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A court hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 15 in connection with charges filed against two top officials at Mucci Farms, headquartered in Kingsville, ON. General Manager Danny Mucci and Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Spano face charges of defrauding the public and three major grocery store chains by misrepresenting the country of origin of greenhouse vegetables the company markets. Mucci Farms is also being charged... Read more

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Crown Jewels expects 20 percent bump in grape volume with new growers on board
“Overall, we are up a little in tonnage this year” in table grapes, said Atomic Torosian, a partner in Crown Jewels Produce LLC in Fresno, CA, in an interview with The Produce News. “We have contracted with a few more growers, so Crown Jewels’ production is up by at least 20 percent from last year,” he said. Those increases are “mostly towards the mid- to late... Read more

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Simonian Fruit offers specialty Champaign grapes from July into September
Simonian Fruit Co. in Fowler, CA, which grows, packs and ships an assortment of California tree fruit and grapes, will start off the grape season with some specialty grapes, according to Jeff Simonian, vice president of sales. “We will have the red Champagne grapes” beginning the week following the Fourth of July, Simonian told The Produce News. Those will be... Read more

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Dan LeClair joins Awe Sum Organics
Santa Cruz, CA-based Awe Sum Organics recently announced the hire of Dan LeClair as logistics manager. In this newly created position, LeClair will focus on bringing more structure and enhancement to the supply chain process and network. Prior to joining Awe Sum Organics, LeClair spent the last nine... Read more

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PMA’s record-setting foodservice conference
It was a record-breaking year at Produce Marketing Association’s 33rd annual Foodservice Conference, including the unseasonably warm temperatures in Monterey, CA, which soared into the high 80s. The conference by the numbers: 1,821 attendees (record) from North and South America 203 operators (record) 466... Read more