zane, 16, and daughter, Skyler, 14. Most mornings have John up before the sun to get to the gym or enjoy some solitude before the mayhem of the day begins.

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