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MountainKing's backyard grilling promotion returns
MountainKing Potatoes’ popular summertime merchandising promotion, touting the ease of adding its high-flavor varieties to the backyard cookout, is back for 2017. MountainKing’s Get Grilling summer promotion, now available through Labor Day, features the company’s 1.5-pound Steak House Roasters, three-pound Steak House Golds, four-count Steak House Bakers, three-pound Russets, three-pound reds and three-pound... Read more

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Ham Produce expands watermelon acreage in North Carolina and Florida
Ham Produce and Ham Farms, one of the nation’s largest sweet potato growers in the nation’s largest sweet potato state, is diversifying its crops by expanding its 2017 planting of watermelon by 150 percent. “Watermelon has been an up-and-coming crop for us for several years,” said J.D. Wyborny, marketing director for Ham Farms in Snow... Read more

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Short Easter watermelon supplies marked this season
For the second consecutive April in the Mexican watermelon business it was a good time to be neither optimistic nor aggressive. Watermelon salesman James Neal of Epic Produce Sales LLC said last year he believed predictions of abundant watermelon supplies for early April. He joined the parade in creating promotions to move a mountain of melons. The mountain... Read more

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Stewart Precythe, president and CEO of Southern Produce Distributors, dies at age 68
David Stewart Precythe, president and chief executive officer of Southern Produce Distributors Inc. in Faison, NC, died Thursday, April 20, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was 68 years old. Mr. Precythe, a 50-year veteran of the produce industry, laid the foundation for Southern Produce... Read more