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Domex benefitting from ideal spring weather

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Spring temperatures have been great in eastern Washington, and a lack of frost means that things are looking good for Domex Superfresh Growers. “There’s a lot going on in the orchards these days,” said Dave Gleason, chief horticulturist at Domex Superfresh Growers. He noted that there are a lot of apples and cherries on the trees and the fruit is developing well.

Vidalia Spotlight — Generation Farms

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LYONS, GA — The folks from Coggins Farms in Lake Park, GA, and Stanley Farms, here, have been farming for, well, generations. So it made perfect sense when earlier this year, the two organizations, both purchased by the same outside interest in the last couple of years, decided it would be a better idea to move forward as a single entity, Generation Farms.

Here, Vince Stanley talks about the upcoming Vidalia season and the overall scope of Generation Farms moving into the future.

Stay tuned for more this week from Vidalia and how that deal is coming off. Next, The Produce News moves into the Carolinas to preview those states' seasons.

Forget golf — CPMA takes to the ice for hockey classic

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CALGARY — Most trade shows feature a golf tournament charity fundraiser. But the Canadian Produce Marketing Association expo starts with a puck drop in the annual CPMA Half Your Plate Hockey Classic, pitting a team of the host city's CPMA members against a squad made up of CPMA members from across Canada — not to mention a couple of ringers.

This year's teams shared 1989 Stanley Cup winners Colin Patterson and Dana Murzyn of the Calgary Flames skating one aside at the Father David Bauer Arena at the University of Calgary.

Beverages were consumed, donuts were eaten — and a heck of a hockey game ensued. By the time the last Zamboni rolled, the CPMA squad had manged to squeak past Calgary 6-5 in overtime.

Our Maggie Giuffrida was on hand to catch all the action.

CPMA says goodbye to Calgary

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CALGARY — It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the best of times because the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's 91st annual expo, held here in this city of 1.2 million at the edge of the Canadian Rockies April 12-14, was a rousing success. It was the worst of times because this is the last time CPMA will be held in Calgary. Next year, a tri-annual rotation between Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will begin.

But Calgary made the most of playing host city for the final time and showed off its best side for the more than 2,500 CPMA attendees. Just to top things off, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was on hand for the closing CPMA reception to honor special guests and say thanks for all the memories.

Our Maggie Giuffrida was there to talk to Mayor Nenshi and other dignitaries as CPMA drew to a close.

Stay tuned in coming days as The Produce News returns to Vidalia, GA, for the start of their sweet onion season and then moves into the Carolinas as those states' produce seasons come into full bloom.

Maggie talks women's objectives with top PMA leadership at WFPC

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SAN DIEGO — The Women’s Fresh Perspectives Conference is a ground-breaking program designed exclusively by women in the produce industry for women in the produce industry. This year’s conference, put on by the Center for Growing Talent by PMA, took place at the beautiful Loews Coronado Bay Resort on Coronado Island, April 17-19.

Here's a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the three-day event as our Maggie Giuffrida chats with industry leaders, guest speakers and attendees to find out just what it is that makes this conference so unique.