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Taylor Farms CEO Bruce Taylor to keynote FreshTEC Conference
Bruce Taylor, chief executive officer of Taylor Farms, will put the spotlight on innovation as keynote speaker at this year’s United FreshTEC Conference, debuting Tuesday, June 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In addition to Taylor’s keynote, conference attendees will participate in expert panel discussions on pre- and post-harvest automation, food safety in packing and processing operations, and an intense look... Read more

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Ben B. first-time attendee at Southern Exposure
The New Year is bringing many new, exciting things for Detroit, MI-based Ben B. Schwartz & Sons — including the opportunity to attend the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure show for the first time, March 9-11, in Orlando, FL. “We’ve been wanting to go to this show for so long and we finally got an opportunity to do it,”... Read more

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GreenPoint Distributing’s Losolla encourages plan for changing industry
rio rico, az — “We are really anticipating a good spring,” said Omar Losolla, the vice president of sales and marketing for GreenPoint Distributing LLC. “The volumes have been down on certain commodities in the new year, which has lent itself to better markets. We will see how the next couple of months play out,” he said in mid-January.... Read more

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Bobbi Ecker-Blatchford, floral industry icon, dies
Barbara (Bobbi) Ann Ecker-Blatchford, 85, died at her home on Paw-Paw Lake near Watervliet, MI, Feb 3. Ms. Ecker-Blatchford devoted 60-plus years of her life to the floral industry, establishing innovative floral techniques and concepts, studying trends and acting as a mentor to many, according to a... Read more