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BC Greenhouse Growers sponsors second annual BC Veggie Day
A retail display contest and media campaign are lead-ins for British Columbia's second annual BC Veggie Day, a May 23 celebration of greenhouse-grown product that traditionally begins to arrive in Canada's westernmost province stores around that time. According to Linda Delli Santi, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association executive director, point-of-sale materials have been distributed to retailers across BC to engage consumers... Read more

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Seald Sweet making major moves in grape production; crop will triple this Mexican season
For more than a century, when people have thought of Seald Sweet International, they’ve thought of citrus. That’s been changing over the last five years and now is starting to change even more as the company continues aggressive expansion of its deciduous commodity division. This expansion now includes a major Mexican grape deal, which will triple the volume... Read more

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Oppy expects good grape availability for Memorial Day, July 4
The Mexican component of The Oppenheimer Group’s year-round grape program will see an early start again this year, with red seedless loading out of Nogales the third week of May, according to Marc Serpa, director of domestic grapes. Serpa told The Produce News in late March that fruit was coming out of Chile at that time, and he said the transition from Chile... Read more

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 Monterey Mushrooms names manager of new product development
Holly Burriesci has joined Monterey Mushrooms Inc. as manager of new product development, reporting to John Kidder, vice president of product development. At Monterey Mushrooms, Burriesci will identify opportunities, then oversee the design, implementation and launch of mushroom product production. The... Read more

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 PMA Fresh Connections: Retail
More than 150 members of the fresh produce and floral supply chain gathered in Philadelphia in April for Produce Marketing Association Fresh Connections: Retail. The event gave industry members a platform to network and discuss industry trends and opportunities. Led by speakers with experience... Read more