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Fresh Direct Produce acquires specialty fruit and veg distributor
Fresh Direct Produce has acquired Emperor Specialty Foods, a distributor of mushrooms, pears, and other specialty fruits and vegetables. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The company said this add-on provides meaningful growth opportunities for Fresh Direct Produce, which distributes more than 1,000 domestic, imported, and organic fruit and vegetable items. Emperor is headquartered in Richmond, BC. “With... Read more

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Top Brass looking forward to great  season despite slight delay in start
Though weather issues delayed the start of the San Joaquin Valley grape deal this year, Top Brass President Brett Dixon expects shipments to get on track by mid-July and a normal season to follow. “We started a little later than we did last year,” he said. “It was very important for us to start our season based on the quality and sugar content of the grapes... Read more

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With multiple varieties in all the colors and with both organic and conventional options, Anthony Vineyards Inc., touts itself as a one-stop shop that can handle all of the grape needs of its retail customers. Sales Manager Rob Spinelli said the Bakersfield, CA-based firm has a full complement of varieties including the newer, high-flavored options that are... Read more

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United Fresh promotes Griffin to VP of education and program management
The United Fresh Produce Association has promoted Amanda Griffin to vice president of education and program management. Griffin joined the association in the fall of 2013 to support the organization’s meetings and member programs. “Amanda has proved herself a dedicated leader, creative advocate for... Read more