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Rivermaid Trading Co., a Lodi, CA,-based cherry and pear packer, has installed a GP Graders AirJet Defect Grader in its Lodi facility. The 40-lane cherry line is the largest ever installed by GP Graders. Patrick Archibeque, chief executive officer of Rivermaid, and his team traveled extensively last year to evaluate all the cherry grading machines and software on the market and found the GP Graders AirJet Defect Grader with... Read more

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Annual Sonora Spring Summit set for April 24-25 in Hermosillo
The annual Sonora Spring Summit, hosted by the Association Agricola Local de Productores Uva de Mesa, the local association of table grape growers in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, commonly known by its Spanish acronym, AALPUM, is scheduled to be held in Hermosillo April 24-25. The two-day event is open to producers, distributors, buyers and anyone else in the... Read more

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L&M grows red, yellow and white onions in California’s Imperial Valley
L&M Cos. Inc., which is based in Raleigh, NC, and has offices in eight other locations around the country, is a diversified grower, shipper, broker, distributor, importer and exporter of produce, offering a wide assortment of products. Onions are an important component in the mix, and the company grows onions in various locations throughout the United States,... Read more


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BRENDAN KEATING joined wholesale grocer Bozzuto’s Inc. April 7 as a perishables account manager. He replaces Kenny Brickel, who has joined Nicholas Markets in Colonia, NJ, as store manager. Keating, a resident of Bergen County, NJ, has many years of experience in the fresh produce industry, including... Read more


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Domex Superfresh Growers' orchard tech
Domex Superfresh Growers continues to innovate with use of GPS-equipped tractors as technology moves from the drawing board to the orchard. Use of GPS allows the tractor to create a planting line within an inch of accuracy. A specialized plant platform pulled behind the tractor opens the ground so trees... Read more