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Brighter Bites launches produce coupon with 99 Cents Only Stores
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic has brought much uncertainty into all of our lives, and this uncertainty is especially magnified for those who identify as food insecure.... Read more
Wada Farms anticipates quality onion and potato crops out of Northwest
In contrast to the challenging weather issues growers in Idaho and Eastern Oregon faced during the 2019 growing season, this year “Mother Nature has been very kind,” said... Read more
Westfalia expects growing demand & supply
(Editor’s Note: Following is a Q&A interview with Paulina Theologou, Group Commercial Executive, Westfalia Fruit. It has been edited for space considerations.) The Produce... Read more
I Love Produce unleashes new campaign name for the Fall
I Love Produce is laser focused on garlic and ginger. Jim Provost, president and one of the founders of the West Grove, PA-based company, has been working on the commercial... Read more
Connecticut farmers get much-needed support during pandemic
It’s safe to say that Connecticut’s produce industry has never seen a year quite like 2020. During these tumultuous times the state has dedicated its efforts and resources... Read more
Challenging times cause garlic sales adjustments
Like many other produce crops, demand for garlic has been materially affected by COVID-19 as consumers react to both the virus and the government-mandated regulations. Demand... Read more
Maurice A. Auerbach satisfying existing customers
Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. has long been a leader when it comes to garlic on the East Coast. Packing its products under the AuerPak brand name, the company specializes in garlic,... Read more
Oxyion Generators help make Henry’s plant sanitation unsurpassed
The multiple safety measures that went into the design and construction of Henry Avocado’s packing and distribution center in 2018 were just a beginning. Since then, empowered... Read more
Coronavirus impacts avocado season  with drop in foodservice sales
The fresh fruit and vegetable industry has done relatively well in the first half of 2020 considering that the novel coronavirus has completely upended our economy. But there... Read more
Mission Produce extending shelf life of avocados
For more than 35 years, Mission Produce has invested in people, state-of-the-art technology and an avocado-specific infrastructure to expertly serve its customers, growers... Read more
Juana Gomez promoted to newly created position at Monterey Mushrooms
Juana Gomez has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief People and Culture Officer with Monterey Mushrooms. Gomez spent 22 years at Earthbound Farm, one of... Read more
Cherry Industry Administrative Board welcomes new executive director
The Cherry Industry Administrative Board has hired Meghan Swain as its new executive director, effective Aug. 24. Swain brings a multi-faceted background defined by nonprofit... Read more
TopLine Farms looking forward to summer season
Family is a word heard often at TopLine Farms, as the greenhouse grower operates thanks to the hard work of five families that came together to grow and ship their specialty... Read more
Potandon works with foodservice companies to rebuild business
Potatoes and onions are staples for many restaurants, and consequently for food distributors as well. As foodservice operations begin to open up again following COVID-19-related... Read more
Guatemalan produce imports on the rise
Guatemala Produce Trade Association reported that January through May imports have experienced increases from various types of fresh fruits and vegetables from Guatemala.... Read more
Mr. Greens continues to expand
Since 2011, Mr. Greens has grown from six employees in a 3,000-square-foot facility to more than 270 employees across three facilities representing 125,000 square feet. The... Read more
Baldor unveils new restaurant series
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closures of many restaurants on the East Coast, Baldor Specialty Foods, operating out of the Bronx, NY, pivoted quickly. After all,... Read more
Miami Tropical Wholesaler offers the taste of the tropics
Miami Tropical Wholesaler Inc. specializes in tropical and oriental fruits and vegetables, and the products it offers are constantly trending. Raul Polo Jr., president and... Read more
IEOOC prepped for 2020 foodservice opportunities
Counting the days until 2020 onion harvest and shipping season kick off in the Treasure Valley, most Idaho-E. Oregon onion industry members have made good use of the “time... Read more
Wada Farms foodservice business continues to grow
The foodservice sector has always been a major part of Wada Farms Marketing Group’s business. As the company has grown and diversified over the years its foodservice business... Read more

Divine Flavor specialty tomatoes continue strong summer harvest
The specialty tomato program of Divine Flavor is at full volume late this summer. Following a late-July tour to the Ensenada, Baja, greenhouse of Viva Organica, the specialty vegetable growing wing of Divine Flavor, Michael DuPuis, the firm’s quality assurance and public relations coordinator, said grower and farm Read More ...
Stater Bros. fills regional vice president retail operations role
Stater Bros. Markets announced the promotion of Bertha Luna to the position of regional vice president retail operations. In this role, Luna will continue to report to Stater Bros. Markets Executive Vice President Retail Operations Keith Thomas.  She will lead the retail operations for a regional area served by Stater Read More ...
Westfalia to reshape avocado industry with new rootstocks
Following more than two decades of thorough testing as part of its rootstock breeding and screening program, the Westfalia Fruit Group is releasing two new avocado rootstocks, co-owned by Westfalia and The South African Avocado Growers’ Association, for commercial sale under the Merensky name. Trees of these two new Read More ...
Tanimura & Antle HarvestSelect produce box advances
Tanimura & Antle announced the addition of fruit and root vegetables to its evolving Tanimura & Antle HarvestSelect program in order to remain fully compliant with the new USDA Food to Families program standards.  The USDA announced the Food Box Distribution Program under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act earlier in the Read More ...
Salmonella outbreak linked to onions has national reach
CDC, several states, and FDA continue to investigate a rapidly growing outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. Red onions have been identified as the likely source. The traceback information collected identified Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, CA, as a likely source of red onions in this outbreak. Additional Read More ...

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