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Shipments of Florida strawberries began in mid-November in a light way with much greater volume expected by the week of Dec. 8, which is right on target, according to Kenneth Parker of the Florida Strawberry Growers Association. “We typically run from November through March,” said the association’s newly appointed executive director, adding that the crop can also be harvested and shipped into April if market conditions warrant... Read more

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Whole-fruit smoothie drink is latest project for Cottle Farms
FAISON, NC — It’s a delicious and healthful Muscadine smoothie drink, called JuVn8, five years and millions of dollars in the making, coming soon to a grocery store near you — Ron Cottle hopes. The president of Cottle Farms has been on a mission to produce a retail-ready product that not only taps into the health-conscious consumer market but also uses all of... Read more

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Vick Family Farms BCA fundraiser sells 50,000 boxes, raises $5,000
Vick Family Farms met its ambitious goal to sell 50,000 boxes of sweet potatoes in special pink Breast Cancer Awareness cartons in October to benefit a local breast cancer project. October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. “We had a great response, and we’ll repeat the project in March 2015,” said Charlotte D. Vick, partner and director of sales and marketing... Read more

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Guillermo Martinez joins Kingdom Fresh Farms management team
Kingdom Fresh Farms, based in Donna, TX, announced Guillermo (Willy) Martinez as the newest member of its management team on Nov. 24. He will assume his new position as general manager on Dec. 1 and will report to Chief Executive Officer Alberto Gonzalez. Before joining Kingdom Fresh Farms, Martinez... Read more

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Sunkist's Citrus Hack video series
Sunkist has developed a video series called Sunkist Citrus Hacks to inspire consumers to get creative this citrus season. "The videos are a spin-off of 'life hacks' — the popular clever life solutions that have garnered so much online traction," said Joan Wickham, Sunkist advertising and public... Read more