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Florida's wintertime strawberry production leads the nation

fgsaFlorida Strawberry Growers Association Executive Director Ted Campbell talks about Florida’s $400 million winter strawberry deal as the season ramps up to full volume this month.

The area within a 20-mile radius of FSGA headquarters in Plant City, FL, is home to 95 percent of domestic winter strawberry production.

Atlanta’s General Produce named Georgia Family Business of the Year

gavideo imageGeneral Produce Inc. of Atlanta began more than 50 years ago as a purveyor of bananas and has since grown to become one of the Southeast’s larger distributors of produce — from apples to zucchini — with its own fleet of more than 100 trucks providing overnight delivery to 11 Southeastern states.

The company’s hard work has already paid off, but the cherry on top came this November when General Produce was named the 2013 winner of the prestigious Georgia Family Business of the Year Award from the Cox Family Enterprise Center at Kennesaw State Cole College of Business and Georgia Trend magazine.

Meijer reduced carbon footprint by nearly 60 percent in three years

meividMidwest retailer Meijer operates one of the largest all-clean diesel fleets in North America. As part of its ongoing green initiatives, the Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer’s fleet utilized innovative technology to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint by nearly 60 percent since it first began implementing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 near-zero emissions standards three years ago.

“This is an extremely rewarding achievement that truly speaks to our commitment to the environment,” Rick Keyes, executive vice president of supply chain operations and manufacturing, said in a press release. “Not only are we integrating cutting-edge technology into our business, we’re also working under the philosophy that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor.”

The Meijer fleet was one of the first in North America to implement the federal clean emissions standards that feature near-zero emissions technology, and today the retailer’s fleet of 170 semi-trucks meets or exceeds those stringent requirements.

As a result of that commitment, the Meijer fleet realized the following: 

  • 47 percent reduction in particulate matter
  • 55 percent reduction in – or 525 U.S. tons of – nitrogen oxide
  • 3 percent reduction in – or 9,300 U.S. tons of – carbon dioxide
  • 5 percent increase in fuel economy, saving 105,570 gallons of fuel each year. In five years, that equals a savings of 527,850 gallons of fuel – or 52,785 barrels of oil.

According to David Hoover, director of outbound logistics, it takes 47 of the new 2010 compliant trucks to equal the same emissions as one of the older trucks they replaced.

“I’m very pleased to say that Meijer is able to cut that down and continue to be environmentally conscious,” Hoover said. “The impact is tremendous because the Meijer fleet makes deliveries to our stores 26 times each week.”

The Meijer fleet is comprised of 170 Freightliner Cascadia trucks that are equipped with new fuel-efficient, reduced-emissions engines. They feature selective catalytic reduction technology that treats nitrogen oxides emissions downstream in the exhaust so the engine can be tuned to run more efficiently and economically. SCR technology consists of an after-treatment catalyst system that allows engine exhaust to be treated with a non-hazardous fluid known as diesel exhaust fluid that reduces harmful nitrogen oxides into simple nitrogen and water.

Georgia Pecan season in full swing during National Pecan Month

pecaSure, Georgia is known for peaches, but since the late 1800s the state has led the nation in pecan production. November is National Pecan Month and Georgia pecan growers are getting ready for the hectic holiday season. Here, grower Al Pearson talks with Atlanta’s FOX News affiliate for a look at the season under way.

Banana journey from jungle to supermarket is an amazing ride

tubanividoEver wonder just how bananas get from tropical jungles to suburban supermarkets? It’s quite a journey as Turbana, a leading supplier of bananas and vegetables from Colombia, reveals in this video.