SEPC’s STEP-UPP class visits southern Florida
The Southeast Produce Council’s 2015 STEP-UPP class traveled to southern Florida April 7-10 to visit a variety of well-known produce facilities and farms as part of the program’s ongoing learning experience for class members to develop a greater understanding of the fresh produce industry. The Southeast Training Education Program for Upcoming Produce Professionals is spearheaded by Faye Westfall, director of sales at DiMare... Read more

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Arnold Mack, president and chief executive officer of McMelon Inc., said growing conditions for watermelon production point to a favorable Florida season. “The Florida crop is progressing quite well,” he told The Produce News in early April. “The crop is impressive looking. We should have some nice promotable volume.” Looking at the industry as a whole, Mack... Read more

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Hapco Farms ready for start of domestic watermelon program
Hapco Farms is looking forward to the start of its domestic watermelon deal, with product from south Florida expected to begin shipping late April. Raquel Mello, who is in watermelon sales for the Riverhead, NY-based company, said that Florida melons have gotten off to a slow start this year due to colder-than-normal temperatures. Hapco is currently shipping... Read more


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Giant Berry Farms promotes Kristin Kleiber
Watsonville, CA-based Giant Berry Farms announced the promotion of Kristin Kleiber to marketing and sales analyst on April 6. Prior to her promotion, Kleiber was a sales coordinator supporting the blueberry category manager. In addition to her duties in sales support, she showed significant interest... Read more


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CPMA 2015 convention and trade show kicks off with spectacular soiree
  The Canadian Produce Marketing Association’s 90th annual convention and trade show kicked off April 15 with the Chair’s Welcoming Reception at the spectacular Montreal Science Centre. The Produce News caught up with key players in the Canadian industry at the soiree for a preview of the... Read more