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Rivermaid Trading Co., a Lodi, CA,-based cherry and pear packer, has installed a GP Graders AirJet Defect Grader in its Lodi facility. The 40-lane cherry line is the largest ever installed by GP Graders. Patrick Archibeque, chief executive officer of Rivermaid, and his team traveled extensively last year to evaluate all the cherry grading machines and software on the market and found the GP Graders AirJet Defect Grader with... Read more

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California Cherry Board promotional activities focus on export markets
The California Cherry Board, which is administered by Ag Association Management Services Inc. in Sacramento, CA, has “a very focused effort” on specific areas of concern to the industry, according to Chris Zanobini, president and chief executive officer of AAMS. “Our primary areas of activities are research, export developments and market trade policy, industry... Read more

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Divine Flavor expands grape varietal offerings
The 2014 Mexican grape crop being offered this spring by Divine Flavor, LLC, “looks very good on all varieties,” said Pedro Batiz, one of the firm’s owners. Speaking by telephone from the firm’s San Diego office, Batiz said conventional grape shipping for Divine Flavor would begin in the first week of May. Organic grape harvest will come about 10 days later.... Read more


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BRENDAN KEATING joined wholesale grocer Bozzuto’s Inc. April 7 as a perishables account manager. He replaces Kenny Brickel, who has joined Nicholas Markets in Colonia, NJ, as store manager. Keating, a resident of Bergen County, NJ, has many years of experience in the fresh produce industry, including... Read more


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Domex Superfresh Growers' orchard tech
Domex Superfresh Growers continues to innovate with use of GPS-equipped tractors as technology moves from the drawing board to the orchard. Use of GPS allows the tractor to create a planting line within an inch of accuracy. A specialized plant platform pulled behind the tractor opens the ground so trees... Read more