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For the first time, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants will be able to select and pay for their groceries online, during a two-year pilot launched last week in New York state. In making the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue highlighted online purchasing’s potential, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commitment to program integrity by looking carefully at the pilot. Lessons... Read more

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Phillips Mushroom Farms introduces organic white and brown mushrooms
Growing interest and demand for organic mushrooms means that Phillips Mushroom Farms is always working on new items to offer its strong and increasing organic customer base. Kevin Donovan, national sales manager for the Kennett Square, PA-based mushroom producer, told The Produce News that it recently added15- and 20-ounce packs of organic white and brown mushrooms... Read more

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Christopher Ranch offering only California-grown organic garlic
With an increase in acreage, Gilroy, CA-based Christopher Ranch LLC has been able to follow through on its goal of only growing its organic garlic in the state of California for the 2018-19 season. Previously, the firm had augmented its domestic organic garlic supply with some organic garlic from Argentina to help fill orders as the season neared its end. Executive... Read more

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FiveStar Gourmet Foods continues expansion into retail
FiveStar Gourmet Foods, producers of the Simply Fresh brand, announced the addition of Kate Brooks as vice president of sales-East. Brooks will report to Kristyn Lawson, who was recently named senior vice president of sales. In her new position, Brooks will be responsible for developing strategic sales... Read more