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picAustin, TX — The 2017 Viva Fresh Expo, taking place April 20-22, got off to a swinging start with the third annual Viva Fresh Open Golf Tournament presented by Wonderful Citrus and Bebo Distributing at the Coore Crenshaw Golf Course, here.

The day was filled with a rousing round of golf, plus beautiful weather and scenery, and was followed by great food, a few games, and even some live music by rising country star Lauren Corzine during the 19th Hole Celebration and Awards Ceremony.
 
Check out our footage from the event to find out who the big winners were!
 

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Taylor Farms has announced a new renewable and alternative energy system at its Gonzales, CA, facility. This three-tiered system will utilize wind, solar and cogeneration energy to help Taylor Farms in its goal to power a sustainable future.

This newest initiative will offset energy usage at the fresh foods processing plant by an average of 90 percent, and the system is 21 percent cleaner than a utility grid.

Taylor Farms said its investments in sustainability projects have been widely embraced by customers and partners nationwide. The company plans to continue pursuing opportunities to lead renewables projects across North America, with each project taking it one step further in its dedication to minimizing Taylor's environmental footprint, while delivering healthy fresh foods to consumers.

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Rexburg, ID-based Wilcox Fresh uses cutting-edge technology in both the planting and harvesting stages of potato production. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent Southern Exposure, Derek Peterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Wilcox, said the company is reintroducing Potato Jazz, its one-pound, value-added potato tray.

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Mary Blackmon, founder of Farm Star Living, rolled into Southern Exposure 2017 with Fill My Cart to find the must-have produce that should be filling grocery carts: Spice World’s garlic and ginger, Well Pict’s strawberries, NatureSweet tomatoes, Southern Specialties French beans, pistachios from Wonderful, Galas from Fowler Farms and Good Foods’ avocado-shaped chunky guacamole pack.

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Eight farming families across the United States come together to form Fresh Solutions Network. At the Southeast Produce Council's recent Southern Exposure the organization featured its Steamables line. Triple-washed, microwavable in the bag and ready to eat in eight minutes, the potatoes require no prep work and no guesswork.