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If a retailer is selling blueberries, grapes or stone fruit — such as peaches, plums and nectarines — during the winter months, chances are the fruit is from Chile, said Karen Brux, managing director of the San Carlos, CA-based Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, North America. “As the largest fruit exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile exports more than 800,000 tons of fruit to the U.S. annually, and over half of that is... Read more

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Short pepper supplies could mark holiday season for Prime Time
With the multi-colored pepper crops transitioning from one district to the next during the fall season, supplies are generally tight and demand good during the Thanksgiving to Christmas time frame. That is especially going to be the case this year as a series of September-October storms created multiple challenges in Baja California, which is the main production... Read more

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Boskovich Farms moves into its winter vegetable crops seamlessly
For many California vegetable grower-shippers, winter marks a shift in production areas and a transition from the central coast to the California or Arizona. That’s not the case for Oxnard, CA-based Boskovich Farms. “Pretty much we grow the same crops all year-round,” said Don Hobson, vice president of sales and marketing. Don HobsonAt some point in its nearly... Read more

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Gabe Reyes joins Awe Sum Organics
Santa Cruz, CA-based Awe Sum Organics announced the addition of Gabe Reyes to its team. In his newly created role as financial controller, Reyes will manage all accounting and financial activities, and develop procedures to position Awe Sum for continued growth. “I’ve worked in organics for years and... Read more

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Sunkist's Citrus Hack video series
Sunkist has developed a video series called Sunkist Citrus Hacks to inspire consumers to get creative this citrus season. "The videos are a spin-off of 'life hacks' — the popular clever life solutions that have garnered so much online traction," said Joan Wickham, Sunkist advertising and public... Read more