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Gary Roselli joins Allegiance Retail Services
ISELIN, NJ — Allegiance Retail Services LLC announced Aug. 18 the addition of Gary Roselli as category manager for produce and floral. In this position, he will focus on managing merchandising programs and recommending new initiatives and strategies for meeting sales and profit goals. Gary RoselliRoselli's 15-year career in the supermarket industry began in 1999 in the Customer Service Department at Pathmark's Clifton, NJ,... Read more

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Christopher Ranch sees good 2014, has concerns for 2015 due to water shortage
Garlic acreage for Christopher Ranch LLC in Gilroy, CA for the 2014 harvest is similar to 2013, and with the harvest well under way, yields appear normal, according to President Bill Christopher. That is an improvement over last year, when “yields were off about 10 or 15 percent,” he told The Produce News July 22. Next year could be a different story, however.... Read more

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Peruvian asparagus an integral part of branded commodities at Robinson Fresh
Robinson Fresh continues to build its supply-side relationships to ensure that the domestic marketplace has access to the finest quality asparagus available at any time of year. “Peru is a key source of Robinson Fresh’s asparagus supply with seasonal volumes from Mexico, California and Washington,” Joe Dugo, senior sourcing representative, told The Produce News.... Read more


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Cherie C. Watte named new chair at CA GROWN
Cherie C. Watte, executive director of the California Asparagus Commission, is the new chair at CA GROWN, a partnership between the California Department of Food & Agriculture and commodity groups representing the state’s agriculture industry. Watte follows former chair Kasey Cronquist, chief executive... Read more


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Mushroom Council continues strong promotion, mushroom consumption swelling
“Mushroom blendability is the driving and emerging trend for mushrooms in both foodservice and retail,” said Bart Minor, president of the Mushroom Council. “Mushrooms are on target to make a big impact at foodservice and retail that will improve consumers’ nutrition and maybe improve the cost to prepare... Read more